Hansi Lo Wang is a reporter covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team.

Based in Washington, D.C., he previously served as a production assistant for NPR's Weekend Edition and was awarded the NPR Kroc Fellowship, during which he reported for NPR's National Desk and Seattle public radio station KUOW.

A Philadelphia native, Wang founded a radio reporting program for high school students in Philadelphia's Chinatown in 2008. He has also worked as a refugee housing coordinator.

The Two-Way
6:23 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Bridge Collapses In Wash. State; People, Cars In Water

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 12:59 am

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon, Wash., collapsed Thursday, leaving an unknown number of people and vehicles in the water.

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Business
6:01 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lexington Brewery West Sixth Locked In Trademark Dispute With Magic Hat Brewing Co.

The West Sixth logo.
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A trademark dispute between Lexington's West Sixth Brewing Co. and the Vermont brewer Magic Hat has gone viral on social media, sparked by a lawsuit filed last week by Magic Hat.

The dispute regards two circular logos formed around numbers. In the suit, Magic Hat—owned by the Costa Rica-based Florida Ice & Farm—claims the similarity between them is causing confusion for consumers.

Ben Self, co-owner of Lexington’s year-old West Sixth Brewing Co., says that argument doesn’t hold up.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

More Kentucky Students File for Financial Aid—Most Won't Get It

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Officials with the state agency overseeing state financial aid say funds ran out earlier than ever before and most Kentucky students who are eligible for the aid programs will not receive funding this year.

There was a 20 percent increase in financial aid submissions this year during the application period between January and the end of March, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. But more than 80,000 students needing far more than $130 million will get nothing from the state this year.

This equates to around two-thirds of applicants.

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The Two-Way
7:32 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts Vote To Admit Openly Gay Members

Members of Scouts for Equality hold a rally to support inclusion for gays in the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:35 pm

The Boy Scouts of America has agreed for the first time to allow openly gay boys as members, but a vote of the organization's National Council left in place a ban on gay Scout leaders.

The Associated Press reports that of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal. The policy change approved by the 1,400-member National Council would take effect Jan. 1, 2014, the organization said.

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National Security
5:24 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Breaking Down Obama's New Blueprint For Fighting Terrorism

At the National Defense University in Washington on Thursday, President Obama outlined plans to limit the use of U.S. drone strikes, and pledged to shut down the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Larry Downing Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 4:56 pm

Ever since the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. search for a coherent counterterrorism strategy has revolved around three basic questions:

1. How do we locate suspected terrorists?

2. Once located, how do we go after them?

3. If captured, what do we do with them?

In a major speech at the National Defense University in Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed all three questions that have been the source of shifting policies and fierce national debates for over a decade.

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National Security
5:17 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Transcript: Obama Addresses Counterterrorism, Drones

President Obama waves after addressing his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies, as well as the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, in a speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 6:51 pm

  • Listen To The President's Speech

President Obama's remarks at the National Defense University on Thursday, as released by the White House:

Good afternoon, everybody. Please be seated.

It is a great honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791 — standing guard in the earliest days of the Republic, and contemplating the future of warfare here in the 21st century.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

New Chemical Safety Bill Introduced; Health Advocates Say It's Lacking

A bipartisan bill to reform some of the country’s laws regulating chemicals has been introduced in the Senate, but some environmental advocates say it’s missing key provisions.

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Local News
4:27 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Fair Board OKs Agreement to Get $1.47 Million Payment to Sever KFC Yum Center Ties

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The relationship between the Kentucky State Fair Board and the KFC Yum Center has moved closer to conclusion with the fair board’s approval of a compensation plan for its costs from running the arena.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Obama To Limit Drone Strikes, Renew Effort To Close Guantanamo

President Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies at the National Defense University on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:03 pm

President Obama on Thursday unveiled a major pivot in White House counterterrorism policy, calling for a limiting of CIA drones strikes and for a renewed effort to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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