4:49pm

Wed April 16, 2014
It's All Politics

Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:54 pm

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on field operations to support candidates in favor of gun safety laws.
Seth Wenig AP

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.

The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's Today show.

"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.

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4:05pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:20 pm

This mako shark looks like its ancient ancestors, but it's probably evolved to be even more terrifying.
Sam Cahir Barcroft Media/Landov

Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.

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4:05pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Business

Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:20 pm

General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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4:05pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Law

Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:20 pm

Diego Sanchez, the first openly transgender person to work as a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill, helped to develop a new Justice Department program that trains law enforcement to be more sensitive to the needs of transgender people.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A groundbreaking survey reports that nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. This year, the Justice Department wants to change that by training law enforcement to be more sensitive to the needs of trans people in their communities.

Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole says its new training program is motivated by a simple yet powerful idea.

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4:04pm

Wed April 16, 2014
The Salt

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:39 am

Cherry Belle radishes grow superfast.
John Trainor Flickr

Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.

But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)

So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?

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3:38pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Station News & Events

Discussion on the Twitter Style Cuban Service on Q for 4-16-14

TODAY on "Q" 

-- EMILY PARKER, digital diplomacy advisor and author of "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From The Internet Underground" talks about reports that the US government tried to set up a Twitter-style service in Cuba to stir dissent... and the real challenges of bringing the internet revolution to Cuba.

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3:36pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Station News & Events

More on the Crisis in Ukraine on The World for 4-16-14

PRI's The World - with Host Marco Werman  

The crisis over eastern Ukraine ratchets up one more notch as separatists hoist Russian flags on Ukrainian army vehicles there. The BBC's David Stern has the latest from Donetsk. And we'll learn about a folk song that's become an anthem of pro-Western demonstrators in Kiev.

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3:07pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Sports

From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:20 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

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And I'm Robert Siegel.

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3:07pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Technology

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:20 pm

Sally Anscombe Flickr Select/Getty Images

Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.

Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.

A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.

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