Daniel Zwerdling http://wrvo.org en New Shooting Revives Old Questions About Mental Health In Military http://wrvo.org/post/new-shooting-revives-old-questions-about-mental-health-military The mass shooting at Fort Hood, the second at the same Army base in just five years, is renewing questions about the state of mental health treatment on U.S. military bases. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 53729 at http://wrvo.org Weeks Later, More Questions Than Answers In W.Va. Chemical Spill http://wrvo.org/post/weeks-later-more-questions-answers-wva-chemical-spill State officials in West Virginia say that in most areas, they can no longer detect any of the industrial chemical MCHM that spilled into the water supply recently. They say the water is safe for people to drink and use — including most pregnant women. But other public health specialists say they don't trust these assurances.<p>"I think there's no way to know what the safe levels of the chemicals are at this point," says Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the state's largest public health department. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 50681 at http://wrvo.org Weeks Later, More Questions Than Answers In W.Va. Chemical Spill A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels http://wrvo.org/post/judges-cookbook-reveals-secrets-bialys-and-bagels There are two important things that you learn about Michael Zusman, baker and co-author of <em>The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home,</em> when you bake with him.<p>First, his real job has nothing to do with bread or writing recipes: He's a trial judge. "Full time," Zusman says. "Wear a black robe every day." <br /> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 49300 at http://wrvo.org A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels Your Digital Trail: Data Fuels Political And Legal Agendas http://wrvo.org/post/your-digital-trail-data-fuels-political-and-legal-agendas <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqWuioPHhz0</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:03:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 45116 at http://wrvo.org Your Digital Trail: Data Fuels Political And Legal Agendas Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us? http://wrvo.org/post/your-digital-trail-does-fourth-amendment-protect-us <em>This is the third story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by <strong>G.W. Schulz</strong> from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Yesterday, we examined </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/01/227776072/your-digital-trail-private-company-access">how data-tracking companies are monitoring your online behavior</a>.<em> Today we look at your Fourth Amendment rights.</em><p>Science-fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 45054 at http://wrvo.org Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us? Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access http://wrvo.org/post/your-digital-trail-private-company-access <em>This is the second story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by <strong>G.W. Schulz</strong> from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 45004 at http://wrvo.org Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss http://wrvo.org/post/cambodia-hotel-workers-are-boss <em>This story is part of NPR's ongoing series about </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/130593764/social-entrepreneurs-taking-on-world-problems">social entrepreneurs</a><em> — people around the world who are dreaming up innovative ways to develop communities and solve social problems.</em><p>If you walk into the lobby of the Soria Moria hotel near the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, it probably won't strike you as a bold experiment in development and democracy. The Soria Moria, in the booming town of Siem Reap, is a three-star hotel with 38 rooms that is more cozy than fancy. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 40624 at http://wrvo.org At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss After Deadly Chemical Plant Disasters, There's Little Action http://wrvo.org/post/after-deadly-chemical-plant-disasters-theres-little-action You might think that everything would have changed for the chemicals industry on April 16, 1947. That was the day of the Texas City Disaster, the worst industrial accident in U.S. history. A ship loaded with ammonium nitrate — the same chemical that appears to have caused the disaster last month in West, Texas — exploded. The ship sparked a chain reaction of blasts at chemical facilities onshore, creating what a newsreel at the time called "a holocaust that baffles description."<strong> </strong><p>Or you might think everything would have changed on Dec. 3, 1984. Fri, 17 May 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 38033 at http://wrvo.org After Deadly Chemical Plant Disasters, There's Little Action From Family To Digital Footprints: A Portrait Of Tsarnaevs http://wrvo.org/post/family-digital-footprints-portrait-tsarnaevs NPR's Daniel Zwerdling reports on what's known about the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 36551 at http://wrvo.org New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes http://wrvo.org/post/new-mortgage-program-helps-cambodias-poor-find-better-homes If you've applied for a mortgage recently, you know how hard it can be. The bank demands all kinds of obscure documents and wants proof of almost every asset you own. But an innovative mortgage program halfway around the world will evaluate your application without any extra documentation — and if you're approved, it will give you a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. There's just one catch: The mortgages are only for low-income people in Cambodia. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:55:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 35757 at http://wrvo.org New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes For A Florida Fishery, 'Sustainable' Success After Complex Process http://wrvo.org/post/florida-fishery-sustainable-success-after-complex-process <em>Part three of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171717418/the-meaning-of-sustainable-labeled-seafood">three-part series</a> by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.</em><p>The long, clunky-looking fishing boat pulls up to Day Boat Seafood's dock near Fort Pierce, Fla., after 10 days out in the Atlantic. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:35:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 33211 at http://wrvo.org For A Florida Fishery, 'Sustainable' Success After Complex Process Conditions Allow For More Sustainable-Labeled Seafood http://wrvo.org/post/conditions-allow-more-sustainable-labeled-seafood <em>Part two of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171717418/the-meaning-of-sustainable-labeled-seafood">three-part series</a> by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.</em><p>Next time you walk up to the seafood counter, look for products labeled with a blue fish, a check mark, and the words "Certified Sustainable Seafood MSC." Then ask yourself, "What does this label mean?"<p>The MSC — Marine Stewardship Council — says that the "sustainable" label means that fishermen caught the seafood with methods that don't deplete its supply, and help protect the environment in the waters where it was c Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:42:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 33210 at http://wrvo.org Conditions Allow For More Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable? http://wrvo.org/post/sustainable-labeled-seafood-really-sustainable <em>Part one of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/171717418/the-meaning-of-sustainable-labeled-seafood">three-part series</a> by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.</em><p>Rebecca Weel pushes a baby stroller with her 18-month-old up to the seafood case at Whole Foods, near ground zero in New York. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 33191 at http://wrvo.org Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable? Once Denied A Purple Heart, A Soldier Gets Her Medal http://wrvo.org/post/once-denied-purple-heart-soldier-gets-her-medal <em>In 2010, NPR reported that some Army commanders refused to award the Purple Heart to many troops who got concussions in combat because they didn't consider these "real" injuries. As a result of our story, the Army did its own investigation and put out new guidelines on Purple Hearts. Mon, 03 Sep 2012 07:57:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 25383 at http://wrvo.org Once Denied A Purple Heart, A Soldier Gets Her Medal Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions http://wrvo.org/post/reaching-war-zones-troops-risk-concussions <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb4Kr_9I920</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:12:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 24893 at http://wrvo.org Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions For One Soldier, Rap Is A Powerful Postwar Weapon http://wrvo.org/post/one-soldier-rap-powerful-postwar-weapon When Jeff Barillaro came home from fighting the war in Iraq, he felt lost, like thousands of veterans do. He didn't have a mission anymore.<p>But now, through music, he's found one: Under the stage name Soldier Hard, Barillaro raps — about how war has changed troops and their families. Other vets and their family members are now turning to his music, because they say he's speaking to them.<p>On a recent morning, the National Guard Armory in Evansville, Ind., looks and sounds like any military base in the country.<p>A batch of new recruits goes through its weekend drills. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 17685 at http://wrvo.org For One Soldier, Rap Is A Powerful Postwar Weapon One Soldier's Progress Against Traumatic Brain Injury http://wrvo.org/post/one-soldiers-progress-against-traumatic-brain-injury One of the guests in the congressional gallery at last week's State of the Union address was Roxana Delgado, an advocate for soldiers returning home with traumatic brain injuries. Her husband, an army sergeant <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/06/09/127542820/with-traumatic-brain-injuries-soldiers-face-battle-for-care">who NPR profiled in June, 2010</a>, had been dramatically affected by the concussion he received from a roadside blast in Iraq.<p>The story, reported and produced with ProPublica, detailed Victor Medina's inability to read, speak and think. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:25:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling & Joaquin Sapien 13655 at http://wrvo.org Pentagon's Spending On Key Injuries Isn't Being Tracked Well, Auditors Say http://wrvo.org/post/pentagons-spending-key-injuries-isnt-being-tracked-well-auditors-say The Defense Department has spent close to $3 billion since 2007 to treat and study traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder — the leading injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a federal investigation finds that the department's programs are so disorganized that it's difficult to figure out how the money has been spent.<p>The <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-154">report by the Government Accountability Office</a> says that nobody in the Defense Department coordinates all the programs on brain injuries and PTSD. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 13527 at http://wrvo.org Playwright Battles For Injured Vets On Stage http://wrvo.org/post/playwright-battles-injured-vets-stage Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Now the story about one woman's effort to bring attention to the invisible wounds of war. The playwright Kate Wenner says she was stunned by investigations that showed thousands of U.S. troops were coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries and didn't receive the help they need. So Ms. Wenner decided to raise awareness through art. Sat, 07 Jan 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 12399 at http://wrvo.org A Year That Was Good To Beets http://wrvo.org/post/year-was-good-beets Children hate beets. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112791936">Many adults</a> hate beets. In fact, so few people in the U.S. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:08:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 11974 at http://wrvo.org A Year That Was Good To Beets Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle http://wrvo.org/post/militarys-brain-testing-program-debacle <em>The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.</em><p>On a recent morning, four dozen soldiers who were about to be deployed to Afghanistan filed into a squat wooden building at Fort Lewis, in Washington state. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:02:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 10147 at http://wrvo.org Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle Mall Counterterrorism Files ID Mostly Minorities http://wrvo.org/post/mall-counterterrorism-files-id-mostly-minorities <em>The following is a continuation of an </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/140248537/under-suspicion">investigation by NPR News and the Center for Investigative Reporting</a><em> on private counterterrorism programs, like the one at the Mall of America.</em><p>Programs aimed at keeping a lookout for potential terrorists are not about profiling, government officials stress. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:01:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling & G.W. Schulz 5805 at http://wrvo.org Shoppers Entangled In War On Terror http://wrvo.org/post/shoppers-entangled-war-terror Mall of America officials say that thousands of mall visitors have been stopped and questioned in recent years. The interviews at the mall are part of a counterterrorism initiative that acts as the private eyes and ears of law enforcement authorities but has often ensnared innocent people, according to an investigation by NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting.<p>The written reports were often filed without the knowledge of those interviewed by security. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:03:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling & G.W. Schulz 5766 at http://wrvo.org Under Suspicion At The Mall Of America http://wrvo.org/post/under-suspicion-mall-america Since Sept. 11, the nation's leaders have warned that government agencies like the CIA and the FBI can't protect the country on their own — private businesses and ordinary citizens have to look out for terrorists, too. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:01:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 5759 at http://wrvo.org Under Suspicion At The Mall Of America