Morning Edition for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

President Obama signs two executive orders Tuesday morning, designed to encourage federal contractors to pay men and women equally. The move could bring more Democratic-leaning women to the polls.

Why Women Don't Ask For More Money

A study shows that women can be great negotiators, just not when they're asking for themselves. When women negotiate pay on behalf of a friend, they bargain just as hard as the guys.
Democratic state Senator Leland Yee is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to hear the eight felony charges filed against him. Steve Inskeep talks to veteran San Francisco writer Tim Redmond.

San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

State Sen. Leland Yee, who's been indicted in a FBI probe, doesn't represent Chinatown. But the scandal fits neatly into a caricature of Chinatown, says Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society.

Some Americans Find It Hard To Pinpoint Ukraine

Academics asked 2,000 Americans to find Ukraine on a world map. Most could not. Most did put it in Europe or Asia, but some put Ukraine in Alaska, Brazil or Utah.
The Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Ecology have moved in to monitor water pollution and hazardous materials. Residents living in the area have expressed concerns.
Twenty years ago, nearly a million members of the Tutsi minority were slaughtered by extremist members from the Hutu majority. Steve Inskeep talks to Rwanda's Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.
New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments delayed.
The nation's airlines are running late more often and losing more suitcases. But passengers are complaining less, that's boosted airline quality ratings to their highest level ever.
Brendan Eich is a co-founder of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser. But his personal donation to an anti-gay-marriage campaign means he's no longer CEO.
David Greene talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, about the Earned Income Tax Credit. It's one of the government's anti-poverty programs.

Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player

Watching a great gamer is like watching a tennis or baseball pro: "If they're really good then you can watch and learn," says Megu Kobayashi, who watches gamers on a site called Twitch.
Bliss is the default computer desktop image when Microsoft's Windows XP operating system is launched. The photo, taken by Charles O'Rear, is of a highway in Napa Valley after a storm cleared.
It's been one month since Malaysian Air flight 370 vanished with 239 people aboard. Even after combing thousands of miles of ocean for wreckage, the jetliner's disappearance remains largely a mystery.

Just How New Is The 'New' GM?

During her grilling before Congress, CEO Mary Barra insisted the new GM is different and better than the old GM. But are the company and its cars really new and improved? The answer is complicated.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college in Washington, D.C. will be taken over by a university and another gallery. The Corcoran is cherished by many but has had years of financial trouble.
A special concert this weekend will commemorate Marian Anderson's historic performance on Easter Sunday 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial. Soprano Alyson Cambridge will be among those performing.
A Massachusetts woman heard a loud bang in her house and called police, thinking it was a home invasion. They found a duck which had come through the chimney and flown into a ceiling.
Connecticut has won its second men's NCAA basketball title in four years. Senior Shabazz Napier scored 22 points. The Huskies beat the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 Monday night in Arlington, Texas.
The U.S. is trying to learn more about China's cyber capabilities. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is revealing more about what America's cyber forces can do, so that China might reveal something too.
David Greene to Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about revelations the USAID created and ran a now-defunct Cuban Twitter communications network from 2010 to 2012.
Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he's directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.
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