NPR Staff http://wunc.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://wunc.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39367 at http://wunc.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://wunc.org/post/youth-unemployment-crisis-hits-african-americans-hardest Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.<p>Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William Spriggs, an economist at Howard University, the trend is also being driven by a sluggish economy. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39315 at http://wunc.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County http://wunc.org/post/despite-californias-drought-taps-still-flowing-la-county This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.<p>But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look<em> </em>like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39312 at http://wunc.org Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention http://wunc.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists <em>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</em><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39311 at http://wunc.org Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wunc.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39302 at http://wunc.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://wunc.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.<p>The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39282 at http://wunc.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://wunc.org/post/new-film-zach-braff-asks-how-long-can-you-pursue-your-dreams Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy <em>Scrubs</em>. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film <em>Garden State</em>, a model of 20-something angst.<p>Braff also directs and stars in his latest film, <em>Wish I Was Here</em>, which he co-wrote with his older brother, Adam. The collaboration yielded a coming-of-age story of sorts. It's about a guy who hasn't quite earned the title of adult, even though he's already a family man with kids. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39236 at http://wunc.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? http://wunc.org/post/quiz-which-these-state-fair-foods-are-faux It is the season of state fairs, when you may have a chance to expand your palate or test your gag reflex at the concession stands. (Once you're stuffed, maybe you'll get to admire a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/11/169085074/this-butter-sculpture-could-power-a-farm-for-3-days">butter sculpture</a>.)<p>If it can be dipped in batter or put on a stick, someone is probably trying to sell it on a fairground. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:55:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39184 at http://wunc.org QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux? Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank http://wunc.org/post/amid-shimmering-tension-walk-through-israel-and-west-bank Not long ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek traveled through Israel and the West Bank as part of his journey walking from Africa to South America. He was there this spring, before the current violence erupted. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39126 at http://wunc.org Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future http://wunc.org/post/calorie-counting-machine-may-make-dieting-easier-future Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.<p>Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to <a href="https://www.marketresearch.com/Marketdata-Enterprises-Inc-v416/Weight-Loss-Status-Forecast-8016030/">market research</a>, but the weight often comes right back. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39006 at http://wunc.org Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future