All Things Considered for Sunday, May 4, 2014

Recent polls have President Obama's approval ratings hovering around 40 percent. That's a new career low. NPR's Arun Rath talks with correspondent Mara Liasson about what that means for Democrats in November's midterm elections.
Officials are trying to protect fire-prone areas by targeting the grasses, brush and trees that fires feed off of. But until recently, conditions for controlled burning have been too dangerous.

What Do Yale Grad Students Want? A Union

Hundreds of graduate assistants at Yale University say they want to be allowed to decide whether to unionize. Grad students at two nearby universities recently won union recognition after two very different types of organizing campaigns.
When a search is halted before everyone is found, search-and-rescue volunteer Shaun Roundy says it stays with him. "Every time you're in that vicinity, you just wonder, where is that person?"
Climate change has caused rapidly melting ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Once inhospitable to business ventures, economic forecasters are now predicting some $100 billion will be invested there over the next decade. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg about the boom.

Why Michael Sam Might Not Be Drafted

One of the big names at this week's NFL Draft is Michael Sam, the SEC's co-Defensive Player of the Year who came out as gay. Some around the NFL think there's a chance he will go undrafted for reasons other than his sexual orientation.
Just about every bite of meat a Pittsburgh chef served in 2013 was raised Pennsylvania. But he learned from his locavore experiment that diners prefer prime cuts of beef over sausage and offal.
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with composer Elliot Goldenthal about the upcoming world premiere of his "Symphony in G-sharp Minor," and some of his recent work in classical and film music.
Kurt Braunohler is now a successful working comedian, but for years he struggled to get work. In applying for one major role, he claimed that he could speak fluent German. That wasn't exactly true.
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