NPR Staff http://wvasfm.org en Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://wvasfm.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 51795 at http://wvasfm.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://wvasfm.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 51748 at http://wvasfm.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists http://wvasfm.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists 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 51742 at http://wvasfm.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' http://wvasfm.org/post/fitness-trainer-shaun-t-i-understand-why-you-feel-weak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vnicyr94o</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51745 at http://wvasfm.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wvasfm.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 51735 at http://wvasfm.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' http://wvasfm.org/post/secret-behind-romeros-scary-zombies-i-made-them-neighbors Director George A. Romero grew up on classic movie monsters — and he says he never dreamed he'd be responsible for creating the modern zombie that now lurks alongside those monsters. "I never expected it. I really didn't," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "... All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors ... I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors!"<p>Zombies are everywhere in Hollywood — there's a new batch of films every year, and AMC's <em>The Walking Dead </em>continues to kill it in the ratings. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51726 at http://wvasfm.org The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It http://wvasfm.org/post/learning-love-ocean-after-lifetime-fearing-it Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile and a penchant for off-color jokes. 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 51709 at http://wvasfm.org Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee http://wvasfm.org/post/meet-mockingbird-memoir-recalls-talks-harper-lee In 1960, Harper Lee published <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51711 at http://wvasfm.org To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow http://wvasfm.org/post/fred-hersch-floats-dynamic-trio-tow The last time <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14997031/fred-hersch" target="_blank">Fred Hersch</a> was featured on <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em>, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.<em></em><p>A new studio recording by Hersch's trio came out earlier this month; it's called <em>Floating</em>. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51679 at http://wvasfm.org Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams? http://wvasfm.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 51662 at http://wvasfm.org In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?