KUOW News and Information http://kuow.org en Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert http://kuow.org/post/training-uncertain-military-future-calif-desert In the middle of the Mojave Desert, between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there is a place that looks just like Afghanistan.<p>There are villages with houses, shops, a mosque and a marketplace. But it is all a facade. The area is actually a U.S. Army installation, the Fort Irwin National Training Center. If you want to see how a decade of fighting has profoundly changed the way the U.S. prepares its soldiers for war, this is where you come.<p>As the U.S. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32880 at http://kuow.org Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://kuow.org/post/despite-easter-truce-standoff-ukraine-appears-steadfast In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32879 at http://kuow.org Russia's Military: Threatening Enough To Avoid Using Force? http://kuow.org/post/russias-military-threatening-enough-avoid-using-force Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 editor 32878 at http://kuow.org The Players In The Battle For India's Soul http://kuow.org/post/players-battle-indias-soul The numbers from India's election are staggering: 814 million potential voters, nine stages of voting over six weeks. They are the biggest in the world. Correspondent Julie McCarthy talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the candidates vying for power. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 editor 32877 at http://kuow.org GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw http://kuow.org/post/gm-was-slow-recall-saturn-cars-steering-flaw General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 Saturn cars that have been found to have defective power steering systems, newly released federal documents show. The records also show federal regulators didn't demand a recall of the cars, despite thousands of complaints about them.<p>The cars' problem is described as "a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32876 at http://kuow.org GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 http://kuow.org/post/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-13 Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.<p>"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32875 at http://kuow.org Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads http://kuow.org/post/extra-vaccination-push-underway-ohio-mumps-outbreak-spreads Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, are calling the city's mumps outbreak the biggest since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s.<p>Columbus generally gets an average of one case of mumps a year, but since February, there have been <a href="http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=69188">244 cases reported</a> in an outbreak that began on the Ohio State University campus. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Steve Brown 32872 at http://kuow.org Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack http://kuow.org/post/pakiastani-tv-journalist-hamid-mir-wounded-attack Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.<p>Details about the attack are still emerging. Citing police, Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32873 at http://kuow.org Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' http://kuow.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-missing-microbes-both-and-mike-judges-silicon-valley Fresh Air Weekend<em> </em><em>highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors:</strong> In <em>Missing Microbes,</em> Dr. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 editor 32874 at http://kuow.org Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://kuow.org/post/ancient-landscape-found-under-two-miles-ice-greenland In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.<p>"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the <a href="http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18309&category=uvmhome">University of Vermont</a> says. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32871 at http://kuow.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf http://kuow.org/post/telltale-rainbow-sheens-show-thousands-spills-across-gulf Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.<p>"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."<p>It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.<p>And leak they do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Bob Marshall 32869 at http://kuow.org Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes http://kuow.org/post/so-how-they-do-it-zebras-getting-stripes How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?<p>In <a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Rudyard </a><a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Kipling's version</a>, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.<p>OK. Not bad.<p>Here's another notion, this one from <a href="http://www.ricardosolisart.com/">Ricardo Solis</a>, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 32870 at http://kuow.org So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes DNR Postpones Clear-Cuts It Approved Near Oso Landslide http://kuow.org/post/dnr-postpones-clear-cuts-it-approved-near-oso-landslide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state officials have postponed selling 250 acres of timber on steep slopes near the town of </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:35:46 +0000 John Ryan 32850 at http://kuow.org DNR Postpones Clear-Cuts It Approved Near Oso Landslide Top Teams Sitting Out Of NBA Playoffs http://kuow.org/post/top-teams-sitting-out-nba-playoffs Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>And it's time for sports. Today, the NBA playoffs begin, and several teams that normally steal the spotlight are nowhere in sight. Meanwhile, some old guys from San Antonio are again looking like contenders. We're joined by Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He's at the studios of New England Public Radio. Good morning.<p>HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Wade. How are you?<p>GOODWYN: I'm fine, thanks. This year, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks are all sitting out of the NBA playoffs. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 editor 32868 at http://kuow.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-calls-easter-truce-clash-militants <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32867 at http://kuow.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants