Here and Now on Wyoming Public Radio http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Thoughts On Neighbors In Summertime http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/thoughts-neighbors-summertime When the weather is warm and the days long, we often get a chance to see and talk to our neighbors more often than we do when winter&#8217;s cold keeps people indoors.<p>Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.<p>From the <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> Contributors Network, <a href="http://nhpr.org/people/sean-hurley" target="_blank">Sean Hurley</a> of New Hampshire Public Radio has these thoughts on what he&#8217;s learned about the people who live near him.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/helicopter-barn" Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 61193 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Thoughts On Neighbors In Summertime GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gmo-bananas-must-pass-their-first-test Volunteers in Iowa are getting a great deal &#8212; $900 for eating a banana. It’s part of a human feeding experiment to test genetically-engineered bananas.<p>Researchers hope that blood drawn from the volunteers will show higher levels of vitamin A, so the bananas can head to Uganda, where bananas are a staple and vitamin A deficiency is widespread.<p>NPR’s <strong>Dan Charles</strong> joins <em><a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the experiment, and what this may mean for fortified produce.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://www.npr.or Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 61194 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test On Stage: The Colorado Black Arts Festival http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stage-colorado-black-arts-festival &#8220;On Stage&#8221; is our look at what&#8217;s happening on the boards across the country, from comedy shows to celebrations of slices of American life.<p>Today, we turn to the Colorado Black Arts Festival, kicking off in Denver today. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 61195 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org On Stage: The Colorado Black Arts Festival As Quadruple Amputee Awaits Arm Transplant, Identical Twin Waits As Well http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/quadruple-amputee-awaits-arm-transplant-identical-twin-waits-well <strong>Will Lautzenheiser</strong>, a former teacher at Boston University, had just started teaching film at Montana State University three years ago when he lost all four limbs to a group A streptococcal infection.<p>It was shattering for Will, but also for his identical twin <strong>Tom <strong>Lautzenheiser</strong></strong>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 61156 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org As Quadruple Amputee Awaits Arm Transplant, Identical Twin Waits As Well What LeBron James' Upcoming Decision Says About NBA Economics http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-lebron-james-upcoming-decision-says-about-nba-economics LeBron James, considered by many to be the best player in basketball right now, is deciding where he&#8217;ll play next year, after his contract with the Miami Heat comes to an end.<p><strong>Derek Thompson</strong> joins <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Jeremy Hobson to talk about the economics of the NBA, including player contract negotiations.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/derek-thompson/" target="_blank">Derek Thompson</a></strong>, senior editor for The Atlantic. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 editor 61157 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What LeBron James' Upcoming Decision Says About NBA Economics Oil Train Workers Raise Questions About Safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-train-workers-raise-questions-about-safety Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year. Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail.<p>More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon.<p>Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil. The company regularly touts its commitment to safety. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 editor 61158 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil Train Workers Raise Questions About Safety Medal Of Honor Recipient Reflects On Honor And Loss http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-reflects-honor-and-loss The Battle of Wanat is one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan. Nine American soldiers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded when hundreds of insurgents assaulted the Army outpost they were building in Waygal Valley on July 13, 2008. It was just after 4 o’clock that morning when the American soldiers were blasted with machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades.<p><div class="pullquote" style="">&#8220;It belongs to every man there that day and I&#8217;ll accept it on behalf of the team. It&#8217;s not mine.&#8221;</div><p>Sgt. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Alex Ashlock 61062 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Reflects On Honor And Loss YA Novel 'Say What You Will' Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ya-novel-say-what-you-will-draws-inspiration-teens-disabilities When author Cammie McGovern&#8217;s oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she looked for an outlet where he could be with other children with similar difficulties. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 61061 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org YA Novel 'Say What You Will' Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities Citigroup And Justice Department Reportedly Near Deal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/citigroup-and-justice-department-reportedly-near-deal Citigroup and the Justice Department are reportedly closing in on a $7 billion deal that would settle allegations that the bank sold shoddy mortgages in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The deal is expected to be announced in the next week and comes after months of tense negotiations between the bank and government officials &#8212; negotiations that became so tense that in June, the Justice Department threatened to sue if the bank did not agree to the government’s proposed penalty.<p>The settlement may fall short of that demand, but the bank may be paying more than once expected. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 61063 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Citigroup And Justice Department Reportedly Near Deal Selfies Endanger Tour De France Riders http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/selfies-endanger-tour-de-france-riders The world&#8217;s most storied bicycle competition, the Tour de France, has been imperiled by spectators trying to take selfies.<p>Riders have taken to social media with pleas for fans to show restraint, since fans turning their backs on the race to take photos are unaware of where the riders are and how fast they may be going.<p><em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young speaks with <strong>Bill Strickland</strong>, interim editor of Bicycling magazine about the phenomenon and get his take on this year&#8217;s race.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://instagram.c Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 61014 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Selfies Endanger Tour De France Riders Baseball Fans Lukewarm To Variable Ticket Prices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/baseball-fans-lukewarm-variable-ticket-prices Baseball fans in many cities, including Kansas City, can no longer count on the price of single game tickets during the season. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 61015 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Baseball Fans Lukewarm To Variable Ticket Prices Time Travel For The Everyday Adventurer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/time-travel-everyday-adventurer This summer, consider going on a journey of a different kind – a trip through time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 61016 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Time Travel For The Everyday Adventurer Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/little-library-causes-big-zoning-controversy <em>Note: See an update on this story <a href="http://nprhereandnow.tumblr.com/post/91149246273/from-on-top-of-his-milk-crate-9-year-old-spencer" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><p class="sep"><p>City leaders in Leawood, Kansas tonight will take up 9-year-old <strong>Spencer Collins</strong>&#8216; Little Free Library.<p>The boy had put up a slightly larger than a birdfeeder box containing a free book exchange in his front yard, but a neighbor complained it was an eyesore and &#8220;an illegal detached structure&#8221; that violated the town&#8217;s zoning ordinances.<p>The city originally told Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 60938 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy Ukrainian Parliamentarian: Ukraine 'A Test' For Europe And Russia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ukrainian-parliamentarian-ukraine-test-europe-and-russia <strong>Olga Bielkova</strong>, a member of Ukraine&#8217;s parliament says, &#8220;what is happening between us and Russia right now is a threat to the whole of Europe; Russia is just testing grounds for what it could to do other countries.&#8221;<p>Bielkova told <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson that Ukraine is better prepared to take on pro-Russian separatists, and she thinks that the government will begin winning hearts in Eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian sentiment runs strong.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://belkova.com/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 60939 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org GoPro Spawns New Category Of Wearable Cameras http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gopro-spawns-new-category-wearable-cameras GoPro stock options began trading today, less than two weeks after it went public. The company, which makes wearable point-of-view action cameras, has come a long way since it was born 10 years ago. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 editor 60940 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org GoPro Spawns New Category Of Wearable Cameras Ben Franklin's Not-So-Famous Sister http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ben-franklins-not-so-famous-sister Ben Franklin is arguably the most famous American ever. His youngest sister Jane is mostly lost to history. But a Harvard historian found her in the letters she and her brother exchanged over their long lives.<p>They were called Benny and Jenny, and Benny wrote more letters to Jenny than he did to anyone else. Most of his survive; many of her&#8217;s do not.<p>But <strong>Jill Lepore</strong> finds a life unknown in those that do. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 60843 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org On Stage: Orlando Story Club http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stage-orlando-story-club In today&#8217;s &#8220;On Stage&#8221; segment, we look at the art of storytelling, which has taken off in venues across the country.<p>We go to Orlando, Florida, and the <a href="http://www.orlandostoryclub.com" target="_blank">Orlando Story Club</a>. The club was co-founded by South African-born <strong>Robin Cowie</strong>, who has a background in bringing powerful stories to life as a former Hollywood producer. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 60844 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org On Stage: Orlando Story Club Dow Jones Closes At An All-Time High http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dow-jones-closes-all-time-high The cherry on top to yesterday’s encouraging jobs report was a record close for the Dow Jones industrial average.<p><strong>Derek Thompson</strong>, senior editor at the Atlantic talks to <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Robin Young about what the record means in context, for the economy as a whole, and for the average American<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/derek-thompson/" target="_blank">Derek Thompson</a></strong>, senior editor for <em>The Atlantic</em>. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 60845 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dow Jones Closes At An All-Time High Remembering Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/remembering-childrens-book-author-walter-dean-myers <strong>Walter Dean Myers</strong>, the award-winning children&#8217;s book author and former ambassador for young people&#8217;s literature, died this week at the age of 76.<p>He was a longtime advocate of children&#8217;s reading. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 60792 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Smart' Homes May Be Vulnerable To Hackers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/smart-homes-may-be-vulnerable-hackers Our homes are becoming more and more connected. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 60793 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Smart' Homes May Be Vulnerable To Hackers Germany Boosts Its Minimum Wage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/germany-boosts-its-minimum-wage The German Parliament voted today to set the country&#8217;s first national minimum wage, 8.5 euros, which is $11.60 per hour. The new minimum wage will be phased in starting next year.<p>Chancellor Angela Merkel&#8217;s government supported the move at the insistence of her government coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 60794 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Germany Boosts Its Minimum Wage Grill Time: New Twists On July 4th Favorites http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grill-time-new-twists-july-4th-favorites The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and for many people that means two things: fireworks and grilling. <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> resident chef <strong>Kathy Gunst</strong> may not have pointers on the pyrotechnics, but she sure knows her way around a grill. Kathy&#8217;s special ingredient for burgers? Bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 editor 60728 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grill Time: New Twists On July 4th Favorites Red Spruce Makes A Comeback http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/red-spruce-makes-comeback There’s a dramatic recovery underway in the forests of New England. Red spruce, a tree that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain, is now growing faster than ever.<p>And it’s not the only tree growing like gangbusters. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 editor 60729 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Red Spruce Makes A Comeback Not Your Father's Hog http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/not-your-fathers-hog Harley Davidson is known for the size of its motorcycles and their distinctive growl. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 editor 60730 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Not Your Father's Hog World Cup: The Loser Goes Home http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/world-cup-loser-goes-home Today in Brazil, it&#8217;s do or die, one and done, all or nothing &#8212; and any other sports cliche you can think of to describe the winner-take-all World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium.<p><strong>Doug Tribou</strong> of NPR&#8217;s <em>Only A Game</em> tells <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson that while Belgium is the favorite, the &#8220;Red Devils&#8221; are pretty banged up and some of their key players may not take to the pitch. Meanwhile, U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 editor 60670 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fireworks Business 'Shaken' By Fatal Accident http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fireworks-business-shaken-fatal-accident July 4th is a day to celebrate the birth of a nation with parades, picnics and in many communities, fireworks.<p>People in the pyrotechnic business say their job is to entertain people. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 editor 60671 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fireworks Business 'Shaken' By Fatal Accident Supreme Court Solidifies Position On Birth Control http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/supreme-court-solidifies-position-birth-control Today the U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 editor 60672 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Supreme Court Solidifies Position On Birth Control Why Did France Swing To The Right? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/why-did-france-swing-right In France, the far right Front National party, under its leader Marine Le Pen, finished on top in the recent European elections. The French prime minister called it a political earthquake, with the ruling Socialist Party pushed into third place. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 editor 60618 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Why Did France Swing To The Right? Archie To Meet Untimely Death http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/archie-meet-untimely-death Comic fans will have more on their mind this summer than whether the beloved, freckle-faced Archie Andrews should chose between Betty or Veronica.<p>Publishers have announced that Archie is going to be killed this July in the spinoff series &#8220;Life With Archie.&#8221; But <strong>Rob Salkowitz</strong>, author of the book &#8220;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Comic-Con-Business-Pop-Culture-Entertainment/dp/0071797025/?tag=wburorg-20" target="_blank">Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture</a>,&#8221; tells <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 editor 60616 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Archie To Meet Untimely Death New Generation Of TVs Promises More Clarity, Big Price Tag http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-generation-tvs-promises-more-clarity-big-price-tag It&#8217;s being billed as a revolution in television &#8212; a TV with four times the definition of standard high definition television (HDTV), which is also known as 1080p television (a resolution of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high).<p>These new &#8220;Ultra HD 4K&#8221; TVs have been on sale for about a year, ranging in price from about $1,000 to over $20,000 for the biggest, fanciest models. But is there content available for these new televisions? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 editor 60617 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Generation Of TVs Promises More Clarity, Big Price Tag