UPR Utah Public Radio http://upr.org en Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford http://upr.org/post/librarians-are-luxury-chicago-public-schools-cant-afford Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.<p>With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.<p>It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs — it's that the librarians are being reassigned.<p>"The people are there, they're just not staffing the library, they're staffing another classroom," says Megan Cusick, a librarian at Nancy B. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Becky Vevea 46128 at http://upr.org Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract http://upr.org/post/amazons-german-workers-push-higher-wages-union-contract Only about 11 percent of U.S. workers are in unions — down from 20 percent just three decades ago. It's different in Germany, where most workers are covered by collective bargaining.<p>That cultural difference is causing a clash between Amazon, the Seattle-based online retail giant, and its German workers.<p>Bad Hersfeld is best known as a picturesque festival and spa town in central Germany. But it's also home to two Amazon fulfillment centers that employ more than 3,000 people.<p>One of those workers is Nancy Becker. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 46123 at http://upr.org Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests http://upr.org/post/our-use-little-words-can-uh-reveal-hidden-interests One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.<p>The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours they did a rotation, making small talk with people they did not know, one after another, in three-minute increments.<p>I had gone to record the night, which was put on by a company called Professionals in the City, and what struck me was the noise in the room. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:17:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 46124 at http://upr.org Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' http://upr.org/post/ghanaian-mystery-writer-says-its-easy-get-murdered-accra White egrets swoop down on the Agbogbloshie Canal and stoop to pick at mounds of filth and trash in search of food. The clogged and stinky waterway dominates Agbogbloshie, the main shantytown in Accra, Ghana's capital city. You wonder how the birds manage to maintain white feathers as they wade in the putrid, muddy water.<p>The stench of that water puts off Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, the protagonist of writer Kwei Quartey's murder mysteries set in Ghana. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 46125 at http://upr.org Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle http://upr.org/post/political-family-funding-and-running-both-sides-aisle Rich families sustain American politics. Some produce candidates; others supply money. And in rare instances, a family will do both.<p>Meet Nebraska billionaire <a href="http://www.joericketts.com/">Joe Ricketts</a>, founder of Ending Spending, an independent political organization that's <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?disp=O">among the top 10 spenders this election cycle</a>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 46126 at http://upr.org A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen http://upr.org/post/pretending-be-medical-patient-pays-teen Some of us are lucky enough to stumble into a job that we love. That was the case for Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old had never heard of standardized patients until her advisor at school told her she should check it out.<p>"I was kind of shocked, and I was kind of like, 'Oh, is there actually something like this in the world?' "<p>Since Nuki wants to be a doctor, the chance to earn $15 to $20 an hour training medical students as a pretend patient was kind of a dream come true. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Patty Wight 46127 at http://upr.org Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli http://upr.org/post/islamic-state-suffers-rare-defeat-amerli <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=Islamic+State+Suffers+Rare+Defeat+In+Amerli&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMzY5MzE4MDEzMTE3ODg5NDA4ZjRiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>In Iraq, radical Sunni fighters calling themselves the Islamic State or Isis have suffered a rare defeat. Iraqi and Kurdish forces broke a nearly 80-day siege on the town of Amerli, where residents have enough food and water today for the first time in weeks. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 46122 at http://upr.org X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality http://upr.org/post/x-prize-competition-could-make-tricorder-reality <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=X+Prize+Competition+Could+Make+%27Tricorder%27+A+Reality&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:28:00 +0000 editor 46121 at http://upr.org Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish http://upr.org/post/ty-segall-rocks-out-acoustic-style-and-more-polish If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15157974/the-stooges">The Stooges</a> — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.<p>But his newest album, <em>Manipulator</em>, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.<p>Hear the conversation at the audio link. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:28:00 +0000 editor 46120 at http://upr.org Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War http://upr.org/post/thousand-mirrors-shows-two-views-one-long-brutal-war It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.<p>Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46119 at http://upr.org 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War