All Things Considered http://kuow.org en X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality http://kuow.org/post/x-prize-competition-could-make-tricorder-reality <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=X+Prize+Competition+Could+Make+%27Tricorder%27+A+Reality&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 editor 40946 at http://kuow.org Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli http://kuow.org/post/islamic-state-suffers-rare-defeat-amerli <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=Islamic+State+Suffers+Rare+Defeat+In+Amerli&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMzY5MzE4MDEzMTE3ODg5NDA4ZjRiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>In Iraq, radical Sunni fighters calling themselves the Islamic State or Isis have suffered a rare defeat. Iraqi and Kurdish forces broke a nearly 80-day siege on the town of Amerli, where residents have enough food and water today for the first time in weeks. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 40947 at http://kuow.org 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War http://kuow.org/post/thousand-mirrors-shows-two-views-one-long-brutal-war It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.<p>Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 40944 at http://kuow.org 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish http://kuow.org/post/ty-segall-rocks-out-acoustic-style-and-more-polish If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15157974/the-stooges">The Stooges</a> — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.<p>But his newest album, <em>Manipulator</em>, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.<p>Hear the conversation at the audio link. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:28:00 +0000 editor 40945 at http://kuow.org Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish The Other Rock History http://kuow.org/post/other-rock-history <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUdmLXq695E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vktyEV1yrCk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0TJhKaVMqg</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:48:00 +0000 editor 40921 at http://kuow.org The Other Rock History When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark http://kuow.org/post/when-wildlife-documentaries-jump-shark This summer's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel was the highest-rated in the special's 27-year history. But that success has also brought complaints.<p>The network has been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with "documentaries" that advance dubious theories — or are entirely fake. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:37:00 +0000 editor 40920 at http://kuow.org When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing http://kuow.org/post/beware-your-uber-ride-may-come-side-oversharing <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=Beware%3A+Your+Uber+Ride+May+Come+With+A+Side+Of+Oversharing&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 40916 at http://kuow.org Len Elmore: Black Athletes Need To Speak Out About Ferguson http://kuow.org/post/len-elmore-black-athletes-need-speak-out-about-ferguson <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=Len+Elmore%3A+Black+Athletes+Need+To+Speak+Out+About+Ferguson&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTk3MDc5MDEzMTM2MjU1NzMyZGE4NA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 40917 at http://kuow.org Saavy PR Campaign Has Lured Many To Fight In Syria's Civil War http://kuow.org/post/saavy-pr-campaign-has-lured-many-fight-syrias-civil-war <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=Saavy+PR+Campaign+Has+Lured+Many+To+Fight+In+Syria%27s+Civil+War&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTk3MDc5MDEzMTM2MjU1NzMyZGE4NA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Douglas McCain was 33-years-old, an American citizen raised in Minnesota and until recently living in San Diego. But this week, U.S. officials confirmed that he was killed in Syria in combat, fighting on the side of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 40918 at http://kuow.org Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions http://kuow.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-abortion-restrictions Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. <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=Federal+Judge+Blocks+Texas+Abortion+Restrictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 40890 at http://kuow.org Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria http://kuow.org/post/lawmakers-demand-say-obamas-decisions-syria The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.<p>In the days after the Sept. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 40888 at http://kuow.org Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era http://kuow.org/post/new-orleans-enters-charter-school-era On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and gutted most of its public schools. Even before the storm, the district was one of the most troubled in the nation.<p>Today, the New Orleans school system is unlike any other anywhere in the U.S. More than 9 in 10 students this fall are attending charter schools run by dozens of private, nonprofit organizations. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 40889 at http://kuow.org New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' http://kuow.org/post/i-am-not-inmate-i-am-man-and-i-have-potential If you want to know how prison can shape a man, talk to Dan Huff. He's spent more than half of his 59 years locked up. He says he was "raised by the state of California."<p>"Even judges, when they would send me away — looking back at it now — they [were] kind of more like a father figure sitting up there," he says. "Closer to fatherly than any father that I ever had."<p>Those judges had plenty of reason to be concerned about him: Huff used heroin. He committed robberies.<strong> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 40879 at http://kuow.org 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety http://kuow.org/post/earthquake-history-fuels-one-writers-anxiety While most of America is thinking burgers and swimming this Labor Day weekend, I can't stop thinking about earthquakes. <br /> <br />Last Sunday, a shaker registering magnitude 6.0 struck the Napa Valley in Northern California. It injured dozens and caused about $1 billion in damages. National media coverage focused on how the quake affected the area's famous wine industry — because America needs to know that our stock of cabs and zinfandels is safe.<br /> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 40883 at http://kuow.org In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting http://kuow.org/post/fergusons-protests-fade-locals-wonder-about-way-forward <em>Myles Bess, a reporter and producer with Youth Radio, has been reporting in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9. Bess lives in Oakland, Calif., and in 2009, he lived through the aftermath of the police shooting of another unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant. </em><p>I was 14 years old when Oscar Grant was killed just a few miles from where I live. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 40884 at http://kuow.org On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting