Sonari Glinton http://kcur.org en A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart http://kcur.org/post/deal-between-dollar-stores-raises-stakes-against-wal-mart <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Deal+Between+%27Dollar%27+Stores+Raises+The+Stakes+Against+Wal-Mart&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDc0NDkyMDEzMTQ4ODU0MTE0OGNiNg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59614 at http://kcur.org Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-call-gms-top-lawyer-step-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At a Senate hearing today, there were calls for General Motors top lawyer to step down. Recent media reports have made clear that company lawyers knew faulty ignition switches were causing fatal accidents. Despite that GM blocked internal efforts to issue a recall and they kept information from federal safety regulators. The ignition defect is responsible for at least 13 deaths and will cost GM billions of dollars. NPR's Sonari Glinton has the latest.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Congressional hearings have a sort of rhythm. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59086 at http://kcur.org In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off http://kcur.org/post/gms-payout-plan-end-road-long-way Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Today, General Motors expanded its recall of vehicles with bad ignition switches, bringing the total of the year to more than 28 million cars. Meanwhile, there is now a plan to compensate victims of crashes involving the defective switches, which have been linked to at least 13 deaths. That program is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the 9/11 victims' fund. The payouts involving fatalities begin at $1 million. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 58169 at http://kcur.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit http://kcur.org/post/carmakers-recall-vehicles-dealers-might-make-profit The auto industry is cruising toward a record number of safety recalls: GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, and most carmakers have lowered the bar for the kind of problems that'll have them sending you back to your local dealers.<p>But while that sounds like bad news, it turns out that recalls can have an upside — at least for car dealers.<p>Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, explains that dealerships can actually make money when carmakers discover defects. The reason? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:58:42 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57738 at http://kcur.org As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits http://kcur.org/post/gm-chief-makes-return-trip-hill-where-grilling-awaits General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57548 at http://kcur.org Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals http://kcur.org/post/cars-shed-pounds-race-meet-fuel-efficiency-goals The car industry is required to raise the average fuel efficiency of its vehicles to 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025. But consumers have been reluctant to adopt hybrid technology that'll get the industry there quicker.<p>That means the car companies have to find other ways to get fuel savings.<p>If you were to guess, how important would you say fuel economy is to the car business? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57112 at http://kcur.org Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect' http://kcur.org/post/internal-probe-decries-gms-incompetence-and-neglect Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. A blistering report was released today about why General Motors failed to recall millions of vehicles with a defective part - a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. The report, prepared by a former U.S. attorney, details a pattern of incompetence and misconduct that reached the executive floors at the auto company. In response, GM has dismissed 15 employees and is creating a victims' compensation fund. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56894 at http://kcur.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act http://kcur.org/post/automakers-internet-connected-cars-are-balancing-act The Internet is coming to your car. Later this year, General Motors will put Internet connectivity directly into its vehicles. It's the largest auto company to do so.<p>Of course, safety advocates have some concerns about more distractions for drivers.<p>The promise of technology is always the same one — that it's going to make our life easier. But anyone who's tried to make a hands-free call in the car knows that's not always true. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56130 at http://kcur.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act Feds Slap GM With $35 Million Penalty For Safety Law Violations http://kcur.org/post/feds-slap-gm-35-million-penalty-safety-law-violations Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The federal government is hitting General Motors with its maximum fine for delays in an auto recall, $35 million. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55870 at http://kcur.org Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide http://kcur.org/post/toyota-pulls-over-6-million-vehicles-worldwide Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another major auto recall today, this time it's Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects, including problems with seat rails and airbags. No injuries have been reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports this particular recall is not happening in a vacuum.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Less than a month ago, Toyota was hit with a $1.2 billion fine for the way it handled a recall mess from several years ago. Right now, General Motors has been embroiled in a scandal for how it handled a decade-old problem. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53942 at http://kcur.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? http://kcur.org/post/just-how-new-new-gm During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/gm-hearings-cold-open/2770788">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53831 at http://kcur.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://kcur.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53483 at http://kcur.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out http://kcur.org/post/carmakers-turn-recalls-consumers-tune-out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53017 at http://kcur.org As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Toyota's $1.2B Settlement Puts Criminal Probe To Rest http://kcur.org/post/toyotas-12b-settlement-puts-criminal-probe-rest Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52905 at http://kcur.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover http://kcur.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-gm-it-continues-its-makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52495 at http://kcur.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia http://kcur.org/post/what-pepsi-can-teach-us-about-soft-drink-power-russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52420 at http://kcur.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating http://kcur.org/post/hometown-hero-triumphs-womens-figure-skating Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We turn our attention now to the Iceberg Arena in Sochi, Russia. That's where the women's figure skating competition wrapped up for the Winter Olympic Games. And it was a big night for Russia. 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova won gold. In a come-from-behind victory, she beat out defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who placed second. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. And NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the finals and joins us from Sochi. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51586 at http://kcur.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future http://kcur.org/post/female-figure-skaters-compete-gold-and-sports-future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51538 at http://kcur.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future U.S. Struggles To Find Skating Groove In Sochi http://kcur.org/post/us-struggles-find-skating-groove-sochi Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>It was another disappointing finish in speed skating for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. American phenom Shani Davis came in 11th place in the 1500 meter, a race for which he's won two silver medals. The focus is now shifted from the American skaters' performance to their suits.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Sochi.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ready.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: The difference between first and second in this 1500-meter race is only three 1,000ths of a second. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51351 at http://kcur.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class http://kcur.org/post/mens-figure-skating-us-pins-hopes-new-class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259394357/figure-skater-with-happy-feet-hopes-to-clinch-spot-in-sochi">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51264 at http://kcur.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class American Speedskaters Leave Ice Disappointed http://kcur.org/post/american-speedskaters-leave-ice-disappointed U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51186 at http://kcur.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing http://kcur.org/post/germanys-hoefl-riesch-wins-womens-super-combined-skiing <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/sports/olympics/mancuso-super-combined.html?_r=0" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51040 at http://kcur.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends http://kcur.org/post/us-speedskaters-get-little-help-their-friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51014 at http://kcur.org U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other http://kcur.org/post/team-event-figure-skating-rivals-cheer-each-other There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities — think <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/01/16/263073794/complicating-the-tonya-and-nancy-narratives-20-years-later">Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding</a>.<p>But Thursday in Sochi, a new event debuted at the Winter Olympics: team figure skating. Now skaters compete not only individually and in pairs, but also as teams of skaters from each country. That means nearly twice the figure skating, which is great for ratings. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:23:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50918 at http://kcur.org In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other Countdown To Sochi: Will The City Be Ready? http://kcur.org/post/countdown-sochi-will-city-be-ready The Winter Games begin Thursday in Sochi, Russia.<p>Thousands of athletes and journalists have already converged on the city along the coast of the Black Sea, and spectators will be streaming in this week. But ahead of the games, the real race is to see if all the last-minute preparations can be completed in time.<p>To gauge how prepared the Russians are for these games, we took a tour that began in the cozy confines of the Olympic Village, with athletes like Chris Creveling, an American short track speedskater. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50786 at http://kcur.org Countdown To Sochi: Will The City Be Ready? Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold http://kcur.org/post/detroit-touts-clean-efficient-diesels-consumers-arent-sold At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, it's not all hybrids and battery-powered cars. Some car companies are making significant investments in a fuel that's not new at all — diesel.<p>The newest diesel engines are far cleaner than their predecessors, and they get many more miles per gallon. The question is, what's holding customers back from switching gas pumps?<p>When you look around the auto show, there's a lot of energy and there's a lot of money being spent again. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49834 at http://kcur.org Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama http://kcur.org/post/remembering-eydie-gorme-vegas-singer-without-drama <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Llrp9TWqU</p> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:41:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49010 at http://kcur.org Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope) http://kcur.org/post/whats-store-commutings-future-hint-theres-hope If you want to look into the future of commuting, you need only go to the <a href="http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/programs/graduate/transportation_design.jsp" target="_blank">graduate transportation program</a> at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.<p>The program's creator, Geoff Wardle, says he started it because he sees a coming tipping point "where all aspects of transportation, whether it's of people or goods, is going to go through some fundamental changes, and we've seen the early signs of that even with the convolutions the automobile industry has been through recently." Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:15:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 48848 at http://kcur.org What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope) A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd http://kcur.org/post/day-small-businesses-stand-out-crowd After Black Friday has come and gone, a new shopping day arrives: Small Business Saturday.<p>Small-business owners hope that after you've spent time at the big-box stores and the mall, you'll spend money with the mom-and-pops in your neighborhood.<p>The idea for the day came out of a committee at American Express in 2010, after the depths of the recession. AmEx President Ed Gilligan loved the idea of creating a new holiday.<p>"We did make it up, but we didn't make up the reason why it exists," Gilligan says. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:31:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47606 at http://kcur.org A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd Black Friday's Mission Creep: When The Holiday Deals Are Elsewhere http://kcur.org/post/black-fridays-mission-creep-when-holiday-deals-are-elsewhere Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season? Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47586 at http://kcur.org