Commuters immersed in their smartphones ride the subway in Beijing.
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Actress Isabelle Fuhrman, one of the stars of The Hunger Games, kicks it old school when it comes to communication: "I don't like to text; I use it to make plans with people, but I prefer to call. You can hear the intonation in their voice and you can really connect to them."
Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 8:21 pm
The United States has never won an Olympic medal in table tennis. China has long dominated the sport, winning almost every medal since 1992. That's not likely to change at this year's Summer Olympics in London, but a group of young American women may be on their way to competing at the sport's highest levels.
Ariel Hsing, 16, already has the attributes of a fine table tennis player — quick hands, perfect balance and strong lungs. While she plays, she'll often shout "Sa!" — a meaningless word — to help relieve stress, something she's been dealing with a lot lately.
Wounded Warrior Battalions have been set up to help troops returning from combat recover from their injuries. But recent Pentagon reviews have found a pattern of overmedication in such battalions. Here, Marines assigned to Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., graduate from a training course in January.
Melissa Block talks to Larry Israelson about his 39 year late apology to his 7th grade teacher. When he was 12 years old, he did something he only later realized probably hurt his teacher. It was minor but in time, when he was older and wiser, he wanted to find his teacher and apologize.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week on a controversial Arizona law. The law is intended to deter illegal immigration by requiring local law enforcement to get involved. If police have a reasonable suspicion that someone is in the country illegally, the law requires them to determine immigration status. Melissa Block talks with Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor about the implications for his department should the Supreme Court uphold the law.
Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:44 pm
The communities of Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland have discovered one another and are seeking to become "sister" communities. Their respective names have amused visitors in the past and they believe officially linking their names will be a boon to both communities. Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen Bates of the Boring Community Planning Organization and Tom Pringle, secretary of the Dull Community Council.
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is only the third governor in U.S. history to face recall. His swift move last year to curb collective bargaining rights for most public workers polarized the state. But there's another recall happening in Wisconsin that's getting far less attention, it's against Walker's lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch.
If you could eliminate a single word from the English language — just zap it, nuke it, prevent it from ever being used again — what would it be?
That's the question Ben Greenman of The New Yorkerput to its readers last week. Greenman tells Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered, that the response was awesome. "Awesome," by the way, was chosen by many readers for elimination. "People hated it," Greenman says.
Dale Miller spends his days on the streets of downtown Denver selling a newspaper called The Homeless Voice. He's been having some health problems, but he can't afford to see a doctor on the $10 to $15 a day he makes selling papers.
A local charity clinic called the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless recently helped him get a CT scan at no cost to him. Miller fully understands, though, that someone has to pay for his care.
Sen. Joseph Cantwell, played by Eric McCormack (left), is an ambitious striver who throws mud at his rival, Secretary William Russell, played by John Larroquette, who debates whether to use some dirt of his own in The Best Man.
Perhaps most recognizable for his role as despicable but lovable lawyer Dan Fielding on Night Court, John Larroquette has recently taken to the stage. He earned a Tony Award for his role in the 2011 production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Days after George Zimmerman was freed on bail to await a second-degree murder trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, says she's "willing to wait for justice to be served" in her son's case.
Speaking with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Fulton also says that she feels like "I have a little hole in my heart. And that little hole is caused by the tragedy of Trayvon's death."
Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day.
About 69 percent of that trash goes immediately into landfills. And most landfill trash is made up of containers and packaging — almost all of which should be recycled, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes,
"It's instant trash," he says. "We pay for this stuff, and it goes right into the waste bin, and we're not capturing it the way our recycling programs are intending us to capture it. We're just sticking it in the ground and building mountains out of it."