It's All Politics
3:16 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Focus On Sanford's Whereabouts, Again, Won't Help Gender Gap

Jenny Sanford says her ex-husband was in her Sullivan's Island, S.C., home without her permission.
Mary Ann Chastain AP

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 3:29 pm

If it seemed like former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's problem with female voters couldn't get any worse, well, it appears that it might have.

Sanford, a Republican, is hoping to put the marital scandal that defined his second term behind him with a return to Congress in a May 7 special election. But just two days later, Sanford will have to appear in court to defend himself from an accusation that he was at his ex-wife's house in February without her permission.

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KRVS Local
3:15 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mother and daughter both face adoption, choose differently

Jennifer Thomas rocks her son, who she almost gave up for adoption, to sleep.

Local mother and daughter, Mary and Jennifer Thomas, both deal with the idea of adoption. Mary Thomas, at the age of 14, discovers she is pregnant and is too young to afford her child so she gives him up for adoption to a family that she has not and is never allowed to meet. Nearly 30 years later her youngest daughter, Jennifer, discovers that she is pregnant. Jennifer is faced with the idea of adoption, but after seeing what her mom went through she realizes she cannot go through with it. Now Jennifer and her son Samuel both live with her mother Mary who is helping her to raise her son.

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KRVS Local
3:12 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

United Blood Services Takes on Acadiana Blood Drought

Lafayette has recently experienced a drop in blood, an event that some could call a blood drought. Elevated patient use of blood since early this year left local hospitals without a steady flow of blood to use in emergencies situations or for those who are critically ill. Another determining factor in the shortage is that so many people around the country do not know the benefits of donating blood at the mental and physical level. United Blood Services mobile buses are back in the community, and people have gotten through word of mouth and advertisements that the time to donate is now.

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KRVS Local
3:04 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Sticker shock burdens studying abroad

Emily Klein, a 20-year-old UL Lafayette student, describes her expectations for her study abroad in Italy this summer.

This summer, 86 students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will earn college credit while visiting a foreign country. 86 students, however, is less than one percent of the university’s student body. Students’ cite cost as the largest factor of non-participation. The UL Lafayette Study Abroad Program is able to award scholarships, usually about $5,000-$10,000 per year, but that aids only a small fraction of students.

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KRVS Local
2:56 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

The Dangers of Crossfit

Crossfit participant Anne Nobles performs an exercise as part of a workout at the Ragin Crossfit gym in Lafayette.

Since it was founded in 2000, the exercise program of Crossfit has grown to include approximately 5,000 affiliated gyms nation-wide. The growing popularity of the exercise program has also brought to light several serious issues and dangers that are associated with it. Report by Richard Labranche.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

On Independence Day, A Subdued Syrian Capital

Pro-Assad, flag-painted Hummers are often seen driving throughout Damascus blasting patriotic songs and regime slogans. These two vehicles were photographed at the site of blasts earlier this month near Syria's central bank.
NPR

The writer is a Syrian citizen living in Damascus who is not being further identified out of safety concerns.

On this day in 1946, Syria celebrated the withdrawal of the last French soldier from its soil, and announced itself as an independent, 20th century-style nation-state.

It was a day of hope and jubilation, which over the years my older relatives would periodically recollect from memory.

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KRVS Local
2:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Potential gun laws affecting local economy

Ryan Albrado, gun enthusiast, practicing shooting skills.

A potential ban on assault-style weapons and capacity limitations on magazines is affecting local businesses and consumers. A local seller of firearms as well as a local consumer talks about how the potential change in laws is affecting them. Local businesses are currently seeing record sales, but once the laws pass or not it will affect how the companies continue to operate. Report by Jonathon Nugent.

 

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Movie Reviews
2:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Digging Into Ricky Jay's 'Deceptive' Card Tricks

Veteran magician Ricky Jay reveals much about himself in a new documentary on his life of deception. His card-trick techniques? That may be another story.
Kino Lorber

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 7:37 pm

When people talk about movie magic, they rarely mean card tricks. They're talking about digital wizardry and special effects.

But a new documentary called Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is all about card tricks — and a man who has devoted his life to them.

Card artist Ricky Jay keeps up a constant stream of chatter in his act onstage — everything from gambling poems to stories about The Great Cardini — and it's all very entertaining, but the patter is designed to distract you from what he's doing.

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All Songs Considered
2:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

New Building, New Mix: Songs About Change

As the NPR Music team and others prepared to leave the network's old headquarters, mysterious messages began appearing on the windows and walls: "Everything will be better!"
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 11:45 am

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The Salt
2:15 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Science In A Scoop: Making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

The store uses a patented machine to keep ingredients churning and mix in the liquid nitrogen in a safe, controlled manner.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 11:14 am

Robyn Sue Fisher's ice cream shop, Smitten, in San Francisco's Hayes Valley, may at moments resemble a high school chemistry lab, but that's because Fisher uses liquid nitrogen to freeze her product.

Nitrogen is "a natural element," she notes. "It's all around us."

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