Sonari Glinton http://wrvo.org en Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide http://wrvo.org/post/toyota-pulls-over-6-million-vehicles-worldwide Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another major auto recall today, this time it's Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects, including problems with seat rails and airbags. No injuries have been reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports this particular recall is not happening in a vacuum.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Less than a month ago, Toyota was hit with a $1.2 billion fine for the way it handled a recall mess from several years ago. Right now, General Motors has been embroiled in a scandal for how it handled a decade-old problem. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54027 at http://wrvo.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? http://wrvo.org/post/just-how-new-new-gm During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/gm-hearings-cold-open/2770788">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53910 at http://wrvo.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://wrvo.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53545 at http://wrvo.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out http://wrvo.org/post/carmakers-turn-recalls-consumers-tune-out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53071 at http://wrvo.org As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Toyota's $1.2B Settlement Puts Criminal Probe To Rest http://wrvo.org/post/toyotas-12b-settlement-puts-criminal-probe-rest Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52956 at http://wrvo.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover http://wrvo.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-gm-it-continues-its-makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52544 at http://wrvo.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover Theories And Disputes Eddy Around Missing Malaysian Airliner http://wrvo.org/post/theories-and-disputes-eddy-around-missing-malaysian-airliner Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>A dramatically different version of events is emerging about the path of Malaysia Airline's Flight 370. Malaysian authorities now say the jetliner made a sharp change in course, heading from northeast to west, and they say the last sign of the plane came an hour later than previously stated. The Boeing 777 disappeared early Saturday morning local time en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.<p>Here to sort through some possible scenarios is New York Times reporter Matthew Wald, who has covered many plane crashes over the years. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52535 at http://wrvo.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia http://wrvo.org/post/what-pepsi-can-teach-us-about-soft-drink-power-russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52472 at http://wrvo.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating http://wrvo.org/post/hometown-hero-triumphs-womens-figure-skating Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We turn our attention now to the Iceberg Arena in Sochi, Russia. That's where the women's figure skating competition wrapped up for the Winter Olympic Games. And it was a big night for Russia. 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova won gold. In a come-from-behind victory, she beat out defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who placed second. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. And NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the finals and joins us from Sochi. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51658 at http://wrvo.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future http://wrvo.org/post/female-figure-skaters-compete-gold-and-sports-future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51611 at http://wrvo.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future U.S. Struggles To Find Skating Groove In Sochi http://wrvo.org/post/us-struggles-find-skating-groove-sochi Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>It was another disappointing finish in speed skating for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. American phenom Shani Davis came in 11th place in the 1500 meter, a race for which he's won two silver medals. The focus is now shifted from the American skaters' performance to their suits.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Sochi.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ready.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: The difference between first and second in this 1500-meter race is only three 1,000ths of a second. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51440 at http://wrvo.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class http://wrvo.org/post/mens-figure-skating-us-pins-hopes-new-class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259394357/figure-skater-with-happy-feet-hopes-to-clinch-spot-in-sochi">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51359 at http://wrvo.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class American Speedskaters Leave Ice Disappointed http://wrvo.org/post/american-speedskaters-leave-ice-disappointed U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51287 at http://wrvo.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing http://wrvo.org/post/spoiler-alert-medals-womens-super-combined-mens-short-track <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/sports/olympics/mancuso-super-combined.html?_r=0" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51154 at http://wrvo.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends http://wrvo.org/post/us-speedskaters-get-little-help-their-friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51126 at http://wrvo.org U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other http://wrvo.org/post/team-event-figure-skating-rivals-cheer-each-other There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities — think <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/01/16/263073794/complicating-the-tonya-and-nancy-narratives-20-years-later">Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding</a>.<p>But Thursday in Sochi, a new event debuted at the Winter Olympics: team figure skating. Now skaters compete not only individually and in pairs, but also as teams of skaters from each country. That means nearly twice the figure skating, which is great for ratings. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:23:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51029 at http://wrvo.org In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold http://wrvo.org/post/detroit-touts-clean-efficient-diesels-consumers-arent-sold At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, it's not all hybrids and battery-powered cars. Some car companies are making significant investments in a fuel that's not new at all — diesel.<p>The newest diesel engines are far cleaner than their predecessors, and they get many more miles per gallon. The question is, what's holding customers back from switching gas pumps?<p>When you look around the auto show, there's a lot of energy and there's a lot of money being spent again. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49989 at http://wrvo.org Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama http://wrvo.org/post/remembering-eydie-gorme-vegas-singer-without-drama <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Llrp9TWqU</p> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49216 at http://wrvo.org Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope) http://wrvo.org/post/whats-store-commutings-future-hint-theres-hope If you want to look into the future of commuting, you need only go to the <a href="http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/programs/graduate/transportation_design.jsp" target="_blank">graduate transportation program</a> at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.