All Things Considered on KTXI http://tpr.org en In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain http://tpr.org/post/after-brazils-world-cup-defeat-poem-numb-pain Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174665">Casey at the Bat</a>." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.<p><blockquote><p>The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;<br />He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 34933 at http://tpr.org The Musician's Secret Slang: A 'Crow,' An Oboe And A Cleveland Call-Out http://tpr.org/post/musicians-secret-slang-crow-oboe-and-cleveland-call-out Every profession has a jargon all its own, and musicians are no different. Oboist Alli Gessner and blues musician Brian Brickley offer a few terms distinctive to the music world: "crowing" and "good night, Cleveland," among others. <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=The+Musician%27s+Secret+Slang%3A+A+%27Crow%2C%27+An+Oboe+And+A+Cleveland+Call-Out&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxMzc2NzY1MDEyOTc4NzE3NThmMjc5MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 34934 at http://tpr.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration http://tpr.org/post/after-decades-storage-damaged-rothko-murals-get-high-tech-restoration Paintings by postwar abstract artist Mark Rothko are highly coveted — in May one of his works sold at auction in London for $50 million. But oddly enough, Harvard University has had a handful of Rothkos — faded by sunlight and splattered with food and drink — in storage. Now, new technology has led to a potentially controversial restoration.<p>Retired Harvard curator and conservator Marjorie Cohn was an apprentice at the Harvard Art Museums around the time Rothko was commissioned to create wall-sized paintings for a new space at the university's Holyoke Center. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Andrea Shea 34935 at http://tpr.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration Health Officials Push HIV Prevention Pills http://tpr.org/post/health-officials-push-hiv-prevention-pills The World Health Organization has announced a sweeping new guideline, recommending that all men who have sex with mean take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a similar recommendation in May. For more on these announcements, Melissa Block speaks with reporter Richard Knox. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 34921 at http://tpr.org Among Israelis, Pressure Swells To Commence Ground War In Gaza http://tpr.org/post/among-israelis-pressure-swells-commence-ground-war-gaza One of the first serious hits by a Hamas rocket has left a gas station burning — and one Israeli badly injured — as Israel ramps up talk of a Gaza ground invasion. But that carries a lot of downsides. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 34922 at http://tpr.org The Music — And Mess — In Ben Watt's Long Goodbye To His Father http://tpr.org/post/music-and-mess-ben-watts-long-goodbye-his-father Ben Watt is a singer and DJ, best known for being in the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Now, he's back with a new album and a book that gives an inside look at his complicated relationship with his parents. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 34929 at http://tpr.org '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