Election 2012 http://wkar.org en How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery http://wkar.org/post/how-protecting-wildlife-helps-stop-child-labor-and-slavery When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.<p>But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 57338 at http://wkar.org How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting http://wkar.org/post/team-investigating-downing-mh17-turns-back-due-heavy-fighting For a second day in a row, Dutch and Australian experts were unable to reach the debris field left by downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/28/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/">CNN reports</a> that as the team tried to make their way to the area, they heard explosions and were told there was heavy fighting, so they turned back. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 57337 at http://wkar.org Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt http://wkar.org/post/ice-cream-sandwich-wouldnt-melt <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Ice+Cream+Sandwich+That+Wouldn%27t+Melt&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 57336 at http://wkar.org Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis http://wkar.org/post/lawmakers-reach-deal-intended-fix-va-system-crisis Lawmakers in Washington have reached a deal to overhaul the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, multiple news organizations are reporting.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/27/house-senate-negotiators-reach-deal-on-veterans-bill/"><em>The Washington Post</em> reports</a> the deal struck by the chiefs of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees would "provide funding to hire more doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals." <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/us/politics/department-of-veterans-affairs-health-system-fix-is-nego Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 57335 at http://wkar.org Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today http://wkar.org/post/conflict-gaza-heres-what-you-need-know-today In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/28/un-demands-gaza-cease-fire/13257629/">As <em>USA Today</em> reports</a>, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas to "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."<p>Despite that call, fighting continued. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:58:00 +0000 editor 57334 at http://wkar.org Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days http://wkar.org/post/calif-gets-lesson-succession-4-governors-4-days <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Calif.+Gets+A+Lesson+In+Succession%3A+4+Governors+In+4+Days&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 57333 at http://wkar.org Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo http://wkar.org/post/colorado-rockies-hand-out-free-jerseys-typo <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Colorado+Rockies+Hand+Out+Free+Jerseys+%E2%80%94+With+A+Typo&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxMTMyMDY2MDEyNDUxNzAyNjlmODI5NQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 57332 at http://wkar.org U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration http://wkar.org/post/business-news-171 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.K.+Launches++Licensing+For+Onshore+Oil+And+Gas+Exploration&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 editor 57331 at http://wkar.org Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default http://wkar.org/post/locked-us-hedge-fund-battle-argentina-faces-default <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Locked+In+U.S.+Hedge+Fund+Battle%2C+Argentina+Faces+Default&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 57330 at http://wkar.org More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed http://wkar.org/post/more-half-spaniards-their-20s-are-unemployed <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=More+Than+Half+Of+Spaniards+In+Their+20s+Are+Unemployed&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MDY4MDEyMTY4NDA3MzI3YjkzMw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 editor 57329 at http://wkar.org Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza http://wkar.org/post/israelis-broadly-support-militarys-operation-gaza <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Israelis+Broadly+Support+Military%27s+Operation+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 57328 at http://wkar.org Depends Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwearness' http://wkar.org/post/last-word <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Depends+Promotes+Pants-Dropping+For+%27Underwearness%27+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjIzNjkwMDEzMTcwNjcxNzNmYmMzMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 57327 at http://wkar.org The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://wkar.org/post/week-politics-progress-upgrading-va-health-system <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Week+In+Politics%3A+Progress+On+Upgrading+VA+Health+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMDkzMjQzMDEzNDc2MjU4NDA0M2ExOA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 57326 at http://wkar.org Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions http://wkar.org/post/ukraine-update <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Fighting+In+Ukraine+Continues%3B+Russia+Dismisses+Threat+Of+Sanctions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 57325 at http://wkar.org New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care http://wkar.org/post/new-york-debates-whether-housing-counts-health-care Standing outside her sixth-floor apartment in the Bronx, Lissette Encarnacion says she sometimes forgets the place belongs to her.<p>"I'm thinking I'm at somebody else's [house]," she says. "I'm ringing my own doorbell."<p>Encarnacion used to have a career in banking, and lived in a real home with her son and husband. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 57324 at http://wkar.org New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health http://wkar.org/post/why-we-think-ignorance-bliss-even-when-it-hurts-our-health Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.<p>But of course, humans don't always behave rationally. Sometimes people will go to great lengths to avoid hearing bad news. Social scientists call this sort of behavior information aversion, or the ostrich effect (based on the old myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they're scared). Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 57323 at http://wkar.org Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival http://wkar.org/post/shifts-habitat-may-threaten-ruddy-shorebirds-survival An intrepid bird called the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northeast/redknot/">red knot</a> migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 57322 at http://wkar.org Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer http://wkar.org/post/people-who-feel-they-have-purpose-life-live-longer We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 57321 at http://wkar.org People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://wkar.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest Arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful, it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 57320 at http://wkar.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://wkar.org/post/lessons-manhood-boys-school-turns-work-wonders This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been taking a look at the changing lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">men in America</a>. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.<p>In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 57319 at http://wkar.org Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://wkar.org/post/love-and-drowning-us-virgin-islands In the new novel <em>Land of Love and Drowning</em>, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.<p>The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.<p>It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.<p>Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 57318 at http://wkar.org 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding http://wkar.org/post/handmade-signs-homeless-people-lead-art-understanding Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.<p>He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called <a href="http://weareallhomeless.blogspot.com/">We Are All Homeless</a>. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57317 at http://wkar.org Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza http://wkar.org/post/eve-ramadans-end-fighting-resumes-gaza <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=On+The+Eve+Of+Ramadan%27s+End%2C+Fighting+Resumes+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5MjM1MDEyODE2MzMyMTZmZDQwMg001)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 57316 at http://wkar.org What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others? http://wkar.org/post/what-makes-fight-gaza-different-others <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Makes+This+Fight+In+Gaza+Different+From+The+Others%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 57315 at http://wkar.org Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand http://wkar.org/post/violence-spikes-anew-iraq-islamic-state-looks-expand <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Violence+Spikes+Anew+In+Iraq%2C+As+Islamic+State+Looks+To+Expand&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 57314 at http://wkar.org With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier http://wkar.org/post/judges-overriding-death-penalty-cases-alabama-outlier When Courtney Lockhart was tried for murder in Alabama, the jury unanimously recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode that recommendation and sentenced Lockhart to death instead. Now the convicted murderer is asking the state Supreme Court to examine Alabama's unique process of judicial override.<p>Alabama is an outlier. It's the only state in which judges routinely override jury decisions <em>not</em> to impose the death penalty.<p>Lockhart's journey through the Alabama judicial system began in 2008, after he carjacked and murdered Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza 57313 at http://wkar.org With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France http://wkar.org/post/vincenzo-nibali-first-italian-15-years-win-tour-de-france Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year's Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris' Champs-Elysees.<p>As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.<p>On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner's podium.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/sports/cycling/italys-vincenzo- Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57312 at http://wkar.org Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine http://wkar.org/post/us-satellite-images-show-russian-rockets-hitting-ukraine <em><strong>Update at 4:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57311 at http://wkar.org U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public http://wkar.org/post/judges-overturns-dc-ban-handguns-public A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.<p>In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57310 at http://wkar.org Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://wkar.org/post/smartsongs-refrains-brain-retains Now that <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/483281985024962560" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="http://www.weirdal.com/" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 57309 at http://wkar.org