7:00am

Sun July 15, 2012
Europe

Public Crisis Makes Athens A Tough Draw For Tourists

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 11:21 am

Graffiti coats a statue near the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The street is often filled with drug users at night.
Joanna Kakissis NPR

The Greek capital of Athens has suffered from an image problem since the debt crisis began more than two years ago. Media reports often show masked gangs throwing petrol bombs at Parliament or riot police dousing demonstrators with tear gas.

Many tourists are staying away as a result. Tourist arrivals to the city are down by between 20 and 40 percent, industry representatives say.

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6:10am

Sun July 15, 2012
Health Care

Eyes On Election, Governors Hedge On Health Care

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 11:11 am

As governors from around the country meet this weekend in Williamsburg, Va., health care is near the top of their agenda. Specifically, what to do about the federal health law, now that the Supreme Court has given states new options.

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2:26am

Sun July 15, 2012
Presidential Race

Green Party Pick Gives Democrats Brunt Of Criticism

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 11:11 am

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers her acceptance speech at the party's convention in Baltimore on Saturday.
Laura-Chase McGehee AP

The Green Party nominated a Massachusetts physician and a formerly homeless single mother as their presidential and vice-presidential candidates for 2012 on Saturday. They say they are in it to win it, and — at the very least — to expand the electoral conversation to include people they say aren't represented by either Democrats or Republicans.

Amid waving green and white campaign signs in a conference room at a Baltimore Holiday Inn, the room erupted in cheers as Dr. Jill Stein won the delegate count.

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12:37am

Sun July 15, 2012
Europe

Running With The Bulls, But The Fear Is Financial

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 5:07 pm

Summertime is Spain's festival season. Villages across the country will honor their patron saints with more wild parties. But come September, a hangover just might be waiting.
Jasper Juinen Getty Images

As a journalist, I came to Pamplona to see if Spain's dismal economy would dampen the spirit of the country's biggest summertime festival, the running of the bulls. Spaniards take their partying very seriously, and if there were even a hint of melancholy in their chants of "Viva San Fermin!" it might mean the economy devils had won.

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5:52pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Economy

A Tale Of Two Cities: Too Many Jobs, Or Not Enough

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 6:12 pm

Agriculture is a key job sector in Yuma, Ariz., where the seasonal workforce and migrant labor tend to boost the unemployment rate.
Jacob Lopez AP

Maria Arvizu continues to fill out job applications even though she has yet to deposit her last paycheck.

Arvizu, 53, relocated to Yuma, Ariz., to become a bus driver for the local school district last year. After school closed for summer break, she was caught off guard when she was laid off. She had expected to get another driving assignment and was denied collecting unemployment because she was still considered a school employee.

"I just keep looking for a job," Arvizu says.

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5:20pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Energy

Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 8:21 pm

Equipment for transporting and housing coal sits idle in Cowen, W.Va. Since the natural gas boom, several mines in Webster County have either slowed or shut down operation, laying off hundreds of workers.
Guy Raz NPR

At some point today, you will probably flip on a light switch. That simple action connects you to the oldest and most plentiful source of American electricity: coal.

Since the early 1880s — when Edison and Tesla pioneered the distribution of electrical power into our homes — most of that power has come from the process of burning coal.

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5:12pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Pennsylvania Cuts Medicaid Coverage For Dental Care

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 7:41 am

Marcia Esters hopes charity will pay for dental work that Medicaid used to cover.
Erika Beras

Marcia Esters needs crowns fused to six of her bottom teeth and new dentures. But because of changes made to Medicaid in Pennsylvania, she now has to pay for it all herself.

"It's thousands of dollars' worth of work that I cannot afford," she says.

Esters also uses a wheelchair. Because she couldn't get get her teeth fixed, she has spent the last few months eating pureed food and avoiding people.

"I don't go anywhere unless I have to," she says. "If you could look or feel halfway decent, it just helps, it really does."

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4:31pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Author Interviews

'Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 4:04 am

Garbage litters the banks of India's holy Yamuna River on World Water Day 2010. For decades, the Yamuna has been dying a slow death from pollution. According to Blackwell, even its most ardent defenders refer to it as a "sewage drain."
Manan Vatsyayana AFP/Getty Images

In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found some beauty. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China.

Blackwell says his ode to polluted locales is a bid for re-engagement with places people have shrunk away from in disgust.

Radioactive To Its Core

His first stop was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl.

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2:18pm

Sat July 14, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Enters Syrian Town To Investigate Assault

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 3:39 pm

United Nations observers have entered the Syrian town of Tremseh to investigate an attack reported to be the bloodiest so far since the uprising against President Bashar Assad.

The details of the incident are unclear, as The Associated Press reports:

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1:16pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Mira Sorvino Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 9:08 am

Marlon Brando starred in the 1955 film, On the Waterfront.
AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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