News
3:44 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Tragedy Gives The Hoodie A Whole New Meaning

James Gilchrist of Orlando, Fla., attends a rally for slain teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Thursday. Trayvon was wearing a hoodie when he was shot.
Roberto Gonzalez AP

From the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, a symbol emerges: the hoodie.

A simple hooded sweatshirt has become emblematic of certain assumptions in America. And of a desire by many to overturn those assumptions.

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Fresh Air Weekend
1:39 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Jonah Lehrer, Sonja Sohn

Sonja Sohn is currently starring in the ABC drama Body of Proof. She is the founder of the Baltimore nonprofit ReWired for Change.
Peter Konerko Courtesy Sonja Sohn

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 9:24 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Space
12:29 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Debris Makes Space Station Astronauts Hunker Down

A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket forced six space station astronauts to seek shelter in escape capsules early Saturday, then ultimately safely passed in front of the space station, according to NASA.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias told The Associated Press ahead of the incident that the space junk would barely be close enough to be a threat. But if it had hit the station, it could have been dangerous, so the astronauts — two Americans, three Russians and a Dutchman — woke early and climbed into two Soyuz vehicles ready to rocket back to Earth just in case.

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UPR Station News
5:49 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Win a 2-night Stay at the Shooting Star Drive-In

On Saturday, March 24, UPR will be giving away 2-night stay packages to the Shooting Star Drive-In in Escalante all day long.

Any and all pledges made between 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. and during A Prairie Home Companion from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. will be entered to win.

Pledge Now!

Radio Cosmopolis
4:28 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Radio Cosmopolis - March 23

Tune in this week for rebroadcast of an eclectic mix including music by Bomba Estereo, Boukman Eksperyans, Vieux Farka Toure, and other artists who performed live at the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City last year.

It's All Politics
4:24 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Santorum's 'Obamaville' Ad Warns Of 2nd-Term Horror

Santorum ad screen capture

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Fresh Folk
4:19 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Fresh Folk - March 24

On the show this week, I feature the innovative sounds from the 23 String Band, and the old-time music of Pharis and Jason Romero. I’ll also play songs from new albums by Whitehorse, Connie Smith, and Ry Cooder, to name just a few. Tune in and listen for yourself, this Saturday at 8pm, to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.

The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Memo: Corzine Ordered MF Global Customer Funds Moved To London Account

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D).
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 8:50 pm

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine directly ordered that $200 million from a segregated customer account be transfered to cover a $175 million overdraft in a London account. That's according to a memo (pdf) from the House Committee on Financial Services, which is scheduled to hold a hearing next week about the spectacular collapse of MF Global.

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Music Interviews
4:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Julia Nunes: Homesick Anthems Spawn An Internet Star

Julia Nunes' new, fan-funded album is titled Settle Down.
Shervin Lainez

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 8:41 am

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U.S.
4:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Global Health Expert Chosen As World Bank Nominee

Dr. Jim Yong Kim is introduced as the new president of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 2009.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 5:12 pm

Jim Yong Kim, President Obama's nominee to be the leader of the World Bank, is an unconventional choice. As a global health expert, he's a medical doctor who helped start an international health organization. He currently serves as president of Dartmouth College.

"Despite its name, the World Bank is more than just a bank," Obama told reporters during the White House announcement Friday morning. "It's time for a development professional to lead the world's largest development agency."

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