<p>The program's creator, Geoff Wardle, says he started it because he sees a coming tipping point "where all aspects of transportation, whether it's of people or goods, is going to go through some fundamental changes, and we've seen the early signs of that even with the convolutions the automobile industry has been through recently." Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:15:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49065 at http://wrvo.org What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope) A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd http://wrvo.org/post/day-small-businesses-stand-out-crowd After Black Friday has come and gone, a new shopping day arrives: Small Business Saturday.<p>Small-business owners hope that after you've spent time at the big-box stores and the mall, you'll spend money with the mom-and-pops in your neighborhood.<p>The idea for the day came out of a committee at American Express in 2010, after the depths of the recession. AmEx President Ed Gilligan loved the idea of creating a new holiday.<p>"We did make it up, but we didn't make up the reason why it exists," Gilligan says. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47871 at http://wrvo.org A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd Black Friday's Mission Creep: When The Holiday Deals Are Elsewhere http://wrvo.org/post/black-fridays-mission-creep-when-holiday-deals-are-elsewhere Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season? Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47856 at http://wrvo.org How Shopping Malls Are Adapting In An Online World http://wrvo.org/post/how-shopping-malls-are-adapting-online-world Traditional shopping malls took a big hit after the economic collapse. Problems at big retailers Sears and J.C. Penney — two of the biggest mall tenants — could signal even more troubles.<p>But malls are trying to adapt. As online shopping grows, things are getting more and more competitive out in the real world of brick-and-mortar retail.<p>The South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., shows just how competitive the mall business can be. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47731 at http://wrvo.org To Test-Drive A Concept Car, Fire Up The PlayStation http://wrvo.org/post/test-drive-concept-car-fire-playstation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_iULLlcsSo</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47566 at http://wrvo.org To Test-Drive A Concept Car, Fire Up The PlayStation For Ridesharing Apps Like Lyft, Commerce Is A Community http://wrvo.org/post/ridesharing-apps-lyft-commerce-community <em>This week on-air and online, the tech team is </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/11/244538728/this-week-exploring-the-sharing-economy">exploring the sharing economy</a><em>. You'll find the stories on this blog and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/244583579/the-sharing-economy-a-shift-away-from-ownership">aggregated at this link</a>,<em> and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 47187 at http://wrvo.org For Ridesharing Apps Like Lyft, Commerce Is A Community For The Young And Healthy, Health Insurance Is A Hard Sell http://wrvo.org/post/young-and-healthy-health-insurance-hard-sell Getting young, healthy people to sign up for health insurance is seen as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act. It's precisely those <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/25/240798427/for-obamacare-to-work-its-not-just-about-the-numbers" target="_blank">people who will help offset the cost</a> of the older, sicker ones.<p>But while cheap health insurance and subsidies based on income are intended to make the program appealing to the young, what if they haven't even heard of the health care law? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 46486 at http://wrvo.org For The Young And Healthy, Health Insurance Is A Hard Sell Tesla Slips From Pedestal That May Have Been Too High http://wrvo.org/post/tesla-slips-pedestal-may-have-been-too-high Over the last year of so, Tesla motors has received some really good press. But this past week, it's been knocked off its pedestal.<p>"We're a country that likes to put things up on pedestals and then tear them down from pedestals. We do that with people, I think we do that with things," says Jack Nerad, an analyst with Kelley Blue Book.<p>The electric car company was downgraded by analysts on Tuesday and a video of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/03/228836808/teslas-stock-gets-burned-after-car-fire-and-downgrading">a Tesla Model S on fire</a> went viral. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 45248 at http://wrvo.org Tesla Slips From Pedestal That May Have Been Too High Why Companies And CEOs Rarely Admit To Wrongdoing http://wrvo.org/post/why-companies-and-ceos-rarely-admit-wrongdoing Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>JPMorgan Chase will have to pay more than $900 million in fines for the way it handled the London Whale trading scandal. Last year, the company revealed that its traders in London had lost $6 billion, and then concealed the losses from executives.<p>While large fines aren't unusual, it is unusual that federal regulators forced the bank to admit to wrongdoing. But this is exactly what happened. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:47:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 44445 at http://wrvo.org To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look To Smartphones http://wrvo.org/post/attract-millennials-automakers-look-smartphones <em>Part of a</em><em> </em><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/213540069/millennials-and-the-changing-car-culture" target="_blank">series of stories</a></em><em> </em><em>produced in collaboration with</em><em> </em><em><a href="https://youthradio.org/" target="_blank">Youth Radio</a></em><em> </em><em>on the changing car culture in America.</em><p>In an effort to attract young people to cars, automakers have set up shop in Silicon Valley and are looking to the digital world as a way to lure them.<p>Millennials are driving less and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/08/18/213263841/cars-in-a Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 43350 at http://wrvo.org To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look To Smartphones Auto Industry's Pent-Up Demand Expected To Ease Slowly http://wrvo.org/post/auto-industrys-pent-demand-expected-ease-slowly Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>If economists looking at the housing sector are generally optimistic, those who follow the auto industry are practically brimming with glee. Right now, the average age of cars on the road is the oldest ever recorded, at 11-and-a-half years, which means at some time, people will have to buy newer ones. As NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, that time may be now.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: To talk about cars, you have to talk first about housing. I know. We just finished with housing. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 42653 at http://wrvo.org The Changing Story Of Teens And Cars http://wrvo.org/post/changing-story-teens-and-cars <em>This is the first of a series of stories produced in collaboration with <a href="http://www.youthradio.org/">Youth Radio</a> on the changing car culture in America.</em><p>When you're a teenager, there are many things you desperately want to find: friends, fun, a future, freedom.<p>In<em> American Graffiti, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139280283/on-location-cruising-with-american-graffiti">the<em> </em>iconic movie</a> about teenagers set in 1962, the kids find all of that just by getting in their cars. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 42363 at http://wrvo.org The Changing Story Of Teens And Cars