All Things Considered on WUOT http://wuot.org en Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://wuot.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 17397 at http://wuot.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://wuot.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Emily Harris 17392 at http://wuot.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://wuot.org/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 editor 17394 at http://wuot.org Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://wuot.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 17386 at http://wuot.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://wuot.org/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <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=Legal+Moves+Might+Mean+Fiscal+Relief%2C+And+More+PR+Troubles%2C+For+GM&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTQ1NzQ1MDEyMjk0OTcxNTI4MzljZQ001)"/></div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17389 at http://wuot.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://wuot.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 17390 at http://wuot.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion http://wuot.org/post/south-korea-ferry-disaster-sets-rescuers-and-fears-motion Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank Wednesday off South Korea's southern coast. Reporter Jason Strother in Seoul offers details on the latest developments. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17377 at http://wuot.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://wuot.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 17384 at http://wuot.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://wuot.org/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Yasiel Puig has been a star for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but equally remarkable was his perilous journey from Cuba to the major leagues. Jesse Katz told the story recently in Los Angeles Magazine. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17385 at http://wuot.org Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://wuot.org/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 17343 at http://wuot.org Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed