Sonari Glinton http://wrur.org en Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals http://wrur.org/post/cars-shed-pounds-race-meet-fuel-efficiency-goals The car industry is required to raise the average fuel efficiency of its vehicles to 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025. But consumers have been reluctant to adopt hybrid technology that'll get the industry there quicker.<p>That means the car companies have to find other ways to get fuel savings.<p>If you were to guess, how important would you say fuel economy is to the car business? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 6747 at http://wrur.org Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea? http://wrur.org/post/googles-attempt-make-self-driving-car-big-idea-or-bad-idea Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Google is getting into the car business - the self-driving car business, that is. Google is throwing away the steering wheel in the pedals, building prototypes of a cozy two-seater designed for city driving.<p>But before the company can deliver a car that will transport city-dwellers, it has to overcome technological and legal hurdles. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 6580 at http://wrur.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act http://wrur.org/post/automakers-internet-connected-cars-are-balancing-act The Internet is coming to your car. Later this year, General Motors will put Internet connectivity directly into its vehicles. It's the largest auto company to do so.<p>Of course, safety advocates have some concerns about more distractions for drivers.<p>The promise of technology is always the same one — that it's going to make our life easier. But anyone who's tried to make a hands-free call in the car knows that's not always true. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 6491 at http://wrur.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://wrur.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5857 at http://wrur.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover http://wrur.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-gm-it-continues-its-makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5668 at http://wrur.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia http://wrur.org/post/what-pepsi-can-teach-us-about-soft-drink-power-russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5653 at http://wrur.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating http://wrur.org/post/hometown-hero-triumphs-womens-figure-skating Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We turn our attention now to the Iceberg Arena in Sochi, Russia. That's where the women's figure skating competition wrapped up for the Winter Olympic Games. And it was a big night for Russia. 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova won gold. In a come-from-behind victory, she beat out defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who placed second. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. And NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the finals and joins us from Sochi. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5507 at http://wrur.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future http://wrur.org/post/female-figure-skaters-compete-gold-and-sports-future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5499 at http://wrur.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class http://wrur.org/post/mens-figure-skating-us-pins-hopes-new-class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259394357/figure-skater-with-happy-feet-hopes-to-clinch-spot-in-sochi">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5453 at http://wrur.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold http://wrur.org/post/detroit-touts-clean-efficient-diesels-consumers-arent-sold At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, it's not all hybrids and battery-powered cars. Some car companies are making significant investments in a fuel that's not new at all — diesel.<p>The newest diesel engines are far cleaner than their predecessors, and they get many more miles per gallon. The question is, what's holding customers back from switching gas pumps?<p>When you look around the auto show, there's a lot of energy and there's a lot of money being spent again. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 5218 at http://wrur.org Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold