KOSU http://kosu.org en GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July http://kosu.org/post/gm-stays-top-us-car-sales-surge-july Sales incentives helped U.S. auto sales rise in July, as major auto companies reported selling more than 120,000 more vehicles than the same month last year. GM retained its spot as the U.S. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 5847 at http://kosu.org GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July A Right Or A Privilege? Detroit Residents Split Over Water Shut-Offs http://kosu.org/post/right-or-privilege-detroit-residents-split-over-water-shut-offs In Detroit, protests continue over the city's massive effort to shut off water to thousands of customers who aren't paying their bills. Activists call the move a violation of a basic human need, while city officials call it an economic reality.<p>Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department has been accruing a massive debt for decades — in part because officials say there was only a token attempt to collect past-due bills. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:00:00 +0000 editor 5846 at http://kosu.org A Right Or A Privilege? Detroit Residents Split Over Water Shut-Offs Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama http://kosu.org/post/meet-cast-met-operas-labor-drama Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/07/31/336586571/on-the-eve-of-a-possible-lockout-met-opera-talks-remain-contentious" target="_blank">the complicated drama</a> playing out offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 5844 at http://kosu.org Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far http://kosu.org/post/panel-says-plan-cut-army-strength-goes-too-far A Pentagon plan to cut tens of thousands of soldiers from the U.S. Army's ranks in coming years goes too far given the growing global threats, including Russian aggression in Ukraine and unrest in Syria and Iraq, a bipartisan review panel says.<p>In an advance copy of a report, <a href="http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/Ensuring-a-Strong-U.S.-Defense-for-the-Future-NDP-Review-of-the-QDR_0.pdf">Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future</a>, that was obtained by NPR's Tom Bowman, a panel that includes former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired Gen. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 5845 at http://kosu.org Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far NYC Man's Chokehold Death Was A Homicide, Medical Examiner Says http://kosu.org/post/nyc-mans-chokehold-death-was-homicide-medical-examiner-says Eric Garner, the unarmed man who died two weeks ago after police placed him in a chokehold, was a victim of homicide, says New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Garner's death was captured in a video that showed his confrontation with police on a Staten Island sidewalk.<p>The update on Garner's controversial death was announced Friday afternoon. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 5841 at http://kosu.org NYC Man's Chokehold Death Was A Homicide, Medical Examiner Says As Flow Of Migrants Into Mexico Grows, So Do Claims Of Abuse http://kosu.org/post/flow-migrants-mexico-grows-so-do-claims-abuse <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/20/323657817/from-a-stream-to-a-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-u-s-border-agents">Like the United States</a>, Mexico is dealing with a substantial increase of Central Americans migrants, including unaccompanied minors, crossing its borders. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 5842 at http://kosu.org WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time http://kosu.org/post/wwi-diaries-poet-siegfried-sassoon-go-public-first-time Nearly two dozen diaries and notebooks of Siegfried Sassoon — <a href="http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/FWW_index.html">among a handful of prominent soldier-poets</a> whose artistic sensibilities were forged in the trenches of World War I — are being published online for the first time by the Cambridge University Library.<p>Sassoon, who served in the British Army, was a "gifted diarist [who] ... Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 5843 at http://kosu.org WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms http://kosu.org/post/breast-feeding-still-difficult-many-moms When Elizabeth O'Connell was expecting her first child, she knew she wanted to breast-feed. And, she says, she sort of expected it to just happen, naturally.<p>That's not quite how it panned out. "I was experiencing very tremendous pain," she says.<p>At first she figured that was normal — but soon it became too much to handle. "I was devastated," she says. "The reality is nursing is a wonderful bonding experience, but when you're in pain, you aren't really thinking about that."<p>O'Connell, who lives in Connecticut, says she really wanted it to work. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 5832 at http://kosu.org Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk' http://kosu.org/post/fresh-air-pays-tribute-james-brown-godfather-funk Even though James Brown died in 2006 at age 73, he continues to be influential — a new biopic about him called <em>Get On Up</em>, premieres in theaters Friday.<p>In the '80s and '90s, <em>Fresh Air</em> recorded interviews with Brown's biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, James Brown chatted with Terry Gross after the publication of his autobiography <em>I Feel Good</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:19:00 +0000 editor 5831 at http://kosu.org Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds http://kosu.org/post/some-public-pension-funds-making-big-bets-hedge-funds Public pension funds have been doing something new in recent years — investing in hedge funds.<p>Hedge funds are often secretive investment firms led by supposedly supersmart fund managers. Though, sometimes they implode spectacularly — think <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/business/worldbusiness/07iht-07ltcm.15941880.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">Long-Term Capital Management</a>. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5833 at http://kosu.org Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds