Karzai Calls for Troop Pull-Back; Mormon Food Storage; Adjunct Professor Salaries; Mixtapes: Today on Here and Now

by Brad Yost on March 15, 2012

A quick look at today’s show:

1:06pm:  Karzai Calls For Western Troops To Pull Back From Civilian Areas:  There were two significant setbacks for U.S. efforts in Afghanistan today. Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants U.S. troops to be kept away from his country’s villages and confined to bases.  Shortly after that announcement, the Taliban said they were suspending negotiations with the U.S. because the U.S. “kept changing terms of negotiations” and had “turned back on its promises,” which included release of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.  Both announcement come days after an American soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree.  The soldier’s identity remains a secret, but officials say he has been flown to a base in Kuwait.

1:21pm:  Mormon Scholar ‘Unpacks’ Mormon Food Storage Reasons & Requirements:  Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are urged to keep at least a 3-month supply of food and water, as well as cash and 72-hour emergency kits.  The LDS church helps anyone in need in a disaster.  After Hurricane Katrina, the church had emergency supplies on the ground in New Orleans within 24 hours.  And if a church member falls into personal difficulty, the local bishop approves distributions of aid from church storehouses, in a way that’s confidential and meant to ensure that the church member doesn’t become dependent on church welfare.

1:40pm:  Adjunct Professors Post Salaries And More Online:  Joshua Boldt teaches at the University of Georgia.  He teaches freshman composition.  Boldt is an adjunct professor — which usually means a pitiful salary, little or no benefits, and major job insecurity.  Adjuncts make up abuot hall of all college faculty across the country.  Boldt was recently inspired to create an online document where other people in his shoes could list their pay and benefits for the world to see.  Boldt told the Chronical of Higher Education that he was expecting several dozen responses — but he got more than 1,500.

1:50pmMixtapes Thrive In San Francisco:  You might think that in the age of iPods, old-fashioned mixtapes would have disappeared.  But as the San Francisco Mixtape Society has discovered, mixtapes still have a lot of fans.  The society holds events where people can share their mixes with a live audience, exchange them with others, and vie for prizes.  And as Annie Lin, co-founder of the society told us, the demographic of people coming to the events ranges from old school record collectors who hunt down vinyl LPs to young people who grew up on the internet.  Co-founder John Verrochi adds: “Whether they didn’t grow up with mixtapes at all,  they’re like 21, 22 years old or whether they’re these old record store people who’ve been around forever, it’s always back and forth between who has the best mix.”  The two will be part of a panel at SXSW this weekend titled “Side B:  How The Internet Revived Mixtapes.”

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