Vicki Barker http://ketr.org en Olympic Flame Flies To United Kingdom http://ketr.org/post/olympic-flame-flies-united-kingdom Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Olympic torch has arrived in Britain, ahead of this summer's Games in London. The torch, lit at the original location of the Games at the ancient Greek site of Olympia one week ago, flew in from Athens yesterday. Just a few hours ago, the historic flame began its tour of the UK. Vicki Barker reports from London.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS)<p>VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: With helicopters circling overhead, the torch began its 70-day journey under early morning sunshine at Land's End, a rocky promontory jutting into the North Atlantic. Sat, 19 May 2012 12:16:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 21334 at http://ketr.org Cowell Relents, Cooperates With Unauthorized Book http://ketr.org/post/cowell-relents-cooperates-unauthorized-book A controversial biography of TV and music impresario Simon Cowell came out on both sides of the Atlantic this week. Cowell showed up at the London launch of the unauthorized biography entitled, Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:38:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 20215 at http://ketr.org Double-Dip Recession Catches Britain Off Guard http://ketr.org/post/british-economy-heads-back-recession Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Britain is a nation in shock, following yesterday's announcement that its economy has slipped back into recession. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:45:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 20148 at http://ketr.org Can't Join The Club: London Marathon 'Ever-Presents' http://ketr.org/post/cant-join-club-london-marathon-ever-presents Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Today marks the 32nd annual London Marathon. Summer Olympic hopeful, Wilson Kipsang, won the men's race, while fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany won the women's for a second consecutive year. Others, well, Vicki Barker met the event's most seasoned veterans: the so-called Ever-Presents, who've run in all 31 previous marathons. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 19942 at http://ketr.org Cambridge, Oxford And A Race For Water Supremacy http://ketr.org/post/cambridge-oxford-and-race-water-supremacy Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>The annual Oxford-Cambridge University boat race took place in London yesterday. And reporter Vicki Barker was one of those throwing a party along the race route. For boat race party-throwers and the oarsmen themselves, the day unfolds with military precision - or at least it's supposed to. Vicki Barker has more.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: The man duck saw that something needed to be done...<p>VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: Kitchen, 11 A.M.: boat race minus three hours and fifteen minutes. Preparations begin. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 19272 at http://ketr.org U.K. Considering Long-Term Bonds http://ketr.org/post/uk-considering-long-term-bonds Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, one way governments raise money is by issuing bonds: you or your pension fund lend them the money, and they then pay a set amount of interest for a set amount of time, say 10 or 20 years. Well, Britain's finance minister, George Osborne, is reportedly ready to announce that the UK plans to issue a bond that only your great-grandchildren will be able to cash in. It matures in a hundred years.<p>Vicki Barker has this report from London.<p>VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: George Osborne keeps saying it: austerity is king. Debt reduction is his number one priority. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 18277 at http://ketr.org Anglicans To Get New Spiritual Head http://ketr.org/post/anglicans-get-new-spiritual-head The resignation of the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, comes at a time of tension within the Anglican Church over issues related to homosexuality as well as women bishops. Vicki Barker has reaction to the news. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 18193 at http://ketr.org Neighs Have It: Horse Tale Ensnares British Leader http://ketr.org/post/neighs-have-it-horse-tale-ensnares-british-leader In Britain, there's a long waiting list of British animal lovers hoping to take in aging police horses. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:06:00 +0000 Vicki Barker 17547 at http://ketr.org Neighs Have It: Horse Tale Ensnares British Leader