California Governor Jerry Brown has reached the outline of a budget deal with state Democratic leaders. The two sides have been wrangling over deep cuts to social programs. The agreement is just the latest development in the story of California's budget crisis — with negotiations over pension cuts still looming and a November ballot initiative that will ask Californians to raise their own taxes to prevent steeper cuts to the state' schools. Melissa Block talks with Ben Adler of Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.
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In Sanford, Florida, new details emerged today about what Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman says happened the night he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder.
As NPR's Greg Allen reports from Miami, Zimmerman's lawyers have released recordings of police interviews with their client in the hours and days after the shooting.
Now to a big story out here in Culver City, California.
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BLOCK: That is the sound of change. Light rail has come to the Westside of Los Angeles. The new Expo Line begins in downtown L.A. and heads west. Yesterday, it reached Culver City, and the new stop isn't far from us here at NPR West. This first phase of the line runs roughly 8.6 miles and cost $932 million.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has purchased almost the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai. Melissa Block talks with Mike Wilson, author of a book on Ellison, about the purchase and other eccentric moves by the software magnate.
Vietnam has contained the fatal bird flu cases that raged in the late 2000s, but it is still struggling with new cases of the virulent disease. Here, a poultry trader loads live chickens onto his motorbike on March 16 at a market outside Hanoi.
This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the past 25 years, the number and percentage of prisoners held in isolation has exploded at both state and federal penitentiaries. At a Senate subcommittee hearing this, Senator Richard Durbin argued that the dramatic expansion of the use of solitary confinement is a human rights issue we can't ignore.
Innovation is the name of the game these days — in business, in science and technology, even in art. We all want to get those big ideas, but most of us really have no idea what sets off those sparks of insight. Science can help! In the past few years, neuroscientists and psychologists have started to gain a better understanding of the creative process. Some triggers of innovation may be surprisingly simple. Here are five things that may well increase the odds of having an "Aha!" moment.
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There's an easy way to spot diseases that aren't getting much attention.
You don't even have to leave your chair, if you've got a computer and access to databases of scientific papers published around the world. Just compare the number of papers on a disease with the number of people affected by it.
In Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama, <em>The Newsroom, </em>producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) tackle real hard-hitting news stories and call out those who don't tell the truth.
After a public meltdown and a wholesale staff defection, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) decides to take a different approach with his nightly news show.
If anyone in Hollywood wears his idealism like a boutonniere, it's Aaron Sorkin. As The West Wing made clear, Sorkin loves telling stories about principled individuals — especially liberals — struggling with institutions that might compromise their integrity.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She was previously the director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department and dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
This summer, Tell Me More talks to some of today's most popular comedians. Host Michel Martin first speaks with Thomas Miles, or "Nephew Tommy." He entertains millions with prank phone calls, as one of the co-hosts of the popular Urban Radio program, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.
George Zimmerman's written, audio and video accounts of what happened when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin have been put online by his defense team. Much of what is in the materials has been previously reported, but their release offers the most detailed looks so far at his claim that he acted in self defense.
The materials, posted here, include the statement Zimmerman wrote on Feb. 26 — the day of his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon in Sanford, Fla. In it, the neighborhood watch volunteer writes: