Morning Edition en To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.<p>But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 27712 at To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount The sign with a picture of Jim Jong-un offered 15 percent off all men's cuts through April. Two officials from the North Korean embassy arrived at the London salon and ordered the sign be taken down. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:43:00 +0000 editor 27706 at Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard The pup was discovered 100 miles from the ocean. It mostly likely swam up the San Joaquin River, hopped out and couldn't find its way back. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 27705 at Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about her story in The Atlantic. She examines the failure of school desegregation. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:00 +0000 editor 27702 at Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age? Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 27703 at Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 27704 at Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Greene. Police near London received a troubling emergency call. All the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops rushed out to investigate and found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth. The Belgian Malinois named Layton must've tooth-dialed 999 - Britain's version of 911 - after snatching the phone from its owner. The owner told the Daily Mirror: He's downright naughty but I would never swap him. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:55:00 +0000 editor 27647 at Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers, with news of a sad panda in China. Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. She's now a happy panda. The zoo where she lives built her a mini-amusement park. And now the staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in Southwest China has given her a plasma TV, where she can watch other pandas at play. Si Jia was one of three giant pandas rescued after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 27648 at Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 27644 at Minority Tartars Consider Pragmatic Approach To Crimea Annexation People in the newly annexed territory of Crimea are trying to figure out how to deal with their new status as part of Russia, rather than Ukraine. Tatars were vocal in their opposition to the Russian takeover of Crimea. That's because they remember their history of maltreatment under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 27641 at Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Criticizes Tax System Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 27642 at Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Washington Post is celebrating a pair of Pulitzer Prizes this week. One is for a series on Americans who rely on food stamps. The other, a Public Service medal for stories based on the documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>The Post has won the Public Service medal many times before, including for its legendary Watergate coverage. But after years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's prizes are especially sweet. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 27643 at Pension Deal Would Help Detroit Climb Out Of Bankruptcy The city has reached a tentative agreement with retired police officers and firefighters to preserve their pensions. Pensions of other city retirees would take a 4.5 percent hit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 27645 at NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It is time for sports now. March Madness is over. The Masters Golf Tournament is over. But there's absolutely no time at all for sports fans to catch their collective breath, not with the National Hockey League playoffs starting tonight and the NBA playoffs starting this weekend.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman is here to set the proverbial table for us. Tom, good morning.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, David.<p>GREENE: Let's start with hockey. I know you're as excited as I am about the NHL playoffs. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 27639 at NYPD To Disband Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims The Demographics Unit was trying to root out terrorist threats, but never produced a usable lead. Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Matt Apuzzo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the unit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 27640 at Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:20:00 +0000 editor 27589 at 'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," for the second year in a row. The series got the most formal complaints in a list compiled by librarians across the country. The graphic children's novels feature a superhero in his skivvies fighting villains like Dr. Diaper, which, believe it or not, earned the books more complaints than the very adult book "Fifty Shades of Grey."<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:51:00 +0000 editor 27583 at Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another? Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 27578 at Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are several hundred springs in Florida. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Greg Allen 27579 at Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 27580 at 'Washington Post' And 'Guardian' Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>The Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism were announced yesterday. The prestigious award was given out for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, also stories on coal miners and photos of a terrorist attack in Kenya.<p>And as NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, also singled out was coverage of the leaking of top secret government documents.<p>MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: This year's Pulitzer Prize for Public Service rewarded news coverage about government spying based on illegal leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 27581 at Retailers Want Your Tax Refund It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 27584 at 2 Senior Executives Leave General Motors Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with another shakeup at GM.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: General Motors announced yesterday that two of its senior executives have left the company. The departures of the senior vice president for communications and for human resources follow in the heels of strong criticism of the company's handling of February's recall of nearly 2.6 million cars.<p>A company spokesman says the two events are unrelated. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 editor 27585 at Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings The plant in King County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:51:00 +0000 editor 27526 at Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm Kelly McEvers. So the London Marathon happened yesterday, but runners who missed it will soon be able to run it from the gym. Race organizers are releasing an app for treadmill users creating a high definition virtual reality London marathon experience. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time, past some famous landmarks, Buckingham palace and all that and spares you from London's famous rain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:33:00 +0000 editor 27525 at