All Things Considered on Wyoming Public Radio http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/captain-pizza-saves-day-doesnt-save-himself-slice It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.<p>That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.<p>"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:12:00 +0000 NPR Staff 61146 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-2-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 61144 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/veterans-face-another-battle-fighting-prescription-drug-addiction There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.<p>The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 61139 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/obamas-request-immigration-funds-meets-pushback-hill President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. <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=Obama%27s+Request+For+Immigration+Funds+Meets+Pushback+On+The+Hill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 61140 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stories-muslim-identity-playwright-explores-fault-lines-faith Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, <em>Disgraced,</em> won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.<p>Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 editor 61141 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <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=HIV+Returns+In+Infected+Toddler%2C+Dashing+Hopes+Of+Imminent+Cure&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 61136 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Hopes And Hazards Of The 17-Story Water Slide http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hopes-and-hazards-15-story-water-slide Kansas City now boasts the world's tallest water slide. At about 17 stories high, the slide had been postponed multiple times during construction after tests went bad. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, the slide is attracting thrill-seekers and naysayers alike. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KCUR-FM. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 61137 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/high-drama-its-1964-convention-gop-hung-right-turn In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 61138 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 61084 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:21:00 +0000 John Burnett 61082 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can On Calif. Cattle Ranch, Students Wrangle With Meaning Of Manhood http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/calif-cattle-ranch-students-wrangle-meaning-manhood <em>For </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a>"<em> series, NPR's Kelly McEvers sent this report on Deep Springs College — the all-male college that her husband attended, and where he and McEvers have both taught. </em><p>About a hundred years ago, a man named L.L. Nunn was building power plants in the American West. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 61076 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/obama-stumps-colorado-womens-vote-backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 61072 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/opposite-sides-israeli-gaza-border-feeling-same-fears More than 50 Palestinians have been killed and 450 wounded in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330059942/israel-strikes-gaza-again-as-violence-and-death-toll-escalate">Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip</a>. Meanwhile, rockets continue to fly toward Israel from Gaza, but so far, no Israelis have been reported killed.<p>For people living in and around the Gaza Strip, this conflict has turned daily routines upside down. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 61073 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/clash-nashville-property-battle-music-row-draws-crowd News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15294227/ben-folds" target="_blank">Ben Folds</a>, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 61075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/corruption-convictions-spell-10-year-sentence-former-nola-mayor Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A federal judge has sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison for corruption conviction. The sentence was lighter than what prosecutors were seeking for the former two-term Democrat. NPR's Debbie Elliott covered Nagin's trial earlier this year, and she joins us now to talk about today's sentencing. Debbie, first remind us of what Ray Nagin was convicted of back in February.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Well, a New Orleans jury found him guilty of 20 of the 21 federal corruption counts he was facing. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 61066 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Plight Of Mosul's Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/plight-mosuls-museum-iraqi-antiquities-risk-ruin Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. As Sunni insurgents have swept through Iraq seizing cities, they've also begun destroying ancient artifacts. Shrines, tombs and statues that the group ISIS believes are against Islam. Present day Iraq was once Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and considered the cradle of civilization. Now there's great concern that antiquities and archaeological sites will be wiped out. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 61067 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Weight Away From Low-Level Marijuana Cases http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-weight-away-low-level-marijuana-cases Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The district attorney of Brooklyn, New York has announced that his office will not prosecute most low-level marijuana cases. Kenneth Thompson explained his decision by saying, we are pouring money and effort into an endeavor that produces no public safety benefit for the community. And DA Thompson joins me now to talk about the new policy. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 61070 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/collective-anguish-brazilian-defeat Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now on to Sao Paulo, where NPR South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro caught the game at a bar. And, Lourdes, I assume there is collective anguish, albeit very loud anguish right now. What's the mood?<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Well, I think people are drowning their sorrows in this bar. And I think anguish is absolutely the right word. I think you could also use the word despair, shock, horror. People have told me this surpassed even the worst imaginings of their most pessimistic friends. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 61025 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teaching-family-skills-tackle-poverty After a half-century of the War on Poverty, an anti-poverty agency in Ohio has concluded that decades of assistance alone just hasn't changed lives. Instead, it says, the ongoing breakdown of the family is to blame.<p>"You're seeing the same people come year after year, and in some cases generation to generation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 61027 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-looks-overcharging-your-hospital-might-not-be Despite concerns first raised a few years ago, hospitals do not seem to be abusing their electronic data systems to generate bigger bills and boost their income — at least according to authors of a large study released Tuesday. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 editor 61018 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/against-islamic-state-militants-treasury-may-need-try-new-tools In the fight against terrorist organizations, one weapon has been effective in the past: cutting off their funding.<p>Terrorist groups tend to get their money from outside donors or charities. But the Islamic State, the group that now controls huge areas of Syria and Iraq, doesn't get its money that way. So the methods the U.S. Treasury has used to fight terrorist groups in the past won't work as well.<p>Right after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration created an intelligence unit within the Treasury Department. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 61019 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/half-hour-germany-begins-its-rout-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The images out of Brazil right now are of fans in tears, faces with looks of disbelief, hands covering mouths in shock. In the first of two semifinal World Cup matches, the home team is losing and it's losing big. Germany is leading 5-0. Let's go to NPR's Tom Goldman in Rio de Janeiro. Tom, what's the scene where you are in Rio?<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Well, I can tell you the scene right now is a lot different than it was earlier today, Robert. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 61020 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lab-fridge-unsettling-surprise-lost-vials-smallpox Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery last week as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities. The vials have since been transferred to a secure lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 61004 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Washington Pot Shops Open Doors, A Moment 2 Years In The Making http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/washington-pot-shops-open-doors-moment-2-years-making Washington state's first recreational pot shops open for business Tuesday. Voters there legalized the sale of marijuana for non-medical use back in 2012. The Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins reports on the lengthy process from that vote to the day's store openings. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NWNews. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 61012 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/little-engine-could-some-see-early-feminist-hero "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."<p>The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 61013 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teen-tries-be-parent-his-own-dad-never-was <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series. </em><p>Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.<p>When his daughter, Hailey, was born, Ramos was overwhelmed. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 60956 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/post-apocalyptic-world-falls-flat-california Edan Lepucki's debut, <em>California</em>, sold thousands of copies even before the official publication date <a href="http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/iywdca/amazon-s-scorched-earth-tactics-and-edan-lepucki-s--california-">when talk-show host<strong> </strong>Stephen Colbert urged readers to pre-order</a> it from a national independent chain as a protest against the "books-and-everything else" giant, Amazon. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 editor 60958 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California' In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/maine-gay-candidate-uneven-record-lgbt-rights Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.<p>But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.<p>Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.<p>"Yes, I am gay, but you know, so what?" <a href="http://www.mpbn.net/Home/t Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 60953 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/afghan-election-numbers-come-warning-results-not-final Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Today, Afghans are one step closer to knowing who their next president will be. More than three weeks after voters went to the polls, election officials announced that candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead. But Ghani is not out of the woods yet. The election process now enters an appeals phase that is sure to be contentious before the final results are announced on July 24. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 60952 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/couple-revives-lost-moroccan-fig-liquor-one-bottle-time Before the crowds descend on the <a href="http://whiskyjewbilee.com/">Whisky Jewbilee</a>, a kosher alcohol tasting event in Manhattan, David and Dorit Nahmias stand behind their vendor table, getting psyched up.<p>"This is like the big game," Dorit Nahmias says.<p>Events like these are a key tool for getting the word out about their tiny distillery, and the Nahmiases attend half a dozen of them per year. The product they're trying to sell is one few people have heard of: <em>mahia.</em> Dorit rehearses her pitch:<p>"We'll say, 'This is <em>mahia.</em> It's distilled from figs. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 editor 60955 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time