On Being

Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are [remix]

Thursday, January 02, 2014


On Being

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 02, 2014


The Takeaway

Idaho Town Rallies To Bring Home P.O.W. Bowe Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war still being held captive by the Taliban. Last weekend, in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity and rally to support Bergdahl and his family. Colonel Tim Marsano, public affairs officer for the Idaho National Guard who acts as media liaison for the Bergdahl family, joins us on the program to discuss how the town is responding and the family's hope.

The end of June marks the four year mark of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's capture while serving in Afghanistan. 
Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war still being held captive by the Taliban. 
Recent reports indicate that the Taliban has offered a deal to trade Bergadahl over to the U.S if the government releases five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. 
Last weekend, in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity rally to support Bowe and his family called “Bring Home Bowe.

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The Takeaway

How Important Is Early Voting?

Monday, October 01, 2012

Election day is still more than a month away, but early voting has already begun. Voters in South Dakota and Idaho began casting their ballots on September 21, while voters in Iowa lined up outside polling stations late last week. In the upcoming weeks, dozens more states will open their voting booths.

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Transportation Nation

Boise Launches Car Sharing Program

Thursday, October 06, 2011

A street in Boise, Idaho (photo by Televiseus via Flickr)

(Boise, ID - YPR) The ribbon will be cut on downtown Boise's first car sharing program today. It's the third car share program in Idaho -- but the first that's non-campus-based.

Karen Sander, the executive director of the Downtown Boise Association (DBA), says the group became interested in car share after Boise State University started one for its students last fall.

Sander said her organization sees car share as a way to encourage people to ditch their personal vehicles. “The typical pushback for using transit is, ‘What if I need to run an errand on the other end of my commute?’” Sander says the flexibility of car share gives people easy access to a car.

DBA worked in cooperation with Capital City Development Corporation, the city of Boise, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s WeCar Program. Sander says at first the program will start with two vehicles. A press release says Enterprise anticipates more vehicles could be added throughout downtown Boise in the future.

Under the program, WeCar participants will pay an annual $35 fee. There’s an hourly fee to use a vehicle for local trips which includes gasoline, insurance and mileage up to 200 miles a day.

Sander says Boise is like many of its neighboring western states -- car crazy. “I think automobiles rule,” she says. “I think they will for a long time.” But, she says, when gasoline hit the $4 a gallon mark, residents began looking at other transportation options.

“I think people are starting to get smart about how they can save transportation dollars and use them in other areas of their lives,” Sander says. “And if those options are there, they’re going to use them -- [especially] if they’re flexible and they’re accessible.”

She adds that Boise is also an environmentally conscious community, and many residents ride their bicycles to and from downtown. “We’re a bike crazy community. Everyone likes their bicycles,” she says. Because of that, she says the car share sites will have bike lockers.

The car share program has other advantages as well. “It complements urban community sustainability programs reducing local emissions, traffic congestion and parking congestion," says Sander. "I think .. a lot of people look at the cost savings first.  And then folks who are interested in taking care of the environment --  this is one step closer to doing that.”

Sander says the city of Boise is now considering whether to add a bike share program.


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It's A Free Blog

If Parties Want to Block Independents from Primaries, They Can Pay for Them

Friday, March 04, 2011


I understand the logic behind the legal challenges that political parties have to primary rules allowing independents - and sometimes registered members of other parties - from voting in their primaries. While there really has never been any evidence that outside efforts have led to sabotaging of primary elections, there certainly is evidence that they've led to different candidates getting elected.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: 30,000 Unlicensed, Illegal Immigrants Deported After Traffic Violations, Jay St./Metrotech Connector Opens Today, and Boston Fare Jumper Bust

Friday, December 10, 2010

At least 30,000 illegal immigrants who were stopped for common traffic violations in the last three years have ended up in deportation, Department of Homeland Security numbers show. (New York Times)

Jay St./Metrotech subway underground walkway opens today in Brooklyn, connecting the A, C and the F lines with the R. One straphanger's reaction: "Thank God!"  (New York Daily News)  Another reason to be grateful: you'll soon be able to seek a replacement for your faulty Metrocard online.

Virginia governor Robert McDonnell announced that he will ask state legislators to spend $400 million immediately on roads and bridges while borrowing an additional $2.9 billion over the next three years for transportation. "This is the best opportunity in modern Virginia history to build roads," he said. (Washington Post)

NJ Transit to rehab Arrow electric rail cars in hopes of squeezing another five years of life out of them. "These are really tired vehicles. I ride them daily," said James Weinstein, NJ Transit executive director. "They are really threadbare." (Asbury Park Press)

Bus lanes coming to Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

Did the Idaho Transportation Department bow to a powerful oil company, ignoring procedure and public will to pave the way for the mega-loads? That's the accusation in a hearing happening this week. (Idaho Reporter)

The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers. (NPR)

A surveillance camera catches a Boston fare evader being none other than the Boston transit general manager. (via Radio Boston)

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Transportation Nation

Moving Stories: Car sales up 60 percent in China; can Wall Street fund transportation? Oil trucks as Idaho's enemy

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Auto sales soar 60 percent in China this August, up across rest of Asia, too (Reuters)

Federal rulemaking to ban text messaging for commercial drivers clears another hurdle (Landline)

Can Wall Street fund a new transportation bill?  You bet, says Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.  Wants 0.25 tax on trades, which he says creates $500 billion for reauthorization. (Post and Courier)

Chevy unveils the Cruze, light on gas and aimed right at Ford Focus and Honda Civic (Detroit News)

New cars in South Africa now carry a tax on each extra gram of CO2 they create per km (News24)

Idaho Supreme Court will expedite hearing over large loads of refinery equipment, opposed across parts of the West (AP)

Madison, Wisc. unveils designs for four-story, $12M station that would be high-speed rail hub (State Journal)

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The Takeaway

American Baptists Charged with Kidnapping

Friday, February 05, 2010

Ten members of an Idaho-based Baptist community have been charged with kidnapping and criminal association in Haiti, after attempting to spirit 33 Haitian children into the Dominican Republic. The group says it only intended to help the children and it claims they were orphans. But Haitian athorities don't buy the story and the group's members face prison terms of up to 15 years if convicted.