All Things Considered for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Terrorist Group Suspected In Nigerian Attacks

An attack on the Nigerian city of Jos has killed at least 118 people. No group has claimed responsibility, but suspicion quickly fell on Boko Haram, the group now holding nearly 300 girls hostage.
Robert Siegel interviews Nigeria analyst Andrew Walker about the challenges facing the country as it deals with the Islamist group Boko Haram.
After a tornado hits, emergency crews looking for survivors in storm shelters face a problem: Streets and landmarks are suddenly unrecognizable. One Moore, Okla., firefighter developed an app to help.

Rift Divides U.S. And Russia About Space Station

Political tension is disrupting collaboration between the U.S. and Russia on the International Space Station. John Logsdon, founder of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, explains the consequences.
NPR's resident physicist and commentator, Adam Frank, reflects on how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.
The use of fines and fees charged to criminal defendants has exploded. People who can't afford those charges can go to jail for not paying. Hundreds of thousands are hiding from police and the courts.
General Motors is putting 4G capabilities directly into its vehicles. But analysts say connecting your car to the Internet poses a challenge to automakers: how to balance safety with convenience.

Hits And Misses From Cannes Film Festival

The annual Cannes Film Festival is underway. Audie Cornish talks with Xan Brooks, a writer for The Guardian, about his favorite movies so far. He also notes some of the festival's bombs.

Wait Times Scandal At VA Moves To Front Burner

President Obama promised accountability for problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs after meeting with Secretary Eric Shinseki. The secretary has been on the hot seat since allegations surfaced last month about a possible cover-up of long wait times at a Phoenix VA medical center.
The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial.
Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently-reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.
Audie Cornish talks to psychologist Linda Henkel about whether photos impair memory in a series that explores the relationship between human memory and photography in the age of smartphone cameras.

JPMorgan Chase Announces Detroit Investment

JPMorgan Chase will invest $100 million into the Motor City. The bulk of the money will go to small business development, blight removal and job training. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports.

Penny Hoarders Hope For The Day The Penny Dies

A pre-1982 penny has about 2 cents worth of copper in it. Some people hoard them, betting that the U.S. will kill the penny and then it will be legal to melt them down and they can make a killing.
A Montana man says he was justified in shooting a prowler, a German exchange student, in his garage. The case has revived the debate over how far Americans should be able to go to defend their homes.
The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054. In the Holy Land this week, the pope and Orthodox leaders will meet to try to start restoring unity. But not everyone is eager for reconciliation.

For Physicians, The Ethics Of Treating Athletes

Robert Siegel interviews orthopedist Michael S. George, co-author of a study about the ethics in sports medicine and also a former team doctor.
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