All Things Considered on APR http://apr.org en Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria http://apr.org/post/foleys-mother-we-didnt-want-him-go-back-syria The mother of slain journalist James Foley says in an interview with NPR's <em>All Things Considered</em> that the family did not want him to return to Syria after a brief trip back to the United States in 2011.<p>"We really did not want him to go back," Diane Foley tells host Melissa Block. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:36:00 +0000 editor 58529 at http://apr.org Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops http://apr.org/post/zero-tolerance-policing-not-racism-say-st-louis-area-cops The protests that followed the shooting death this month of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing, especially in the St Louis area.<p>Many male African-American residents there say police scrutinize them unfairly. "Every time you see a cop, it's like, 'OK, am I going to get messed with?' " says Anthony Ross. "You feel that every single time you get behind your car. Every time."<p>Now, police officers in and around St. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 58526 at http://apr.org Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? http://apr.org/post/whats-writer-gotta-do-get-little-health-care-around-here In my teens, I stumbled onto the wide trail of "the writer's bildungsroman," the coming-of-age stories that often gave me too much to identify with. That whispered clear messages while I slept and while I tried to imagine a life far, far outside the heat and farmlands of where I grew up.<p>Why I so readily identified with J.G. Ballard in a Japanese prison camp in <em>Empire of the Sun,</em> or A.E. Hotchner on the streets of Depression-era St. Louis in <em>King of the Hill,</em> I couldn't have told you at the time. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Domingo Martinez 58521 at http://apr.org What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://apr.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 John Burnett 58452 at http://apr.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://apr.org/post/life-after-ice-buckets-als-group-faces-94-million-challenge The ALS <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652065/weekend-host-accepts-ice-bucket-challenge">ice bucket challenge</a> continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html">Lou Gehrig's disease</a>. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 58450 at http://apr.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://apr.org/post/freemasonry-still-alive-and-well-and-mostly-men-only The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.<p>Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.<p>His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 58453 at http://apr.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only Cory Branan: A 'No-Hit Wonder,' Making Small-Batch Country Music http://apr.org/post/cory-branan-no-hit-wonder-making-small-batch-country-music On the cover of his new album, Cory Branan is stretched out, with his feet up. His boots are all battered, worn down at the heels, and he's dozing off. The album's title kind of says it all: <em>The No-Hit Wonder</em>. It's his fourth in a career stacked with lonesome country anthems to life on the road, delivered in a voice that's pleasantly weathered.<p>In an interview with NPR's Melissa Block, Branan says that while his style of music hasn't produced many hitmakers, he's content playing a smaller game. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:30:00 +0000 editor 58445 at http://apr.org Cory Branan: A 'No-Hit Wonder,' Making Small-Batch Country Music The Calamity Of The 'Clam,' Every Musician's Headache http://apr.org/post/calamity-clam-every-musicians-headache <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=The+Calamity+Of+The+%27Clam%2C%27+Every+Musician%27s+Headache&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>We wrap up this hour with a bit of musical Trade Lingo. We've been asking about words that are terms of the trade in a particular line of work - words that might stump anybody else. And today, our trade lingo is offered up by musician and producer Don Was. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 58446 at http://apr.org Meet The Squirrel Whisperer Of Happy Valley http://apr.org/post/meet-squirrel-whisperer-happy-valley <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=Meet+The+Squirrel+Whisperer+Of+Happy+Valley&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MTAzMDEyMTY4NDEzNjUxZmMzYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now a story about squirrels at college with a wildly-popular Facebook page. At Penn State, one student's collection of photos of squirrels wearing costumes has gotten four-times as many likes on Facebook as the school's mascot. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 58447 at http://apr.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town http://apr.org/post/report-details-16-years-horrific-abuse-children-uk-town An investigation out on Tuesday documents the abuse of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, and says local authorities were aware of the problem for years and did not respond.<p>Alexis Jay, who authored <a href="http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham" target="_blank">the report</a>, used to be chief inspector of social work in Scotland.<p>She's seen a lot. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 58390 at http://apr.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions http://apr.org/post/colorados-pot-brownies-have-new-ingredient-warning-labels When Colorado <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/colorado-creates-food-safety-system-regulate-marijuana-industry-edibles">legalized</a> recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened the door for food products infused with the psychoactive ingredient, THC, to anyone over the age of 21. That means bakers and food companies now have to ensure new products aren't contaminated with foodborne pathogens. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 58388 at http://apr.org Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter http://apr.org/post/high-prices-arent-scaring-consumers-away-meat-counter You may have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and beef prices <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/meat-price-spreads.aspx#.U_ztFMW-0yp">are up</a> more than 11 percent since last summer.<p>Supply and demand determine price, and the pork supply comes from places like Riley Lewis' hog farm near Forest City, Iowa.<p>Here 1,000 acres of corn surround the barns, and a grain silo from 1948 is dwarfed by modern storage bins. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:57:00 +0000 editor 58389 at http://apr.org High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S. http://apr.org/post/vas-inspector-general-finds-faked-data-hospitals-across-us President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets. The speech comes as the inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department is releasing a report on the scandal over phony wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 58375 at http://apr.org Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus http://apr.org/post/marine-turned-novelist-brings-brutal-everyday-work-war-focus "Every inch of that place, every grain of sand, wanted desperately to kill us."<p>That's a line from a compelling new novel about the Iraq War, written by former Marine Michael Pitre.<p>Pitre was a history and creative writing major at Louisiana State when he joined the Marines after Sept. 11. He became an officer and served two tours in Iraq's Anbar province working in logistics and communications.<p>His new novel, <em>Fives and Twenty-Fives,</em> follows an American road repair crew and bomb disposal team in Iraq. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 58378 at http://apr.org Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants http://apr.org/post/obama-considers-widening-strikes-against-islamic-state-militants President Obama is considering widening military strikes against the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley. The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State's positions in Iraq, and may decide to extend those strikes to Syria.<p>Three years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, and a year after President Obama tried to turn the page on the open-ended war on terror, the U.S. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 58376 at http://apr.org Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants