Sonari Glinton http://kbia.org en Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide http://kbia.org/post/toyota-pulls-over-6-million-vehicles-worldwide Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another major auto recall today, this time it's Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects, including problems with seat rails and airbags. No injuries have been reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports this particular recall is not happening in a vacuum.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Less than a month ago, Toyota was hit with a $1.2 billion fine for the way it handled a recall mess from several years ago. Right now, General Motors has been embroiled in a scandal for how it handled a decade-old problem. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51055 at http://kbia.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? http://kbia.org/post/just-how-new-new-gm During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/gm-hearings-cold-open/2770788">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50931 at http://kbia.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://kbia.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50526 at http://kbia.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out http://kbia.org/post/carmakers-turn-recalls-consumers-tune-out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50016 at http://kbia.org As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Toyota's $1.2B Settlement Puts Criminal Probe To Rest http://kbia.org/post/toyotas-12b-settlement-puts-criminal-probe-rest Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49890 at http://kbia.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover http://kbia.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-gm-it-continues-its-makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49428 at http://kbia.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia http://kbia.org/post/what-pepsi-can-teach-us-about-soft-drink-power-russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49358 at http://kbia.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating http://kbia.org/post/hometown-hero-triumphs-womens-figure-skating Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We turn our attention now to the Iceberg Arena in Sochi, Russia. That's where the women's figure skating competition wrapped up for the Winter Olympic Games. And it was a big night for Russia. 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova won gold. In a come-from-behind victory, she beat out defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who placed second. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. And NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the finals and joins us from Sochi. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48484 at http://kbia.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future http://kbia.org/post/female-figure-skaters-compete-gold-and-sports-future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48428 at http://kbia.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future U.S. Struggles To Find Skating Groove In Sochi http://kbia.org/post/us-struggles-find-skating-groove-sochi Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>It was another disappointing finish in speed skating for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. American phenom Shani Davis came in 11th place in the 1500 meter, a race for which he's won two silver medals. The focus is now shifted from the American skaters' performance to their suits.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Sochi.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ready.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: The difference between first and second in this 1500-meter race is only three 1,000ths of a second. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48234 at http://kbia.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class http://kbia.org/post/mens-figure-skating-us-pins-hopes-new-class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259394357/figure-skater-with-happy-feet-hopes-to-clinch-spot-in-sochi">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:38:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48146 at http://kbia.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class American Speedskaters Leave Ice Disappointed http://kbia.org/post/american-speedskaters-leave-ice-disappointed U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48068 at http://kbia.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing http://kbia.org/post/germanys-hoefl-riesch-wins-womens-super-combined-skiing <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/sports/olympics/mancuso-super-combined.html?_r=0" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47916 at http://kbia.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends http://kbia.org/post/us-speedskaters-get-little-help-their-friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47888 at http://kbia.org U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other http://kbia.org/post/team-event-figure-skating-rivals-cheer-each-other There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities — think <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/01/16/263073794/complicating-the-tonya-and-nancy-narratives-20-years-later">Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding</a>.<p>But Thursday in Sochi, a new event debuted at the Winter Olympics: team figure skating. Now skaters compete not only individually and in pairs, but also as teams of skaters from each country. That means nearly twice the figure skating, which is great for ratings. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:23:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47794 at http://kbia.org In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other