National News

Zeus The Great Dane, World's Tallest Dog, Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:50

His owner, Kevin Doorlag, told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Zeus died last week of old age. He would have turned 6 in November. On his hind legs, Zeus was 7 feet, 4 inches tall.

» E-Mail This

Portland's housing problem

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:18

Outsiders may think of Portland as its caricature on the comedy series "Portlandia," and picture great coffee, upscale restaurants, and a downtown boom.

But underneath that, Portland's wrestling with something many cities face when they grow: How to remain affordable.

The S&P/Case-Schiller Portland Home Price Index.

What's different in Portland, compared to the rest of the United States, is the law. Oregon is one of two states that doesn't require developers to set aside affordable housing when they build.

In the past, housing argued against proposed laws to include affordable housing requirements.

Jon Chandler, the CEO of the Oregon Homebuilder's Association, spoke recently with The Oregonian, a newspaper based in the area.

He didn't think politicians were invested in changing the law, "They're very serious about being seen fixing it, but they don't get serious about actually doing it."

There's another view in Portland, which is 76 percent white, that much of this is about race.

"Even now you're looking at that 'Portlandia' image, about how I'm a sober cycling vegan," says community activist Cameron Whitten. "There is that image that people come here for ... and at the same time, I've seen erasure. I've seen actual invisibility and silence of these communities that have been marginalized. That have identities that have not been celebrated in the same way that we've celebrated all these other things about Portland."

Can Uber replace your car?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:15

About two years ago Kyle Hill sold his car. For anything over 3–5 miles away, he calls an Uber. 

He lives car-less in Los Angeles, the city of cars. Is his decision really feasible?

Kyle did some calculations and came up with "A Financial Model Comparing Car Ownership with UberX (Los Angeles)."

About two years ago I sold my 2000 Lexus GS 300 and replaced it with a sleek single-speed Pure Fix commuter bike. Two years later, I still bike to work every morning. And for anything over 3–5 miles, or when I’m just not feeling up for the workout, I call an Uber. I love the safety and convenience of Uber, the overall quality of their cars, and especially as a young black male, the peace of mind that I’ll never again have to deal with the police.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Withdraws Re-Election Bid

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:09

He says he is seeking treatment for a tumor in his abdomen. His brother Doug Ford will run in his place. Earlier this year, Rob Ford took time off from his job to seek help for substance abuse.

» E-Mail This

Tech IRL: Visiting TechCrunch Disrupt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:59

Lizzie O’Leary talks with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson about the future of start-ups. Ben was in San Francisco this week at an annual event called TechCrunch Disrupt. It's part-Silicon Valley mogul party, part-start-up popularity contest, but it's also an event where venture capitalists and others get a sense of the future of start-ups ... and maybe invest.

Ben and the rest of the Marketplace Tech team will be highlighting what stood out from TechCrunch Disrupt over on their website throughout this week

Apple Takes A Swipe At The Credit Card

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:43

Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.

» E-Mail This

Appetite for vocation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:36

What motivates you to be successful? How far are you willing to go?

James Ellis dropped out of high school then … moved to New York City. He was determined to succeed. By any means necessary. After emails, letters, and phone calls failed to get him in the door, he decided a more direct approach was his only option. All he had to do was barge into a secure building, rush past the guard, and make it to the third floor undetected.

James Ellis and Steve Fritz on taking risks, not playing by the rules, and Guns N' Roses.

Riding The 'Silver Dragon,' Surfers Tame China's 10-Foot River Waves

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:31

The Qiantang Tidal Bore, a big river wave that forms during China's Mid-Autumn Festival, barrels upstream for miles through the crowded city of Hangzhou.

» E-Mail This

10 Arrested In Pakistan Over 2012 Attack On Malala Yousafzai

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:22

The army says the men were ordered by the Pakistani Taliban to kill the teenager who has stood against extremist attempts to prevent girls from attending school.

» E-Mail This

We're paying more for butter and milk. Way more.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:30

Prices for dairy products like butter and milk have risen to record highs in the past few months in the U.S. due to a number of global factors, reports the BBC.

Prices for milk futures on the commodities markets have risen 26 percent over the last year, while the average price for a gallon of milk has risen about 5.7 percent to $3.64 in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The price of butter has also risen sharply, with U.S. customers seeing a 62 percent increase compared to last year, with an average price of $2.75 per pound for the second week of September.

The report from the BBC cites a number of possible reasons for the price increases, including a decrease in government regulation that depleted surpluses, greater demand from China, a drought affecting New Zealand's dairy farms and greater demand for pizza in the Middle East.

There may be some relief on the horizon, however, in the form of Russian sanctions. From the BBC:

In August, Russia implemented a one-year import ban on dairy and other food products from the European Union, US and other Western nations in retaliation for economic sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

That removed an estimated $6.6bn (£4bn) in annual dairy trade from the global market. In 2013, the EU alone exported $3bn of dairy to Russia, of which cheese accounted for more than one-third.

In response, the European Commission has announced it will provide financial support to the dairy industry, subsidising private storage of cheese, skimmed milk powder and butter until they can be sold at a later date.

The glut of dairy products has weakened the international market and caused prices in Europe to drop.

U.S. dairy consumers could see similar relief in 2015, when suppliers start to build up surpluses once again.

How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:12

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

» E-Mail This

The sweet story behind the U.S. Senate 'candy desk'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:44

U.S. Senators, as one might surmise, rarely pass up an opportunity to tout their home states – what businesses are based there, what products are made there – and that trait is on display in an unusual place. It's at a spot in the back of the Senate chamber, known as the “candy desk.”

The history of the U.S. Senate’s candy desk goes back to 1965. Donald Ritchie, the head of the Senate Historical Office, says Sen. George Murphy (R-CA), “an old song-and-dance man,” had a sweet tooth.

“Sen. Murphy filled his desk drawer with candies, which he dipped into,” Ritchie says. “And then he invited his colleagues to stop whenever they wanted to.”

Murphy lost his seat in 1970, but the tradition continued. The desk, which is right by the main door to the Senate chamber, currently belongs to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). “You have a chance to sell your state’s products there,” he says. “Or talk about stuff.”

Today, it is chock full of candies manufactured in the Land of Lincoln. For Kirk, a fan of Chicago’s Ferrara Candy Company, it’s personal.

“They offered me all of the desks on the Republican side, and I wanted to make sure that those bastards in Hershey, Penn., couldn’t get the candy desk,” he says, laughing.

Kirk is referring, of course, to the Hershey Candy Company, which had a monopoly on senators’ sweets for years. The desk used to belong to Rick Santorum, and the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania filled it with Kit Kats and Kisses.

I asked all 100 senators to name their favorite candies, and they all seem partial to what is manufactured back home. New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen likes dark chocolate salted caramels from Granite State Candy, for instance. Georgia’s Jonny Isakson likes Snickers, which include, he points out, Georgia peanuts.

The desk has suited some senators better than others. George Voinovich represented Ohio, a state not known for its confections. So, his tenure at the candy desk didn’t last long. “I think it was one year,” he recalls. “That was enough.”

George LeMieux used to sit at the desk. “I used to joke that it was an unfunded mandate that I had to provide candy for the rest of my senators,” he says. “But I was happy to do so.”

Kirk, the man currently charged with filling the candy desk’s drawers, likes Jelly Belly-brand jelly beans, and there are plenty of those in the candy desk, but he also stocks it with baby aspirin. He had a stroke in 2012, and a small daily dose of the pain killer, he tells his colleagues and constituents, can prevent strokes and heart attacks.

While this means there is less room for Illinois candy, Kirk is able to draw attention to another constituent: the company that makes the aspirin is based outside of Chicago. 

&nbsp

The preferred candies of your elected officials

They may not be in charge of the candy desk, but we wanted to know anyway: What are your senator's favorite sweets? Below, a yearbook of the candies that melt hearts and minds:

Tammy Baldwin

D-Wisconsin

Ghiradelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight Singles Richard Blumenthal

D-Connecticut

Wint-O-Green Life Savers Roy Blunt

R-Missouri

No comment John Boozman

R-Arkansas

Jelly Belly jelly beans Sherrod Brown

D-Ohio

Milky Way Ben Cardin

D-Maryland

Goetze's Original Vanilla Caramel Creams Tom Carper

D-Delaware

York Peppermint Pattie Bob Casey

D-Pennsylvania

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars Tom Coburn

R-Oklahoma

Hot Tamales Thad Cochran

R-Mississippi

Chocolate covered peanuts Susan Collins

R-Maine

Maine maple sugar candy Mike Crapo

R-Idaho

Snickers Dick Durbin

D-Illinois

Dark Chocolate Snickers Mike Enzi

R-Wyoming

Big Hunk Dianne Feinstein

D-California

See's Candies Dark Chocolate Jeff Flake

R-Arizona

3 Musketeers Kirsten Gillibrand

D-New York

No candy Tom Harkin

D-Iowa

Brach's Hard Candy Orrin Hatch

R-Utah

Jelly beans Martin Heinrich

D-New Mexico

Dark chocolate with sea salt Dean Heller

R-Nevada

Cinnamon bears Mazie Hirono

D-Hawaii

Snickers John Hoeven

R-North Dakota

Life Savers Gummies Johnny Isakson

R-Georgia

Snickers Ron Johnson

R-Wisconsin

Milky Way Tim Johnson

D-South Dakota

Chocolate Tim Kaine

D-Virginia

No candy, Dr. Pepper Angus King

I-Maine

Peppermint Mark Kirk

R-Illinois

Jelly Belly jelly beans Mary Landrieu

D-Louisiana

Snickers Patrick Leahy

D-Vermont

Anything chocolate Mike Lee

R-Utah

Jelly beans Joe Manchin

D-West Virginia

Peanuts Ed Markey

D-Massachusetts

Milky Way Dark Mitch McConnell

R-Kentucky

No candy Robert Menendez

D-New Jersey

Dark Chocolate M&M's Barbara Mikulski

D-Maryland

No candy Jerry Moran

R-Kansas

Peanut M&M's Chris Murphy

D-Connecticut

Twix Patty Murray

D-Washington

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups Bill Nelson

D-Florida

None Rand Paul

R-Kentucky

Snickers Jack Reed

D-Rhode Island

Baby Ruth Harry Reid

D-Nevada

Nuts James Risch

R-Idaho

Butterfinger Jay Rockefeller

D-West Virginia

Baby Ruth Marco Rubio

R-Florida

No comment Bernie Sanders

I-Vermont

No comment Brian Schatz

D-Hawaii

Cinnamon hard candy Chuck Schumer

D-New York

Snickers Jeanne Shaheen

D-New Hampshire

Red licorice and chocolate salted caramels from Granite State Candy Jon Tester

R-Montana

Butterfinger John Thune

R-South Dakota

Twin Bing Pat Toomey

R-Pennsylvania

3 Musketeers Mark Udall

D-Colorado

Toffee from Enstrom Candies (Grand Junction, CO) Tom Udall

D-New Meixco

Dark chocolate spiced with New Mexico red chile John Walsh

D-Montana

Baby Ruth and Milky Way Midnight Elizabeth Warren

D-Massachusetts

Mounds Sheldon Whitehouse

D-Rhode Island

Milky Way Dark Ron Wyden

D-Oregon

Milk chocolate

What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:44

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

» E-Mail This

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:15

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

» E-Mail This

Mexican Crackdown Slows Central American Immigration To U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:07

Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has begun arresting and deporting tens of thousands of Central Americans long before they reach the U.S. border.

» E-Mail This

Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:44

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.

» E-Mail This

Make Way For Ambulances: They're Stuck In Bangalore Traffic

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:21

The Indian city is a busy high-tech hub with crowded roads. Ambulances get tied up in traffic along with everyone else. Clever thinkers are coming up with solutions. Motorcycle ambulance, anyone?

» E-Mail This

From Cotton Candy To Cat Pee: Decoding Tasting Notes In Honey

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:14

A California researcher wants to give honey the same nuanced flavor vocabulary as wine and coffee. The flavor wheel she and her testers created is certainly a conversation starter.

» E-Mail This

Your Email Double: A Classic Digital Dilemma

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:11

The perils of mistaken email identity.

» E-Mail This

ON THE AIR

KBBI is Powered by Active Listeners like You

As we celebrate 35 years of broadcasting, we look ahead to technology improvements and the changing landscape of public radio.

Support the voices, music, information, and ideas that add so much to your life.Thank you for supporting your local public radio station.

FOLLOW US

Drupal theme by pixeljets.com ver.1.4