Sonari Glinton en Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At a Senate hearing today, there were calls for General Motors top lawyer to step down. Recent media reports have made clear that company lawyers knew faulty ignition switches were causing fatal accidents. Despite that GM blocked internal efforts to issue a recall and they kept information from federal safety regulators. The ignition defect is responsible for at least 13 deaths and will cost GM billions of dollars. NPR's Sonari Glinton has the latest.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Congressional hearings have a sort of rhythm. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57947 at In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Today, General Motors expanded its recall of vehicles with bad ignition switches, bringing the total of the year to more than 28 million cars. Meanwhile, there is now a plan to compensate victims of crashes involving the defective switches, which have been linked to at least 13 deaths. That program is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the 9/11 victims' fund. The payouts involving fatalities begin at $1 million. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56947 at Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers <p></p><p></p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56887 at Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit The auto industry is cruising toward a record number of safety recalls: GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, and most carmakers have lowered the bar for the kind of problems that'll have them sending you back to your local dealers.<p>But while that sounds like bad news, it turns out that recalls can have an upside — at least for car dealers.<p>Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at, explains that dealerships can actually make money when carmakers discover defects. The reason? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:36:23 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56477 at As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56262 at Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals The car industry is required to raise the average fuel efficiency of its vehicles to 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025. But consumers have been reluctant to adopt hybrid technology that'll get the industry there quicker.<p>That means the car companies have to find other ways to get fuel savings.<p>If you were to guess, how important would you say fuel economy is to the car business? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55776 at Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect' Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. A blistering report was released today about why General Motors failed to recall millions of vehicles with a defective part - a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. The report, prepared by a former U.S. attorney, details a pattern of incompetence and misconduct that reached the executive floors at the auto company. In response, GM has dismissed 15 employees and is creating a victims' compensation fund. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55527 at Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea? Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Google is getting into the car business - the self-driving car business, that is. Google is throwing away the steering wheel in the pedals, building prototypes of a cozy two-seater designed for city driving.<p>But before the company can deliver a car that will transport city-dwellers, it has to overcome technological and legal hurdles. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 55050 at For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act The Internet is coming to your car. Later this year, General Motors will put Internet connectivity directly into its vehicles. It's the largest auto company to do so.<p>Of course, safety advocates have some concerns about more distractions for drivers.<p>The promise of technology is always the same one — that it's going to make our life easier. But anyone who's tried to make a hands-free call in the car knows that's not always true. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54662 at For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act Feds Slap GM With $35 Million Penalty For Safety Law Violations Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The federal government is hitting General Motors with its maximum fine for delays in an auto recall, $35 million. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 54377 at What's The Secret To Minnesota's Success On Jobs? Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Some states have had an easier time than others climbing out of the jobs hole. One of them is Minnesota. Its unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, well below the national average. NPR's Sonari Glinton went to Minnesota to find out why.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: One of the places that's seen growth in Minnesota is St. Cloud. Now, it's about 65 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis. That's where I met up with Brian Schoenborn. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 53585 at Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another major auto recall today, this time it's Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects, including problems with seat rails and airbags. No injuries have been reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports this particular recall is not happening in a vacuum.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Less than a month ago, Toyota was hit with a $1.2 billion fine for the way it handled a recall mess from several years ago. Right now, General Motors has been embroiled in a scandal for how it handled a decade-old problem. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52291 at Just How New Is The 'New' GM? During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 52166 at Just How New Is The 'New' GM? The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51762 at The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51224 at As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Toyota's $1.2B Settlement Puts Criminal Probe To Rest Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51100 at Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50638 at Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover Theories And Disputes Eddy Around Missing Malaysian Airliner Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>A dramatically different version of events is emerging about the path of Malaysia Airline's Flight 370. Malaysian authorities now say the jetliner made a sharp change in course, heading from northeast to west, and they say the last sign of the plane came an hour later than previously stated. The Boeing 777 disappeared early Saturday morning local time en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.<p>Here to sort through some possible scenarios is New York Times reporter Matthew Wald, who has covered many plane crashes over the years. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50627 at What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50567 at What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony Held In Sochi Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Russia put on a spectacular closing show for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi last night, with fireworks, Russian music and dance, and a thousand children singing Russia's national anthem. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49795 at Questions About Scoring Overshadow Women's Figure Skating It wouldn't be a Winter Olympics without a figure skating scandal, and the Sochi Olympics hasn't disappointed.<p>When defending gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea took to the ice in the women's long program Thursday night, there was much anticipation. The audience had already seen 23 great performances, and Kim was the last to skate.<p>She landed six triple jumps in what looked to be a flawless program, one she'd skated many times before. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49690 at Questions About Scoring Overshadow Women's Figure Skating Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We turn our attention now to the Iceberg Arena in Sochi, Russia. That's where the women's figure skating competition wrapped up for the Winter Olympic Games. And it was a big night for Russia. 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova won gold. In a come-from-behind victory, she beat out defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who placed second. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. And NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the finals and joins us from Sochi. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49627 at Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49583 at Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future Sochi's Humidity Keeps Olympic Ice Makers Working Overtime In Sochi, balmy weather has bedeviled some snowboarders and skiers. The snow is sometimes, well, <a href="">slush</a>. But inside the Winter Olympics' arenas, the ice is universally praised, though it's taking some work to keep things cool.<p>It's not the heat, it's the humidity that's leading ice makers to work overtime at the games.<p>That's paid off, because athletes in Sochi have been gushing about the ice.<p>"I think all the athletes are in love with the ice," 19-year-old U.S. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49526 at Sochi's Humidity Keeps Olympic Ice Makers Working Overtime U.S. Speedskating Falters On Ice — Are Their Suits To Blame? The U.S. speedskating team came into these games with a great record and what many thought was a real chance to load up on medals. As the skaters approach their final events, the program seems in disarray, in part due to controversy over a highly touted Under Armour suit. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49450 at U.S. Struggles To Find Skating Groove In Sochi Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>It was another disappointing finish in speed skating for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. American phenom Shani Davis came in 11th place in the 1500 meter, a race for which he's won two silver medals. The focus is now shifted from the American skaters' performance to their suits.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Sochi.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ready.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: The difference between first and second in this 1500-meter race is only three 1,000ths of a second. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49379 at Men's Olympic Figure Skating Moves To Free Program Some unfortunate falls have changed the outlook for men's figure skating. Japan and Canada are in the lead. And, Russian star Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from the competition because of a back problem. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49294 at In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49283 at In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class American Speedskaters Leave Ice Disappointed U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49211 at Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 49072 at Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing