Jackie Northam http://news.stlpublicradio.org en German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/german-chemical-giant-basf-benefits-cheap-us-natural-gas Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34736 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/world-bank-gets-overhaul-and-not-everyones-happy The World Bank, the largest international development institution, is undergoing a sweeping reorganization, the first of its kind for the bank in nearly a generation.<p>The bank, based in Washington, has laid out a new set of goals, but they're accompanied by deep budget cuts and the elimination of a whole layer of senior management jobs.<p>The overhaul is being led by its president Jim Yong Kim. One of the first things the 54-year-old physician and anthropologist did when took office in July 2012 was launch a company-wide survey. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34393 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/battle-bottom-feeder-us-vietnam-catfish-fight Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.<p>Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.<p>Battle has been catfish farming for more than three decades. Catfish has always been popular in the South, but its popularity took off throughout the country in the 1980s. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/asian-investors-find-hot-market-us-properties The General Motors Building in Manhattan is a majestic 50-story, white marble structure that takes up one full city block. This is prime New York City real estate. A flagship Apple store sits on the ground floor, across the street is the Plaza Hotel, and on another corner is an entrance to Central Park.<p>The GM building is considered one of the most valuable office towers in the U.S. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30271 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/french-maker-military-rafts-gets-american-identity For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.<p>"It is used for a large variety of missions, like assault landings, infiltration and exfiltration," he says. "It can be deployed from the shore or deployed from the air by an aircraft, a helicopter, by a submarine. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 29087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity EU-U.S. Trade: A Tale Of Two Farms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/eu-us-trade-tale-two-farms <em>U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement aimed at generating billions of dollars of new trade. But negotiators must overcome barriers created by cultural and philosophical differences over sectors like agriculture. In Europe, the cultivation of genetically modified crops is banned, while in the U.S., they are a central part of food production. NPR's Jackie Northam visited a farm in Delaware and NPR's Eleanor Beardsley visited one in Burgundy, France, to look at those deep-seated differences. We hear from Jackie first. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:52:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 28032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EU-U.S. Trade: A Tale Of Two Farms Britain's Iron Lady, Former Prime Minister Thatcher, Dies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/britains-iron-lady-former-prime-minister-thatcher-dies Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher <a href="www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/08/c/former-british-prime-minister-thatcher-dies">died Monday following a stroke</a>. She was 87. Despite many accomplishments during her 11 years in office, she was a divisive figure, and there is still much bitterness surrounding the woman who was dubbed the Iron Lady.<p>Thatcher's long journey to becoming one of Britain's most influential leaders began in humble surroundings. She was born on Oct. 13, 1925, in the small English town of Grantham. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:01:09 +0000 Jackie Northam 25214 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Britain's Iron Lady, Former Prime Minister Thatcher, Dies Google's Eric Schmidt Heads To Another Isolated Asian Nation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/googles-eric-schmidt-heads-another-isolated-asian-nation Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, who went to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/01/07/168823523/why-is-google-exec-interested-in-north-korea">North Korea in January</a>, is making a short visit Friday to Myanmar, also known as Burma.<p>Why is the senior executive of a U.S. technology powerhouse visiting some of the poorest and least wired countries in Asia?<p>Schmidt will be the first top U.S. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 24731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Google's Eric Schmidt Heads To Another Isolated Asian Nation At A Pakistani Mobile Library, Kids Can Check Out Books, And Hope http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pakistani-mobile-library-kids-can-check-out-books-and-hope On a cold, rainy morning, a van pulls up outside a rural elementary school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. The fluorescent green vehicle provides a flash of color on this otherwise gray day. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 9751 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At A Pakistani Mobile Library, Kids Can Check Out Books, And Hope Amusement Park Planned In The Town Where Bin Laden Hid Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/amusement-park-planned-town-where-bin-laden-hid-out Developers in Pakistan will soon break ground on a new amusement park and outdoor activity center, a private, $30 million project billed as a state-of-the-art facility that will bring jobs to a hard-hit area.<p>But there's one issue that's raising some eyebrows: the site is in Abbottabad, not far from the place where Osama Bin Laden secretly lived until American forces killed him.<p>This does not trouble Sheikh Kaleemuddin, the project director, who is effusive about the picturesque spot where he plans to build.<p>A narrow, fast-moving creek courses over a bed of flat stones running through a Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 9454 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Amusement Park Planned In The Town Where Bin Laden Hid Out