WYPR http://wypr.org en Rosemary’s Rabbit, Nerd Camp 2.0, and The Free State Theatre Organ Society http://wypr.org/post/rosemary-s-rabbit-nerd-camp-20-and-free-state-theatre-organ-society-0 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A radio adaptation of Ron Tanner’s short story, “Rosemary’s Rabbit”; </span>Elissa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brent </span>Weissman’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> book, Nerd Camp 2.0; and a visit with the Free State </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Organ Society</span></div><div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:19:24 +0000 Aaron Henkin 504130 at http://wypr.org Rosemary’s Rabbit, Nerd Camp 2.0, and The Free State Theatre Organ Society Labor Trafficking in Maryland, Frankenstein Online, and Author James McBride http://wypr.org/post/labor-trafficking-maryland-frankenstein-online-and-author-james-mcbride <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How does labor trafficking look in Maryland? Then, putting Frankenstein online.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, James McBride on bringing "The Good Lord Bird" to life.</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:37:56 +0000 504324 at http://wypr.org Budget Surplus - 8/29/14 http://wypr.org/post/budget-surplus-82914 <p>The U.S. Treasury Department booked a $114 billion surplus in April, the largest surplus registered for that month since 2008 according to the most recent estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.&nbsp; For the first seven months of the current federal fiscal year, which began last October 1<sup>st</sup>, the CBO estimates that the nation’s total budget deficit equaled $301 billion, which is $187 billion less than it was for the same period last year.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:30:02 +0000 Anirban Basu 504323 at http://wypr.org Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea, Keep Residents On Edge http://wypr.org/post/volcanoes-iceland-papua-new-guinea-keep-residents-edge <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3e5j1WYRk</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 504320 at http://wypr.org Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea, Keep Residents On Edge Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt http://wypr.org/post/plea-fergusons-leaders-help-heal-acknowledge-our-hurt <em>(Editor's Note: NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate a community conversation on Thursday around race, police tactics and leadership following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The following story is based on what happened at the event.)</em><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/341575228/ferguson-mo" target="_blank">Ferguson, Mo.</a>, is a study in contrasts. It boasts spacious Victorians in its historic section, with lush green lawns, many featuring "I Heart Ferguson" signs. Just blocks away, there's a burnt-out QuikTrip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Michel Martin 504322 at http://wypr.org Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt How Labor Trafficking Looks in Maryland http://wypr.org/post/how-labor-trafficking-looks-maryland-0 <div></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Labor trafficking is the use of intimidation, threats, and sometimes violence, to force people to work against their will. The national non-profit </span><a href="http://www.polarisproject.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Polaris Project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and others working to prevent trafficking, say certain populations are especially vulnerable, such as immigrants; they may be working legally in the U.S., but their legal status is tied to a particular employer. &nbsp;</span></p></div><div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 503659 at http://wypr.org How Labor Trafficking Looks in Maryland Frankenstein Is ALIVE and Online http://wypr.org/post/frankenstein-alive-and-online <p></p><div>Tomorrow is the birthday of 19th century English writer Mary Shelley. She’s most famous for her creation of Victor Frankenstein, a character who has come to represent the prototypical mad scientist.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As of last fall, Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is alive and online in its original manuscript form. It’s part of the ‘Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive.’ Sheilah spoke last fall with one of the collaborators on the archive, University of Maryland English professor Neil </span>Fraistat<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 503590 at http://wypr.org Frankenstein Is ALIVE and Online James McBride on Bringing "The Good Lord Bird" to Life http://wypr.org/post/james-mcbride-bringing-good-lord-bird-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Book Award winner James McBride's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;latest novel "The Good Lord Bird," depicts famous abolitionist John Brown.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The book takes place on the plains of Kansas, where Brown is waging war on slavery. &nbsp;It concludes with Brown’s famous raid at Harper’s Ferry a few years later. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I wanted to create a version of him that was accessible to people and that was funny," said McBride. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Books about American history and particularly about slavery are very rarely funny."&nbsp;</span></p><div><div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Jamyla Kay 503660 at http://wypr.org James McBride on Bringing "The Good Lord Bird" to Life U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era' http://wypr.org/post/un-syrian-refugee-crisis-biggest-humanitarian-emergency-our-era The Syrian civil war has sparked "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era."<p><a href="http://www.unhcr.org/53ff76c99.html">That's according to António Guterres</a>, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who added that while the world's response to the crisis has been "generous," it hasn't met the needs of refugees.<p>The U.N. agency released new numbers on Friday and the picture they paint is exceedingly grim. A few data points from the report:<p>-- The total number of Syrian refugees will surpass 3 million people since the conflict began in 2011. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:10:00 +0000 editor 504319 at http://wypr.org U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era' Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book http://wypr.org/post/book-news-born-write-bruce-springsteen-publish-childrens-book <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Bruce Springsteen is writing a children's book about a bank-robbing baby called <em>Outlaw Pete</em>, based on his song of the same name. "<em>Outlaw Pete</em> is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," Springsteen said in a statement. The song "Outlaw Pete" was inspired by the 1950 children's book <em>Brave Cowboy Bill</em>. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 504317 at http://wypr.org Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book