All Things Considered on WLRN http://wlrn.org en 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://wlrn.org/post/captain-pizza-saves-day-doesnt-save-himself-slice It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.<p>That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.<p>"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:12:00 +0000 NPR Staff 35368 at http://wlrn.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://wlrn.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-2-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 35366 at http://wlrn.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://wlrn.org/post/veterans-face-another-battle-fighting-prescription-drug-addiction There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.<p>The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 35362 at http://wlrn.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://wlrn.org/post/obamas-request-immigration-funds-meets-pushback-hill President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. <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=Obama%27s+Request+For+Immigration+Funds+Meets+Pushback+On+The+Hill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 35363 at http://wlrn.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith http://wlrn.org/post/stories-muslim-identity-playwright-explores-fault-lines-faith Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, <em>Disgraced,</em> won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.<p>Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 editor 35364 at http://wlrn.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://wlrn.org/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. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=HIV+Returns+In+Infected+Toddler%2C+Dashing+Hopes+Of+Imminent+Cure&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 35357 at http://wlrn.org In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn http://wlrn.org/post/high-drama-its-1964-convention-gop-hung-right-turn In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 35359 at http://wlrn.org The Hopes And Hazards Of The 17-Story Water Slide http://wlrn.org/post/hopes-and-hazards-15-story-water-slide Kansas City now boasts the world's tallest water slide. At about 17 stories high, the slide had been postponed multiple times during construction after tests went bad. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, the slide is attracting thrill-seekers and naysayers alike. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KCUR-FM. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 35358 at http://wlrn.org Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://wlrn.org/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 35290 at http://wlrn.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://wlrn.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:21:00 +0000 John Burnett 35288 at http://wlrn.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can On Calif. Cattle Ranch, Students Wrangle With Meaning Of Manhood http://wlrn.org/post/calif-cattle-ranch-students-wrangle-meaning-manhood <em>For </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a>"<em> series, NPR's Kelly McEvers sent this report on Deep Springs College — the all-male college that her husband attended, and where he and McEvers have both taught. </em><p>About a hundred years ago, a man named L.L. Nunn was building power plants in the American West. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 35282 at http://wlrn.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop http://wlrn.org/post/obama-stumps-colorado-womens-vote-backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 35277 at http://wlrn.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd http://wlrn.org/post/clash-nashville-property-battle-music-row-draws-crowd News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15294227/ben-folds" target="_blank">Ben Folds</a>, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 35281 at http://wlrn.org Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd Dublin Has Garth's Heart, But Not His Concerts Anymore http://wlrn.org/post/dublin-has-garths-heart-not-his-concerts-anymore Garth Brooks fans abound in Ireland, and now 400,000 of them won't get to the chance to see him perform. Brooks has cancelled five concerts after the Dublin City Council refused to grant him more than three. Melissa Block speaks to Rachel Flaherty of <em>The Irish Times</em> about the controversy. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 35280 at http://wlrn.org Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor http://wlrn.org/post/corruption-convictions-spell-10-year-sentence-former-nola-mayor Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A federal judge has sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison for corruption conviction. The sentence was lighter than what prosecutors were seeking for the former two-term Democrat. NPR's Debbie Elliott covered Nagin's trial earlier this year, and she joins us now to talk about today's sentencing. Debbie, first remind us of what Ray Nagin was convicted of back in February.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Well, a New Orleans jury found him guilty of 20 of the 21 federal corruption counts he was facing. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 35271 at http://wlrn.org