SDPB Radio http://listen.sdpb.org en Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://listen.sdpb.org/post/tech-week-earnings-heartbleed-arrest-and-digital-distraction There was really only one tech story last week — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug</a>. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Digital Distraction Remedies</strong>: Is a backlash beginning ... in favor of the physical world? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 44867 at http://listen.sdpb.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone? http://listen.sdpb.org/post/can-wal-mart-really-make-organic-food-cheap-everyone It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/04/10/walmart-and-wild-oats-launch-effort-to-drive-down-organic-food-prices">promising</a> to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's shelves right now.<p>Yet we've heard this before. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 44868 at http://listen.sdpb.org Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone? A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://listen.sdpb.org/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 editor 44866 at http://listen.sdpb.org A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://listen.sdpb.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 44864 at http://listen.sdpb.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? http://listen.sdpb.org/post/are-democrats-trying-energize-base-race-card Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.<p>That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda.<p>There seems to be a shift in recent days, however.<p>Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both.<p>Rep. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Frank James 44865 at http://listen.sdpb.org Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://listen.sdpb.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 44862 at http://listen.sdpb.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://listen.sdpb.org/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 editor 44863 at http://listen.sdpb.org In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://listen.sdpb.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 44861 at http://listen.sdpb.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims http://listen.sdpb.org/post/oso-rescue-workers-erect-memorial-mudslide-victims Rescue workers still searching for bodies from the March 22 landslide that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303735775/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-to-39">killed at least 39 people near the town of Oso</a>, Washington, erected a simple, but moving memorial to the victims of the tragedy. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44857 at http://listen.sdpb.org Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities http://listen.sdpb.org/post/airbnb-start-charging-hotel-taxes-handful-cities When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.<p>At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.<p>But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.<p>Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/net-us-airbnb-tax-idUSBRE8331CN20120404" target="_blank">14 percent</a> per room. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 editor 44858 at http://listen.sdpb.org Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey http://listen.sdpb.org/post/welcome-spring-and-more-importantly-playoff-hockey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>After the marathon, Boston sports fans will still have playoff hockey. If you pay attention to the National Hockey League, then you probably heard or maybe even said that there's nothing like the playoffs. And judging from the start of this year's playoffs, it's not an exaggeration. Here to talk more about it is sportswriter Stefan Fatsis. And, Stefan, the NHL playoffs began on Wednesday, but just how exciting have these first games been?<p>STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: They've been great. Seven games, so far, five decided by one goal. Two went into overtime. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44860 at http://listen.sdpb.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://listen.sdpb.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 44859 at http://listen.sdpb.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk http://listen.sdpb.org/post/leaflets-given-donetsk-jews-made-waves-worldwide-not-donetsk A development in Eastern Ukraine has set social media on fire and triggered outrage around the world.<p>In the city of Donetsk, someone <a href="http://www.interpretermag.com/russian-separatists-in-donetsk-reportedly-order-jews-to-register-or-face-expulsion/" target="_blank">distributed fliers ordering Jews to register</a> with the separatists who have taken over government buildings.<p>Even though nobody in Ukraine believed the leaflet was real, the fliers hit a nerve.<p>It all started at a Donetsk synagogue after evening prayers two nights ago, when a group of masked men in camouflage showed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 44849 at http://listen.sdpb.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots http://listen.sdpb.org/post/latest-album-gina-chavez-unearths-her-latin-roots Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Texas native Gina Chavez did not come to music early on. When she was 18, she went to a country-blues show in Austin to hear singer Toni Price. It was after that she decided she wanted to learn how to play guitar. So she turned to her dad.<p>GINA CHAVEZ: You know, I said, hey, dad, don't you have a guitar in the closet? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44856 at http://listen.sdpb.org On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended http://listen.sdpb.org/post/pipeline-put-keystone-review-indefinitely-extended The Keystone XL pipeline remains a major point of contention within the Democratic Party, as green voters pull President Obama one direction and pro-energy senators and labor unions pull the other. It looks as though the "comment period" for the project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44854 at http://listen.sdpb.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? http://listen.sdpb.org/post/superheroes-go-washington-and-theyve-got-political-advice Hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall Friday to see if they could break the Guinness World Record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters ever assembled.<p>It was the kickoff to Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In the end, the group came up short by several hundred people to break the world record.<p>But with so much superhero power concentrated next to the U.S. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 44852 at http://listen.sdpb.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://listen.sdpb.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44851 at http://listen.sdpb.org Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History http://listen.sdpb.org/post/disaster-everest-marks-deadliest-day-mountains-history Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Just ahead of peak climbing season on Mount Everest, tragedy has struck once again. At least 12 local climbers are dead and several more or missing after a massive avalanche this morning. The climbers, Nepalese Sherpas, were setting up ropes along a dangerous stretch of slope used by adventure tourism companies. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44847 at http://listen.sdpb.org Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country http://listen.sdpb.org/post/ham-theres-festival-french-basque-country In Bayonne, they take their ham very, very seriously.<p>This medieval fortress of a town is minutes from the French seaside ports of Barritz and St. Jean de Luz, and not far from Spain's St. Sebastian. It has reigned as a cultural and commercial center for a millennium, according to historian <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Basque-History-World-Nation/dp/0140298517">Mark Kurlansky</a> in<em> The Basque History of the World</em>.<p>Its most famous item since the Middle Ages? The <a href="http://www.jambon-de-bayonne.com/en/origine-qualite/histoire/">jambon de Bayonne</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Cathy Barrow 44848 at http://listen.sdpb.org Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department http://listen.sdpb.org/post/keystone-xl-pipeline-review-extended-state-department <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.</h6><p>The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The additional time was given "based on the uncertainty created" by an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.<p>In February, a Nebraska judge <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/20/280182838/nebraska-to-appeal-ruling-that-blocks-keystone-pipeline-in-state">struck down a 2012 law</a> that allowed part of the pipeline to run through the state. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:58:00 +0000 editor 44853 at http://listen.sdpb.org Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime http://listen.sdpb.org/post/captains-uncourageous-abandoning-ship-long-seen-crime Cowardice comes in many forms, but there's a special sense of shame reserved for captains who abandon ship.<p>South Korean authorities <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/18/ferry-captain-left-third-mate-at-helm-korea-prosecutor/7855637/">have arrested</a> Capt. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44850 at http://listen.sdpb.org Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies http://listen.sdpb.org/post/salsa-legend-cheo-feliciano-dies Three days of mourning have been declared in Puerto Rico following the death of salsa great Cheo Feliciano in a car accident there early Thursday. The singer was 78. "His music embodied the rhythm of Puerto Ricans living in New York City," U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) said in a statement, "and his lyrics helped tell our collective story."<p>José Luis Feliciano Vega was born in 1935 to a working class family in the southern Puerto Rican city of Ponce. At 17 the family joined the massive Puerto Rican diaspora of the 1950s, and moved to New York. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Jasmine Garsd 44855 at http://listen.sdpb.org Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies Farmers And Soil http://listen.sdpb.org/post/farmers-and-soil <p>Jeff Hemenway, Soil Quality Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Paul Hetland, a farmer in Mitchell, joined the program to discuss the science and technology with what farmers will do with soil to make it more productive.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:25:43 +0000 Nathan Puhl 44845 at http://listen.sdpb.org Climate Change http://listen.sdpb.org/post/climate-change <p>Dr. John Stam with the United States Geological Survey in Rapid City spoke with Charles Michael Ray about his presentation at the annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference earlier this month about climate change. To view the final draft of the April 2014 IPCC report, go to: <a href="http://mitigation2014.org/report/final-draft">http://mitigation2014.org/report/final-draft</a>.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:22:46 +0000 Nathan Puhl 44844 at http://listen.sdpb.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://listen.sdpb.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff-1 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/188698578/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff">June 25, 2013</a>.<p>One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 44846 at http://listen.sdpb.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Anniversaries For Landsat 7 And 8 Satellites http://listen.sdpb.org/post/anniversaries-landsat-7-and-8-satellites <p>This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Landsat 7 satellite and the first anniversary of images coming from Landsat 8. Jim Vogelmann, Research Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, joined Innovation to discuss the satellites and what they've done for science.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:45 +0000 Nathan Puhl 44843 at http://listen.sdpb.org Anniversaries For Landsat 7 And 8 Satellites Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail? http://listen.sdpb.org/post/hunting-tastiest-egg-duck-goose-chicken-or-quail The chicken clearly rules the roost of American egg production. Our hens laid 95.2 billion eggs in 2013, according to government <a href="http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/ChickEgg/ChickEgg-02-27-2014.txt">figures</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:08:00 +0000 editor 44841 at http://listen.sdpb.org Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail? Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://listen.sdpb.org/post/japan-says-it-will-temporarily-scale-back-whale-hunt Japan says it will kill fewer whales when its seasonal Pacific hunt begins next week and will only observe whales in the Antarctic, after a U.N. court ordered it to stop taking the marine mammals from the Southern Ocean.<p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the Pacific catch target would be lowered to about 210 from the current 380. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44840 at http://listen.sdpb.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://listen.sdpb.org/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:52:00 +0000 David Edelstein 44842 at http://listen.sdpb.org Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base http://listen.sdpb.org/post/why-scott-walker-looking-beyond-his-fan-base Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.<p>It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that <em>other</em> office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.<p>And that's to be expected.<p>Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House — much like Bill Clinton in 1990 and George W. Bush in 1998 and Rick Perry in 2010.<p>Of course there's no question what's on Walker's mind, long term. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:27:00 +0000 Ron Elving 44839 at http://listen.sdpb.org Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base