NPR News

Pages

3:44pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

Grieving But Grateful, Ebola Survivors In Liberia Give Back

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 11:08 am

Bendu Borlay, 21 and an Ebola survivor, is caring for an infant whose mother died of the disease.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Harrison Sakilla, a 39-year-old former teacher, can't stop smiling.

"I have to smile," he says. "I'm the first survivor for the case management center here from Ebola."

Former patients like Sakilla, who've recovered from the virus, lift the collective spirit at at the Doctors Without Borders Ebola center in Liberia's northern town of Foya. He was admitted to the high-risk isolation unit, which is part of a cluster of large tents that make up the bulk of the center.

Read more

3:33pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Research Institutions Will Have To Identify 'Dual-Use' Pathogens

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 4:53 pm

Biohazard suits used to handle dangerous microbes hang in a laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Any research institution that receives federal funding will soon have to screen certain kinds of scientific experiments to see if the work could potentially be misused to endanger the public.

The new policy will take effect next year, and it's the latest effort by the U. S. government to come to grips with so called "dual-use" biological research—legitimate medical or public health studies that could reveal how to make already-worrisome germs or toxins even more destructive.

Read more

3:05pm

Wed September 24, 2014
The Salt

The Gefilte Fish Line: A Sweet And Salty History Of Jewish Identity

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:41 pm

Sweet or salty? Historically among Eastern European Jews, how they liked their gefilte fish depended on where they lived. This divide created a strictly Jewish geography known as "the gefilte fish line."
Claire Eggers NPR

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a day when everything tastes like dessert. In symbolic hope of a sweet year to come, the table is positively sticky — honey marinades, honey cakes, raisin-studded challah bread. And, depending on where your family is from, sweet gefilte fish.

Gefilte fish, those oft-reviled patties packed in jelled broth, can be a hard sell even in the standard savory form. And with a big dose of sugar stirred in? It can be hard to swallow. But for Jews with roots in Poland, gefilte fish was always sweet. Always.

Read more

2:48pm

Wed September 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Find An Unwanted Feature: It Bends

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 4:35 pm

A test on YouTube shows how the new iPhone 6 Plus can be bent.
YouTube

The consumer technology industry generally follows a few rules when it comes to developing new products: faster, thinner and (often) bigger. But the push toward increasingly svelte devices has a clear end point: No device can become thinner forever before running into the obvious challenges posed by physics and daily use.

Read more

1:46pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Parallels

The U.S. Bombing Campaign: Is It War Or Counterterrorism?

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:55 pm

This still image was made from video released by the U.S. military on Tuesday that shows a building hit by a U.S. airstrike in Tall Al Qitar, Syria. The U.S. is describing the bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq as a counterterrorism operation and not a war.
U.S. Central Command AP

President Obama says the goal is to roundly defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because the threat is too serious to ignore. But he'd prefer you not call it a war.

In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, the president said, "I have ordered implementation of a new comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy to degrade, and ultimately defeat, ISIL," as the extremist group is also known.

In this letter, and in keeping with recent speeches, the president makes no mention of war other than saying he is keeping Congress informed in line with the War Powers Act.

Read more

1:38pm

Wed September 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Hollande: French Hostage 'Assassinated' By Algerian Extremists

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:28 pm

This still image from video published on the Internet on Wednesday by a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, shows members of the group standing behind French mountaineer Herve Gourdel just before beheading him.
AP

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

French President Francois Hollande announced the "assassination" of a hostage seized over the weekend in Algeria by a group said to be affiliated with the self-described Islamic State. The remarks by Hollande, speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, confirm the apparent beheading of French mountain guide Herve Gourdel that is shown in a video that surfaced earlier today.

Read more

1:31pm

Wed September 24, 2014
World

Obama Challenges U.N. To Confront World's Conflicts

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more

1:01pm

Wed September 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Vatican Arrests Defrocked Archbishop On Sex Charges

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:49 pm

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers Mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. He has been accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic.
Reuters/Landov

In an extraordinary and unprecedented move, the Vatican has placed a former archbishop under house arrest after he was accused of paying for sex with children while serving as the papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Jozef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop, was recalled to Rome in August 2013 from his post as the Holy See's chief diplomat in Santo Domingo. In June of this year, he was defrocked by a Vatican tribunal.

Read more

12:46pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except For Wine

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:02 am

Either we smoke or we drink or we break up.
iStockphoto

For those who count Don Draper among their TV loves (or love-to-hates), it comes as no surprise that drinking and smoking go hand in hand. Public health researchers have long known that smokers tend to drink, drinkers tend to smoke, and heavy smokers (see: nearly anyone on Mad Men) tend to drink even more heavily.

Read more

12:14pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

He Fixed South Africa's AIDS Policy, Now He's Out To Fight Salt

South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has no patience for people who abuse their health and expect the government to fix things.
Alexander Joe AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi had arrived in the U.S. for a two-week visit. "I'm here to meet influential people," he says energetically despite having just gotten off a transatlantic flight.

Read more

11:57am

Wed September 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover'

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:02 am

When Richard Larson co-wrote a scientific paper about the perils of up-and-down funding for the National Institutes of Health, he noted that the research cycled between states of "euphoria," and a "hangover" far greater than you'd expect.

Read more

11:29am

Wed September 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama At U.N.: World Risks Being Caught In 'Undertow Of Instability'

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:54 am

President Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

President Obama told a gathering of the U.N. General Assembly today that the world is living in "pervasive unease" from such crises as terrorism, expansionism and the Ebola epidemic. He challenged the world body to fix the international system or risk being "pulled back by an undertow of instability."

"We come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and integration, between fear and hope," the president told member nations at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Read more

10:20am

Wed September 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Hearing That Things Can Change Helps Teens Dodge Depression

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:02 am

Depression is common in teenagers, with 11 percent being diagnosed by age 18, and many more having depressive symptoms. Social and academic stress can trigger depression, and rates of depression tend to peak in adolescence around the age of 16.

It doesn't help that stressed-out teens often fall into hopelessness, says David Yeager, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. "When kids have hard things happen to them, they think it'll be like that way into the future."

Read more

9:30am

Wed September 24, 2014
The Salt

Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:35 am

The French enjoy horse meat — here's a horse meat butcher in Paris. But even the French were angry that they had been paying beef prices for it last year.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Last year, the great European horse meat scandal alerted consumers around the world to food fraud.

Read more

9:18am

Wed September 24, 2014
NPR Ed

Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots And Remote Control

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 2:53 pm

I and Robot ... a primal encounter at World Maker Faire.
LA Johnson/NPR

Huan Zhang is captain of the all-girl robotics team at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. She and her teammate Vanessa Lin are firing up their robot for me. It looks a little bit like a milk crate on the go.

"It's going to take a couple minutes to set it up," Lin says. While we're waiting, Zhang tells me their rookie team made it to regional competition in Pennsylvania with this very robot, which, on cue, starts rolling around picking up plastic blocks with metal arms.

Read more

8:57am

Wed September 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Success! India's First Mars Probe Is In Orbit And Working

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 12:30 pm

Scientists and officials of Indian Space Research Organization pose for photos as they celebrate the success of Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) on Wednesday.
Indian Press Information Bureau Xinhua/Landov

India has managed to do what few other nations have accomplished: putting a satellite into orbit around another planet — and it did so a lot cheaper than the competition.

The $70 million Mangalyaan, or "Mars craft" in Hindi, began circling Mars after a 24-minute engine burn to slow it down enough to be captured by the Red Planet's gravity.

Scientists at mission control in Bangalore cheered the success, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that his nation had "gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation.

Read more

8:01am

Wed September 24, 2014
Europe

Rural English Family Uses Doorbell To Find Lost Dog

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more

7:52am

Wed September 24, 2014
The Two-Way

New Airstrikes Target The Islamic State's Oil And Gas Resources

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:29 pm

Thousands of Syrians enter Turkey at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc on Tuesday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has warned of a growing refugee crisis.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Update at 6:50 p.m. ET

U.S. officials have confirmed that a new round of airstrikes in Syria is ongoing, NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman told All Things Considered.

"We know some of the targets are oil assets, oil wells being controlled by the Islamic State. There's not a lot of detail at this time ... but it's likely around the Raqqah area, which is sort of [the Islamic State's] de facto headquarters.

Read more

7:33am

Wed September 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Uber Criticized For Surge Pricing

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more

5:05am

Wed September 24, 2014
Religion

Vatican Arrests Former Archbishop On Child Abuse Charges

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more

5:05am

Wed September 24, 2014
NPR Story

Authorities Search For Ambush Suspect In Pocono Mountains

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 1:03 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more

5:05am

Wed September 24, 2014
NPR Story

Obama Requests All Nations Participate In Climate Treaty

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Heads of state from over 100 countries are in New York City this week discussing ways to slow climate change. NPR's Christopher Joyce reports it's a dry run for a scheduled effort to draft a new treaty.

Read more

5:05am

Wed September 24, 2014
NPR Story

Can Climate Legislation Pass In Washington's Political Environment?

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We're going to find out now more about the Obama administration's climate plans from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Secretary Moniz, welcome to the program.

U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY ERNEST MONIZ: Thank you very much, Audie.

Read more

5:05am

Wed September 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

In This Year Of Ebola, A Montana YMCA Is Its Brother's Keeper

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Chris Siegler (center) in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 2011. Siegler has forged a relationship between the YMCA in Missoula, Mont., and the one in Freetown.
Courtesy of Kirk Siegler

It started with the obvious question: "How can we help?"

That's what Chris Siegler wanted to know when Ebola struck Sierra Leone. And the answer to that question shows that it's not only big international groups that can assist Ebola-ravaged countries.

Read more

4:00am

Wed September 24, 2014
Religion

A Place To Reflect During Jewish Holy Days — That's Not A Temple

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

A woman reads a prayer book during Rosh Hashanah last year.
Bruce Ackerman Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Judaism, like most religions, operates in the moral and ethical choices that happen every single day, but there are also times set aside for really digging deep, like the Days of Awe, a 10-day period that begins at sunset Wednesday. Sunset also marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

"It's a kind of spiritual taking of stock, both regarding what we've done in the past and how we're going to proceed in the future," says Lawrence Schiffman, who teaches Judaic studies at New York University.

Read more

7:02pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:55 pm

A World Health Organization worker trains nurses how to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Michael Duff AP

Two of the world's top health organizations released predictions Tuesday warning how bad the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could get.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that the epidemic is speeding up. But the CDC's worst-case scenario is a jaw-dropper: If interventions don't start working soon, as many as 1.4 million people could be infected by Jan. 20, the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Read more

6:09pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:33 pm

David Combs, an insurance broker in Kentucky, wound up benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, even though early on he had figured the law would put brokers out of business.
Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News

David Combs has been a health insurance broker in London, Ky., for more than 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he read it, from cover to cover. Then he sold his agency.

The mainstay of his business had been selling insurance coverage to small companies, and, the way he saw it, here was the government, stepping in and offering to sell it online instead. Combs and many others thought brokers would go the way of travel agents, no longer needed in a do-it-yourself online marketplace.

Read more

5:38pm

Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Crime Falls As U.S. Locks Up Fewer People, Attorney General Holder Says

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:20 pm

In the past year, the U.S. prison population fell by roughly 4,800, the first time in decades the number has gone down, according to the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the findings in New York on Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

The U.S. is seeing "historic" progress in reducing both its crime and its incarceration rates, Attorney General Eric Holder said, with the federal prison population falling by some 4,800 inmates in the past year — "the first decrease we've seen in many ‎decades."

Read more

5:03pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:01 pm

Nobel Peace Prize winner and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is a champion of big ideas and small loans.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Muhammad Yunus, the founding father of "microcredit" and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is in New York City this week to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings.

Read more

4:59pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Sports

Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 12:44 pm

Anheuser-Busch's 2014 Super Bowl commercial was titled "Puppy Love." The company is one of several big sponsors that have expressed concern with the NFL.
AP

NFL sponsors are not just advertisers; they're a select group of companies that together pay more than $1 billion a year to wrap their own brands in the NFL's aura.

Read more

Pages