Audie Cornish http://wuis.org en A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet http://wuis.org/post/pillar-aids-research-and-activism-lost-shot-down-jet Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 29568 at http://wuis.org Miss. Primary Saga Rolls On, As McDaniel Refuses To Back Down http://wuis.org/post/miss-primary-saga-rolls-mcdaniel-refuses-back-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Mississippi's Republican Senate runoff was decided three weeks ago, but the loser in that race refuses to accept the results. Longtime Sen. Thad Cochran is the certified winner, but his tea party-backed challenger, Chris McDaniel, alleges there might have been thousands of improper votes cast and today another twist. NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian joins us now to talk about that twist. And Charlie, State Sen. Chris McDonnell's campaign held a much anticipated press conference today. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 29429 at http://wuis.org Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas http://wuis.org/post/vargas-journalist-and-immigration-activist-detained-texas Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And near the U.S.-Mexico border today, a very public detention of a well-known figure in the immigration debate. The journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas was taken into custody by federal immigration authorities at the airport in McAllen, Texas. He had traveled to the area with members of a group he founded called Define American. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 29345 at http://wuis.org The Rise Of The Online Rebuttal — And How It's Making Waves In Print http://wuis.org/post/rise-online-rebuttal-and-how-its-making-waves-print Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It was not exactly a request that prompted the British tabloid the Daily Mail to take down one of its stories last week. It was an online rebuttal from George Clooney. The actor, writing in the pages of USA Today, issued a scathing response to the Mail's reporting about his upcoming marriage. The Daily Mail apologized, and the story disappeared from the web. In yet another rebuttal, Clooney has now rejected that apology. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 29276 at http://wuis.org Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling http://wuis.org/post/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-utahs-same-sex-marriage-ban A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.<p>While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.<p>Utah officials said they would appeal and would seek a quick resolution of the issue. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 28016 at http://wuis.org Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling As The Anchor Chair Turns: A Glimpse At ABC News Past And Future http://wuis.org/post/anchor-chair-turns-glimpse-abc-news-past-and-future ABC News has announced major shakeups in its anchor lineup, as Diane Sawyer steps down from her perch as anchor of the network's evening news. What does her replacement say about the state of the evening anchor job in the world of TV news? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 28015 at http://wuis.org Sold For Over $2 Million: A Draft, A Few Doodles And A 'Rolling Stone' http://wuis.org/post/sold-over-2-million-draft-few-doodles-and-rolling-stone Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIKE A ROLLING STONE")<p>BOB DYLAN: (Singing) Once upon a time you dressed so fine. You threw the bums a dime in your prime.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's a Dylan fan out there who certainly won't be scrounging for his next meal.<p>DYLAN: (Singing) How does it feel?<p>CORNISH: Sotheby's says the lyrics of "Like A Rolling Stone" have set a world record for a popular music manuscript. The handwritten lyrics sold today for $2,045,000. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 27939 at http://wuis.org On A Day Of Looking Back, Talks Move Forward On Ukraine http://wuis.org/post/day-looking-back-talks-move-forward-ukraine President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met during a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day. On the same day, Putin met with new Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 26765 at http://wuis.org Letters: Ex-Cons' Struggles To Make It On The Outside http://wuis.org/post/letters-ex-cons-struggles-make-it-outside Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>I'm Audie Cornish and it's time now for your letters. Earlier this week, we ran a two-part series about what happens when older prison inmates return to the outside world. For two years, NPR's Laura Sullivan followed a couple of aging ex-cons as they made their way through life, not sure if they deserve a second chance.<p>SIEGEL: One of the men is Red Thorpe. In 1979, Thorpe was 22. He killed a teenager and served 25 years in prison. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 26769 at http://wuis.org 'The Atlantic's' Ta-Nehisi Coates Builds 'A Case For Reparations' http://wuis.org/post/atlantics-ta-nehisi-coates-builds-case-reparations The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates describes how the legacy of slavery extends to geographical and governmental policies in America and calls for a "collective introspection" on reparations. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 25800 at http://wuis.org Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet http://wuis.org/post/artist-kara-walker-draws-us-bitter-history-something-sweet Kara Walker was barely out of art school when she won a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, in 1997. Back then, her early work shocked audiences in part because her murals looked so charming from a distance. Black paper shadow portraits of colonial figures seemed to dance on white gallery walls; but lean in and you'd find your nose pressed up against images of slavery's horrors — mammies, masters, lynchings and sexual violence.<p>In other words, Walker is used to filling a room. But this spring she was asked to fill a warehouse — the abandoned Domino Sugar factory in New York. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 25290 at http://wuis.org Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet The Man Who Would Own All The World's 'Speed' — But Only On VHS http://wuis.org/post/man-who-would-own-all-worlds-speed-only-vhs Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Ryan Beitz feels a need for speed. Specifically, he wants to get...<p>RYAN BEITZ: All available VHS copies of the hit 1994 action-adventure film "Speed," starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper.<p>BLOCK: It's called the World Speed Project. And please note, Mr. Beitz is very particular: only copies...<p>BEITZ: On VHS.<p>BLOCK: No Beta, no laser discs, no DVDs.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Ryan Beitz lives in Moscow, Idaho. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 23747 at http://wuis.org Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near http://wuis.org/post/months-training-and-moment-silence-marathon-draws-near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 23085 at http://wuis.org Letters: Athletic And Academic Demands In College http://wuis.org/post/letters-athletic-and-academic-demands-college Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about the demands made on students and student-athletes in college. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22493 at http://wuis.org RIP ET: The Legend Of The Long-Buried Video Game http://wuis.org/post/rip-et-legend-long-buried-video-game Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>"E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" is a beloved and popular Steven Spielberg movie from 1982. Less known is that E.T. was also a video game.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: A lousy game. In fact, it's regarded as one of the worst ever made. It has a few problems.<p>NICK MONTFORT: Well...<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>MONTFORT: ...it's hard to know where to start.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>That's Nick Montfort, associate professor of Digital Media at MIT.<p>MONTFORT: There are cases where, you know, as soon as you would levitate E.T. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 21608 at http://wuis.org With 10 Songs Of Silence, Band Puts Free Tour On Spotify's Tab http://wuis.org/post/ten-songs-silence-band-puts-free-tour-spotifys-tab <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXvncV79LXk</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 21209 at http://wuis.org Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine http://wuis.org/post/putin-speaks-decries-us-experimenting-rats-ukraine In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 20174 at http://wuis.org Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men http://wuis.org/post/obama-announces-task-force-help-young-minority-men Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama kicked off a new initiative this afternoon aimed at improving the odds for young black and Latino men. The White House calls the program My Brother's Keeper. The idea is to bring together business people, faith leaders, athletes and celebrities to confront the challenges facing young men of color. Major charities have pledged $200 million to the cause over the next five years. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 19853 at http://wuis.org Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits http://wuis.org/post/hopes-dim-long-term-extension-jobless-benefits The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 16938 at http://wuis.org Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny http://wuis.org/post/christie-delivers-statewide-address-under-increased-scrutiny Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.<p>GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 16941 at http://wuis.org Explanatory 'Verticals' Give Big-Name Journalists More Power http://wuis.org/post/explanatory-verticals-give-big-name-journalists-more-power Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Recently we've heard of some big changes at several news organizations involving some of their most prominent journalists. At the Washington Post, the founder of the popular policy site Wonkblog, Ezra Klein, is weighing a departure. And the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are both scrambling to set up dedicated news teams to replace journalists who have left in pursuit of more money and independence. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 16265 at http://wuis.org Federal Appeals Court Stays Ruling Against NYPD Stop-And-Frisk http://wuis.org/post/judge-halts-parts-nypd-stop-and-frisk-policy The court also removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from the case, saying she violated the appearance of impartiality, among other reasons. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 12120 at http://wuis.org Twitter Reveals User Numbers, Financial Info Ahead Of IPO http://wuis.org/post/twitter-reveals-user-numbers-financial-info-ahead-ipo Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Twitter is revealing more details about its planned initial public offering. Late this afternoon, the company announced its intention to raise a billion dollars by selling stock, and revealed detailed information about its finances for the first time. We're joined now by NPR's Steve Henn to discuss this peek behind the Twitter curtain. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 10247 at http://wuis.org Unemployment Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Levels http://wuis.org/post/unemployment-claims-drop-pre-recession-levels More than 330,000 people filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That sounds like a big number — and is a slight increase over the previous week — but it's being taken as some very good news. For a month, now, fewer new people are asking for unemployment insurance than at any time since November, 2007. That's before the Great Recession. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 7727 at http://wuis.org Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Tainted Water Daily http://wuis.org/post/fukushima-nuclear-plant-leaking-300-tons-tainted-water-daily Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to Japan for an update on the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It was heavily damaged by an earthquake and resulting tsunami in March 2011, leading to several meltdowns. Then yesterday, the government estimated that some 300 tons of radioactive water are pouring into the ocean each day. Meanwhile, the plant's owner has unveiled plans to seal its reactors in a wall of ice. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 7005 at http://wuis.org Former Goldman Sachs Trader Found Liable For Fraud http://wuis.org/post/former-goldman-sachs-trader-found-liable-fraud Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>In New York City today, a victory for the Securities and Exchange Commission: A federal jury held former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre liable on six of the seven counts against him. The SEC had accused Tourre of intentionally misleading investors about a mortgage-backed security just as the housing sector was beginning to collapse. The investment created huge losses.<p>For more on the verdict, we're joined by NPR's Dan Bobkoff, who's been watching the trial. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 6631 at http://wuis.org White House Proposes Major Changes To Corporate Tax Code http://wuis.org/post/white-house-proposes-major-changes-corporate-tax-code President Obama traveled to Tennessee on Tuesday, another event in his recent push to emphasize jobs and the economy. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 6512 at http://wuis.org Where Are All Of Wyomings Escalators? http://wuis.org/post/where-are-all-wyomings-escalators Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Turning now to escalator news, specifically Wyoming escalator news.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>There is a reported paucity of moving staircases in the Cowboy State, and that shortcoming has been posited as an argument for Wyoming to have fewer than its allotted pair of senators.<p>CORNISH: The argument goes like this: Why should a state with only two escalators get two senators?<p>BLOCK: Well, for some insight, we turn to the self-proclaimed escalator editor of the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune.<p>JEREMY FUGLEBERG: I am currently at the base of an excellent Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 5950 at http://wuis.org Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham http://wuis.org/post/breaking-golfs-color-barrier-birmingham This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.<p>On Tuesday, she <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/18/193128475/how-the-civil-rights-movement-was-covered-in-birmingham" target="_blank">interviewed Hank Klibanoff</a>, co-author of <em>The Race Beat</em>, about how Birmingham newspapers covered the civil rights movement at the time it unfolded. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 4637 at http://wuis.org Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses http://wuis.org/post/desegregation-birminghams-golf-courses Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. All this week, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, where the city is in the midst of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous and influential civil rights protests that occurred here. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 4618 at http://wuis.org