Wed April 3, 2013
NPR Story

Restaurants Take Risks For Big Rewards At Phoenix Airport

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am



If you travel a lot you're probably doing a lot of meals in airports, maybe fast-food by Gate C31 or the chain coffee place nearby. Well, one of the busiest airports in the country is now bringing in local restaurants.

As Peter O'Dowd reports from member station KJZZ in Phoenix, these small businesses are taking a risk for a shot at a big reward.


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Wed April 3, 2013

Outrage Alone Won't Advance Gun Control Measures

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:42 am

President Obama urged Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence while speaking in the East Room of the White House last week. Standing with Obama are Vice President Joe Biden and, according to the White House, law enforcement officials, victims of gun violence and others, whom the White House did not want to name.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama is trying to regain some traction for federal gun control measures by visiting states that are moving forward on their own.

On Wednesday, the president speaks in Colorado, where lawmakers recently passed a series of bills requiring background checks for all gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines.

Obama would like to see similar measures adopted nationwide. But if Colorado serves as an inspiration for the president, it also provides a cautionary tale.

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Wed April 3, 2013
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must Reads: Women Vs. The World

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:39 am

Malala Yousafzai, targeted by the Taliban for her advocacy in favor of education for girls and young women in her native Pakistan, will be honored at the opening night of Tina Brown's Women in the World Summit.

Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek, joins NPR's Steve Inskeep again for an occasional feature Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth. She talks about what she's been reading and offers recommendations.

This month, as Brown prepares for her annual Women in the World Summit in New York City, her reading suggestions address just that: the role of women in the developing world.

Malala And The Media

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Wed April 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

In South Jersey, New Options For Primary Care Are Slow To Take Hold

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

Dr. Madhumathi Gunasekaran examines John Pike at the Northgate II clinic in Camden, N.J.
Emma Lee

Camden, N.J., has serious health problems, with too many people going to local emergency rooms unnecessarily. But progress is being made, albeit slowly.

John Pike, 53, is a Camden resident who used to be a frequent flier at the ER.

Pike has a smoker's cough, and when that cough or pain in his bad hip flared up, he'd go to the ER — maybe eight or nine times a year. But when he did, ER staffers didn't really remember him or his medical history.

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Tue April 2, 2013
Planet Money

H1-B Visas Applications As An Economic Indicator

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

The demand from American companies for high-skilled immigrants seems to be up this year. And that could mean something is about to change for the overall economy.

There is a cap on the number of visas the government gives out for these kind of workers every year. Lately, that cap has been 85,000. Demand always outstrips supply, but for the past couple of years, it has taken at least a few months to hit the quota. But this year, the H-1B visas might be gone by the end of the week.

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Tue April 2, 2013

Baseball Isn't Dead; It Just Takes More Work To Appreciate

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

Some say baseball is too slow and doesn't appeal to young people. Not Frank Deford.
Rodolfo Arguedas iStockphoto.com

It being the start of baseball season, that means we've been inundated by predictions — who'll win the divisions and the pennants and the World Series? We know two things on this subject. In every sport, at the start of the season, the experts are bound and determined to make these long-range predictions. And second, they are invariably wrong.

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Tue April 2, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Birding on Alcatraz

From left to right, Danielle Ricci, Logan Bartling, and Marie Cerda.
Molly Samuel

Alcatraz Island is famous mainly for one thing: its prison. But it’s also a good place to lay eggs.

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Tue April 2, 2013

Ostriches and other memories from 18 years on the Golden Gate Bridge

Jacquie Dean, a bridge officer for 18 years on the Golden Gate Bridge

Last week, the Golden Gate Bridge switched to its new all-electronic tolling system. The change has been smooth, with just a few reports of confused drivers stopping at the toll plaza. For most people, it won’t be a big deal. Over three-quarters of commuters use Fastrak.

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Tue April 2, 2013

Crosscurrents: April 2, 2013

Ostriches and other stories: a Golden Gate Bridge toll collector remembers her time on the job; Birding on Alcatraz; Hear Here: Down (home) by the Bay at the Berkeley Marina; and Is the Bay Area home to the "last rustic town of metropolitan America"?

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Tue April 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Is the Bay Area home to the "last rustic town of metropolitan America"?

One of the attractions of living in the Bay Area is that you have the buzz and activity of towns located near impressive natural surroundings – even if most people have to drive from the former to the latter.

One community that has a balance between the two is the settlement known as Canyon. It’s less than a mile from the Oakland city limits, and even closer to Moraga, yet towering redwood trees surround it.

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