All Things Considered http://ijpr.org en Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://ijpr.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 16337 at http://ijpr.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' http://ijpr.org/post/book-review-angels-make-their-hope-here Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDRED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Now to 19th-century New Jersey and a new novel. It set among unusually tolerant people. A racially mixed community that offers refuge to independent souls. Alan Cheuse has this review of the novel "Angels Make Their Hope Here" by Breena Clarke.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Clarke calls her Jersey Shangri-La, Russell’s Knob. Where a black community elder named Duncan Smoot heads a couple of families. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 16332 at http://ijpr.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://ijpr.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:39:00 +0000 editor 16324 at http://ijpr.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital http://ijpr.org/post/dc-washingtons-voice-shines-diamond-nations-capital During a recent visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by both his smooth baritone and his curiously apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington into the studio for a conversation and a few songs. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:23:00 +0000 editor 16328 at http://ijpr.org VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://ijpr.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 16325 at http://ijpr.org Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court http://ijpr.org/post/obamacares-split-decisions-spell-laws-possible-return-supreme-court Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Let's talk now about policy ramifications and political reactions to today's court ruling. For that, we're joined by NPR national correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi Audie.<p>CORNISH: So we have, in effect, a split decision. Two appeals courts ruling in different ways. What's the political spin so far?<p>LIASSON: Well, both sides are claiming victory, not surprisingly. The White House says it's extremely confident that when the Supreme Court finally resolves this issue, they will prevail. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 16310 at http://ijpr.org A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return http://ijpr.org/post/spicy-take-old-standby-ketchups-ripe-return When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in high season, <em>All Things Considered</em> reaches into the archives for an heirloom tomato ketchup recipe, which produces a spicy sauce you'll likely not to find anywhere else. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 16318 at http://ijpr.org The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions http://ijpr.org/post/polish-case-tougher-russia-sanctions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>European foreign ministers met in Brussels today and agreed to expand the list of Russian individuals and entities targeted for destabilizing Ukraine. They're also preparing a list of other options including limits on dual technology sales and measures targeting the financial and energy sectors. One vocal advocate of tougher sanctions is Radek Sikorski, the foreign minister of Poland. Poland buys natural gas from Russia, and he told me that a better European energy policy can drive down the price that Europeans pay for that gas. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 16319 at http://ijpr.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://ijpr.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 16265 at http://ijpr.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://ijpr.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 16259 at http://ijpr.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest