Robert Siegel http://kcur.org en In Battle Over Gaza, A Slow Build-up Shows No Signs Of Ending http://kcur.org/post/battle-over-gaza-slow-build-shows-no-signs-ending Israel stepped up its air assault on the Gaza Strip, following the killings of Israeli and Palestinian teens. Unlike air strikes in the past, Israel has tempered its initial show of force for several reasons, but the situation appears to be steadily intensifying. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 58561 at http://kcur.org GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up http://kcur.org/post/gop-completes-leadership-shuffle-mccarthy-and-scalise-step House Republicans voted Thursday on leadership positions in the party's caucus. While House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy. <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=GOP+Completes+Leadership+Shuffle%2C+As+McCarthy+And+Scalise+Step+Up&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 57622 at http://kcur.org Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own http://kcur.org/post/amazon-raises-curtain-fire-its-own At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire." NPR's Martin Kaste was at the unveiling in Seattle, and he offers his take on the event. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 57555 at http://kcur.org U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack http://kcur.org/post/us-commandos-catch-alleged-leader-benghazi-attack Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The United States has, in custody, a man they say was behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi. His name is Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 57483 at http://kcur.org An American Suicide Bomber In Syria http://kcur.org/post/american-suicide-bomber-syria 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. The State Department has confirmed that a U.S. citizen was involved in the suicide bombing in Syria earlier this week. Today, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the man's identity in response to a reporter's question.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)<p>UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Can you confirm, at least, the name that he went by - as was published - Abu Huraya al-Amriki?<p>JEN PSAKI: That is correct. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56594 at http://kcur.org On Auction Block: Draft Of 'Like A Rolling Stone,' And Some Doodles http://kcur.org/post/auction-block-draft-rolling-stone-and-some-doodles Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's not all politics here in Washington. On Pennsylvania Avenue, there used to be a hotel called the Roger Smith. The top of the hotel's stationery proclaimed it was just one block from the White House. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 55151 at http://kcur.org What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting http://kcur.org/post/whats-known-and-still-unclear-about-fort-hood-shooting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.<p>LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.<p>SIEGEL: At around 4:00 p.m. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 53664 at http://kcur.org To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://kcur.org/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 52481 at http://kcur.org 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://kcur.org/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 51524 at http://kcur.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://kcur.org/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 48869 at http://kcur.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-looms-qatars-migrant-worker-system-faces-scrutiny Over the past decade, Qatar's population has soared from 660,000 to more than 2 million. Here's the catch: Qataris themselves number only around 260,000.<p>The rest, more than 85 percent of the population, are not citizens. As Professor Mehran Kamrava, an American scholar at Georgetown University's campus in Qatar, says, they are all migrant workers of varying types.<p>"There are gradations of migrant workers," he noted. "I happen to be a white-collar migrant worker, as a professor. But there are lots of people who work in the construction industry. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 48826 at http://kcur.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' http://kcur.org/post/how-tiny-qatar-punches-above-its-weight Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.<p>The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.<p>Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.<p>Those citizens are outnumbered by foreign workers more than 5 to 1. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 48777 at http://kcur.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges http://kcur.org/post/new-head-olympic-committee-faces-number-challenges The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43424 at http://kcur.org The Yankees Want Him Out But Alex Rodriguez Wants To Stay http://kcur.org/post/yankees-want-him-out-alex-rodriguez-wants-stay Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. One criticism of baseball is that it's too prone to long stretches of inaction, players sitting around not doing much. Well, if that's what baseball is, then Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been Mr. Baseball this season. He's been on the disabled list, but he claims he's healthy enough to play. His team begs to differ. Here to talk about the confusion is NPR's Mike Pesca, who joins us from New York. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 40934 at http://kcur.org House Rejects Measure That Would Have Curbed NSA Program http://kcur.org/post/house-rejects-measure-would-have-curbed-nsa-program Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>On Capitol Hill, an effort to limit the authority of the National Security Agency has fallen short. It was the first chance for House lawmakers to vote on the government's phone surveillance program since news of it was leaked by Edward Snowden. They rejected an amendment that the White House and top intelligence officials had lobbied hard against.<p>NPR's Tamara Keith joins us from Capitol Hill. And, Tamara, the amendment was defeated. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:03:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 40800 at http://kcur.org U.S. Charges NSA Leaker Snowden With Espionage http://kcur.org/post/us-charges-nsa-leaker-snowden-espionage Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>NPR has learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has prepared the documents to formally charge Edward Snowden with espionage. Snowden is the former contractor who has publicized details of two U.S. surveillance programs through the British newspaper The Guardian. NPR's Carrie Johnson joins us now with the latest, and Carrie, everyone's been waiting for this shoe to drop. What do we know about the government's plans to proceed?<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Robert, you're right. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 38953 at http://kcur.org Police Cordon Off Conn. Shooter's Mother's House http://kcur.org/post/police-cordon-conn-shooters-mothers-house Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And we turn now to NPR's Robert Smith. He has been outside the home of Adam Lanza's mother on the outskirts of Newtown, Connecticut. And, Robert, has the home also been a crime scene today?<p>ROBERT SMITH, BYLINE: Yes. Police are treating this as a crime scene. And I should make this very clear: Police have cordoned off the entire street where this house is, and it's a very rural and affluent neighborhood outside of Newtown. And it's impossible to get within, I don't know, maybe even an eighth of a mile of this home. And there's a lot of police here. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 29063 at http://kcur.org N. Korea Fires Long-Range Rocket http://kcur.org/post/n-korea-fires-long-range-rocket North Korea appears to have taken a step forward in its long-range missile program. The country has fired a long-range rocket in spite of warnings from the U.S. and the United Nations. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 02:34:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 28873 at http://kcur.org Polls Closed In Virginia, But Race Too Close To Call http://kcur.org/post/polls-closed-virginia-race-too-close-call Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Lynn Neary. And the results are starting to come in. At this hour, polls in six states have closed. That includes the all-important swing state of Virginia. It's the only state in the bunch that is too close to call. In South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Indiana, NPR projects that Mitt Romney will win. And in Vermont, the NPR projection is a win for President Obama. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:37:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 27182 at http://kcur.org In New York, Lights Are Back On But The Race Is Off http://kcur.org/post/new-york-lights-are-back-race Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In New York City, the lights are coming back on and the race has been called off. For details, I'm joined now by NPR's Margot Adler in New York. And, Margot, first, where has the electricity been restored?<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: Well, to about 65,000 homes mostly on the Lower East Side and the East Village. But remember that there are about 200,000 people that lost power. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 23:41:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 27002 at http://kcur.org Obama Wades Through New Jersey's Recovery http://kcur.org/post/obama-wades-through-new-jerseys-recovery Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The most populous city in the country is drying out, and beginning a long and complicated recovery. One positive sign: Tomorrow, some New York City subway routes are scheduled to reopen. But today, gridlock ruled as people took to their cars. And that means it's carpool time.<p>MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: You have to have three people in the car. I know it is inconvenient for a lot of people. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 26879 at http://kcur.org