Morning Edition for Thursday, May 1, 2014

One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.
Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year — the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.

Is It Still College Without Football?

Temple University in Pennsylvania and the New College of Florida are keeping costs low by cutting amenities and some varsity sports. But will running this play make them less attractive to applicants?

Hoppertunity To Run In Kentucky Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert's horse needed a name. The trainer knew a couple, the Hoppers, who were struggling to have a baby. To encourage them, he named the horse Hoppertunity.

British Character Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71

Bob Hoskins died this week after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He starred in memorable films such as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa and The Cotton Club. He was 71.
Ida is a Polish film about a young woman who was raised as an orphan in a convent. She's planning to take her vows as a nun when she discovers she's Jewish and her parents were killed by the Nazis.
The small village of Istalif is known for its cobalt blue pottery. Years ago, Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne befriended one family in particular, that of master potter Abdul Wahkeel.

Merger Possible In Home Entertainment Industry

AT&T wants to purchase satellite TV provider DirecTV, as The Wall Street Journal first reported. The deal would likely be worth around $40 billion.
The new programming language, developed five decades ago, didn't require code to be entered on punch cards. It also allowed computer novices to begin programming without a lot of academic training.

Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car

Back in March, when a someone posted on the social media site Reddit that NASCAR driver Josh Wise was without a sponsor, the dogecoin community stepped in.
After days of storms that dropped massive amounts of rain on the South, floods are sweeping across the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama Gulf Coast.
By surgically transplanting material from pig bladders into the injured legs of several men, doctors prompted muscles to heal by growing and nurturing fresh, healthy cells.
Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Patrick Radden Keefe about his article in The New Yorker on the hunt and capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the most-wanted drug trafficker in the world.

Beijing Bans Outdoor Grills

The Chinese capital announced the ban in a fight against its notorious pollution. Beijing's popular kebab vendors will be forced to move inside.
Sexual harassment is a chronic problem for transit systems, and it's consistently underreported. Metro transit officials have kicked off a serious effort to fight harassment on buses and trains.
Secretary of State John Kerry has been consumed by the crisis in Ukraine and the Mideast peace talks. He's focusing now on the new nation of South Sudan which is being torn apart in a civil war.

China Could Pass U.S. As Top Economy This Year

By one measure, China is poised to become the world's largest economy by the end of the year. Why is this shift happening years before most estimates predicted it would?

'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic

This summer Nas is traveling the world performing his debut album in full. The crowds that are coming out to see him are turning up because the 20-year-old record is an acknowledged classic.
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