NPR Staff http://apr.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://apr.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56207 at http://apr.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://apr.org/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:10:43 +0000 NPR Staff 56168 at http://apr.org A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://apr.org/post/youth-unemployment-crisis-hits-african-americans-hardest Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.<p>Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William Spriggs, an economist at Howard University, the trend is also being driven by a sluggish economy. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56149 at http://apr.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://apr.org/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56144 at http://apr.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention http://apr.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists <em>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</em><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56139 at http://apr.org Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' http://apr.org/post/fitness-trainer-shaun-t-i-understand-why-you-feel-weak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vnicyr94o</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56142 at http://apr.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://apr.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56121 at http://apr.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' http://apr.org/post/secret-behind-romeros-scary-zombies-i-made-them-neighbors Director George A. Romero grew up on classic movie monsters — and he says he never dreamed he'd be responsible for creating the modern zombie that now lurks alongside those monsters. "I never expected it. I really didn't," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "... All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors ... I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors!"<p>Zombies are everywhere in Hollywood — there's a new batch of films every year, and AMC's <em>The Walking Dead </em>continues to kill it in the ratings. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56119 at http://apr.org The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee http://apr.org/post/meet-mockingbird-memoir-recalls-talks-harper-lee In 1960, Harper Lee published <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56100 at http://apr.org To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://apr.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.<p>The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56102 at http://apr.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow http://apr.org/post/fred-hersch-floats-dynamic-trio-tow The last time <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14997031/fred-hersch" target="_blank">Fred Hersch</a> was featured on <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em>, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.<em></em><p>A new studio recording by Hersch's trio came out earlier this month; it's called <em>Floating</em>. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:23:56 +0000 NPR Staff 56087 at http://apr.org Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://apr.org/post/new-film-zach-braff-asks-how-long-can-you-pursue-your-dreams Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy <em>Scrubs</em>. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film <em>Garden State</em>, a model of 20-something angst.<p>Braff also directs and stars in his latest film, <em>Wish I Was Here</em>, which he co-wrote with his older brother, Adam. The collaboration yielded a coming-of-age story of sorts. It's about a guy who hasn't quite earned the title of adult, even though he's already a family man with kids. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56043 at http://apr.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975 http://apr.org/post/colo-clerk-recalls-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses-1975 For the past month, county clerks in Colorado have been challenging a ban on same-sex marriage by <a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/denver-pueblo-clerks-follow-boulder-issuing-marriage-licenses-gay-couples">issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples</a>.<p>The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule on their actions any day now.<p>But few know that this is history repeating itself.<p>Back in 1975, when Clela Rorex was the newly elected county clerk in Boulder, she began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.<p>On a visit to StoryCorps, Rorex tells her friend Sue Larso Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:35:58 +0000 NPR Staff 56020 at http://apr.org Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975 QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? http://apr.org/post/quiz-which-these-state-fair-foods-are-faux It is the season of state fairs, when you may have a chance to expand your palate or test your gag reflex at the concession stands. (Once you're stuffed, maybe you'll get to admire a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/11/169085074/this-butter-sculpture-could-power-a-farm-for-3-days">butter sculpture</a>.)<p>If it can be dipped in batter or put on a stick, someone is probably trying to sell it on a fairground. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:55:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55994 at http://apr.org QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes http://apr.org/post/richard-reed-parry-turns-musicians-metronomes Richard Reed Parry is famous for making music sound big. As a core member of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16334660/arcade-fire" target="_blank">Arcade Fire</a>, the Grammy-winning indie rock group from Montreal, he wields multiple instruments to help create deep, layered textures in which strings and synthesizers, slow ballads and disco dance tracks are all at home.<p>Parry's first solo album is a departure even from that broad sound. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:52:28 +0000 NPR Staff 55948 at http://apr.org Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes