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Transcript: NSA Deputy Director John Inglis

Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talks to John Inglis, deputy director of the National Security Agency.

Modified: Jan. 10, 2014

State Losing Patience With The City Of Damascus

The city of Damascus could lose a portion of its money from the state. Officials discussed enforcement actions  at a hearing Thursday in Salem.

Modified: Jan. 10, 2014

Register Guard: H&M Plans Eugene Store

H&M;, a trendy fashion retailer with a global reach, is opening a store at Valley River Center in Eugene. It will be the Sweden-based chain's sixth store in Oregon and the first outside the Portland area.

Modified: Jan. 29, 2014

Report: Syrian Government Has Demolished Entire Neighborhoods

Human Rights Watch says neighborhoods in the capital Damascus and the city of Hama were targeted by the government army because they were opposition strongholds.

Modified: Jan. 30, 2014

Register-Guard: Pleas Seek To Sustain Whoville

Supporters of Whoville, the tent community of homeless people near downtown Eugene, are urging Mayor Kitty Piercy to use her authority to ensure the encampment can continue.

Modified: Jan. 24, 2014

Keystone Pipeline's Southern Section Begins Delivering Oil To Gulf Coast

A large section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline was officially put to work Wednesday, in a move that supporters say will help ease the flow of oil to refineries. The Obama administration has yet to rule on the project's northern portion.

Modified: Jan. 23, 2014

2013 Signoffs II: More Short Stories About Remarkable Lives

As 2013 comes to an end, the Code Switch team pauses to remember some remarkable individuals who died this year and whose stories you might not have heard.

Modified: Dec. 31, 2013

Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task

On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were ground breaking, locally and globally.

Modified: Dec. 30, 2013

Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight

When the popularity of catfish moved from the South across the U.S. in the 1980s, American catfish farmers could barely keep up with demand. But Vietnam has flooded the U.S. market with cheaper catfish, driving many catfish farms out of business and sparking a dispute that threatens a major trade deal.

Modified: Dec. 16, 2013

Register-Guard: Arrest Raises Homeless Camp Concerns

Police are reviewing the safety of the "Whoville" homeless encampment in downtown Eugene after officers arrested a man involved in a fight there Friday night.

Modified: Dec. 17, 2013

In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening

A woman in Miami Shores, Fla., is suing her town after it forced her to remove vegetables from the garden in her front yard, which she had tended for 17 years. She's being backed by a a national public interest law firm, but the town says it's a long-standing zoning ordinance that won't be overturned.

Modified: Dec. 17, 2013

Register-Guard: Libraries Face City Budget Ax

Eugene’s two branch public libraries are back on the budget chopping block.

Modified: Dec. 9, 2013

Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party

In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot's fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.

Modified: Dec. 8, 2013

Grants Pass Daily Courier: GMO, Public Safety Measures Make Ballot

The Josephine County Clerk's Office finished off the official signature count for two initiative petitions on Tuesday, and verified that both will be on the ballot in May.

Modified: Feb. 19, 2014

For U.S. Ambassador, Ties To Prague That Transcend Diplomacy

Ambassador Norm Eisen has a deeply personal connection to the Czech Republic. His mother was born there, seized by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, which she survived. His official residence is a former palace the Nazis commandeered during World War II and which still bears their stamp. Literally.

Modified: Feb. 19, 2014

Klamath Falls Herald And News: Water Bill To Regulate Groundwater Terminated

Two identical legislative bills introduced last week by Sen. Doug Whitsett and Rep. Gail Whitsett have failed in the state Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Modified: Feb. 20, 2014

Statesman Journal: Lame Ducks Still Walking, Working

When Oregon lawmakers met every other year -- their practice until a few years ago -- members who chose to leave faced no session in the even-numbered year. They had time to fade away.

Modified: Feb. 9, 2014

Herald and News: Bills Would Protect Ore. Wells From Shutoffs

Two identical legislative bills were introduced Thursday that could protect groundwater rights for farmers and ranchers across Oregon.

Modified: Feb. 7, 2014

Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive

The stray dogs roaming Russia's Olympics venues have already become the unofficial mascots of the Winter Games. Olympics officials say no healthy dogs will be destroyed, but animal rights groups worried about the fate of the dogs are taking in as many as they can.

Modified: Feb. 6, 2014

Chimps Are People, Too? Lawsuit Will Test That Question

Chimps are cognitively similar to humans and should be entitled to the fundamental right of liberty, an animal rights group is arguing. The writ of habeas corpus filed on behalf of a chimp in New York is exploring new ground.

Modified: Dec. 3, 2013

A Battle For Fair Housing Still Raging, But Mostly Forgotten

A recent This American Life episode tackled the continuing consequences of housing discrimination in America. But why is there so little momentum behind stopping it? ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones explains.

Modified: Dec. 2, 2013

Statesman Journal: Latest PERS Cuts Get First Challenge

The first challenge to the public retirement cuts passed in September has been filed before the Oregon Supreme Court, judicial department spokesman Phil Lemman said Tuesday.

Modified: Dec. 5, 2013

Register-Guard: Group Forms To Tackle Standardized Testing

For 22 years, Roscoe Caron wanted to form a group to question the state’s education system.

Modified: Nov. 21, 2013

Capital Press: Parks Commission OKs Developer, Rancher Land Swap

Oregon Parks Commission approves land exchange with Bandon Dunes golf developer. Ranch to become state park, nature area a golf course.

Modified: Nov. 21, 2013

Outside The Big City, A Harrowing Sexual Assault In Rural India

A gang rape case in India's capital has attracted international attention. But sexual assaults are a nationwide problem, and authorities are often dismissive of victims, particularly in rural areas. One woman tells her story.

Modified: Feb. 9, 2013

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'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember The Ladies'

Cokie Roberts' new children's book tells the stories of women who contributed to the success of the American Revolution — women like Martha Washington and Abigail Adams. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, "These were very, very politically passionate women. ... They were utterly devoted to the patriot cause."

artsandlife Modified: Jan. 28, 2014

Right 2 Dream Too

Ibrahim Mubarak didn't always have a home. That's one reason he's dedicated his life to promote homeless rights in Portland. Mubarak has helped found both Dignity Village and Right 2 Survive PDX. And his newest group, Right 2 Dream Too, is currently leasing a prominent lot in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown district for homeless Portlanders to camp. The space opened earlier this month, on Oct 10th, which was designated World Homeless Action Day. The group has a one-year lease and a good relationship with the property owner, Michael Wright. Ibrahim Mubarak says he hopes to be able to stay there for the full term of the lease or — with the help of Michael Wright — find a bigger location for people who need a place to stay. Ultimately, he's hoping the city will suspend its "no camping" [pdf] ordinance. The legal status of the encampment is still not clear. On Tuesday evening, about 150 protesters at Occupy Portland marched up to 4th & West Burnside in an expression of solidarity with Right 2 Dream Too.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Oct. 19, 2011

Foot Traffic

Autumn is the deadliest time of year for pedestrians, according to the National Pedestrian Crash Report (pdf). Perhaps this is because it's beginning to get dark earlier and most accidents involving people on foot occur at night. Whatever the reason, recent accidents in Portland, Eugene and Salem show that Oregon is not exempt from this unfortunate trend. Whether you drive, bike or take public transportation to get around, almost everyone travels by foot at some point in their day, but do you know all your rights as a pedestrian? For example, did you know that every corner is a legal crosswalk, whether or not it's marked with white lines? Maybe you knew that one. But were you aware that if you walk over railroad tracks in a place not marked for pedestrian crossing, you're not only endangering yourself, you could be tresspassing? Railroad tracks are technically private property.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Nov. 1, 2010

Why Humans Took Up Farming: They Like To Own Stuff

The appeal of owning your own property — and all the private goods that came with it — may have convinced nomadic humans to settle down and take up farming. So says a new study that tried to puzzle out why early farmers bothered with agriculture.

artsandlife Modified: May 14, 2013

Cambodia Vs. Sotheby's In A Battle Over Antiquities

A 1,000-year-old statue, a vine-and-moss-covered temple complex and a country's turbulent history lie at the heart of a legal battle pitting the Cambodian government against Sotheby's auction house. Officials say the statue was looted from an ancient Khmer temple; Sotheby's says that's not provable.

artsandlife Modified: Oct. 23, 2012

'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa

The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

artsandlife Modified: April 16, 2014

Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street

For years, the relationship only went one way: from stage to screen. But this spring, four big musicals are based on films, including favorites like Rocky, Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County.

artsandlife Modified: March 12, 2014

Welcome To Jay-Z's Brooklyn

Last Friday the first performance in a new arena signaled a change in both Brooklyn and hip-hop.

artsandlife Modified: Oct. 3, 2012

Grant County Says 'Keep Out'

Residents of John Day are trying to keep an Aryan Nations group from establishing their headquarters in the eastern Oregon town. The community quickly rallied to show their opposition to the white supremacist group after their self-proclaimed leader showed up at the office of the local newspaper, the Blue Mountain Eagle, announcing his intentions to purchase property in John Day. People from John Day and surrounding Grant County gathered at two packed meetings last Friday in Canyon City to educate themselves about these white supremacists. The main speakers at the meeting were two Idaho activists who were part of a successful effort to sue the Aryan Nations group in 2000. Many residents wanted to know what legal rights they have to refuse to sell property to the group leader or decline to serve him in their businesses.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: March 3, 2010

Cuts to Corrections

Public safety is one of the core functions of government. But in Oregon and Washington lawmakers made cuts to corrections as part of their effort to balance budgets hit hard from the ongoing recession. In Washington, at least so far, cuts have focused on layoffs and reductions in what's called "community corrections" — supervising nonviolent, low and moderate risk inmates who have been released. Washington's Department of Corrections says, with one or two exceptions, almost no one is getting out early - yet. In Oregon, the situation is a little different.

radio - SegmentarticleModified: Sept. 23, 2009

Paying The Piper: Music Streaming Services In Perspective

A musician, a songwriter and Spotify's director of Artist Services speak on the continued controversy over royalty payments made by streaming services.

artsandlife Modified: July 29, 2013

Exclusive First Read: Marisha Pessl's 'Night Film'

Marisha Pessl's dark, cinematic new novel Night Film follows a disgraced journalist who takes on a mysterious filmmaker who seems to be a hybrid of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. It's an over-the-top summer mystery, full of twisty plotting and cinematic imagery.

artsandlife Modified: Aug. 6, 2013

A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only

Just as e-books have begun working their way into libraries, librarians are grappling with how to embrace digital music. At the Iowa City Public Library, a unique arrangement with some local artists is having a little bit of success.

artsandlife Modified: Aug. 28, 2013

Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won't approve a trademark for the band's name on the grounds that it's a disparaging term for people of Asian descent. So the band is taking the fight to federal court.

artsandlife Modified: Nov. 7, 2013

Goodie Mob On Hip-Hop Made By And For Adults

The high-minded Atlanta quartet has reunited 18 years after its debut album and seven years after Cee-Lo Green's pop smash "Crazy."

artsandlife Modified: Sept. 3, 2013

Police Video Surveillance

Portland City Council will vote on an emergency ordinance (pdf) Wednesday that, if passed, will allow police to use video surveillance cameras on private property. The ordinance has been contested since early May over concerns that it oversteps privacy boundaries. Portland police say the new surveillance will help in the arrest and prosecution of drug dealers and gang members in Old Town/Chinatown. But opponents of the measure say the new surveillance invades privacy rights, and that the language of the ordinance is vague and gives police too much surveillance power — this is despite an effort by the Police Bureau to draft guidelines for how the camera would be used. Here's some photos from the neighborhood where video surveillance may be used: Slideshow photography credit: Luis Giraldo/OPB

radio - SegmentarticleModified: June 6, 2012

Favorites of 2012: Music Videos

2012 had no shortage of excellent, entertaining, and innovative music videos. This list includes gems from Aimee Mann, Explosions in the Sky, M83, The Black Keys, and more...

opbmusic Modified: Jan. 7, 2013

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