WGBH News http://wgbhnews.org en Reports: FCC Poised For About-Face On Net Neutrality http://wgbhnews.org/post/reports-fcc-poised-about-face-net-neutrality The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules that amount to an about-face for the regulator when it comes to net neutrality, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/fcc-new-net-neutrality-rules.html?smid=tw-bna"><em>The New York Times</em></a> and <em><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579519963416350296?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno64-wsj">The Wall Street Journal </a></em>are reporting based on unnamed sources.<p>According to the papers, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:55:00 +0000 editor 22617 at http://wgbhnews.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://wgbhnews.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 22:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22618 at http://wgbhnews.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Brandeis University President Discusses Affirmative Action Ruling http://wgbhnews.org/post/brandeis-university-president-discusses-affirmative-action-ruling <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8JATzWq710E?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p>Universities around the country are closely looking at Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action and what impact it might have on racial preferences that have been a staple of admissions policies for decades.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:18:26 +0000 WGBH News 22587 at http://wgbhnews.org 'The Wholehearted' A New Depiction Of Domestic Violence http://wgbhnews.org/post/wholehearted-new-depiction-domestic-violence <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VIPHKjP4ImM?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p class="p1">There's a certain narrative arc that often accompanies stories about female victims of domestic violence. But there's nothing typical about the storytelling in “<a href="https://artsemerson.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=wholehearted">The Wholehearted</a>,” now playing at ArtsEmerson, as WGBH&nbsp;arts editor Jared Bowen explains.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:47:10 +0000 WGBH News 22614 at http://wgbhnews.org Pluto Mail Lets Users Avoid Email Embarrassment http://wgbhnews.org/post/pluto-mail-lets-users-avoid-email-embarrassment <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7d1g-FF1Kl4?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p class="p1">The convenience of email comes with sizable risk.&nbsp; It’s too easy to send a message you wish you hadn’t, and it’s impossible to take it back.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s where <a href="https://www.sendpluto.com/">Pluto Mail</a> comes in. It's a new, free service that allows users to “un-send” emails.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>GUEST</strong></span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:42:31 +0000 WGBH News 22613 at http://wgbhnews.org TOUCH 106.1 FM Co-Founder Defends Unlicensed Station http://wgbhnews.org/post/touch-1061-fm-co-founder-defends-unlicensed-station <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6j31kayYK84?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p class="p1">If you don’t have a driver’s license, you’re not allowed behind the wheel, and if you don’t have an FCC license, you’re not allowed to broadcast over the air. Those are the rules, but for the last nine years, <a href="http://touchfm.org/">TOUCH 106.1 FM </a>but hasn’t been playing by them. And so last week, the music and talk radio station geared toward inner-city, African American listeners was forced off the air.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:37:05 +0000 WGBH News 22612 at http://wgbhnews.org Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record http://wgbhnews.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 22615 at http://wgbhnews.org Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack http://wgbhnews.org/post/age-custom-tailored-ed-tech-teachers-shop-rack The big names in the growing education-technology industry gathered in Arizona this week.<p>The <a href="http://edinnovation.gsvadvisors.com/">"Education Innovation Summit"</a> styles itself the "Davos of ed-tech." Educators, philanthropists and political leaders like Jeb Bush rubbed elbows with the investors, venture capitalists, big companies like Microsoft and small companies hoping to get big. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 22616 at http://wgbhnews.org In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? http://wgbhnews.org/post/why-are-we-spiteful-even-though-it-bites-us-back Maybe you turn up your music when your neighbor complains about the noise.<p>Or maybe you curse a baby princess because you didn't get invited to her christening, as in "Sleeping Beauty" and its latest incarnation, the upcoming movie "Maleficent."<p>To see spite in its purest form, try brunch in New York. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 22605 at http://wgbhnews.org Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights' http://wgbhnews.org/post/brazil-becomes-one-first-adopt-internet-bill-rights Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed into law a kind of Internet bill of rights on Wednesday.<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25621388/brazil-passes-an-internet-bill-rights"> </a><p><a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25621388/brazil-passes-an-internet-bill-rights">As the AP reports</a>, the law enshrines access to the Web, guarantees neutrality and "puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in Brazil. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 22608 at http://wgbhnews.org Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights' Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://wgbhnews.org/post/scientists-pinpoint-source-antarctic-quack For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.<p>The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.<p>"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says <a href="http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsPeople.html">Denise Risch</a>, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."<p>Some thought it might be a secret Soviet sub. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 22606 at http://wgbhnews.org Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://wgbhnews.org/post/cia-quietly-ramping-aid-syrian-rebels-sources-say The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers.<p>The change in strategy comes as the White House sees Syrian leader Bashar Assad growing in strength, and continuing to strike rebel strongholds.<p>Another factor: Russian leaders appear unwilling to help end the three-year-old civil war and are continuing to provide weapons to Assad. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 22609 at http://wgbhnews.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit http://wgbhnews.org/post/belieb-it-or-not-justin-offends-asian-fans-shrine-visit Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/justin-biebers-2013-a-year-of-mishaps-controversies-sobbing-fans-and-fake-retirements-9030439.html">crisis</a> to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2574166/Judge-orders-police-video-showing-Justin-Bieber-urinating-Miami-jail-cell-released-blackout.html">crisis</a> in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.<p>During a trip to Japan, the 20-year-old Canadian singer appears to have visited perhaps the Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 22610 at http://wgbhnews.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury http://wgbhnews.org/post/education-may-help-insulate-brain-against-traumatic-injury A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.<p>"It's a very dramatic difference," says <a href="https://www.hopkinsresearch.org/BIO/BIO_BioPg.aspx?User_ID=37446">Eric Schneider</a>, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins and the lead author of a new study. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 22611 at http://wgbhnews.org Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://wgbhnews.org/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 22607 at http://wgbhnews.org Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows http://wgbhnews.org/post/slowly-and-sweetly-vietnams-chocolate-industry-grows When you think about Vietnamese food, you might think of savory beef noodle soup, or endless fields of rice paddies. But chocolate?<p>As the world's demand for chocolate grows, Vietnam is making a bid to become one of the world's newest high quality suppliers.<p>Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou are two players in the country's small but growing cocoa industry. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Amy Guttman 22595 at http://wgbhnews.org Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders http://wgbhnews.org/post/justice-dept-opens-door-freedom-some-nonviolent-offenders The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22603 at http://wgbhnews.org Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip http://wgbhnews.org/post/obama-raises-curtain-4-country-east-asia-trip President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 22602 at http://wgbhnews.org Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy http://wgbhnews.org/post/obama-administration-opens-review-its-deportation-policy The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 22601 at http://wgbhnews.org Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis http://wgbhnews.org/post/palestinian-talks-could-heal-leadership-divide-and-anger-israelis Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Questions remain about whether the deal would hold up, as well as what it might mean for ongoing efforts to forge a deal between Palestinians and Israelis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22600 at http://wgbhnews.org Slaughter In South Sudan Raises Fears Of Future Violence http://wgbhnews.org/post/slaughter-south-sudan-raises-fears-future-violence Prompted by calls for violence on the radio, South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered hundreds of civilians. As Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International explains, details are just starting to emerge. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22599 at http://wgbhnews.org Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own http://wgbhnews.org/post/moscow-answers-ukrainian-offensive-warning-its-own Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 22598 at http://wgbhnews.org Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes http://wgbhnews.org/post/chile-wildfire-litters-questions-ash-burned-out-homes In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 22597 at http://wgbhnews.org Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market http://wgbhnews.org/post/big-time-home-sales-stoke-hope-northeast-housing-market Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 22596 at http://wgbhnews.org Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals http://wgbhnews.org/post/blockbuster-trades-are-changing-face-pharmaceuticals Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 22594 at http://wgbhnews.org What Spooked The Subs Of The '60s? Quacking Whales http://wgbhnews.org/post/what-spooked-subs-60s-quacking-whales In the '60s, submarines picked up a mysterious quacking sound in the Southern Ocean. This "bio-duck," as it came to be known, has been heard on and off ever since, but scientists haven't been able to trace it — until now. New research shows that the quack is coming from minke whales, but researchers still don't know why. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 22593 at http://wgbhnews.org They Will Run Again http://wgbhnews.org/post/they-will-run-again <p>On April 15, 2013, thousands of athletes surged toward the finish line only to be stopped in their tracks by two homemade bombs. &nbsp;A few days later President Barrack Obama came to town, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkIrXXrwG9s" target="_blank">spoke movingly</a>&nbsp;about that unfinished race. "They will run again," he promised. And more than 32,000 did. Obama exhorted the nation to run, and to race. He confidently declared: &nbsp;"your Commonwealth is with you, your country is with you, we will all be with you as you learn to stand, and walk, and yes, run again. Of that I have no doubt. You will run again."&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:06:51 +0000 Phillip Martin 22592 at http://wgbhnews.org They Will Run Again Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare http://wgbhnews.org/post/pennsylvania-congresswoman-goes-all-obamacare <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2oB7Tyes4c</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:27:00 +0000 Frank James 22590 at http://wgbhnews.org Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare BPR: Affirmative Action, Charles Clemons, David Frank, Richard Primack, Jared Bowen http://wgbhnews.org/post/bpr-affirmative-action-charles-clemons-david-frank-richard-primack-jared-bowen <p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:12:56 +0000 Boston Public Radio Staff 22576 at http://wgbhnews.org BPR: Affirmative Action, Charles Clemons, David Frank, Richard Primack, Jared Bowen 2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds http://wgbhnews.org/post/2000-buses-visitors-rome-braces-canonization-crowds The day after Easter, St. Peter's Square was packed.<p>Caramba Camarra, a Gambian volunteer with Opera Romana Pelligrinaggi, the Vatican-run pilgrimage agency, said he had never seen so many people lined up to visit the basilica.<p>"It's amazing! The line curves like a serpent, filling the whole square," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 22591 at http://wgbhnews.org 2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds