Robert Siegel http://kgou.org en What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting http://kgou.org/post/whats-known-and-still-unclear-about-fort-hood-shooting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.<p>LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.<p>SIEGEL: At around 4:00 p.m. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 26558 at http://kgou.org Letters: 'The Big Broadcast' And Laughing Down The Hall http://kgou.org/post/letters-big-broadcast-and-laughing-down-hall Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Time now for your letters. First, two corrections. On Monday, we took you to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin to tell you about something called Oculus Rift. It is a virtual reality headset. And in our story, we mistakenly said that it would be available to consumers in 18 to 20 months. In fact, there is no release date yet for a consumer model. Only the development kit is currently available.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Also in that story, some of you may have heard us refer to Black Castle. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 25059 at http://kgou.org To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://kgou.org/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 24958 at http://kgou.org 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://kgou.org/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 23602 at http://kgou.org The (Email) Thread That Tied Up The George Washington Bridge http://kgou.org/post/email-thread-tied-george-washington-bridge Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he is outraged and saddened to learn that he was misled by staffers. Christie says people will be held responsible after having seen emails that were released today, emails that appear to show two of three local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed for political reasons. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:48:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 20754 at http://kgou.org For NFL Teams, Postseason Offers Little Chance For Relaxation http://kgou.org/post/nfl-teams-postseason-offers-little-chance-relaxation Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In the National Football League, it is the final week of the regular season and that's usually a time for teams to lick their wounds, rest their starters or just contemplate next year, but not this season. The playoff picture is in such upheaval that many teams are fighting for their postseason lives. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us to talk about what's at stake this week. And hiya, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.<p>SIEGEL: It may be easier to start with which playoff positions are known. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 20033 at http://kgou.org Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic? http://kgou.org/post/are-we-genetically-inclined-be-materialistic People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, whereas capitalistic societies put it on steroids. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 19963 at http://kgou.org In Gas-Rich And Fast-Growing Qatar, A Focus On Food Security http://kgou.org/post/gas-rich-and-fast-growing-qatar-focus-food-security The Gulf nation of Qatar has nearly depleted its groundwater, and will increasingly need to import food. Some farms still operates on ground water, but in the long haul, Qatar is counting on desalination and using money to import food. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 19967 at http://kgou.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://kgou.org/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 19907 at http://kgou.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny http://kgou.org/post/world-cup-looms-qatars-migrant-worker-system-faces-scrutiny Over the past decade, Qatar's population has soared from 660,000 to more than 2 million. Here's the catch: Qataris themselves number only around 260,000.<p>The rest, more than 85 percent of the population, are not citizens. As Professor Mehran Kamrava, an American scholar at Georgetown University's campus in Qatar, says, they are all migrant workers of varying types.<p>"There are gradations of migrant workers," he noted. "I happen to be a white-collar migrant worker, as a professor. But there are lots of people who work in the construction industry. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 19850 at http://kgou.org