NPR http://blog.wlrn.org en Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuela-maduros-offensive-puts-human-rights-defensive <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Caracas suffered another big power outage on Tuesday. The blackout shut down a hospital and a metro line and left large swaths of the Venezuelan capital without juice for much of the day.</span></p><p>One official response could be an upgrade of oil-rich Venezuela’s antiquated power grid. Another might be more spurious arrests of opposition politicians.</p><p>I’m betting on the latter.</p><p>That’s because the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro seems much more skilled at finding scapegoats than at fixing problems.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:53:33 +0000 Tim Padgett 29775 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive How A UM Film Graduate Coaxed Writer David Sedaris Onto The Big Screen http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-um-film-graduate-coaxed-writer-david-sedaris-big-screen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Most writers are thrilled to get attention from Hollywood.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">But not David&nbsp;</span>Sedaris<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">.</span></p><p>For years, the humorist and <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/authors/138012067/david-sedaris" target="_blank">frequent NPR contributor</a> has fended off advances from movie producers eager to turn his mordant essays into blockbusters.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 20759 at http://blog.wlrn.org How A UM Film Graduate Coaxed Writer David Sedaris Onto The Big Screen How The Most Violent Places On Earth Benefit Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-most-violent-places-earth-benefit-miami <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Helvetica; letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: normal;">Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of stark paradoxes, and that has never been truer than in the past decade: Even as the continent enjoys one of its most dynamic economic booms, it’s suffering one of the worst violent crime crises in its history.</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 15216 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Most Violent Places On Earth Benefit Miami WLRN Adds Latin America Correspondent In Collaboration With NPR And The Herald http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-adds-latin-america-correspondent-collaboration-npr-and-herald <p></p><p><a href="http://internal.wlrn.org/people/tim-padgett" style="line-height: 1.5;">Journalist Tim Padgett</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spent nearly a quarter of a century covering Latin America and the Caribbean for TIME and Newsweek magazines.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But he's always been envious of the way foreign correspondents deliver the news for NPR.</span></p><p>"They're giving listeners a richer sense of the sounds and the colors than perhaps I'm able to do as a print reporter," he says.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 13876 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN Adds Latin America Correspondent In Collaboration With NPR And The Herald Got A Face For Public Radio? Then Try This Name Generator http://blog.wlrn.org/post/got-face-public-radio-then-try-name-generator <p>It's almost a chicken-and-egg question. Do reporters and hosts with worldly or intellectual-sounding names naturally seek out public radio? Or are they drawn to this career after recognizing their fellow fancy-monikered peers on the air? Either way, among the staff at National Public Radio there are definitely a lot of fancy first-and-last-name combos like&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(64, 63, 65); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; text-align: left; ">Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Douali Xaykaothao.</span></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 12916 at http://blog.wlrn.org Got A Face For Public Radio? Then Try This Name Generator