Robert Siegel http://kanw.com en Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered http://kanw.com/post/confusion-chance-clarity-your-weather-questions-answered Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/332650051/there-s-a-20-percent-chance-of-rain-so-what-does-that-mean" target="_blank">this story</a> about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.<p>From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:<p><blockquote><p>"There's a 20 percent chance that at least one-hundreth of an inch of rain — and we call that measurable amounts of rain — will fall at any s Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46321 at http://kanw.com What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits http://kanw.com/post/what-odds-fail-capture-when-health-crisis-hits How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?<p>As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.<p><a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund" target="_blank">Brian Zikmund-Fisher</a> would know. He teaches about risk and probability at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46207 at http://kanw.com What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By http://kanw.com/post/tenuous-progress-jets-crash-site-clashes-flare-close The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Tenuous+Progress+At+Jet%27s+Crash+Site%2C+As+Clashes+Flare+Close+By&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46199 at http://kanw.com Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza http://kanw.com/post/wrap-days-events-eastern-ukraine-and-gaza Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to recap the major stories of the day. The United States is pinning the blame for the crash of a passenger jet in Ukraine on pro-Russian separatists. President Obama said today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the separatists. Mr. Obama called for a cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The crash site itself is under rebel control. And the first international monitors arriving on the scene say their access is being limited. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46117 at http://kanw.com Israel Launches A Ground Campaign Against Hamas In Gaza http://kanw.com/post/israel-launches-ground-campaign-against-hamas-gaza According to a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Defense Force has been instructed to begin a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. The move comes 10 days after violence renewed between Hamas and Israel. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46061 at http://kanw.com Malaysian Airliner Crashes In Eastern Ukraine http://kanw.com/post/malaysian-airliner-crashes-eastern-ukraine A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. In the immediate aftermath, it is not clear whether the plane was shot down, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling for a swift investigation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46066 at http://kanw.com HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://kanw.com/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45752 at http://kanw.com Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://kanw.com/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45689 at http://kanw.com In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss http://kanw.com/post/half-hour-germany-begins-its-rout-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The images out of Brazil right now are of fans in tears, faces with looks of disbelief, hands covering mouths in shock. In the first of two semifinal World Cup matches, the home team is losing and it's losing big. Germany is leading 5-0. Let's go to NPR's Tom Goldman in Rio de Janeiro. Tom, what's the scene where you are in Rio?<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Well, I can tell you the scene right now is a lot different than it was earlier today, Robert. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45632 at http://kanw.com In Battle Over Gaza, A Slow Build-up Shows No Signs Of Ending http://kanw.com/post/battle-over-gaza-slow-build-shows-no-signs-ending Israel stepped up its air assault on the Gaza Strip, following the killings of Israeli and Palestinian teens. Unlike air strikes in the past, Israel has tempered its initial show of force for several reasons, but the situation appears to be steadily intensifying. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45615 at http://kanw.com Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era http://kanw.com/post/remembering-paul-mazursky-filmmaker-ear-his-era Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died. The writer and director captured the spirit of his times in such comedies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman." Mazursky died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 84. And joining us now to talk about him is our film critic, Bob Mondello. Hi, Bob.<p>BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Hi.<p>SIEGEL: Mazursky had a very extensive career. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45335 at http://kanw.com Obama Vows To Flex Executive Authority On Immigration Policy http://kanw.com/post/obama-vows-flex-executive-authority-immigration-policy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama came out to the White House Rose Garden today to plead, once again, for Congress to act on the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed a year ago. Since then, it's been stalled in the House.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45288 at http://kanw.com GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up http://kanw.com/post/gop-completes-leadership-shuffle-mccarthy-and-scalise-step House Republicans voted Thursday on leadership positions in the party's caucus. While House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=GOP+Completes+Leadership+Shuffle%2C+As+McCarthy+And+Scalise+Step+Up&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44820 at http://kanw.com Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own http://kanw.com/post/amazon-raises-curtain-fire-its-own At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire." NPR's Martin Kaste was at the unveiling in Seattle, and he offers his take on the event. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44765 at http://kanw.com U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack http://kanw.com/post/us-commandos-catch-alleged-leader-benghazi-attack Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The United States has, in custody, a man they say was behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi. His name is Ahmed Abu Khatallah. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44705 at http://kanw.com 'A Change-up On Steroids:' The History Of A Sky-Scraping Pitch http://kanw.com/post/change-steroids-history-sky-scraping-pitch In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the <a href="http://www.baseballdictionary.com/">Dickson Baseball Dictionary</a>, offers more details. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44106 at http://kanw.com An American Suicide Bomber In Syria http://kanw.com/post/american-suicide-bomber-syria Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The State Department has confirmed that a U.S. citizen was involved in the suicide bombing in Syria earlier this week. Today, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the man's identity in response to a reporter's question.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)<p>UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Can you confirm, at least, the name that he went by - as was published - Abu Huraya al-Amriki?<p>JEN PSAKI: That is correct. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43942 at http://kanw.com Madeleine Albright: A Free, Fair Election Possible In Ukraine http://kanw.com/post/madeleine-albright-free-fair-election-possible-ukraine Robert Siegel speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is in Kiev leading a team of international election observers set to monitor voting in Ukraine on Sunday. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43656 at http://kanw.com UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time? http://kanw.com/post/uk-government-asks-whats-greatest-challenge-our-time Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now, a prize that's making a return: the Longitude Prize.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It was set up in 1714 by the British government to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude.<p>CORNISH: Three hundred years later, there's a video announcing its return.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: We're at the dawn of a new world.<p>SIEGEL: Its committee is led by Lord Martin Rees, a professor at Cambridge University.<p>LORD MARTIN REES: And I also have the title of Astronomer Royal.<p>CORNISH: Astronomer royal - yeah Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 43484 at http://kanw.com On Auction Block: Draft Of 'Like A Rolling Stone,' And Some Doodles http://kanw.com/post/auction-block-draft-rolling-stone-and-some-doodles Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's not all politics here in Washington. On Pennsylvania Avenue, there used to be a hotel called the Roger Smith. The top of the hotel's stationery proclaimed it was just one block from the White House. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 42716 at http://kanw.com