Ted Robbins http://www.kplu.org en What's In A Name? Plenty Of Ways To Make A Mistake http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-name-plenty-ways-make-mistake When Arizona State University graduates hear their names announced, they have Peter Lafford to thank. It's his job to ensure students' names are pronounced correctly — and it's not always an easy task. <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=What%27s+In+A+Name%3F+Plenty+Of+Ways+To+Make+A+Mistake&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjQ1NzYwMDEyMjU5MjA0MjE0Yzg1Mg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:15:45 +0000 Ted Robbins 16635 at http://www.kplu.org In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint http://www.kplu.org/post/arizona-citizens-keep-close-eye-immigration-checkpoint Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.<p>A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:42:25 +0000 Ted Robbins 15462 at http://www.kplu.org In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://www.kplu.org/post/air-bag-help-during-avalanche-cord-yank-away Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.<p>If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:37:15 +0000 Ted Robbins 13503 at http://www.kplu.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-team-usas-high-tech-speedskating-suit-pay-gold A years-in-the-making, top-secret engineering and design project for a superaerodynamic suit to be worn by U.S. speedskaters at next month's Winter Olympics was finally unveiled Thursday.<p>Defense contractor Lockheed Martin and sporting goods company Under Armour released photos of the suit they're calling "Mach 39." It has been kept so tightly under wraps that the sport's governing body wouldn't even allow it to be worn at the Olympic trials in Salt Lake City.<p>What's so revolutionary about the uniform? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:39:14 +0000 Ted Robbins 12663 at http://www.kplu.org Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert http://www.kplu.org/post/once-mighty-bomber-b-52-meets-its-end-desert A relic of the Cold War met its end on Thursday. The Air Force destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.<p>A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.<p>Truth is, this particular bomber hadn't flown in more than 20 years. It's been sitting with thousands of aircraft in the desert at what's known as the boneyard, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base facility for retired aircraft. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:49:27 +0000 Ted Robbins 11916 at http://www.kplu.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert