Robert Siegel http://whqr.org en What's Known — And Still Unclear — About The Fort Hood Shooting http://whqr.org/post/whats-known-and-still-unclear-about-fort-hood-shooting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We're continuing to follow developments in yesterday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood that left four people dead and 16 wounded. This afternoon, the commander of Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, confirmed the identity of the shooter.<p>LIEUTENTANT GENERAL MARK MILLEY: We are able to release, his next kin have been notified. The alleged shooter is Specialist Ivan A. Lopez. He is 34 years old, originally from Puerto Rico.<p>SIEGEL: At around 4:00 p.m. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 52861 at http://whqr.org To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://whqr.org/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 51677 at http://whqr.org 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://whqr.org/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 50731 at http://whqr.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://whqr.org/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 48099 at http://whqr.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny http://whqr.org/post/world-cup-looms-qatars-migrant-worker-system-faces-scrutiny Over the past decade, Qatar's population has soared from 660,000 to more than 2 million. Here's the catch: Qataris themselves number only around 260,000.<p>The rest, more than 85 percent of the population, are not citizens. As Professor Mehran Kamrava, an American scholar at Georgetown University's campus in Qatar, says, they are all migrant workers of varying types.<p>"There are gradations of migrant workers," he noted. "I happen to be a white-collar migrant worker, as a professor. But there are lots of people who work in the construction industry. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 48059 at http://whqr.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' http://whqr.org/post/how-tiny-qatar-punches-above-its-weight Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.<p>The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.<p>Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.<p>Those citizens are outnumbered by foreign workers more than 5 to 1. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 48014 at http://whqr.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' Bitcoin Goes To Washington As Senators Parse Currency's Legality http://whqr.org/post/bitcoin-goes-washington-senators-parse-currencys-legality The digital currency Bitcoin is becoming more prevalent, both for benign purchases and as a way for criminals to conduct illicit transactions. Bitcoins have been used on underground websites to facilitate sales of narcotics and child pornography. But even those most concerned about criminal activity agree that the emerging digital currency has arrived and can have beneficial uses. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46341 at http://whqr.org NYPD Officer Arrested In Motorcycle Road Rage Case http://whqr.org/post/nypd-officer-arrested-motorcycle-road-rage-case An undercover NYPD officer was arraigned Wednesday in connection with a road rage incident that's been viewed thousands of times on YouTube. Det. Wojciech Braszczok is one of several motorcycle riders who've been arrested for their roles in an attack on Alexian Lien, an SUV driver who led bikers on a high-speed chase last month and that ended in his beating. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:37:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 44376 at http://whqr.org Bipartisan Senators Support Delaying Vote On Syria Strike http://whqr.org/post/bipartisan-senators-support-delaying-vote-syria-strike President Obama, scheduled to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday evening, trekked to the Capitol in the afternoon to address the Democratic and Republican Senate luncheons. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 42876 at http://whqr.org New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges http://whqr.org/post/new-head-olympic-committee-faces-number-challenges The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 42889 at http://whqr.org