Here & Now http://wwno.org en Thoughts On Neighbors In Summertime http://wwno.org/post/thoughts-neighbors-summertime When the weather is warm and the days long, we often get a chance to see and talk to our neighbors more often than we do when winter&#8217;s cold keeps people indoors.<p>Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.<p>From the <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now</a></em> Contributors Network, <a href="http://nhpr.org/people/sean-hurley" target="_blank">Sean Hurley</a> of New Hampshire Public Radio has these thoughts on what he&#8217;s learned about the people who live near him.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/helicopter-barn" Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 64293 at http://wwno.org GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test http://wwno.org/post/gmo-bananas-must-pass-their-first-test Volunteers in Iowa are getting a great deal &#8212; $900 for eating a banana. It’s part of a human feeding experiment to test genetically-engineered bananas.<p>Researchers hope that blood drawn from the volunteers will show higher levels of vitamin A, so the bananas can head to Uganda, where bananas are a staple and vitamin A deficiency is widespread.<p>NPR’s <strong>Dan Charles</strong> joins <em><a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the experiment, and what this may mean for fortified produce.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://www.npr.or Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 64294 at http://wwno.org On Stage: The Colorado Black Arts Festival http://wwno.org/post/stage-colorado-black-arts-festival &#8220;On Stage&#8221; is our look at what&#8217;s happening on the boards across the country, from comedy shows to celebrations of slices of American life.<p>Today, we turn to the Colorado Black Arts Festival, kicking off in Denver today. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 64295 at http://wwno.org As Quadruple Amputee Awaits Arm Transplant, Identical Twin Waits As Well http://wwno.org/post/quadruple-amputee-awaits-arm-transplant-identical-twin-waits-well <strong>Will Lautzenheiser</strong>, a former teacher at Boston University, had just started teaching film at Montana State University three years ago when he lost all four limbs to a group A streptococcal infection.<p>It was shattering for Will, but also for his identical twin <strong>Tom <strong>Lautzenheiser</strong></strong>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 64254 at http://wwno.org What LeBron James' Upcoming Decision Says About NBA Economics http://wwno.org/post/what-lebron-james-upcoming-decision-says-about-nba-economics LeBron James, considered by many to be the best player in basketball right now, is deciding where he&#8217;ll play next year, after his contract with the Miami Heat comes to an end.<p><strong>Derek Thompson</strong> joins <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Jeremy Hobson to talk about the economics of the NBA, including player contract negotiations.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/derek-thompson/" target="_blank">Derek Thompson</a></strong>, senior editor for The Atlantic. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 editor 64255 at http://wwno.org Oil Train Workers Raise Questions About Safety http://wwno.org/post/oil-train-workers-raise-questions-about-safety Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year. Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail.<p>More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon.<p>Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil. The company regularly touts its commitment to safety. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 editor 64256 at http://wwno.org YA Novel 'Say What You Will' Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities http://wwno.org/post/ya-novel-say-what-you-will-draws-inspiration-teens-disabilities When author Cammie McGovern&#8217;s oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she looked for an outlet where he could be with other children with similar difficulties. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 64145 at http://wwno.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Reflects On Honor And Loss http://wwno.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-reflects-honor-and-loss The Battle of Wanat is one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan. Nine American soldiers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded when hundreds of insurgents assaulted the Army outpost they were building in Waygal Valley on July 13, 2008. It was just after 4 o’clock that morning when the American soldiers were blasted with machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades.<p><div class="pullquote" style="">&#8220;It belongs to every man there that day and I&#8217;ll accept it on behalf of the team. It&#8217;s not mine.&#8221;</div><p>Sgt. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 Alex Ashlock 64146 at http://wwno.org Citigroup And Justice Department Reportedly Near Deal http://wwno.org/post/citigroup-and-justice-department-reportedly-near-deal Citigroup and the Justice Department are reportedly closing in on a $7 billion deal that would settle allegations that the bank sold shoddy mortgages in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The deal is expected to be announced in the next week and comes after months of tense negotiations between the bank and government officials &#8212; negotiations that became so tense that in June, the Justice Department threatened to sue if the bank did not agree to the government’s proposed penalty.<p>The settlement may fall short of that demand, but the bank may be paying more than once expected. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:00 +0000 editor 64147 at http://wwno.org Selfies Endanger Tour De France Riders http://wwno.org/post/selfies-endanger-tour-de-france-riders The world&#8217;s most storied bicycle competition, the Tour de France, has been imperiled by spectators trying to take selfies.<p>Riders have taken to social media with pleas for fans to show restraint, since fans turning their backs on the race to take photos are unaware of where the riders are and how fast they may be going.<p><em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young speaks with <strong>Bill Strickland</strong>, interim editor of Bicycling magazine about the phenomenon and get his take on this year&#8217;s race.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://instagram.c Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 editor 64097 at http://wwno.org