Sports
2:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

'Beep Baseball' A Homerun With Blind Players

Ryan Strickland takes a practice swing. Even though most players are legally blind, batters, basemen and outfielders all wear blindfolds in Beep Baseball so that people who can see shadows, for example, don't have an advantage.
Jessica Robinson for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

The air smells like cut grass and barbecue at Friendship Park in north Spokane, Wash. And Bee Yang is up to bat. The outfielders get ready. Yang is known as a power hitter.

But this is not your usual baseball game. There's a twist: most of the athletes on the field are visually impaired. Players know where the ball is by listening for it. It's called Beep Baseball, named for the beeping sound the balls make.

Yang listens for the pitch.

He swings.

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Music News
2:05 am
Wed July 24, 2013

In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer

"The bottom line is my Muslim friends have no idea what it's like to be an actor, and my actor friends have no idea what is it like to be a Muslim," Ben Youcef says.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 9:05 am

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Code Switch
2:04 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Being In The Minority Can Cost You And Your Company

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

The racial wage gap in the United States — the gap in salary between whites and blacks with similar levels of education and experience — is shaped by geography, according to new social science research.

The larger the city, the larger the racial wage gap, according to researchers Elizabeth Ananat, Shihe Fu and Stephen L. Ross, whose findings were recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:30 am
Wed July 24, 2013

The Peoria City Council honors Gary Sandberg

Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg's desk at city hall.
Tanya Koonce WCBU

  Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg was remembered at last night’s meeting. He died unexpectedly last week of heart disease. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

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Code Switch
11:53 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Univision Clips 'Tweety's' Wings

Univision has canceled a popular Spanish-language radio show hosted by Eddie Sotelo, also known as Piolín or "Tweety Bird."
Damian Dovarganes AP

If you drive anywhere in greater Los Angeles, you know that you spend a significant amount of time staring at the bumper of the car ahead of you. And you may have noticed that a lot of those bumpers have red and yellow stickers that say "PIOLÍN por la MAÑANA." A lot.

The stickers show up on everything from sleek luxury cars to beat-up pickup trucks, and they advertise the morning drive-time radio show of Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo. (Piolín translates into "Tweety Bird" in Spanish—a gleeful moniker for the cheerful, diminutive host.)

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Sweetness And Light
9:03 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

NCAA Should 'Bolster And Reinforce' African-American Players

Jaimie D. Travis iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

"And this is a long-term project: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement." President Obama

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Outside the Horseshoe
6:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Outside The Horseshoe - July 23, 2013

Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg's desk in the council chambers.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The Peoria City Council meets for the first time Tuesday since the passing of At-Large Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg.  Tonight’s OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE is to pay respects to the longest serving councilman at the horseshoe.  Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce speaks with the current members of the Peoria City Hall press corps, Jonny King of 1470 WMBD and Nick Vlahos of the Peoria Journal Star:

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Floods
5:45 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Wed. last day to apply for federal flood assistance

Wednesday is the last day individuals affected by extreme flooding in the spring can apply for federal assistance.

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Government
5:36 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lawmakers weigh-in on pension proposals

A key committee of legislators continue to formulate a new way to overhaul state pensions, but early indications are that it does not apply to all of the state's retirement systems.   At least one representative wants to make sure any changes are felt across the board. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more: 


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The Salt
5:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Taco Bell Says Adios To Kids' Meals And Toys

Steve Helber AP

That Crunchy Taco will no longer come with a side of toy.

Taco Bell announced Tuesday that it is ditching kids' meals and the trinkets that come with them at its U.S. locations. The items will begin to come off menus starting this month, the company says, and should be completely gone by January 2014.

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