5:31pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 22, 2014

The San Francisco chapter of the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue; The Spiritual Edge: Bay Area Jews head to the desert to re-claim their Biblical roots;  a conversation with filmmaker David Washburn about his new film, An American Mosque; and local band Gojogo.

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4:07pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Arts & Culture

RAWdance tenth season ~ Cheyenne Jackson ~ An Evening of Song ~ City Summer Tips

Cheyenne Jackson
Stefan Cohen

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking with RAWdance founders and performers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein about the company’s tenth anniversary season, featuring the world premiere of a work called ‘Turing's Apple’ with music by Richard Einhorn, about British mathematician Alan Turing, known during World War II as "Britain's greatest code breaker"; David Latulippe interviews actor, singer and song writer Cheyenne Jackson about his upcoming performances with the San Francisco Symphony; musician and composer Joshua Raoul Brody will discuss ‘An Evening of Song’, this weekend at St. Cyprian's Church in San Francisco, and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shares cultural tips for listeners who are entertaining friends or guests in and around the City this summer. Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; broadcast live on Thursday, July 24 at 1pm.

3:57pm

Tue July 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart

Pro-Russian rebels move journalists away from Malaysian investigators and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Tuesday. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly shot down by a missile Thursday; today, U.S. intelligence says it has verified that two rebel leaders spoke by phone about shooting the plane down.
Rob Stothard Getty Images

American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.

Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:

  • A U.S. spy satellite detected the launch of a surface-to-air missile in the area just before the plane went down.
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3:51pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Environment

Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:17 pm

The oil tanker HS Electra unloads oil from the North Sea at the Portland Pipe Line facility in South Portland, Maine, in 2013.
John Ewing Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.

For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. has pumped crude oil up through the pipeline, across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, to be refined in Montreal.

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3:36pm

Tue July 22, 2014
It's All Politics

On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:28 pm

Police officers separate demonstrators on opposing sides of the immigration debate outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on July 4.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation's biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life.

In a Gallup survey released last week, 17 percent volunteered immigration as America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership.

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2:37pm

Tue July 22, 2014
The Two-Way

University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 3:13 pm

A view of the Tonawanda Coke plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., which was found to have emitted carcinogens at levels many times higher than the state's limit.
John W. Poole NPR

Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.

The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.

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2:14pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Risk And Reason

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:17 pm

Will it rain or not? How you interpret the forecast could mean the difference between getting soaked or staying safe.
Maria Pavlova iStockphoto

This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success?

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2:12pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Europe

Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:17 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

U.S. intelligence officials outlined today what they know so far about the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight in Ukraine. A U.S. spy satellite detected the launch of a surface to air missile from eastern Ukraine at the time the plane went down.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

They were also able to verify the identities of separatist leaders on an intercepted phone call. But U.S. intelligence does not yet know yet who - and this is a quote - "who pulled the trigger."

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2:12pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Politics

VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:17 pm

Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

2:11pm

Tue July 22, 2014
The Salt

Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

A still from a video showing a glass top grill.
Schott Home Tech/YouTube

We love cooking on our grills, especially in the summertime. Keeping the house cool and avoiding the dish pile up are two major draws – not to mention the flavor of food cooked over fire.

When we saw a glass-topped grill, shining like Cinderella's slipper in a YouTube video posted by commercial glass maker SCHOTT, we were intrigued. But, we wondered, how the heck do you clean it?

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