Morning Edition for June 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013 — While in Senegal on Thursday, President Obama toured the House of Slaves on Goree Island, a site which memorializes the final passage of African slaves to the Americas. At the presidential palace in Dakar, Obama said it's time for the U.S. to benefit from a partnership, and not simply give in the relationship with Africa.
Jun 28, 2013 — Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.
Jun 28, 2013 — Synthetic biologist Jay Keasling has already taught yeast to make the leading anti-malarial drug. His next project takes the technology a step further, using yeast to turn plant waste into diesel — and maybe gasoline and jet fuel, too.
Jun 28, 2013 — The new movie White House Down is about terrorists trying to take down the White House. The idea is so completely ridiculous, says critic Kenneth Turan, that it's actually entertaining.
Jun 28, 2013 — During the Great Recession, whole neighborhoods in Phoenix were left half-built or mostly vacant. But now developers are buying these lots to keep up with the high demand for housing. The market isn't where it should be, but it's better than it was two years ago, one real estate agent says.
Jun 28, 2013 — Washington is still trying to determine how much damage has been done as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance. Snowden allegedly encrypted the files he took with him, but some officials fear Chinese or Russian intelligence services gained access to Snowden's computers.
Jun 28, 2013 — The new rock band is led by an up-and-coming Latina singer who's trying to break out — and backed by a renowned Puerto Rican musician who's trying to stay in one place.
Jun 28, 2013 — The Department of Justice says China's Sinovel stole more than $800 million worth of intellectual property from U.S. company AMSC. Sinovel makes wind turbines. AMSC is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
Jun 28, 2013 — Last week was a wild one for China's economy. Overnight borrowing rates spiked, lending between banks began to freeze up and the Shanghai stock market took a nose-dive. Things have calmed down since then, but the underlying problems that triggered the panic remain. Among them, the explosive growth of the country's so-called shadow banking sector.
Jun 28, 2013 — Federal regulators have filed civil charges against former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine in connection with the failure of his commodities firm, MF Global. The government says Corzine failed to stop the firm from dipping into customer funds during a financial crisis in October 2011.