KRCB http://radio.krcb.org en Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour http://radio.krcb.org/post/bob-dole-returns-kansas-gratitude-tour In Kansas this week, a political icon returned home. Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole has been traveling the state, meeting with friends and supporters who embraced his long political career.<p>Dole is not running for office, but the 90-year-old has a tour schedule that could tire a politician half his age. He's made 10 public appearances over three days, including a stop at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.<p>Dole has touched on serious topics during the trip. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Stephen Koranda 26420 at http://radio.krcb.org Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home http://radio.krcb.org/post/why-bill-gates-fights-diseases-abroad-not-home This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds.<p>Five-hundred of the world's top innovators in global health have gathered for the <a href="http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2014/04/Building-for-Impact-The-2014-Global-Health-Product-Development-Forum">Global Health Product Development Forum,</a> an annual event in which scientists, engineers, policymakers and activists work to develop new tools for fighting diseases.<p>Since the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2000, the nonprofit has invested a lot of money in education in the U.S. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:38:00 +0000 NPR Staff 26421 at http://radio.krcb.org Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress http://radio.krcb.org/post/after-bangladesh-factory-disaster-efforts-show-mixed-progress One year ago Thursday, an eight-story factory building in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. The disaster at Rana Plaza brought new attention to safety conditions in the country's booming garment industry.<p>In the year since then, some of the world's biggest retailers have begun inspecting Bangladesh's factories more aggressively. But in other ways efforts to reform the industry have fallen short.<p>When sewing machine operator Aklima Khanam arrived at Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013, some of her coworkers were milling around outside. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 26423 at http://radio.krcb.org After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions http://radio.krcb.org/post/when-money-trumps-need-college-admissions At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges.<p>Nugent says during her tenure at Kenyon, there were low-income students at the bottom of the admissions list who sometimes weren't accepted so the school could make room for more affluent students.<p>"Approximately 90 percent of the class, we really did try to meet their full financial need," she says. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 NPR Staff 26422 at http://radio.krcb.org When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop http://radio.krcb.org/post/damon-albarn-everyday-robots-and-birth-britpop <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15127500/damon-albarn" target="_blank">Damon Albarn</a>'s credits are legion. He's the frontman of Blur, the British band who created a giant catalog of forward-thinking guitar pop and one enduring, stadium-rattling jock jam. He's the vocalist and principal songwriter of Gorillaz, the animated supergroup who managed to give the iPod a little street cred. He led Bobby Womack out of long career stall and into 21st century cool, co-producing the soul legend's left-field comeback album, <em>The Bravest Man in the Universe</em>, in 2012. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 26419 at http://radio.krcb.org Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop The FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes http://radio.krcb.org/post/fda-moves-regulate-increasingly-popular-e-cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration says it will formally propose regulating e-cigarettes.<p>Early Thursday, the agency unveiled a long-awaited rule that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.<p>"It's a huge change," FDA Commissioner <a href="http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/commissionerspage/default.htm">Margaret Hamburg</a> told reporters in a briefing Wednesday, before the official announcement of the agency's plans. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Rob Stein 26418 at http://radio.krcb.org The FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report http://radio.krcb.org/post/fcc-propose-change-net-neutrality-rules-media-report The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:51:00 +0000 editor 26416 at http://radio.krcb.org Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy http://radio.krcb.org/post/reports-fcc-poised-about-face-net-neutrality <h6>This post was updated at 12:10 a.m. ET on Thursday. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:56:00 +0000 editor 26415 at http://radio.krcb.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://radio.krcb.org/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 NPR Staff 26413 at http://radio.krcb.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record http://radio.krcb.org/post/costly-hepatitis-c-pill-shreds-drug-industry-sales-record The launch of Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-day pill for hepatitis C, is shaping up as the most successful ever.<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill in December. And then Gilead Sciences was off to the races. The company said it sold $2.27 billion worth of Sovaldi in the quarter that ended March 31. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Scott Hensley 26414 at http://radio.krcb.org Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record