National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Farm To Fido: Dog Food Goes Local

Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.

Amazon Says It Will Hire More Than 5,000 Workers In U.S.

Many of the new jobs will be at order-fulfillment centers that are spread across more than 10 states, the company says.

Hawaii Starts Feeling Effects Of Tropical Storm Flossie

Flossie could become the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Big Island head on. It is the first to make landfall on the islands since 1992.

A New App Will Let You Share Your Leftovers With Strangers

As part of a bid to reduce wasted food, two former college roommates have come up with Leftover Swap, an app in which you post photos of leftovers for other users to claim.

Man Approaches 3 Million Miles On Volvo

Irv Gordon was a young high school teacher when he bought his Volvo P1800 coupe in 1966. The Long Island resident has since driven almost 3 million miles in that car.

Hunger Strikes Lead To Changes In California Prison Units

Under pressure from hunger strikes, the state of California has made some changes to the way it runs its toughest prison units. Some men who recently left solitary confinement are talking about their experience. (This story was produced as part of a collaboration between member station KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting.)

Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss

The idea of intermittent mini-fasting seems to be gaining traction. The appeal: Dieters have to restrict calories for only two days a week. Research suggests this approach is more effective than trying to cut back on calories 24/7.

Miami Beach Preservationists Battle Glitterati Over Homes

There's a movement to replace Miami Beach's historic homes with large, glitzy houses, and the cause celebre is a landmark house owned by a plastic surgeon and his wife, a cast member on The Real Housewives of Miami.

High-Deductible Health Plans, Gamble For Some, On The Rise

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, many employers are switching from traditional health care plans to what are known as high-deductible plans. These plans have lower premiums, but put patients on the hook for thousands in out-of-pocket expenses.

Conservationists Call For Quiet: The Ocean Is Too Loud!

Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.