Joel Rose http://wfae.org en FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules http://wfae.org/post/fcc-set-change-net-neutrality-rules On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Joel Rose 49604 at http://wfae.org Al Sharpton, FBI Informant? New Claims Revive '80s Mob Story http://wfae.org/post/al-sharpton-fbi-informant-new-claims-revive-80s-mob-story Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Reverend Al Sharpton has admitted to working with the FBI and recording conversations with alleged mobsters. The website The Smoking Gun published documents detailing Sharpton's involvement, saying he's the guy referred to in the document as Confidential Informant 7. This was back in the 1980s during some of the bureau's biggest mafia investigations.<p>As NPR's Joe Rose reports, Sharpton denies any wrongdoing.<p>JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Today, Al Sharpton is a host on MSNBC, an establishment figure who rubs elbows with the president and attorney general. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 48594 at http://wfae.org Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Its Video Streaming Device http://wfae.org/post/amazon-unveils-fire-tv-its-video-streaming-device Amazon is making an aggressive move toward your living room TV with a new video-streaming device. Amazon Fire TV joins a crowded field of devices vying for the same spot. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:07:00 +0000 Joel Rose 48251 at http://wfae.org Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It http://wfae.org/post/internal-report-clears-christie-bridgegate-dems-dont-buy-it Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We now have the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Today's report was commissioned by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and it finds the governor did nothing wrong. It won't be the last word. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Joel Rose 47835 at http://wfae.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions http://wfae.org/post/face-disaster-pritzker-winner-shigeru-ban-designs-solutions Each year the Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to a star architect with a long list of glamorous commissions around the globe. This year's winner is a little different.<p><a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/works.html">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed museums, homes and concert halls. But Ban is best known for a more humble kind of work: The temporary structures he's built for refugees and evacuees all over the world.<p>Ban may be the only architect in the world who makes buildings out of paper — cardboard paper tubes, to be precise.<p>"It's very inexpensive. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Joel Rose 47611 at http://wfae.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://wfae.org/post/turning-food-waste-fuel-takes-gumption-and-trillions-bacteria Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/newtown_wwtp.shtml">Newtown Creek</a> Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.<p>The plant's longtime superintendent, Jimmy Pynn, shows off the plant's crown jewels: eight huge, shiny, oval-shaped steel tanks known as digester eggs. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 46654 at http://wfae.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands http://wfae.org/post/frustrated-cities-take-high-speed-internet-their-own-hands College Station is right in the middle of Texas — a few hours by car from Austin, Dallas and Houston and home to Texas A&M, a major research university. But if you're in the market for high-speed Internet access, College Station can feel like the middle of nowhere.<p>"It's been pretty bleak. You get too far from the university, and it's nothing," says Andrew Duggleby, co-founder of Exosent Engineering, a company that designs and builds tanker trucks for the oil industry.<p>"We're doing three-dimensional computer-aided design, big 3-D models," he says. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Joel Rose 46266 at http://wfae.org Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands FCC To Fine TV Companies For Misuse Of Emergency Alert System http://wfae.org/post/fcc-fine-tv-companies-misuse-emergency-alert-system The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fines of nearly $2 million against Viacom, ESPN and NBCUniversal for broadcasting an ad that misuses the warning sounds of the emergency system. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 46204 at http://wfae.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible http://wfae.org/post/shifting-gears-make-bike-sharing-more-accessible <em><em>This story is part of a project on commuting in America.</em></em><p>Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.<p>These bike-sharing systems have a lot of different names: Divvy, Hubway, Nice Ride. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Joel Rose 40964 at http://wfae.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? http://wfae.org/post/nyc-race-focuses-income-gap-how-much-can-mayor-do Voters in New York City go to the polls Tuesday to choose their next mayor, and it appears all but certain that they'll elect Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate.<p>The Democrat has built a wide lead in the polls by distancing himself from the incumbent mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 38603 at http://wfae.org NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do?