WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Behind 911: Challenges And Changes In Emergency Dispatch

From fender benders to serious crimes, the first person to respond to an emergency is the 911 operator. While those operators can often be the voice of calm in harrowing situations, they must juggle critical tasks within seconds, often while battling fatigue amid increased workloads. We look at the personal and professional challenges facing our region's emergency dispatchers, and explore how new technology is changing their role in public safety.

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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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