Allison Keyes http://kunm.org en Potential Charges Against Incumbent Throw D.C. Mayor's Race Up In Air http://kunm.org/post/potential-charges-against-incumbent-throw-dc-mayors-race-air The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42657 at http://kunm.org Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations http://kunm.org/post/maryland-transportation-bill-held-over-war-reparations Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now to a story of how a long ago association with the crimes of Nazi Germany could stop a French company from doing business today in Maryland. A Maryland House committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would bar companies that played a role in the Holocaust from bidding on state contracts unless the companies pay reparations to victims.<p>State officials told the hearing that if that bill passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a major light rail project. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42300 at http://kunm.org As Calendar Flips To March, People Grow Sick Of The Snow http://kunm.org/post/calendar-flips-march-people-grow-sick-snow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The latest in a series of nasty winter storms socked the nation today. It rolled north through the mid-Atlantic this morning, right up the East Coast bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures. More than 2,900 flights were cancelled today and more than 7,100 were delayed. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42000 at http://kunm.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company http://kunm.org/post/maryland-bill-may-require-holocaust-reparations-rail-company Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.<p>The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.<p>Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it tra Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 41584 at http://kunm.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast http://kunm.org/post/storm-and-stress-visit-east-coast Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A fast-moving winter storm is barreling across the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast today. Some places are expecting up to a foot of snow. The blizzard conditions from Virginia to Massachusetts will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40343 at http://kunm.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame http://kunm.org/post/sweet-16-and-barreling-toward-cowgirl-racing-fame Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.<p>Just under 4-foot-10, Megan depends on her 1,200-pound filly Beea in a sport where the fastest rider around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern wins.<p>"The thrill of it all is awesome," Megan says.<p>Megan's father, Karl Yurko, is a veterinarian, and like his daughter, he loves this sport. "First barrel's the money barrel," he says. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40186 at http://kunm.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch http://kunm.org/post/historic-house-yours-free-theres-catch This little house is looking for a home.<p>In the past five years, 600 single-family homes have been demolished in Arlington, Va., many to make way for larger houses, according to a preservation group. One architectural firm is so determined to save one 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, it's giving the house away for free. But there's a catch: the buyer would need to pay to move it to a new location.<p>The 960-square-foot house is a Wellington model, a style of home Sears sold by catalog in 1926 through its mail order Modern Homes program. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 39950 at http://kunm.org Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence http://kunm.org/post/african-american-gun-club-hopes-help-curb-youth-violence More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore. Most of them were black, and most of them were shot to death, despite Maryland having one of the nation's toughest gun laws. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 38853 at http://kunm.org African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs http://kunm.org/post/trove-artifacts-highlights-realities-slavery Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.<p>"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 38177 at http://kunm.org Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs 'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical http://kunm.org/post/we-will-rock-you-bohemian-musical Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea. Whether or not you're a fan of rock and roll, you've surely heard at least one of the hits by Queen. The British band dominated the airwaves in the '70s and '80s and now their music is rocking the world again, this time in a jukebox musical called "We Will Rock You."<p>The show has been running in London for a dozen years but now an Americanized version is touring the United States and Canada. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:14:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 37442 at http://kunm.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights http://kunm.org/post/50-years-after-march-washington-john-lewis-still-fighting <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYasqMFCJao</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:54:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 34167 at http://kunm.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights Preserving African-American Cemeteries http://kunm.org/post/preserving-african-american-cemeteries Under a popular park in Washington, D.C., there is a 19th century burial ground that was once the largest African-American cemetery in the city. Advocates want to protect the park from further development and create space for a memorial. But how many other such burial grounds are in similar straits, and how have others solved the problem of co-existing with development and gentrification? Sat, 03 Aug 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 33083 at http://kunm.org Wal-Mart Threatens To Pull Out Of D.C. Over Wage Requirements http://kunm.org/post/wal-mart-threatens-pull-out-dc-over-wage-requirements Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from plans to build three of six new stores slated for the nation's capital. Those three stores are supposed to go up in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods. But the city council in Washington, D.C., has approved a bill requiring big box stores to pay employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 32089 at http://kunm.org Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream http://kunm.org/post/deconstructing-martin-luther-king-jrs-dream "We want all of our rights!" Martin Luther King, Jr. told a throng of people gathered in and around Detroit's Cobo Arena on June 23, 1963. He was speaking at what he called the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States. "We want them here, and we want them now!" he said.<p>Fifty years ago this August, King gave the iconic "<a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_august_28_1963_i_have_a_dream/" target="_blank">I Have A Dream</a>" speech at the March on Washington. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 31160 at http://kunm.org Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C. http://kunm.org/post/winfrey-gives-millions-new-african-american-museum-dc Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is giving a multimillion-dollar boost to the Smithsonian's new facility, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She gave the museum, which is being built in Washington, D.C., $12 million Tuesday, in addition to a previous $1 million donation.<p>"I am so proud of African-American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," says Winfrey, chairman and CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:56:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 30586 at http://kunm.org Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C. What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand http://kunm.org/post/what-lawsuit-against-redskins-could-mean-brand <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/07/171425340/after-more-than-20-years-push-to-change-redskins-name-continues">Once again</a>, the long-standing controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins is in the news. Fri, 31 May 2013 22:51:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 30045 at http://kunm.org What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand For Berry Gordy, Broadway Is Memory Lane http://kunm.org/post/berry-gordy-broadway-memory-lane There's hardly an adult anywhere in the world who wouldn't recognize at least some of the music of Motown.<p><strong></strong>The R&B label changed the course of music in the United States and made household names of Diana Ross, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15184517" target="_blank">Stevie Wonder</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94109252/the-jackson-5" target="_blank">The Jackson 5</a>. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 26082 at http://kunm.org For Berry Gordy, Broadway Is Memory Lane Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York http://kunm.org/post/woof-out-red-carpet-westminster-dogs-take-new-york On Tuesday night, one dog will be named "best in show" at the 137th <a href="http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/" target="_blank">Westminster Kennel Club</a> Dog Show in New York.<p>Many of the canines that have flocked to Manhattan are staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania across the street from Madison Square Garden, where judging of the main events in the show is held.<p>The hotel has special amenities for its four-legged guests.<p>"Hey, buddy," doggie concierge Jerry Grymek says to a border collie in a crate. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:32:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 24881 at http://kunm.org Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington http://kunm.org/post/newtown-residents-join-gun-control-rally-washington Residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children died in December's school shootings, marched alongside other supporters of gun control at a rally on the National Mall on Saturday.<p>About 100 residents were expected from Newtown, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/newtown-residents-to-join-pastors-parents-in-march-for-gun-control-on-national-mall-in-dc/2013/01/26/e10bedfa-678e-11e2-83c7-38d5fac94235_story.html">The Washington Post</a> says. The march was organized in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, where six teachers were also killed. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 24206 at http://kunm.org Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants http://kunm.org/post/ill-considers-licenses-undocumented-immigrants Illinois could become the third state — after Washington and New Mexico — where undocumented immigrants can obtain driver's licenses. The legislation is halfway there. A bill that passed the state Senate 41-14 last Tuesday has bipartisan support.<p>Before the Senate vote, leaders from both parties, including Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican former Gov. Jim Edgar, spoke out in favor of the legislation. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 22299 at http://kunm.org Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Arab-American Voters Lean Toward Obama, But With Less Enthusiasm http://kunm.org/post/arab-american-voters-lean-toward-obama-less-enthusiasm Arab-American voters strongly supported President Obama in 2008, and polls show most are doing so this time around as well. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20814 at http://kunm.org Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit http://kunm.org/post/millennia-stargazing-african-cosmos-exhibit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qHlEvQKZcA</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20477 at http://kunm.org Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit Social Issues Hold Sway Over Ohio's Black Voters http://kunm.org/post/social-issues-hold-sway-over-ohios-black-voters Transcript <p>GUY RAZ, HOST: <p>In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won nearly all the African-American vote. And this year, a recent poll found that less than 1 percent of black voters will back Mitt Romney. But in Ohio, as NPR's Allison Keyes found out, some black voters are agonizing over whether to vote in November at all.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: The choir rehearses on Saturdays at Friendship Baptist Church in Girard, Ohio. It's a town of 10,000, and Friendship Baptist is a small, friendly-looking building that was once a private home. Sun, 09 Sep 2012 00:55:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 18329 at http://kunm.org In Just 'One Small Step' Armstrong Became An Icon http://kunm.org/post/just-one-small-step-armstrong-became-icon It was the kind of history that ignites the imagination of humanity.<p>On July 20, 1969, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched or listened as the lunar module Eagle carried astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon. Armstrong got on the radio to let them know "the Eagle has landed."<p>Almost seven hours later, Armstrong stepped off the ladder in his bulky white space suitand said those famous words: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"<p>Astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth person to walk on the moon in November of 1969. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:21:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 17672 at http://kunm.org In Just 'One Small Step' Armstrong Became An Icon D.C.'s Black Churches Take Steps In AIDS Fight http://kunm.org/post/dcs-black-churches-take-steps-aids-fight As thousands gather in Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS Conference, the city is battling disturbing levels of HIV/AIDS, particularly in the black community.<p>According to the <a href="http://dchealth.dc.gov/doh/lib/doh/services/administration_offices/hiv_aids/pdf/HAHSTA_ANNUAL_REPOR_2012.pdf">D.C. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:25:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 16037 at http://kunm.org Green Party Pick Gives Democrats Brunt Of Criticism http://kunm.org/post/green-party-pick-gives-democrats-brunt-criticism The Green Party nominated a Massachusetts physician and a formerly homeless single mother as their presidential and vice-presidential candidates for 2012 on Saturday. They say they are in it to win it, and — at the very least — to expand the electoral conversation to include people they say aren't represented by either Democrats or Republicans.<p>Amid waving green and white campaign signs in a conference room at a Baltimore Holiday Inn, the room erupted in cheers as Dr. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 15594 at http://kunm.org Green Party Pick Gives Democrats Brunt Of Criticism The Old With The New: Generations Clash In New 'Dallas' http://kunm.org/post/old-new-generations-clash-new-dallas In 1980, the world was transfixed by the question of "Who shot J.R.?" Of course, we're talking about the archvillain from the nighttime soap opera <em>Dallas</em>. Three hundred fifty million people worldwide tuned in to find out. Now the TNT cable network is rebooting the show and hoping for even a fraction of that passion.<p>The trials and tribulations of the fabulously rich Ewings and their sumptuous Southfork ranch captivated viewers for 13 years. From the first show in 1978, brothers Bobby and J.R. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:33:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 14037 at http://kunm.org The Old With The New: Generations Clash In New 'Dallas' George Clinton Fights For His Right To Funk http://kunm.org/post/george-clinton-fights-his-right-funk <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbhIwvtA7PE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkmivRWegU</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:09:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 13805 at http://kunm.org George Clinton Fights For His Right To Funk 50 Years Later, Honoring Vietnam Veterans http://kunm.org/post/50-years-later-honoring-vietnam-veterans Vietnam veterans never got the homecoming many feel they deserved. On Monday, a group of veterans, the Department of Defense and others will begin the first of many ceremonies to honor those who served and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Events will be planned over the next 13 years, concluding with the fall of Saigon. Many will gather Monday at the Vietnam Memorial Wall for a wreath ceremony, including President Obama. Mon, 28 May 2012 09:49:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 13329 at http://kunm.org Sprinter Speeds Toward London, And Olympic Gold http://kunm.org/post/sprinter-speeds-toward-london-and-olympic-gold The Olympics start in July, but American sprinter Allyson Felix is still deciding which events she'll focus on in London. She's won Olympic silver medals twice in her beloved 200 meters, a distance in which she's also a three–time world champion.<p>Felix won an Olympic gold in 2008, on the 4x400-meter relay team. Wed, 23 May 2012 07:37:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 13121 at http://kunm.org Sprinter Speeds Toward London, And Olympic Gold