Wade Goodwyn http://ripr.org en A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://ripr.org/post/roller-coaster-year-texas-town-rocked-blast When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.<p>And then — a massive explosion. The men fighting the fire at the plant never had a chance. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 32047 at http://ripr.org A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat http://ripr.org/post/latest-hd-tv-comfort-your-courtside-seat Millions of people will be glued to TV screens Monday watching the NCAA men's college basketball championship — and some of those viewers will actually be in the stands.<p>Monday's Connecticut vs. Kentucky game will be played at AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, where an enormous Mitsubishi screen hangs from the roof. It's the length of four coach buses by 72 feet high. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 31679 at http://ripr.org The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat Oil Spill Disrupts A Waterway Thick With Barges And Birds http://ripr.org/post/oil-spill-disrupts-waterway-thick-barges-and-birds Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In this part of the program, the latest on a large oil spill over the weekend in Texas. Also, the legacy of one of the nation's biggest spills, the Exxon Valdez, 25 years later. First, the current mess that has shut down the Houston Ship Channel. A 585-foot-long cargo ship named Summer Wind collided with an oil barge, sending thousands of barrels of heavy bunker fuel into the water. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 30954 at http://ripr.org Texas Abortion Restrictions Shutter Two More Clinics http://ripr.org/post/texas-abortion-restrictions-shutter-two-more-clinics Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The last two abortion clinics in Texas' Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border are closing today. New restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature last year require that doctors at abortion clinics obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 30069 at http://ripr.org A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers http://ripr.org/post/college-project-imagines-floating-city-oil-workers Imagine you're in a college-level architecture class and your assignment is to come up with an idea so revolutionary that it could be considered an important advance in industrial design.<p>Students at Rice University in Houston accomplished that with <a href="http://www.petropia.org/projects/project-floating-frontiers/drift-drive-2/" target="_blank">plans for a floating city</a> that is being considered by one of the world's largest oil companies. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:38:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 29609 at http://ripr.org A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital http://ripr.org/post/strange-case-marlise-munoz-and-john-peter-smith-hospital It would have been hard to find a happier man than Erick Munoz on that Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving.<p>With a healthy and delightful son toddling around the house, and his beautiful and successful wife pregnant with their second child, the fire department paramedic had everything in life that's really important. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 28313 at http://ripr.org The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter http://ripr.org/post/after-moores-f5-tornado-storm-shelter-interest-increases Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Some of the most painful stories of 2013 came from a small community in Oklahoma, the town of Moore. It was hit by a monster F5 tornado in May. Two dozen people died. More than a thousand homes were wiped away. The damage was estimated at $2 billion. But when NPR's Wade Goodwyn returned to Moore recently, he found the worst damage might not be visible.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: Stand in the middle of Lakeview Drive in Moore, and you're surrounded by a lot of wide-open Oklahoma. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 26823 at http://ripr.org After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times http://ripr.org/post/camels-trek-texas-desert-just-old-times At 10 on a crisp West Texas morning, five camel-trekkers stand under the open sky of the Davis Mountains. A few feet away, guide Doug Baum and Jason Mayfield load up five camels.<p>Baum, a former zookeeper, runs the Texas Camel Corps. The group guides camel treks around the world. In the Big Bend region, camels were for a brief time widespread, and the guides have brought them back.<p><strong>'As Good As They Come'</strong><p>You have to like a man who brings his own camel to a camel trek. On Mayfield's arm is a tall, beautiful blond named Butter.<p>"She's 8 years old. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:28:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 26654 at http://ripr.org Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://ripr.org/post/even-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.<p>For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.<p>The best way to experience Austin traffic may be from inside the police department's new helicopter. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 26386 at http://ripr.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' http://ripr.org/post/marking-kennedy-assassination-dallas-still-eggshells Friday's 50th anniversary of assassination of President John F. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 25181 at http://ripr.org Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells'