Joel Rose http://kplu.org en Four Years After Death, Alex Chilton Is Finally A Big Star http://kplu.org/post/four-years-after-death-alex-chilton-finally-big-star Four years after his death, the former singer of the Box Tops and Big Star is enjoying a level of popular acclaim that eluded him in life. A new biography of Alex Chilton, <em>A Man Called Destruction</em>, follows on the heels of a successful documentary about Big Star released last year. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Joel Rose 15860 at http://kplu.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions http://kplu.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 22:17:33 +0000 Joel Rose 15249 at http://kplu.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://kplu.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 16:38:39 +0000 Joel Rose 14688 at http://kplu.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands http://kplu.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 23:14:43 +0000 Joel Rose 14425 at http://kplu.org Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible http://kplu.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 17:58:37 +0000 Joel Rose 11630 at http://kplu.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies http://kplu.org/post/albert-murray-writer-and-co-founder-jazz-lincoln-center-dies Albert Murray, the influential writer and critic who helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center, died Sunday at home in Harlem. He was 97 years old. Duke Ellington once described him as the "unsquarest person I know."<p>For Murray, jazz and blues were more than just musical forms. They were a survival technique — an improvisatory response to hardship and uncertainty, as he told NPR in 1997: "You don't know how many bars you have, but however many of them you can make swing, the better off you are. That's about it."<p>Murray was born outside Mobile, Ala. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:03:16 +0000 Joel Rose 9684 at http://kplu.org Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies