All Things Considered on KSTX http://tpr.org en 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://tpr.org/post/captain-pizza-saves-day-doesnt-save-himself-slice It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.<p>That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.<p>"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 34878 at http://tpr.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://tpr.org/post/growing-number-veterans-struggles-quit-powerful-painkillers There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.<p>The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 34875 at http://tpr.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://tpr.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-two-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 34874 at http://tpr.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://tpr.org/post/obamas-request-immigration-funds-meets-pushback-hill President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. <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=Obama%27s+Request+For+Immigration+Funds+Meets+Pushback+On+The+Hill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 34876 at http://tpr.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith http://tpr.org/post/explorations-muslim-identity-playwright-finds-fault-lines-faith Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, <em>Disgraced,</em> won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.<p>Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:23:00 +0000 editor 34871 at http://tpr.org In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks http://tpr.org/post/picketing-truckers-raise-tensions-la-port-amid-dockworker-talks Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.<p>Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.<p>Just over 100 of them have been protesting this week, including driver Santos Lopez. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 34872 at http://tpr.org Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure http://tpr.org/post/hiv-returns-infected-toddler-dashing-hopes-imminent-cure Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus. This is a setback not just for the child, but also for hope of eradicating HIV in infants with a potent mix of drugs at birth. <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=HIV+Returns+In+Infected+Toddler%2C+Dashing+Hopes+Of+Imminent+Cure&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 34864 at http://tpr.org The Hopes And Hazards Of The 17-Story Water Slide http://tpr.org/post/hopes-and-hazards-15-story-water-slide Kansas City now boasts the world's tallest water slide. At about 17 stories high, the slide had been postponed multiple times during construction after tests went bad. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, the slide is attracting thrill-seekers and naysayers alike. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KCUR-FM. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 34865 at http://tpr.org In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn http://tpr.org/post/high-drama-its-1964-convention-gop-hung-right-turn In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 34866 at http://tpr.org Obama Turns To Gov. Perry In Seeking A Solution To Border Crisis http://tpr.org/post/obama-turns-gov-perry-seeking-solution-border-crisis After a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama addressed the influx of migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border. He signaled his openness to Perry's solutions, saying he'd consider deploying the National Guard, but also called on Congress to offer solutions of its own. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. 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