Washington native Ashley Rockwell grew up in the Tri-Cities. While in high school, she studied Radio Broadcasting  at the vocational school Tri-Tech. As a freshman at Washington State University, Ashley began announcing at Northwest Public Radio, and has continued in that role even past graduation. Now the holder of degrees in neuroscience and psychology, she hopes to pursue a career where she can combine her love for science and radio.

Law
2:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Beard-Cutting Trial Focuses New Attention On Amish

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:18 pm

A curious legal case is playing out in a Cleveland courtroom. Sixteen members of a conservative Amish church group are charged with attacking spiritual transgressors by cutting off their beards. The trial has brought international news coverage to the Amish --- a reclusive population better known as a quaint tourist attraction. So far testimony has mixed allegations of sex and interstate crime, with the religious significance of facial hair.

Commentary
2:04 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Week In Politics: Democratic National Convention

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:18 pm

Audie Cornish talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Democratic National Convention.

Sports
2:01 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New Orleans Football Players Have Suspensions Lifted

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:18 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Shots - Health Blog
1:55 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

How Broken Is The U.S. Health Care System? Let's Count The Ways

Complaints about disorganized health care are rampant.
IOM

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:29 am

Just about everybody who's ever needed health care in this country has seen firsthand the problems that make our system inefficient, costly and often downright unsatisfying.

The nonpartisan Institute of Medicine just put out a 450-page report about the problems along with some ideas for improvements.

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The Salt
1:46 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Want To Control Your Alcohol Intake? Ask For A Different Glass

Question: Which one of these glasses contains the most liquid? Answer: None. Each of them contains 4 oz. of iced tea.
Gretchen Cuda Kroen NPR

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:10 pm

Downed a few too many drinks at the office happy hour? The shape of the glass may be at fault — at least in part — for encouraging drinkers to overindulge. The reason, scientists say, is simple: A curved glass interferes with the ability to judge alcohol intake.

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NPR Story
1:31 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Russia Talk Throws DNC And RNC Back To Cold War

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:48 am

Robert Siegel speaks with Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine, about Russia. Speakers at both the Republican and Democratic conventions brought up America's relations with the country.

NPR Story
1:31 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

U.S. Adds Hakani Network To Terrorism Blacklist

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 7:09 pm

The U.S. has decided to add one of the main Afghan insurgent groups to its terrorism list. The decision targets the Haqqani network, which has staged many attacks on Western interests in Afghanistan from its bases in northwestern Pakistan. The State Department announcement could also affect relations with Pakistan.

The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Texas Road Will Inaugurate 85 MPH Speed Limit, Nation's Highest

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:18 pm

The highest speed limit in America will be officially unveiled in November, when drivers on one portion of a Texas highway will be allowed to reach 85 mph without keeping an eye out for police cars and speed cameras.

As Transportation Nation reports, the new speed limit allows drivers to "legally drive faster than hurricane force winds."

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Planet Money
12:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

The Economics Of Stealing Bikes

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:18 pm

The normal bike market is pretty straightforward — supplier, middleman and buyer. The market for stolen bikes has the same roles, but different players. Here's a quick look at how it works.

The Supplier

The supplier, instead of Schwinn or Cannondale, is the bike thief.

Hal Ruzzal, a bike mechanic at Bicycle Habitat in Manhattan, describes two types of thieves.

Thief Type 1: "Your standard drug addict."

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