All Things Considered http://kbia.org en Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://kbia.org/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51522 at http://kbia.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://kbia.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51514 at http://kbia.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://kbia.org/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Ohio+Snake+Art+That%27s+Been+Mid-Slither+For+A+Millennium&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Noah Adams 51516 at http://kbia.org The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century http://kbia.org/post/story-torture-and-forgiveness-spans-half-century Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51517 at http://kbia.org On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://kbia.org/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <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=On+Russian+Call-in+Show%2C+Putin+Maintains+Hard+Line+Against+West&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 51501 at http://kbia.org Search Continues For Nearly 300 Missing In South Korea Ferry Accident http://kbia.org/post/search-continues-nearly-300-missing-south-korea-ferry-accident The search continues for survivors and answers in the South Korean ferry disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn offers details on the latest developments. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 51502 at http://kbia.org Why Israel Is Staying On The Sidelines In Ukraine Crisis http://kbia.org/post/why-israel-staying-sidelines-ukraine-crisis Israel has been largely silent about Russia's muscling in on Ukraine. The tiny country — with a Russian Jewish foreign minister — seems to want to preserve its good relations with Moscow. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51510 at http://kbia.org Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://kbia.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 51451 at http://kbia.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://kbia.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51452 at http://kbia.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://kbia.org/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 editor 51454 at http://kbia.org Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://kbia.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 51446 at http://kbia.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://kbia.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved 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.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 51449 at http://kbia.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://kbia.org/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm 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. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:40:00 +0000 editor 51440 at http://kbia.org Iranian U.N. Ambassador's Past Makes Fodder For Diplomatic Dust-up http://kbia.org/post/iranian-un-ambassadors-past-makes-fodder-diplomatic-dust The U.S. has denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice as ambassador to the United Nations, which is based in New York. Aboutalebi is an experienced diplomat, but his past involvement as a translator during the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is problematic. Iran has complained to the world body, and a special committee is set to review the issue next week. <em>Bloomberg</em> reporter Sangwon Yoon explains the diplomatic controversy and how it may play out. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51441 at http://kbia.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://kbia.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices 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.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>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.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Steve Henn 51442 at http://kbia.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices