Yuki Noguchi http://kazu.org en Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad http://kazu.org/post/paintballing-boss-office-team-building-exercises-gone-bad Who can forget that game of Twister played in a skirt? Or the failed "trust fall" where the boss ends up on the ground?<p>Office team-building exercises often create lasting memories — just not necessarily ones you want to remember.<p>Several years ago Ben Johnson worked at a health foods store in Iowa. He remembers store management stringing up a donkey piñata to pump up the workers.<p>"Pinned to its chest was a name tag for a rival store," Johnson says. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44510 at http://kazu.org Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire http://kazu.org/post/targeting-overweight-workers-wellness-programs-can-backfire <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/26/205766456/hating-on-fat-people-just-makes-them-fatter"></a>Employers say obesity is a top health concern for their workers. But health is a sensitive and personal issue. Some employees say these wellness initiatives can go too far.<p>For several years, <a href="http://www.ryan.com/Home">Ryan Tax Services </a>in Dallas has offered a wellness program to its 2,000-person staff. The program includes health fairs, free screenings, cooking demos and health club memberships. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44272 at http://kazu.org Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises A Question: How To Define 'Closely Held'? http://kazu.org/post/hobby-lobby-ruling-raises-question-how-define-closely-held Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that closely held companies may, for religious reasons, opt out of paying for their workers' contraception. Closely held is the key phrase, here. And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, it's a phrase that is now being closely examined.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Soon after the court handed down the Hobby Lobby decision, opponents argued it was far-reaching. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44258 at http://kazu.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://kazu.org/post/sea-levels-rise-norfolk-sinking-and-planning From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.<p>But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."<p>The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 43907 at http://kazu.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning Sprint Might Finally Get Its Way With Possible T-Mobile Deal http://kazu.org/post/sprint-might-finally-get-its-way-possible-t-mobile-deal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Sprint has made no secret of its designs on its smaller rival, T-Mobile. And today, there were multiple reports of a tentative deal valued at around $32 billion. Sprint chairman, Masayoshi Son, has said a deal would make it possible for Sprint to offer more competition in high-speed Internet. But as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, there are still plenty of obstacles to the proposed takeover.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Since before Son's company, Softbank, took a majority stake in Sprint, he's made no bones about how he wants to go big in the U.S. market. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 43111 at http://kazu.org