WABE 90.1 FM http://wabe.org en Messages for Georgia Republicans--and Democrats--in New Insider Advantage GOP Primary Poll http://wabe.org/post/messages-georgia-republicans-and-democrats-new-insider-advantage-gop-primary-poll <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With just over a month remaining before the May 20, 2014 Georgia primary elections, InsiderAdvantage released a poll on the Republican contests for Governor and U.S. Senate. &nbsp;The numbers revealed some interesting trends, with implications not only for the Republican candidates, but for the Democrats the survivors will likely face in the November general elections. &nbsp;InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:18:44 +0000 Denis O'Hayer 56111 at http://wabe.org Messages for Georgia Republicans--and Democrats--in New Insider Advantage GOP Primary Poll A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://wabe.org/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 editor 56110 at http://wabe.org A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://wabe.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 56108 at http://wabe.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? http://wabe.org/post/are-democrats-trying-energize-base-race-card Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.<p>That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda.<p>There seems to be a shift in recent days, however.<p>Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both.<p>Rep. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Frank James 56109 at http://wabe.org Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://wabe.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 56103 at http://wabe.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Educators Pleased About Potential Changes to the State Health Benefit Plan http://wabe.org/post/educators-pleased-about-potential-changes-state-health-benefit-plan <p>Several education organizations are pleased the state plans to increase the number of providers and health plan options for state employees next year. The announcement by the state comes after state employees raised concerns about Georgia selecting Blue Cross Blue Shield as its only insurer this year for the State Health Benefit Plan.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:56:04 +0000 Michelle Wirth 56102 at http://wabe.org Educators Pleased About Potential Changes to the State Health Benefit Plan In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://wabe.org/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Brakkton Booker 56105 at http://wabe.org In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Cobb School District Presents Balanced Budget http://wabe.org/post/cobb-school-district-presents-balanced-budget <p>Cobb County school officials this week presented a balanced budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The district seemingly overcame an estimated $80 million deficit.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials said they cut spending by $20 million; </span>benefitted<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from another $20 million in increased property tax revenues; and received an additional $35 million in state funding this year. Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson said the district will restore some cuts.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:33 +0000 Martha Dalton 56101 at http://wabe.org Cobb School District Presents Balanced Budget Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://wabe.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 56104 at http://wabe.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://wabe.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 56098 at http://wabe.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk http://wabe.org/post/leaflets-given-donetsk-jews-made-waves-worldwide-not-donetsk A development in Eastern Ukraine has set social media on fire and triggered outrage around the world.<p>In the city of Donetsk, someone <a href="http://www.interpretermag.com/russian-separatists-in-donetsk-reportedly-order-jews-to-register-or-face-expulsion/" target="_blank">distributed fliers ordering Jews to register</a> with the separatists who have taken over government buildings.<p>Even though nobody in Ukraine believed the leaflet was real, the fliers hit a nerve.<p>It all started at a Donetsk synagogue after evening prayers two nights ago, when a group of masked men in camouflage showed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 56099 at http://wabe.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims http://wabe.org/post/oso-rescue-workers-erect-memorial-mudslide-victims Rescue workers still searching for bodies from the March 22 landslide that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303735775/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-to-39">killed at least 39 people near the town of Oso</a>, Washington, erected a simple, but moving memorial to the victims of the tragedy. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56096 at http://wabe.org Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities http://wabe.org/post/airbnb-start-charging-hotel-taxes-handful-cities When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.<p>At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.<p>But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.<p>Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/net-us-airbnb-tax-idUSBRE8331CN20120404" target="_blank">14 percent</a> per room. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 editor 56097 at http://wabe.org Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey http://wabe.org/post/welcome-spring-and-more-importantly-playoff-hockey Among NHL fans, there's a favorite adage: "There's nothing like playoff hockey." The start of this year's playoffs has been no exception. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis comments on the first few games. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56100 at http://wabe.org Controversy Over Pay Raises Brings More Attention To Atlanta Watershed Operations http://wabe.org/post/controversy-over-pay-raises-brings-more-attention-atlanta-watershed-operations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Questions remain over how the city’s Watershed chief was able to dish out hefty pay raises to her leadership team without City Council approval. It comes as the department is being investigated for mismanagement and widespread loss of city equipment.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, Watershed chief Jo Ann Macrina awarded pay raises to five members of her leadership team, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. The raises were backdated to June so retroactive pay was included.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:34:16 +0000 Jonathan Shapiro 56107 at http://wabe.org Controversy Over Pay Raises Brings More Attention To Atlanta Watershed Operations Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://wabe.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Authorities in Massachusetts spent the past year planning a more secure environment for the 2014 Boston Marathon. This year, there will be 3,500 police and National Guard soldiers along the course. Runners and spectators are asked to leave bags and strollers at home. Participants generally seem OK with the new measures but say it may change their experience of the race. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 56094 at http://wabe.org On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots http://wabe.org/post/latest-album-gina-chavez-unearths-her-latin-roots Singer-songwriter Gina Chavez may be a Texan, but on her latest album she reconnects with her Latin roots, singing in both English and Spanish. Up.Rooted blends Latin folk and American pop. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56093 at http://wabe.org On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended http://wabe.org/post/pipeline-put-keystone-review-indefinitely-extended The Keystone XL pipeline remains a major point of contention within the Democratic Party, as green voters pull President Obama one direction and pro-energy senators and labor unions pull the other. It looks as though the "comment period" for the project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 56088 at http://wabe.org Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History http://wabe.org/post/disaster-everest-marks-deadliest-day-mountains-history Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Just ahead of peak climbing season on Mount Everest, tragedy has struck once again. At least 12 local climbers are dead and several more or missing after a massive avalanche this morning. The climbers, Nepalese Sherpas, were setting up ropes along a dangerous stretch of slope used by adventure tourism companies. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56087 at http://wabe.org Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country http://wabe.org/post/ham-theres-festival-french-basque-country In Bayonne, they take their ham very, very seriously.<p>This medieval fortress of a town is minutes from the French seaside ports of Barritz and St. Jean de Luz, and not far from Spain's St. Sebastian. It has reigned as a cultural and commercial center for a millennium, according to historian <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Basque-History-World-Nation/dp/0140298517">Mark Kurlansky</a> in<em> The Basque History of the World</em>.<p>Its most famous item since the Middle Ages? The <a href="http://www.jambon-de-bayonne.com/en/origine-qualite/histoire/">jambon de Bayonne</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Cathy Barrow 56089 at http://wabe.org Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department http://wabe.org/post/keystone-xl-pipeline-review-extended-state-department <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.</h6><p>The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The additional time was given "based on the uncertainty created" by an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.<p>In February, a Nebraska judge <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/20/280182838/nebraska-to-appeal-ruling-that-blocks-keystone-pipeline-in-state">struck down a 2012 law</a> that allowed part of the pipeline to run through the state. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:58:00 +0000 editor 56090 at http://wabe.org Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime http://wabe.org/post/captains-uncourageous-abandoning-ship-long-seen-crime Cowardice comes in many forms, but there's a special sense of shame reserved for captains who abandon ship.<p>South Korean authorities <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/18/ferry-captain-left-third-mate-at-helm-korea-prosecutor/7855637/">have arrested</a> Capt. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 56091 at http://wabe.org Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies http://wabe.org/post/salsa-legend-cheo-feliciano-dies Three days of mourning have been declared in Puerto Rico following the death of salsa great Cheo Feliciano in a car accident there early Thursday. The singer was 78. "His music embodied the rhythm of Puerto Ricans living in New York City," U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) said in a statement, "and his lyrics helped tell our collective story."<p>José Luis Feliciano Vega was born in 1935 to a working class family in the southern Puerto Rican city of Ponce. At 17 the family joined the massive Puerto Rican diaspora of the 1950s, and moved to New York. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Jasmine Garsd 56092 at http://wabe.org Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff http://wabe.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff-1 <em>This interview was originally broadcast on</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/188698578/inside-amy-schumer-its-not-just-sex-stuff">June 25, 2013</a>.<p>One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 editor 56085 at http://wabe.org 'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail? http://wabe.org/post/hunting-tastiest-egg-duck-goose-chicken-or-quail The chicken clearly rules the roost of American egg production. Our hens laid 95.2 billion eggs in 2013, according to government <a href="http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/ChickEgg/ChickEgg-02-27-2014.txt">figures</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:08:00 +0000 editor 56082 at http://wabe.org Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail? Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://wabe.org/post/japan-says-it-will-temporarily-scale-back-whale-hunt Japan says it will kill fewer whales when its seasonal Pacific hunt begins next week and will only observe whales in the Antarctic, after a U.N. court ordered it to stop taking the marine mammals from the Southern Ocean.<p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the Pacific catch target would be lowered to about 210 from the current 380. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56081 at http://wabe.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://wabe.org/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:52:00 +0000 David Edelstein 56083 at http://wabe.org Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base http://wabe.org/post/why-scott-walker-looking-beyond-his-fan-base Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.<p>It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that <em>other</em> office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.<p>And that's to be expected.<p>Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House — much like Bill Clinton in 1990 and George W. Bush in 1998 and Rick Perry in 2010.<p>Of course there's no question what's on Walker's mind, long term. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:27:00 +0000 Ron Elving 56080 at http://wabe.org Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use http://wabe.org/post/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it.<p>The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette.<p>That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have much of an odor.<p>Discretion, it turns out, makes for good money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:46:00 +0000 editor 56079 at http://wabe.org Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported http://wabe.org/post/strong-quake-rattles-mexico-no-reports-injuries A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck near Mexico's resort town of Acapulco could be felt as far away as Mexico City, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of Friday's quake was located about 80 miles northwest of Acapulco at a depth of about 15 miles. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56072 at http://wabe.org Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported