A Prairie Home Companion http://ualrpublicradio.org en FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fcc-propose-change-net-neutrality-rules-media-report The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:51:00 +0000 editor 22248 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22245 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/scientists-pinpoint-source-antarctic-quack For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.<p>The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.<p>"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says <a href="http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsPeople.html">Denise Risch</a>, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."<p>Some thought it might be a secret Soviet sub. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 22243 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/big-time-home-sales-stoke-hope-northeast-housing-market Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Spring is the time house hunters expect to see a slew of listings. But in many parts of the country, inventory is pretty low. When that happens, home prices go up. WSHU's Kaomi Goetz takes a look at the housing market. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 22227 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/chile-wildfire-litters-questions-ash-burned-out-homes Transcript <p>ALEXANDRA HALL, BYLINE: ...side of the port town that tourists often don't see.<p>MARGARITA GATILLON: (Foreign language spoken)<p>HALL: This is Margarita Gatillon. She's talking about the tents - all of the tents that have replaced her neighbors' houses. Driving by, they're hard to miss: residents sleeping in campsites underneath the frames of what used to be their homes. Margarita's house, however, is the last house standing at the top of the hill.<p>GATILLON: (Through Translator) Because the direction of the wind changed, my house was saved. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 22228 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This next story is literally about the word...<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Literally.<p>CORNISH: ...literally. As in a literal sense or manner.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That's also the name of a free Internet browser extension created by New York programmer Mike Lazer-Walker.<p>MIKE LAZER-WALKER: So all it does, you install it in your Web browser, and then any website you visit, any time the word literally is printed, it instead replaces it with figuratively.<p>CORNISH: That's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 22235 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/knuckleball-no-more-world-cup-soccer-ball-gets-redesign John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22180 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Album Review: 'Abracaco' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/album-review-abracaco Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Banning Eyre says that Veloso's new album, <em>Abracaco</em>, is one of the most engaging in his epic career. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 22181 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 22165 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22166 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa