Steve Inskeep http://ktep.org en Border Patrol Maintains Silence After Shootings http://ktep.org/post/border-patrol-maintains-silence-after-shootings Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Another federal court ruling this week cast more attention on the U.S. Border Patrol. An appeals court said the family of a Mexican teenager can sue the Border Patrol agent who shot and killed their son. The court set aside a claim that U.S. law should not apply since the agent was shooting from the American side of the border while the teen was on Mexican soil. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 44012 at http://ktep.org GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall http://ktep.org/post/gm-pay-record-fine-over-safety-recall The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 40783 at http://ktep.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways http://ktep.org/post/born-border-tijuana-grows-new-ways Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.<p>Border security is ever-present here. The city has grown so close to the rusted U.S. border fence that it practically leans on it. The fence even cuts across the middle of Friendship Park, a circular plot of land that was laid out on the actual borderline as a symbol of the two nations' warm relations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37542 at http://ktep.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her http://ktep.org/post/crossing-desert-why-brenda-wanted-border-patrol-find-her It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.<p>We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37464 at http://ktep.org Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town http://ktep.org/post/pancho-villa-panda-express-life-border-town Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.<p>It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.<p>All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37385 at http://ktep.org From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez http://ktep.org/post/mend-wounds-violence-still-scar-juarez We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."<p>He said this even though he lives within sight of Juarez, in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande. Many people on the U.S. side long ago stopped visiting their Mexican sister city, and not without reason: Juarez was the world's most violent city as recently as 2010. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37244 at http://ktep.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants http://ktep.org/post/rarely-told-stories-sexual-assault-against-female-migrants Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A dust-covered car has been in our parking lot at NPR West this week. It was the vehicle that took Steve Inskeep and several colleagues along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. We've been hearing what they found in recent days, stories of people and goods and culture that cross the border. Steve's in our studio now with a rather difficult story to tell. Steve, what is that?<p>STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Well, Arun, it involves people who migrate illegally across the border into the United States, which, of course, has been happening for decades. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37237 at http://ktep.org Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands http://ktep.org/post/congressmen-are-bullish-borderlands The U.S.-Mexico border isn't just about immigration. Local politicians in El Paso, Texas, say their city is misunderstood. Being located across the river from Mexico is part of their potential. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37220 at http://ktep.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border http://ktep.org/post/always-watching-us-mexico-border-site-complexity We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.<p>Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.<p>The Border Patrol — part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — allowed us a look inside the communications center at its headquarters in Laredo, Texas. The room had no windows, just a giant wall of screens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37192 at http://ktep.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border For Illegal Immigrants, Journey To U.S. Soil Cut Short http://ktep.org/post/illegal-immigrants-journey-us-soil-cut-short In the latest story from our Borderland series, we explore a section of the border fence near a wildlife refuge in Hidalgo, Texas, While there, the U.S. Border Patrol picks up 18 migrants. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37106 at http://ktep.org A U.S. Border Shelter That Attracts Asylum Seekers Far And Wide http://ktep.org/post/us-border-shelter-attracts-asylum-seekers-far-and-wide You have no idea what some people will do to reach the United States until you hear their stories.<p>I've understood this truth ever since I went to Afghanistan in 2001. A man told me how he left his country without any travel documents and somehow crossed Iran by bus and foot, only to be caught in Turkey and sent back. He didn't give up, and a few years later came to visit me in Washington.<p>What I didn't clearly understand was how people in troubled nations finally make it here. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 37046 at http://ktep.org A U.S. Border Shelter That Attracts Asylum Seekers Far And Wide Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier http://ktep.org/post/borderland-where-neighbor-nations-emerging-futures-meet My colleagues and I drove 2,428 miles and remained in the same place.<p>We gathered a team, rented a car, checked the batteries in our recorders and cameras. We moved from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. We crossed deserts, plains and mountains. But all the while, we were living in Borderland — zigzagging across the frontier between Mexico and the United States.<p>We were seeking stories of people, goods and culture that cross the border. Heavily fortified though it is, the border remains the place where two nations meet, trade, clash and influence one another. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 36959 at http://ktep.org Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier Remembering The Alamo With A Texas Historian http://ktep.org/post/remembering-alamo-texas-historian At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, historian Frank de la Teja explains how the dividing line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 36960 at http://ktep.org Conflict In South Sudan Grows Worse http://ktep.org/post/conflict-southern-sudan-grows-worse Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's get an update now on the violence in South Sudan. Forces opposed to that nation's president have taken control of a major town, and killed at least three United Nations peacekeepers. Hundreds of other people are dead. The United States has flown in troops to protect its embassy, and a conflict is leaving the newest nation in the world close to civil war.<p>NPR's East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner is following the story from Nairobi, Kenya. And, Gregory, what is the conflict? Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:28:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 31296 at http://ktep.org U.S. Diplomat Tours Central African Republic http://ktep.org/post/us-diplomat-powers-tours-central-african-republic Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The American ambassador to the United Nations is visiting Central African Republic today. Before becoming a diplomat, Samantha Power was a journalist who wrote about stopping genocide. And now she is visiting a country where there's fear of one. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed nearly 1,000 people. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with Ambassador Power. She's on the line. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 31213 at http://ktep.org Senate Follows House, Passes Budget Deal http://ktep.org/post/senate-follows-house-passes-budget-deal Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Despite some very loud grumbling, both chambers of Congress have approved a two-year federal budget plan. This drops the odds of a federal government shutdown early next year, but it certainly does not end the debate over federal spending.<p>INSKEEP: NPR's Tamara Keith is on the line this morning to talk about one figure from the agreement, which suggests the scale of budget fights ahead. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 31210 at http://ktep.org South Africans Cheer Mandela, Jeer President Jacob Zuma http://ktep.org/post/amid-cheers-mandela-note-discord-president-zuma South African President Jacob Zuma likes to see himself as following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela: They made their names in the anti-apartheid movement, they were imprisoned together on Robben Island and they both were elected president.<p>But that's where the comparison ends.<p>Zuma, who has been embroiled in multiple corruption and sex scandals, thought he might catch a break and bask in Mandela's reflected glory as the world pays tribute to the iconic figure following his death last week.<p>But from the moment that Zuma stepped into the stadium, he was booed repeatedly on Tuesday at a Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep & Greg Myre 30656 at http://ktep.org South Africans Cheer Mandela, Jeer President Jacob Zuma Praise For Mandela Crosses Borders, Partisan Lines http://ktep.org/post/praise-mandela-crosses-borders-partisan-lines When Nelson Mandela was in prison, the fight over imposing sanctions on South Africa was politically divisive. But it also produced a kind of unity in the end. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:18:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30495 at http://ktep.org November's 7 Percent Jobless Rate Beats Expectations http://ktep.org/post/november-unemployment-data-reflects-slice-us-economy The Labor Department on Friday said the nation's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low, as U.S. employers added 203,000 jobs to payrolls in November. In October, the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30334 at http://ktep.org Africans Saddened By News Of Mandela's Death http://ktep.org/post/africans-sadden-news-mandelas-death Tributes to Nelson Mandela have been pouring in from all over the world. South Africans are mourning the loss of the symbolic anti-apartheid leader. His leadership and legacy affected the entire African continent. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30338 at http://ktep.org Mexican Authorities Recover Stolen Radioactive Material http://ktep.org/post/mexican-authorities-recover-stolen-radioactive-material Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Mexican authorities say they have recovered dangerous radioactive material that was stolen during a highway robbery earlier this week. Gunmen stole a truck transporting Cobalt-60 to a waste storage facility. The robbers probably did not know what they had, but it was extremely dangerous and at the least probably made the missing thieves very sick. NPR's Carrie Kahn joins us now from Mexico City to talk about this story. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:59:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30259 at http://ktep.org Biden Visits China Amid Tension With Japan http://ktep.org/post/amid-tension-biden-visits-china Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>So there's a long history behind this conflict. There appears to be an agreement to hold off on the conflict, at least for a bit, and NPR's Anthony Kuhn is still with us. And Anthony, can you tell us, does it appear then that a crisis has been averted?<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Well, at least postponed. I mean, you know, they covered topics in their talks, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: The two leaders, right.<p>KUHN: The two leaders. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:59:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30260 at http://ktep.org White House Confident Insurance Website Is Working Better http://ktep.org/post/white-house-confident-insurance-website-par In this, the first week of December, the Obama administration says it has met its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled healthcare.gov web site. And it says people should be able to sign up for health insurance. So, is it fixed and when will we know for sure? Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 30031 at http://ktep.org A View From China, India On Carbon Dioxide Emissions http://ktep.org/post/view-china-india-carbon-dioxide-emissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Well, let's hear from some of the rest of the world. We're gonna go to China and India and to NPR correspondents in those countries, beginning with NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Beijing. Hi, Anthony.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Okay. So the Chinese declined to agree to controls on their carbon emissions, but is this a major priority for China?<p>KUHN: Absolutely. It's a matter of key national interest to them. It's a matter of national security. Look at all the protests that happen every year because of pollution. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29721 at http://ktep.org Tacloban Stores Slowly Reopen But Debris Cleaning Is Ongoing http://ktep.org/post/tacloban-stores-slowly-reopen-debris-cleaning-ongoing Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Our colleague Anthony Kuhn has departed Tacloban, the city in the Philippines hardest hit by a typhoon. Anthony covered the early days of a disaster that left around 4,000 people dead and has displaced four million more. And now that he's in Manila, Anthony is going to try to help us get some perspective on what happened. He's on the line.<p>Hi, Anthony.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So a couple of weeks have passed here. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29390 at http://ktep.org Study: Commuting Adversely Affects Political Engagement http://ktep.org/post/study-commuting-adversely-effects-political-engagement Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Okay. We all know about the partisan divide in this country - Democrats, Republicans - but there's another political divide. Part of the country is very engaged in the political process and part is not.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Older Americans, richer Americans and better educated Americans are more likely to be politically engaged. Now researchers have found one more factor that seems to shape political engagement, the length of your commute. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29307 at http://ktep.org China Expected To Loosen One-Child Policy http://ktep.org/post/china-expected-loosen-one-child-policy A state-run news service says the government will make a big change to the policy designed to restrain population growth. That policy has also led to a relative shortfall of young people and especially of girls. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:12:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29100 at http://ktep.org Grim Details Reveal Brutal Effects Of Philippine Typhoon http://ktep.org/post/grim-details-reveal-brutal-effects-philippine-typhoon The official death toll from the typhoon is expected to keep rising — thousands are still missing. Aid continues to come into the Philippines from around the world, but its flow is being hampered by poor logistics. The central government is being blamed for not doing more. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 28984 at http://ktep.org Typhoon Relief Supplies Badly Needed In Tacloban http://ktep.org/post/typhoon-relief-supplies-badly-needed-tacloban Relief workers are trying to get more food, water and medicine to survivors of Friday's typhoon in the central Philippines. Two more airports have opened in the region and the U.S. military is installing equipment so that relief flights can land at night. Tacloban was the worst hit city. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 28911 at http://ktep.org Tacloban Took Brunt Of Typhoon Haiyen http://ktep.org/post/tacloban-took-brunt-typhoon-haiyen Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We have two perspectives now on the destruction a typhoon left behind in the Philippines. The first is the view from the air. It comes from U.S. Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, who is coordinating an American military effort to help typhoon survivors. Not long ago, General Kennedy stepped on board a helicopter for what he called reconnaissance. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 28835 at http://ktep.org