Martin Kaste http://wfpl.org en A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? http://wfpl.org/post/majority-us-favor-legal-pot-will-stick <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. </em><p>This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:45:59 +0000 Martin Kaste 7935 at http://wfpl.org A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? A Peek Inside A Once Top Secret Spot In Atomic Age History http://wfpl.org/post/peek-inside-once-top-secret-spot-atomic-age-history People tend to remember that the atomic bomb was developed at Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge, Tenn., but they often forget about a third nuclear production complex — the Hanford Site in Richland, Wash. It's where they built the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor.<p>The "B Reactor" is a windowless, cinder block hulk out in the middle of nowhere. You might mistake it for an abandoned cement plant. But inside, it's a lovingly preserved time capsule of the Atomic Age. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:27:48 +0000 Martin Kaste 6132 at http://wfpl.org A Peek Inside A Once Top Secret Spot In Atomic Age History Will Bureaucracy Keep The U.S. Drone Industry Grounded? http://wfpl.org/post/will-bureaucracy-keep-us-drone-industry-grounded Americans are suspicious of drones. Reports of the unmanned aerial vehicles' use in war zones have raised concerns about what they might do here at home. For instance, in Seattle earlier this year, a public outcry forced the police department to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/22/172696814/as-police-drones-take-off-washington-state-pushes-back">abandon plans</a> for eye-in-the-sky UAV helicopters.<p>The backlash worries Paul Applewhite, an aerospace engineer with 10 years of experience at companies like McDonnell Douglas and Sikorsky. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:43:52 +0000 Martin Kaste 5197 at http://wfpl.org Will Bureaucracy Keep The U.S. Drone Industry Grounded? Armed 'Good Guys' And The Realities Of Facing A Gunman http://wfpl.org/post/armed-good-guys-and-realities-facing-gunman As the nation ponders how to stop the next mass shooting, the gun rights movement offers a straight-forward formula, laid out famously by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.<p>"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said last month, as his group responded to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.<p><strong>One Man's Story</strong><p>In Washington state, one such "good guy" — a private citizen who drew his gun in defense of others — paid a heavy price.<p>Dan McKown is a comedian. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:22:37 +0000 Martin Kaste 3672 at http://wfpl.org Armed 'Good Guys' And The Realities Of Facing A Gunman