Audie Cornish http://kuer.org en Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://kuer.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 49772 at http://kuer.org A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet http://kuer.org/post/pillar-aids-research-and-activism-lost-shot-down-jet Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 49484 at http://kuer.org Miss. Primary Saga Rolls On, As McDaniel Refuses To Back Down http://kuer.org/post/miss-primary-saga-rolls-mcdaniel-refuses-back-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Mississippi's Republican Senate runoff was decided three weeks ago, but the loser in that race refuses to accept the results. Longtime Sen. Thad Cochran is the certified winner, but his tea party-backed challenger, Chris McDaniel, alleges there might have been thousands of improper votes cast and today another twist. NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian joins us now to talk about that twist. And Charlie, State Sen. Chris McDonnell's campaign held a much anticipated press conference today. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 49380 at http://kuer.org Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas http://kuer.org/post/vargas-journalist-and-immigration-activist-detained-texas <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Vargas%2C+Journalist+And+Immigration+Activist%2C+Is+Detained+In+Texas&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And near the U.S.-Mexico border today, a very public detention of a well-known figure in the immigration debate. The journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas was taken into custody by federal immigration authorities at the airport in McAllen, Texas. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 49315 at http://kuer.org The Rise Of The Online Rebuttal — And How It's Making Waves In Print http://kuer.org/post/rise-online-rebuttal-and-how-its-making-waves-print Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It was not exactly a request that prompted the British tabloid the Daily Mail to take down one of its stories last week. It was an online rebuttal from George Clooney. The actor, writing in the pages of USA Today, issued a scathing response to the Mail's reporting about his upcoming marriage. The Daily Mail apologized, and the story disappeared from the web. In yet another rebuttal, Clooney has now rejected that apology. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 49267 at http://kuer.org A Corvette 33 Years Lost — And Found Without An Answer Why http://kuer.org/post/corvette-33-years-lost-and-found-without-answer-why Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And now a car story that sounds like it was meant for a movie script. Here's the opening scene - a phone is ringing. George Talley, a 71-year-old retiree in Detroit, picks it up.<p>GEORGE TALLEY: I got a call from the AAA insurance company, and they said, did you ever own a 1979 Corvette? And I said yes. And they said, well, we found it. I said, what?<p>BLOCK: That call came two weeks ago.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Talley's silver-gray sports car had turned up 33 years after he reported it stolen. Exactly where it's been all this time is a mystery. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 48430 at http://kuer.org Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling http://kuer.org/post/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-utahs-same-sex-marriage-ban A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.<p>While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.<p>Utah officials said they would appeal and would seek a quick resolution of the issue. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 48363 at http://kuer.org Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling As The Anchor Chair Turns: A Glimpse At ABC News Past And Future http://kuer.org/post/anchor-chair-turns-glimpse-abc-news-past-and-future ABC News has announced major shakeups in its anchor lineup, as Diane Sawyer steps down from her perch as anchor of the network's evening news. What does her replacement say about the state of the evening anchor job in the world of TV news? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 48356 at http://kuer.org On A Day Of Looking Back, Talks Move Forward On Ukraine http://kuer.org/post/day-looking-back-talks-move-forward-ukraine President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met during a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day. On the same day, Putin met with new Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 47435 at http://kuer.org Letters: Ex-Cons' Struggles To Make It On The Outside http://kuer.org/post/letters-ex-cons-struggles-make-it-outside Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>I'm Audie Cornish and it's time now for your letters. Earlier this week, we ran a two-part series about what happens when older prison inmates return to the outside world. For two years, NPR's Laura Sullivan followed a couple of aging ex-cons as they made their way through life, not sure if they deserve a second chance.<p>SIEGEL: One of the men is Red Thorpe. In 1979, Thorpe was 22. He killed a teenager and served 25 years in prison. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 47440 at http://kuer.org The Man Who Would Own All The World's 'Speed' — But Only On VHS http://kuer.org/post/man-who-would-own-all-worlds-speed-only-vhs Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Ryan Beitz feels a need for speed. Specifically, he wants to get...<p>RYAN BEITZ: All available VHS copies of the hit 1994 action-adventure film "Speed," starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper.<p>BLOCK: It's called the World Speed Project. And please note, Mr. Beitz is very particular: only copies...<p>BEITZ: On VHS.<p>BLOCK: No Beta, no laser discs, no DVDs.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Ryan Beitz lives in Moscow, Idaho. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 45370 at http://kuer.org Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near http://kuer.org/post/months-training-and-moment-silence-marathon-draws-near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 44903 at http://kuer.org Letters: Athletic And Academic Demands In College http://kuer.org/post/letters-athletic-and-academic-demands-college Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 44506 at http://kuer.org Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine http://kuer.org/post/putin-speaks-decries-us-experimenting-rats-ukraine In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 42922 at http://kuer.org Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men http://kuer.org/post/obama-announces-task-force-help-young-minority-men Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama kicked off a new initiative this afternoon aimed at improving the odds for young black and Latino men. The White House calls the program My Brother's Keeper. The idea is to bring together business people, faith leaders, athletes and celebrities to confront the challenges facing young men of color. Major charities have pledged $200 million to the cause over the next five years. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 42734 at http://kuer.org When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future http://kuer.org/post/when-it-comes-cuts-pentagon-claims-eye-future Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to talk about the Pentagon's view on cuts to military benefits. And Tom, we just heard from Quil that retirees feel the military is essentially breaking faith with those who served. But what do Pentagon leaders say to that?<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, Audie, I spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey earlier this week and I asked him about these pension cuts and here's what he had to say.<p>GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY: Look. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 40915 at http://kuer.org Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits http://kuer.org/post/hopes-dim-long-term-extension-jobless-benefits The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 40811 at http://kuer.org Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny http://kuer.org/post/christie-delivers-statewide-address-under-increased-scrutiny Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.<p>GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 40814 at http://kuer.org Explanatory 'Verticals' Give Big-Name Journalists More Power http://kuer.org/post/explanatory-verticals-give-big-name-journalists-more-power Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Recently we've heard of some big changes at several news organizations involving some of their most prominent journalists. At the Washington Post, the founder of the popular policy site Wonkblog, Ezra Klein, is weighing a departure. And the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are both scrambling to set up dedicated news teams to replace journalists who have left in pursuit of more money and independence. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 40374 at http://kuer.org Federal Appeals Court Stays Ruling Against NYPD Stop-And-Frisk http://kuer.org/post/judge-halts-parts-nypd-stop-and-frisk-policy The court also removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from the case, saying she violated the appearance of impartiality, among other reasons. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 37576 at http://kuer.org Twitter Reveals User Numbers, Financial Info Ahead Of IPO http://kuer.org/post/twitter-reveals-user-numbers-financial-info-ahead-ipo Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Twitter is revealing more details about its planned initial public offering. Late this afternoon, the company announced its intention to raise a billion dollars by selling stock, and revealed detailed information about its finances for the first time. We're joined now by NPR's Steve Henn to discuss this peek behind the Twitter curtain. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 36298 at http://kuer.org Unemployment Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Levels http://kuer.org/post/unemployment-claims-drop-pre-recession-levels More than 330,000 people filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That sounds like a big number — and is a slight increase over the previous week — but it's being taken as some very good news. For a month, now, fewer new people are asking for unemployment insurance than at any time since November, 2007. That's before the Great Recession. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 34335 at http://kuer.org Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Tainted Water Daily http://kuer.org/post/fukushima-nuclear-plant-leaking-300-tons-tainted-water-daily Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to Japan for an update on the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It was heavily damaged by an earthquake and resulting tsunami in March 2011, leading to several meltdowns. Then yesterday, the government estimated that some 300 tons of radioactive water are pouring into the ocean each day. Meanwhile, the plant's owner has unveiled plans to seal its reactors in a wall of ice. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 33660 at http://kuer.org Former Goldman Sachs Trader Found Liable For Fraud http://kuer.org/post/former-goldman-sachs-trader-found-liable-fraud Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>In New York City today, a victory for the Securities and Exchange Commission: A federal jury held former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre liable on six of the seven counts against him. The SEC had accused Tourre of intentionally misleading investors about a mortgage-backed security just as the housing sector was beginning to collapse. The investment created huge losses.<p>For more on the verdict, we're joined by NPR's Dan Bobkoff, who's been watching the trial. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 33305 at http://kuer.org Where Are All Of Wyomings Escalators? http://kuer.org/post/where-are-all-wyomings-escalators Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Turning now to escalator news, specifically Wyoming escalator news.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>There is a reported paucity of moving staircases in the Cowboy State, and that shortcoming has been posited as an argument for Wyoming to have fewer than its allotted pair of senators.<p>CORNISH: The argument goes like this: Why should a state with only two escalators get two senators?<p>BLOCK: Well, for some insight, we turn to the self-proclaimed escalator editor of the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune.<p>JEREMY FUGLEBERG: I am currently at the base of an excellent Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32623 at http://kuer.org House Republicans Start Crafting Their Own Immigration Bill http://kuer.org/post/house-republicans-start-crafting-their-own-immigration-bill Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The push for a big rewrite of the nation's immigration laws has moved from one side of the Capitol to the other. Late last month, the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul. Now it's up to the GOP-led House to act.<p>But House Republican leaders say they have no intention of even bringing up the Senate's bill. They'll come up with their own legislation. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:21:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32201 at http://kuer.org NSA Leaker Sets Sights On South America, But Why Ecuador? http://kuer.org/post/nsa-leaker-sets-sights-south-america-why-ecuador Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The U.S. continues its cat and mouse game with the man who confessed to leaking NSA secrets, Edward Snowden. After spending the last few weeks in Hong Kong, Snowden caught a plane to Moscow this weekend, and he's believed to still be in Russia. But his exact whereabouts are uncertain. The U.S. has urged Russia not to let Snowden leave.<p>Today, officials from Ecuador said Snowden has applied for asylum there. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31431 at http://kuer.org Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham http://kuer.org/post/breaking-golfs-color-barrier-birmingham This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.<p>On Tuesday, she <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/18/193128475/how-the-civil-rights-movement-was-covered-in-birmingham" target="_blank">interviewed Hank Klibanoff</a>, co-author of <em>The Race Beat</em>, about how Birmingham newspapers covered the civil rights movement at the time it unfolded. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:18:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31279 at http://kuer.org Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses http://kuer.org/post/desegregation-birminghams-golf-courses Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. All this week, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, where the city is in the midst of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous and influential civil rights protests that occurred here. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31260 at http://kuer.org How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham http://kuer.org/post/how-civil-rights-movement-was-covered-birmingham As the Civil Rights Movement was unfolding across the US in 1963, the entire nation had its eyes on climactic events taking place in Southern cities like Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss. But there's a stark difference between how the national press covered the events in Birmingham and how Birmingham's papers covered their own city.<p>As part of NPR's series on that pivotal summer of 1963, Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to revisit some of the stories that shaped the city and the nation at the time. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 31141 at http://kuer.org How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham