WBEZ | NPR http://www.wbez.org/tags/npr Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Tips for your summer BBQ http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-02/morning-shift-tips-your-summer-bbq-108268 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BBQ-Flickr- digital vincent.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Want to know what cuts would be best for your next BBQ? Butcher Bob Levitt lets us know how you can throw the BBQ of your dreams. And NPR host Scott Simon discusses why he decided to tweet about his mother&#39;s final days.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-34.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-34" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Tips for your summer BBQ" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-02/morning-shift-tips-your-summer-bbq-108268 List: My family's public radio names http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/list-my-familys-public-radio-names-107386 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1615451221_51cf507139.jpg" style="float: right; height: 288px; width: 250px;" title="Flickr/Matthew Oliphant" /><p>While I technically work for public radio,&nbsp; you can tell that I&#39;m not a consisent on-air personality because I don&#39;t have one of those <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/why-do-npr-reporters-have-such-great-names/275493/" target="_blank">interesting, mellifluous public radio names</a>.</p><p>I ran my and my family&#39;s names through <a href="http://www.publicradionamegenerator.com/" target="_blank">the public radio name generator</a> to see how we&#39;d all end up once we had our own syndicated shows.</p><p>Me: <strong>Hazel Gjelten-Russo</strong></p><p>Husband Steve Delahoyde:<strong> Prince Obasanjo-Schmidt</strong></p><p>Baby Paul Delahoyde: <strong>Cam&#39;ron Ryssdal-Rao</strong><br /><br />Mom Janice:&nbsp;<strong> Juana Seabrook-Blechman</strong></p><p>Dad Edward: <strong>Banquo Bledsoe-Adbelkader</strong></p><p>Brother Jack: <strong>Caleb Cheng-Wozniac</strong></p><p>Dog Briscoe: <strong>Kweli Cooper-Morales</strong></p><p>Cat Fatty: <strong>Concepcion Pierce-Blumberg</strong></p><p>Cat Blackie: <strong>Nuru Borg-Russell</strong></p><p>What would your public radio name be?</p><p><em>Follow Claire Zulkey <a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey">@Zulkey</a>.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/list-my-familys-public-radio-names-107386 Where was Peter Sagal at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Young%20Peter1.jpg" style="height: 351px; width: 250px; float: right;" title="" />You probably know playwright, screenwriter and all around funny man Peter Sagal as the host of NPR&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/">Wait Wait...Don&#39;t Tell Me.</a></p><p>Since 1998, he&#39;s been at the helm of the public radio news quiz show, which is heard by&nbsp;nearly three million listeners on the radio, and about a million more via podcast.</p><p>Or maybe you&#39;ve read his <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/book/buy.aspx?isbn13=9780060843823">book</a>, or seen his column in <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/person/peter-sagal">Runner&#39;s World</a> magazine.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But before all that, Peter was a young writer, living in a studio apartment in Los Angeles, trying to figure it all out.</p><p>So where was he at 25?</p><p>Peter recently shared his story with host Rick Kogan and WBEZ Morning Producer Lauren Chooljian on <em>The Afternoon Shift</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>What life-changing stuff happened to Peter that year? And how did he get to where he is today?</p><p>Listen to find out.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923 Vocalo's Brian Babylon on winning 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me,' being a black comic in Chicago and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Brian Babylon 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Brian Babylon is one of the funniest comics in Chicago, a regular panelist on <em>Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me</em> and co-host of <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/amp"><em>The Morning AMp! </em>on Vocalo</a>.</p><p>Here, he talks hipster clothes, how he wants to spray Champagne on Carl Kassell next time he wins <em>Wait Wait </em>and why he is the Martin Luther King Jr. of Chicago comedy.</p><p>(Some adult language, so use headphones at work.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ohyPk5HoMPA" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic The Brooke Gladstone Interview http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-23/brooke-gladstone-interview-94314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/5506852767_01eabb28b5.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/5506852767_01eabb28b5.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 203px; height: 250px;" title="(Flickr/ALA)" />In 1995, NPR created a brand new media beat and gave it to today&rsquo;s interviewee, who covered it for six years from NPR&#39;s New York bureau in midtown Manhattan, until she was tapped by WNYC to help re-launch <em><a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/">On The Media</a></em> in 2001.</p><p>The program was reborn in January of 2001 and now has nearly one million weekly listeners and has since won quite a few awards by showing how the journalism sausage is made.</p><p>Earlier this year, Gladstone became an illustrated character in her book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Influencing-Machine-Brooke-Gladstone-Media/dp/0393077799">The Influencing Machine</a></em>, with comics drawn by acclaimed artist <a href="http://joshcomix.com/">J</a><a href="http://joshcomix.com/">osh Neufeld</a>. The cartoon version of Brooke conducts the reader through two millennia of history-from the newspapers in Caesar&#39;s Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism.</p><p>Gladstone&#39;s manifesto debunks the notion that &quot;The Media&quot; is an external force, outside of our control, since we&#39;ve begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read.</p><p>Gladstone has won several awards, including an Overseas Press Club Award, a Peabody and the Milwaukee Press Club&#39;s Sacred Cat Award for lifetime achievement.<br /><br /><strong>What are some of your favorite graphic-style books, other than your own?</strong><br />There are so many. Certainly the most influential was <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Comics-Invisible-Scott-Mccloud/dp/006097625X">Scott McCloud&rsquo;s <em>Understanding Comics</em></a>. It was my guide. I kept it by my bedside the year I was writing the book. I also got a lot of ideas from <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/City_of_glass.html?id=46NqqjgSKMoC">Paul Karazik&rsquo;s and Dave Mazzuchelli&rsquo;s graphic adaptation of Paul Auster&rsquo;s <em>City of Glass</em></a> &ndash; it&rsquo;s stunning. And I&rsquo;m a huge fan of my partner-in-crime&rsquo;s moving work of graphic journalism about Hurricane Katrina, <a href="http://www.smithmag.net/afterthedeluge/"><em>A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge</em>.</a><br /><br /><strong>Which chapter of your book was the hardest to get together, and which came together the most easily?</strong><br />The hardest was the chapter on war reporting (&quot;War&quot;) &ndash; it was the longest, the goriest, the most sweeping and complex, almost like a book within a book. It was also the one where I had the greatest trouble coming up with images simple enough to &nbsp;fit into the format. Josh and I had to go through it again and again. As for the easiest chapter &ndash; I really can&rsquo;t say. None of them were easy.<br /><br /><strong>Was there a discussion regarding how the illustration of you would be portrayed on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Influencing-Machine-Brooke-Gladstone-Media/dp/0393077799/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1321998634&amp;sr=1-1#reader_0393077799">cover</a>? You look a bit pensive: was there any talk about giving you a bit more of a smile?</strong><br />I wanted that stunned expression. She needed to be stupefied, aware of her place within the machine, but stymied&hellip; ambivalent&hellip;um&hellip;maybe I&rsquo;m reading too much into a straight line but it was definitely my choice.<br /><br /><strong>Who did you specifically picture as the target audience of you book, since we&rsquo;re all consumers of the media?</strong><br />This is supposed to be for everyone, specialists and laymen. <em>The Influencing Machine</em> is both a map of our cultural landscape, a history, an analysis and a manifesto. There&rsquo;s a lot in there that people who&rsquo;ve spent their whole lives in the news business didn&rsquo;t know (or so they tell me.) Certainly, I didn&rsquo;t know most of it until I started researching the book.<br /><br /><strong>When politicians criticize the media, do you feel flattered or annoyed (or other?)</strong><br />Mainly, I feel weary and bored. I&rsquo;ve heard it all before. The main argument in my book is that people project everything they hate about our culture, our country and the people who live in it &ndash; onto the media. We the Media comprise a big crazy funhouse mirror of America. Not a perfect reflection, but if we look closely enough we can see almost everything in it, including ourselves and everything we can&rsquo;t stand.<br /><br /><strong>Do you think there was ever a golden age of reporting, or will information just get better with time thanks to technology?</strong><br />Nope, there never was a Golden Age and there never will be. There&rsquo;s just more and more media, more democratized, and everyone with a computer or a cell phone has an increasing role to play. The big change is the evaporating &nbsp;line between media producer and media consumer. Now that you can get virtually everything you want (and you can if you look hard enough) the onus falls on you to be mindful of your own prejudices and predilections when consuming and propagating information.<br /><br /><strong>What are some of your favorite depictions of reporting in movies or TV?</strong><br />I&rsquo;m very partial to the 2007 David Fincher film, <em>Zodiac</em> about a dissolute reporter who&rsquo;s defeated by the unsolved Zodiac murders, and a cartoonist who loses his family because of his obsessive need to solve it. These are not heroes, just human beings in the grip of something they can&rsquo;t control. Reporting can feel like that. Then again, so can life. On the other hand, I can&rsquo;t get enough of <em>All the President&rsquo;s Men</em>. (So sue me.)<br /><br /><strong>When you go on vacation or take time off, is the concept of temporarily avoiding the news one that you embrace, or is it even possible with your job?</strong><br /><em>Can I embrace the concept of avoiding the news? I insist on it!</em> Seriously, hosting and editing &ldquo;On the Media&rdquo; can really make your head hurt after a while. I&rsquo;m not really a media junkie. I don&rsquo;t suck in all the news like a Hoover. I hop gingerly across the media landscape like it&rsquo;s hot sand on a beach and I&rsquo;m looking for a conch shell to hold up to my ear to hear the sea. On my own time I&rsquo;m off that beach and usually watching the Sci Fi channel.<br /><br /><strong>I know that you&rsquo;ve worked on a sci-fi book in the past: What is it about the genre that appeals to you? Is it an escape?</strong><br />I feel completely liberated when reading science fiction. It reinvents the rules and reinvents the world. It&rsquo;s unbounded imagination and in fact, a study of the work of futurists, specialists and science fiction writers found that the science fiction writers were more likely to make accurate predictions. The reason, apparently, was that they didn&rsquo;t worry about what seemed impossible at the time they were writing. The telephone, space travel, nanotechnology, at one time they all faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The science fiction writers imagined their way past those blocks. Why doesn&rsquo;t <em>everybody</em> love science fiction?<br /><br /><strong>What would a future book from you most likely resemble in terms of genre and/or tone? </strong><br />Before the <em>The Influencing Machine</em>, I tried to write a science fiction comic book about two reporters in the year 2042. I kept coming up with inventions and then finding out they&rsquo;d already been invented. I came up with devices that didn&rsquo;t exist and found they&rsquo;d already been depicted by writers before me. I liked the characters, but had problems with the plot. I still want to do it, but I&rsquo;m going to have to let go of the idea that I will break new ground. I have to try. &nbsp;As Samuel Beckett once wrote&hellip; The sun shone having no alternative on the nothing new.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>How does it feel to be the 297th person interviewed for Zulkey.com&nbsp;(and now WBEZ)?</strong><br />It feels right.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-23/brooke-gladstone-interview-94314 Steve Jobs Has Died; Apple Co-Founder Was 56 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/steve-jobs-has-died-apple-co-founder-was-56-92878 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/jobs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Steve Jobs, the visionary who co-founded Apple, left the company, and then returned to build it into a global powerhouse, has died at age 56, according to the company.</p><p>Jobs had been fighting pancreatic cancer for several years — a battle that forced him to take several extended breaks from his duties as Apple's CEO. He resigned from that post on Aug. 24, 2011.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/">statement on its website</a>, the technology firm said:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor. Steve leaves the company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.</p><p></blockquote> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1317859135?&gn=Steve+Jobs+Has+Died%3B+Apple+Co-Founder+Was+56&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=The+Two-Way,Technology,Business,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=141096090&c7=1019&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1019&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20111005&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/steve-jobs-has-died-apple-co-founder-was-56-92878 Apple Visionary Steve Jobs Dies At 56 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/apple-visionary-steve-jobs-dies-56-92879 <p><p>Steve Jobs — the man who brought us the iPhone, the iPod and the iMac — has died. The co-founder of Apple was 56 years old. Jobs had been battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer for years.</p><p>"It boggles the mind to think of all the things that Steve Jobs did," says Silicon Valley venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who worked with Jobs.</p><p>McNamee says that in addition to introducing us to desktop publishing and computer animated movies, Jobs should be credited with creating the first commercially successful computer.</p><p>"Any one of those would have qualified him as one of the great executives in American history," McNamee says, "the sum of which put him in a place where no one else has ever been before. To me he is of his era what Thomas Edison was to the beginning of the 20th century."</p><p>Jobs was just 21 when he co-founded Apple Computer in his garage in Cupertino, Calif., in 1976. The following year, when Jobs and his partner, Steve Wozniak, released the compact Apple II, most computers were big enough to fill a university basement or came from do-it-yourself kits for hobbyists with soldering irons.</p><p>With sound and cutting-edge color graphics, Apple II was the first blockbuster desktop computer. Users could hook it up to their TV sets to play games, and its spreadsheet program made it popular with small businesses.</p><p>"It made Apple the biggest computer manufacturer in the nascent computer industry," says Leander Kahney, author of <em>Inside Steve's Brain.</em></p><p>But in 1981, Apple got its first taste of serious competition, when IBM released its own personal computer. IBM had the advantage of a well-known, trusted name, and Jobs — a California boy — loathed the kind of conformist East Coast culture it represented.</p><p>So he countered with the Macintosh, the first computer to feature a mouse, pull-down menus and icons — thus eliminating the command-line interface.</p><p>"Jobs' idea was that we'll make it easy enough that anybody can do it ... a grandmother, a kid, people who don't have any experience," Kahney says. The Mac was an example of the kind of product that would come to define Jobs' entire career: easy-to-use computers.</p><p>That's the message Jobs sent to millions when he released the Mac in 1984. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8">In an ad that aired once</a> during the Super Bowl, a woman dressed in brightly colored shorts runs into a room of gray-looking people and throws a sledgehammer at a screen where Big Brother — read IBM — is talking. The minute-long reference to George Orwell's <em>1984</em> became one of the most famous television commercials of all time.</p><p>It also illustrated Jobs' belief that computers were tools to unleash human creativity. In an interview for the 1996 PBS documentary <em>Triumph of the </em><em>Nerds, </em>Jobs said, "Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."</p><p>In many ways Jobs was the poet of the computer world. He'd gone to India and become a Buddhist. He took LSD and believed it had opened his mind to new ways of thinking.</p><p>But Jobs' iconoclastic ideals did not always make him easy to work with.</p><p>"He was just a terrible manager and a terrible executive," says Trip Hawkins, the marketing director of Apple until 1982. "At that point in time I never really thought that he could be a CEO."</p><p>Jobs was eventually fired in a 1985 boardroom coup led by John Sculley — the man Jobs himself had hired to be CEO of Apple. But Jobs was driven to make computers vehicles for creativity, and after he left Apple, he purchased a little-known division of Lucas film and renamed it Pixar.</p><p>In 1995, Pixar released the first animated feature to be done entirely on computers. That film, <em>Toy</em><em> Story,</em> was a huge success, and Pixar followed it with other big hits including <em>Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles</em> and <em>Finding Nemo</em>.</p><p>But Apple didn't exactly thrive in the years after Jobs' departure. With less than 5 percent of the computer market in its possession and analysts predicting the company's demise, the board invited Jobs to come back and run his old business.</p><p>In 1998, as interim CEO of Apple, Jobs introduced the iMac and once again helped remake the computer industry. According to venture capitalist McNamee, the iMac was the first computer made to harness the creative potential of the Internet.</p><p>"The iMac reflected the transition of consumers from passive consumption of content to active creation of entertainment," McNamee says. "People could write their own blogs, make their own digital photographs and make their own movies. Apple made all the tools to make that easy and they did at a time when Microsoft just wasn't paying attention."</p><p>Three years after the iMac, Jobs announced Apple's expansion into the music industry with a breakthrough MP3 player — the iPod.</p><p>"This is not a speculative market," he said as he introduced the iPod in 2001. "It's a part of everyone's life. It's a very large target market all around the world."</p><p>The iPod was a classic Jobs product — easy to use and nice to look at. Apple sold tens of millions of iPods, and the iTunes store became the No. 1 music retailer.</p><p>Six years later, Apple released the iPhone — a device whose elegance and user friendliness blew other phone/music players out of the water.</p><p>In 2010, Apple created yet another groundbreaking device with the introduction of the iPad. With its color touch-screen, the tablet gave users the ability to surf the Web, send e-mail, watch videos and read e-books.</p><p>Book publishers weren't the only ones to embrace the new tablet. A host of magazines, newspapers and broadcast news organizations, including <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>The Wall Street Journal </em>and NPR, created iPad-specific apps that helped showcase stories — and images — in a tabloid-style layout.</p><p>And in January 2011, Apple reached a milestone by surpassing 10 billion downloads from its App Store — a sign of just how popular the company's devices have become with consumers.</p><p>"Simplifying complexity is not simple," says Susan Rockrise, a creative director who worked with Jobs. "It is the greatest, greatest gift to have someone who has Steve's capabilities as an editor and a product designer edit the crap away so that you can focus on what you want to do."</p><p>Rockrise believes Jobs touched pretty much anyone who has ever clicked a mouse, sent a photo over the Internet, published a book from a home computer or enjoyed portable music or a computer-animated movie.</p><p>She says they all have Jobs to thank for making it happen. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1317859137?&gn=Apple+Visionary+Steve+Jobs+Dies+At+56&ev=event2&ch=1062&h1=Music+News,Remembrances,Digital+Life,Technology,Business,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=123826622&c7=1062&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1062&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20111005&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/apple-visionary-steve-jobs-dies-56-92879 Palin Says She Will Not Run For President In 2012 Election http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/palin-says-she-will-not-run-president-2012-election-92876 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/palin_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will not be adding her name to the pool of candidates running for U.S. president in 2012, according to reports. In a <a href="http://marklevinshow.com/Article.asp?id=2303165&spid=32364">statement provided to the Mark Levin radio show</a>, Palin said, "I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president of the United States."</p><p>In the statement, read on air by Levin, Palin went on to say that she and her husband, Todd, had considered the matter and decided that not competing for the nomination was the best move for their family.</p><p>"My decision is based upon a review of what common-sense conservatives and independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time, I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office, from the nation's governors and congressional seats to the presidency."</p><p>After Levin read the statement, he spoke with Palin via telephone — and asked her if perhaps her decision leaves open the possibility that she would seek a third-party nomination.</p><p>But Palin dispelled that idea, saying, "I would assume that a third party would just guarantee Obama's election, and that's the last thing that our republic can afford."</p><p>We'll have more updates and reaction about this news. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1317855535?&gn=Palin+Says+She+Will+Not+Run+For+President+In+2012+Election&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Presidential+Race,Election+2012,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=141094625&c7=139482413&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=139482413&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20111005&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/palin-says-she-will-not-run-president-2012-election-92876 Currying Danger: Restaurant's Spice Contest Puts Two In Hospital http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/currying-danger-restaurants-spice-contest-puts-two-hospital-92875 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/naga_chili_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Scottish restaurant's competition to see who could eat the spiciest curry — and raise money for charity in the process — has ended in painful trips to the emergency room for at least two participants.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.kismot.co.uk/">Kismot</a> restaurant of Edinburgh, which serves Indian and Bangladeshi food, challenged competitors to eat its hottest curry. At least 20 people answered the bell. But problems became evident almost as soon as participants began eating the curry.</p><p>As the competitors started in on their dishes, half of the 20 people who took part in the challenge had dropped out after witnessing the first 10 diners vomiting, collapsing, sweating and panting," <a href="http://www.scotsman.com/news/Hot-chilli-challenge-puts-two.6848035.jp">reports <em>The Scotsman</em></a>.</p><p>By the time the remaining contenders reached the final bowl, dubbed the "Kismot Killer," the spice had become even more extreme, and it was clear that any victory would be of the Pyrrhic variety.</p><p>American Curie Kim, an exchange student attending Edinburgh University, came in second. She <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-15183070">described the ordeal for the BBC</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"The woman who won ate the last bowl in four seconds and then ran outside to be sick, whereas I didn't. So I've learned I should have had a game plan like that," she said.</p><p>"There were three rounds and I managed half of the last bowl.</p><p>"I was in so much pain I wasn't aware of what was going on around me and when I got to hospital they gave me medicine for the indigestion."</p><p></blockquote></p><p><em>The Scotsman</em> reports that all competitors signed a legal disclaimer before eating the curry, "and two members of the British Red Cross were on hand, but they could not cope with the nature of the injuries sustained."</p><p>The BBC spoke to the man who arranged the contest:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Organizer Abdul Ali said: "The British Red Cross we had on board could not cope. We put our hands up. We did have to call the emergency services for a couple of our participants."</p><p>Mr Ali said he regretted that the services had to be called out on a busy Saturday.</p><p>He said all participants were now "fit and well" and more than £1,000 was raised for charity.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Proceeds from the event were donated to CHAS, the Children's Hospice Association of Scotland.</p><p>The restaurant's website has evidently exceeded its allotted bandwidth, so I turned to <a href="http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/kismot-edinburgh">Yelp UK</a> to learn more. Kismot has a 4.5-star rating out of 5 stars, based on seven reviews. And one satisfied customer confirms that at Kismot, they don't just bring the heat out for charity events:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>We were offered the chance to endure 'Scotland's hottest curry' in a bid to make it to the Kismot Hall of Fame, I'm a curry lover but that was an offer I put off till another day. However, there was a table beside us who took the challenge, we all shared in congratulating a very satisfied if a little hot under the collar guest who had made it to the famous Kismot Hall of Fame.</p><p></blockquote> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1317851965?&gn=Currying+Danger%3A+Restaurant%27s+Spice+Contest+Puts+Two+In+Hospital&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Food,Foreign+News,Scotland,The+Two-Way,Europe,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=141092344&c7=1053&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1053&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20111005&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=129009726,127602464,126801129,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/currying-danger-restaurants-spice-contest-puts-two-hospital-92875 Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/occupy-wall-street-gets-union-backing-approval-rating-tops-congress-92867 <p><p>Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions have announced that they're now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.</p><p>The AP notes the group's fast growth into a movement:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>The protests began two and a half weeks ago with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have set up camp in a park nearby and have become increasingly organized, lining up medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>And in a sign of technical sophistication, the group also has its own Bitcoin address, where it's accepting donations. Wednesday, protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street led to protests in cities from Dayton, Ohio, to San Francisco, Calif.</p><p>And in New York City, the group is marching on Wall Street once again today — a <a href="http://occupywallst.org/">notice on its website</a> says that at 4:30 p.m. ET, "the 99% will march in solidarity with #occupywallstreet from Foley Square to the Financial District, where their pensions have disappeared to, where their health has disappeared to."</p><p>The group has attracted some mockery, largely for its members' proclivity for dressing up like zombies. But a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2011/10/05/poll_occupy_wall_street_starts_off_with_favorable_ratings.html">new Rasmussen poll</a> finds that the group enjoys a higher approval rating (33 percent) than does Congress (14 percent).</p><p>Perhaps sensing a groundswell of opinion, <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65229.html">several key Democrats</a> have endorsed the group, including former Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. John Larson, who called it a sign of a coming <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/996099ee-eea7-11e0-959a-00144feab49a.html#axzz1ZvtrALUG">"American autumn"</a> — a reference to the Arab Spring protests that have reshaped parts of the Middle East.</p><p>And like their Arab counterparts, the key members of Occupy Wall Street seem to be young people frustrated by a lack of opportunity, and angered by the disparity between a suffering middle class and the wealthiest citizens — as personified, here in America, by Wall Street bankers.</p><p>Just as the Tea Party movement has refused to join the Republican rank and file, the political establishment may also have a hard time assimilating Occupy Wall Street's grassroots energy. Or, as <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/why-occupy-wall-street-and-democrats-arent-natural-allies/2011/10/05/gIQAYuvyNL_blog.html"><em>The Washington Post's</em> James Downie</a> writes, "at least not without Democrats renouncing the influence Wall Street holds on them, as well."</p><p>From the Occupy Wall Street site, here's a partial list of the union groups that announced their support Wednesday:</p><p><ul></p><p><li>AFL-CIO (AFSCME)</li></p><p><li>United NY</li></p><p><li>Strong Economy for All Coalition</li></p><p><li>Working Families Party</li></p><p><li>TWU Local 100</li></p><p><li>SEIU 1199</li></p><p><li>CWA 1109</li></p><p><li>RWDSU</li></p><p><li>Communications Workers of America</li></p><p><li>CWA Local 1180</li></p><p><li>United Auto Workers</li></p><p><li>United Federation of Teachers</li></p><p><li>Professional Staff Congress - CUNY</li></p><p><li>National Nurses United</li></p><p><li>Writers Guild East</li></p><p></ul> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1317848340?&gn=Occupy+Wall+Street+Gets+Union+Backing%3B+Approval+Rating+Tops+Congress&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Occupy+Wall+Street,National+News,Economy,protests,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=141089001&c7=1091&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1091&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20111005&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=140847403,127602855,127602331,126976013,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-10-05/occupy-wall-street-gets-union-backing-approval-rating-tops-congress-92867