David Greene http://wrvo.org en Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears http://wrvo.org/post/tourism-money-flows-cuba-bringing-economic-hopes-and-fears Every morning, Manuel Landin Rodriguez walks past the luxurious state-owned Xanadu Mansion hotel and crosses its neatly trimmed golf course all the way to its edge. He camps out on the cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters that make the resort town of Varadero on Cuba's northern coast so famous.<p>Landin, a retired physical education teacher, comes to the spot to fish. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:17:00 +0000 David Greene 57938 at http://wrvo.org Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future http://wrvo.org/post/cubas-mariel-port-once-escape-now-window-future When you arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, you're greeted with a barrage of billboards with the popular Cuban government slogan promoting tourism: "Cuba, where the past and the present converge."<p>Perhaps nowhere on the island is that statement more true than in the city of Mariel, about 30 miles from Havana on the northwestern coast.<p>Mariel port is strategically located at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, facing the United States. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:29:00 +0000 David Greene & Jasmine Garsd 57870 at http://wrvo.org Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success http://wrvo.org/post/cubas-budding-entrepreneurs-travel-rocky-road-toward-success When Americans think of business in Cuba, they think of government-owned enterprise. And the vast majority of Cubans do work for the state.<p>But in recent years, private business owners known as <em>cuentapropistas</em> have flourished on the island.<p><em>Cuentapropismo</em> literally means "on your own account." As far back as the 1970s, Fidel Castro was talking about how socialism and small business ownership could coexist. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:40:00 +0000 David Greene 57806 at http://wrvo.org Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success After Mubarak, Egypt Appears Ready To Elect Another Military Man http://wrvo.org/post/after-mubarak-egypt-appears-ready-elect-another-military-man Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: There are tooting horns and people running and screaming in the streets - just an absolutely mad air of celebration. Mon, 26 May 2014 11:23:00 +0000 David Greene 56341 at http://wrvo.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Campaign Finance Law http://wrvo.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-part-campaign-finance-law Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:04:00 +0000 David Greene 53653 at http://wrvo.org Search Planes Fail To Locate Objects Spotted By Satellite http://wrvo.org/post/search-planes-fail-locate-objects-spotted-satellite Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Two large objects showed up satellite images bobbing in a remote part of the Indian Ocean.<p>WERTHEIMER: Now the search is on to find those objects and see if they are part of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Search planes and boats are covering an area about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.<p>GREENE: And NPR's David Schaper joins us on the line now with the latest on the search. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:24:00 +0000 David Greene 53034 at http://wrvo.org Twitter Tool Lets Users Revist First Tweets http://wrvo.org/post/twitter-tool-lets-users-revist-first-tweets Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>It is Twitter's 8th birthday. To celebrate, the site has put out a tool that lets you see any user's very first tweet. Some were naturals. Warren Buffett's first tweet, Warren is in the house, has been retweeted more than 40,000 times. Others might cringe at their first contribution. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, tweeted about his dance lessons: No pain, no gain. Awkward but fun this dancing, I still can't do macarena. That's what he wrote.<p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 David Greene 53031 at http://wrvo.org Objects Spotted In Indian Ocean Possibly Linked To Missing Jet http://wrvo.org/post/objects-spotted-indian-ocean-possibly-linked-missing-jet Australian officials say they are searching the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth after satellite images found objects that are possibly connected to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 David Greene 52967 at http://wrvo.org Wait. How Much Is That Doggy? http://wrvo.org/post/wait-how-much-doggy A Chinese property developer has reportedly paid close to $2 million for a golden-haired Tibetan mastiff puppy. The lion-looking dogs have become a status symbol for China's very rich. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 David Greene 52972 at http://wrvo.org Tattoo Of Handgun Triggers Call To Police http://wrvo.org/post/tattoo-handgun-triggers-call-police Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>Michael Smith, of Norridgewock, Maine, has a really convincing tattoo of a handgun on his lower stomach. This week, he woke up to a crew cutting trees outside. He marched out to tell them to stop with his shirt off. A bit later he woke up again, to a SWAT team with rifles trained. The tree cutters had mistaken his tattoo for a real gun tucked in his belt.<p>Smith told the police, quote, "I got plans today. I don't want to get shot." He was not charged.<p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 David Greene 52973 at http://wrvo.org Brit Uses Shakespeare To Exact Revenge http://wrvo.org/post/brit-uses-shakespeare-exact-revenge Edd Joseph bought a game console online, but he never received it. So he took revenge by texting 37 full Shakespeare plays to the seller's phone. That's nearly 30,000 messages. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:49:00 +0000 David Greene 52920 at http://wrvo.org Primark To Pay $10 Million To Victims Of Bangladesh Factory Collapse http://wrvo.org/post/primark-pay-10-million-victims-bangladesh-factory-collapse British clothing retailer Primark says it will pay $10 million in compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh last year. The tragedy killed more than 1,100. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 David Greene 52864 at http://wrvo.org Red Robin Adds New Adult Milkshake To Menu http://wrvo.org/post/red-robin-adds-new-adult-milkshake-menu A new offering from the food chain Red Robin: milkshakes made with wine. The first wine shake on the menu will be the Mango Moscato — made with wine, vodka, mango puree and vanilla ice cream. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 David Greene 52865 at http://wrvo.org Sen. Durbin Says U.S. Is Ready To Provide Nonlethal Aid To Ukraine http://wrvo.org/post/ukraine-sen-durbin-says-us-ready-provide-nonlethal-aid Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Just before residents of Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, a group of U.S. senators visited Kiev. They were showing support for Ukraine's new government, and also offering U.S. help. Among them was Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin. We reached him by phone in Chicago, and asked if the U.S. and Europe have to accept that Crimea is now part of Russia.<p>SENATOR RICHARD DURBIN: I don't accept that. I don't think we should. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 David Greene 52855 at http://wrvo.org Clothing Retailer Lands End To Split From Sears http://wrvo.org/post/clothing-retailer-lands-end-split-sears Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with a split for Lands' End.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Lands' End, the outdoor clothing retailer, will spin off from Sears Holdings Corporation next month and operate as a standalone, publicly traded company.<p>In its amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lands' End said stakeholders and Sears will receive about .3 shares of Lands' End Common Stock. Sears sales have declined since it combined with K-Mart in 2005. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:27:00 +0000 David Greene 52802 at http://wrvo.org Man Turns Himself In After Google Search Tells Him He's Wanted http://wrvo.org/post/man-turns-himself-after-google-search-tells-him-hes-wanted Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>Recently Christopher Viatafa did something many of us have done: He Googled his own name. But what he found wasn't so normal. It was his own face, on Northern California's Most Wanted website. He allegedly pulled a gun at a party last summer and fired it into the ground. In what authorities are calling an act of good judgment after a very bad call, Viatafa turned himself in. He's been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He's now listed as a captured fugitive.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:37:00 +0000 David Greene 52801 at http://wrvo.org Negotiators Gather In Vienna For Talks On Iran's Nukes http://wrvo.org/post/negotiators-gather-vienna-talks-irans-nukes With the clock ticking on a six-month deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions, negotiators from Iran and world powers meet this week in Vienna. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 David Greene 52795 at http://wrvo.org For Foster The People Frontman, Fame And Isolation http://wrvo.org/post/foster-people-frontman-fame-then-isolation Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUMPED UP SUP KICK")<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A few years ago, this song came out of nowhere, "Pumped Up Kicks" from Foster The People, an unsigned band from L.A. It became one of 2011's biggest hits.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUMPED UP SUP KICK")<p>FOSTER THE PEOPLE: (Singing) All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you better run, better run, outrun my gun. All the other...<p>GREENE: Song, as you can hear, has a summer party sound. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 David Greene 52800 at http://wrvo.org Supreme Court Declines To Consider Arizona Abortion Law http://wrvo.org/post/supreme-court-declines-consider-arizona-abortion-law Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And some news from the Supreme Court this morning: The justices have decided not to intervene in a legal battle over abortion in the state of Arizona. Earlier, an appeals court said the state's law banning most abortions after 20 weeks was unconstitutional. The high court's decision today not to review the case effectively blocks that ban from coming into place in Arizona.<p>NPR's Julie Rovner joins us to talk about the implications of this. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:18:00 +0000 David Greene 49849 at http://wrvo.org NFL Playoffs To Start With Wild Card Teams In Action http://wrvo.org/post/nfl-playoffs-begin-wild-card-teams Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. We've gotten through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's. But if you're an NFL fan, the next holiday up is Wild Card Weekend. There is football on Saturday and Sunday. Four wild card teams facing four teams that won their divisions. And there are some pretty interesting storylines to cover. Let's cover them with NPR's Mike Pesca. Hey, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Storyline number one - not all the teams playing are wild cards. It is called that but they get to play divisional leaders, don't they?<p>GREENE: Yeah. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:39:00 +0000 David Greene 49410 at http://wrvo.org South Sudan's Political Rift Leads To Violent Deaths http://wrvo.org/post/south-sudans-political-rift-leads-violent-deaths Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>This is a sound you might not expect to hear in a nation being torn up by violence.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)<p>GREENE: These are worshippers at a church in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. That young country, which gained its independence in 2011, has been the scene of tribal massacres killing at least a thousand people and uprooting many more. It all started with a power struggle between the president and former vice president. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:42:00 +0000 David Greene 49073 at http://wrvo.org Obama Fails To Accomplish Ambitious Agenda In 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/obama-fails-accomplish-ambitious-agenda-2013 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Here's a way to look at the year 2013 for President Barack Obama: He began the year with two-thirds of Americas saying they approved of the job he was doing. He's ending the year with that number around 40 percent.<p>He began fresh off a hard-fought electoral victory, going into his second term with a pretty ambitious agenda. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:24:00 +0000 David Greene 48962 at http://wrvo.org Protesters In Ukraine Agitated By Economic Deal With Russia http://wrvo.org/post/protesters-ukraine-agitated-economic-deal-russia Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Yesterday, Ukraine got a big holiday present from its neighbor, Russia, in the form of a multi-billion dollar bailout. And now everyone is trying to figure out what strings Russia attached, and whether this could be a sign that Ukraine, a country of some 45 million people, is aligning itself more closely with the East than the West.<p>The deal with Russia gives Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych some breathing space as he deals with his country's economic mess. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:37:00 +0000 David Greene 48732 at http://wrvo.org Destruction Plan To Be Announced For Syrian Chemical Weapons http://wrvo.org/post/chemical-weapon-destruction-plan-announced-syria Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION on NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>There's another milestone today in the long effort to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. The international overseeing the effort is unveiling more details of its plan and this is all a bit complicated. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:34:00 +0000 David Greene 48669 at http://wrvo.org What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie? http://wrvo.org/post/morning-edition-listeners-pick-favorite-holiday-movies [<em>LATE-BREAKING CORRECTION: We misunderstood where the 24 hours of Elf was being planned. We thought it was USA, but it's actually Starz. Sorry, Starz!</em>]<p>Over the weekend, Tanya Ballard Brown and Jen Chaney <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/12/14/250807148/the-case-for-and-against-loving-love-actually" target="_blank">laid out the case</a> for and against loving <em>Love Actually</em> (for some reason, this seems to be the year we debate that film in full). Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 David Greene 48613 at http://wrvo.org What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie? College Football Winds Down Ahead Of Final BCS Championship http://wrvo.org/post/college-football-winds-down-ahead-final-bcs-championship-game Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Well, this is rivalry week in college football. It's that annual period when the cheering and the insults get noticeably louder. And this weekend there's some extra spice as games from Alabama to Florida to Michigan could all have an impact on which two teams end up playing for the national championship. This is the last year of the so-called BCS Championship, the Bowl Championship Series.<p>College football fans are happy to know that next year we'll be heading to a playoff season. And let's bring in our sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:29:00 +0000 David Greene 47824 at http://wrvo.org Bill Cosby, Still Himself After All These Years http://wrvo.org/post/bill-cosby-still-himself-after-all-these-years Comedian Bill Cosby has been in show business for 50 years, and he celebrated on Comedy Central over the weekend with a stand-up special — his first in 30 years — called <em>Far From Finished.</em><p>That earlier special, called <em>Bill Cosby Himself,</em> inspired one of the most popular sitcoms in TV history: <em>The Cosby Show, </em>starring Cosby as paterfamilias Cliff Huxtable. It was a show that was really the first of its kind, capturing life in a highly educated upper-middle-class African-American family.<p>Cosby is 76 now, and he has a room full of awards. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 David Greene 47621 at http://wrvo.org Bill Cosby, Still Himself After All These Years Since Post-Vietnam Era, Fewer Veterans In Congress http://wrvo.org/post/politics-news-37 The camaraderie that veterans talk about used to be true in Congress too — partly because many members had served in the military. But today's Congress has very few veterans in its ranks, about 20 percent, compared with more than three-quarters in the post-Vietnam era. What does that number mean politically. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:04:00 +0000 David Greene 46956 at http://wrvo.org How One D.C. Suburb Set A Gold Standard For Commuting http://wrvo.org/post/how-one-dc-suburb-set-gold-standard-commuting It may come as a surprise to riders on Metro's Orange Line in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., but the area sets the bar for suburban transit.<p>That's because a risky, expensive decision by local planners in the 1960s as the Washington subway system was about to be built helped this once-sleepy community come alive. It led to an increase in residents and decrease in traffic. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:09:00 +0000 David Greene 46099 at http://wrvo.org How One D.C. Suburb Set A Gold Standard For Commuting After Shutdown Dust Clears, Where Does Boehner Stand? http://wrvo.org/post/after-shutdown-dust-clears-where-does-boehner-stand Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Today marks the second day of relative normalcy following 16 days of government shutdown and the prospect of a U.S. default on its debts. A pivotal player in this drama was House Speaker John Boehner. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 David Greene 45817 at http://wrvo.org