All Things Considered http://wutc.org en Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://wutc.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 40146 at http://wutc.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://wutc.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Richard Harris 40145 at http://wutc.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://wutc.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 40141 at http://wutc.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://wutc.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 40143 at http://wutc.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands http://wutc.org/post/fate-new-nc-voter-id-law-now-rests-judges-hands North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WUNC-FM. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 editor 40137 at http://wutc.org The Musician's Secret Slang: A 'Crow,' An Oboe And A Cleveland Call-Out http://wutc.org/post/musicians-secret-slang-crow-oboe-and-cleveland-call-out Every profession has a jargon all its own, and musicians are no different. Oboist Alli Gessner and blues musician Brian Brickley offer a few terms distinctive to the music world: "crowing" and "good night, Cleveland," among others. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:46:00 +0000 editor 40135 at http://wutc.org In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain http://wutc.org/post/after-brazils-world-cup-defeat-poem-numb-pain Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174665">Casey at the Bat</a>." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.<p><blockquote><p>The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;<br />He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 editor 40130 at http://wutc.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration http://wutc.org/post/after-decades-storage-damaged-rothko-murals-get-high-tech-restoration Paintings by postwar abstract artist Mark Rothko are highly coveted — in May one of his works sold at auction in London for $50 million. But oddly enough, Harvard University has had a handful of Rothkos — faded by sunlight and splattered with food and drink — in storage. Now, new technology has led to a potentially controversial restoration.<p>Retired Harvard curator and conservator Marjorie Cohn was an apprentice at the Harvard Art Museums around the time Rothko was commissioned to create wall-sized paintings for a new space at the university's Holyoke Center. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 editor 40136 at http://wutc.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://wutc.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 22:49:00 +0000 NPR Staff 40092 at http://wutc.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://wutc.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 22:49:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 40094 at http://wutc.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://wutc.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 21:53:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 40089 at http://wutc.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://wutc.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 40090 at http://wutc.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith http://wutc.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 40091 at http://wutc.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks http://wutc.org/post/picketing-truckers-raise-tensions-la-port-amid-dockworker-talks Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.<p>Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.<p>Just over 100 of them have been protesting this week, including driver Santos Lopez. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 40086 at http://wutc.org Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://wutc.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. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 40087 at http://wutc.org