Robert Siegel http://wesa.fm en Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered http://wesa.fm/post/confusion-chance-clarity-your-weather-questions-answered Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/332650051/there-s-a-20-percent-chance-of-rain-so-what-does-that-mean" target="_blank">this story</a> about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.<p>From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:<p><blockquote><p>"There's a 20 percent chance that at least one-hundreth of an inch of rain — and we call that measurable amounts of rain — will fall at any s Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 33117 at http://wesa.fm What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://wesa.fm/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32971 at http://wesa.fm What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By http://wesa.fm/post/tenuous-progress-jets-crash-site-clashes-flare-close The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Tenuous+Progress+At+Jet%27s+Crash+Site%2C+As+Clashes+Flare+Close+By&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32958 at http://wesa.fm Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza http://wesa.fm/post/wrap-days-events-eastern-ukraine-and-gaza Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to recap the major stories of the day. The United States is pinning the blame for the crash of a passenger jet in Ukraine on pro-Russian separatists. President Obama said today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the separatists. Mr. Obama called for a cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The crash site itself is under rebel control. And the first international monitors arriving on the scene say their access is being limited. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32863 at http://wesa.fm Israel Launches A Ground Campaign Against Hamas In Gaza http://wesa.fm/post/israel-launches-ground-campaign-against-hamas-gaza According to a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Defense Force has been instructed to begin a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. The move comes 10 days after violence renewed between Hamas and Israel. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32803 at http://wesa.fm Malaysian Airliner Crashes In Eastern Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/malaysian-airliner-crashes-eastern-ukraine A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. In the immediate aftermath, it is not clear whether the plane was shot down, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling for a swift investigation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32794 at http://wesa.fm HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://wesa.fm/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32421 at http://wesa.fm Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://wesa.fm/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32358 at http://wesa.fm In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss http://wesa.fm/post/half-hour-germany-begins-its-rout-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The images out of Brazil right now are of fans in tears, faces with looks of disbelief, hands covering mouths in shock. In the first of two semifinal World Cup matches, the home team is losing and it's losing big. Germany is leading 5-0. Let's go to NPR's Tom Goldman in Rio de Janeiro. Tom, what's the scene where you are in Rio?<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Well, I can tell you the scene right now is a lot different than it was earlier today, Robert. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32283 at http://wesa.fm In Battle Over Gaza, A Slow Build-up Shows No Signs Of Ending http://wesa.fm/post/battle-over-gaza-slow-build-shows-no-signs-ending Israel stepped up its air assault on the Gaza Strip, following the killings of Israeli and Palestinian teens. Unlike air strikes in the past, Israel has tempered its initial show of force for several reasons, but the situation appears to be steadily intensifying. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 32271 at http://wesa.fm Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era http://wesa.fm/post/remembering-paul-mazursky-filmmaker-ear-his-era Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died. The writer and director captured the spirit of his times in such comedies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman." Mazursky died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 84. And joining us now to talk about him is our film critic, Bob Mondello. Hi, Bob.<p>BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Hi.<p>SIEGEL: Mazursky had a very extensive career. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 31912 at http://wesa.fm Obama Vows To Flex Executive Authority On Immigration Policy http://wesa.fm/post/obama-vows-flex-executive-authority-immigration-policy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama came out to the White House Rose Garden today to plead, once again, for Congress to act on the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed a year ago. Since then, it's been stalled in the House.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 31849 at http://wesa.fm GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up http://wesa.fm/post/gop-completes-leadership-shuffle-mccarthy-and-scalise-step House Republicans voted Thursday on leadership positions in the party's caucus. While House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=GOP+Completes+Leadership+Shuffle%2C+As+McCarthy+And+Scalise+Step+Up&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 31240 at http://wesa.fm Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own http://wesa.fm/post/amazon-raises-curtain-fire-its-own At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire." NPR's Martin Kaste was at the unveiling in Seattle, and he offers his take on the event. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 31176 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack http://wesa.fm/post/us-commandos-catch-alleged-leader-benghazi-attack Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The United States has, in custody, a man they say was behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi. His name is Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 31093 at http://wesa.fm As Isis Strengthens Hold In Northern Iraq, Violent Reprisals Begin http://wesa.fm/post/isis-strengthens-hold-northern-iraq-violent-reprisals-begin Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The fighting goes on in Iraq between government forces and Sunni groups led by extremist militants. At the same time, there are reports of escalating sectarian violence. The militant group ISIS has taken swaths of Northern and Western Iraq in a matter of days and continues to push into new territory. In a moment, we'll hear more about the broad ambitions ISIS has to conquer the region. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 31100 at http://wesa.fm 'A Change-up On Steroids:' The History Of A Sky-Scraping Pitch http://wesa.fm/post/change-steroids-history-sky-scraping-pitch In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the <a href="http://www.baseballdictionary.com/">Dickson Baseball Dictionary</a>, offers more details. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30334 at http://wesa.fm An American Suicide Bomber In Syria http://wesa.fm/post/american-suicide-bomber-syria Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The State Department has confirmed that a U.S. citizen was involved in the suicide bombing in Syria earlier this week. Today, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the man's identity in response to a reporter's question.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)<p>UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Can you confirm, at least, the name that he went by - as was published - Abu Huraya al-Amriki?<p>JEN PSAKI: That is correct. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 30144 at http://wesa.fm Madeleine Albright: A Free, Fair Election Possible In Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/madeleine-albright-free-fair-election-possible-ukraine Robert Siegel speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is in Kiev leading a team of international election observers set to monitor voting in Ukraine on Sunday. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 29777 at http://wesa.fm On Auction Block: Draft Of 'Like A Rolling Stone,' And Some Doodles http://wesa.fm/post/auction-block-draft-rolling-stone-and-some-doodles Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's not all politics here in Washington. On Pennsylvania Avenue, there used to be a hotel called the Roger Smith. The top of the hotel's stationery proclaimed it was just one block from the White House. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 28608 at http://wesa.fm From Waltz To '90s Icon: The Unforgettable Life Of The Nokia Ringtone http://wesa.fm/post/waltz-90s-icon-unforgettable-life-nokia-ringtone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There was a time when cell phones were used to make calls and many of the calls were defined by this.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF NOKIA RINGTONE)<p>SIEGEL: The Nokia ringtone, it was introduced in 1994. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 28423 at http://wesa.fm What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting http://wesa.fm/post/whats-known-and-still-unclear-about-fort-hood-shooting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.<p>LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.<p>SIEGEL: At around 4:00 p.m. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 26987 at http://wesa.fm To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://wesa.fm/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 25685 at http://wesa.fm 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://wesa.fm/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 24680 at http://wesa.fm Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://wesa.fm/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 21949 at http://wesa.fm Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges