WNPR News http://wnpr.org en Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-elizabeth-esty <p>The 2012 race for Connecticut’s 5th&nbsp;Congressional&nbsp;District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth Esty.</p><p>She’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin’ Fifth” and she’ll join us for our Where We Vote series.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25904 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://wnpr.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 25995 at http://wnpr.org Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://wnpr.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 25994 at http://wnpr.org 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding http://wnpr.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 25993 at http://wnpr.org Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza http://wnpr.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 25992 at http://wnpr.org What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others? http://wnpr.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 25991 at http://wnpr.org Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand http://wnpr.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 25990 at http://wnpr.org With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier http://wnpr.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 25989 at http://wnpr.org With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France http://wnpr.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 25988 at http://wnpr.org Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine http://wnpr.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 25987 at http://wnpr.org U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public http://wnpr.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 25986 at http://wnpr.org Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://wnpr.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 25985 at http://wnpr.org How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://wnpr.org/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 25984 at http://wnpr.org Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern http://wnpr.org/post/birth-100-millionth-person-philippines-greeted-joy-concern The Philippines on Sunday welcomed its 100-millionth citizen — a baby girl named Chonalyn who was born at a hospital in the capital, Manila.<p>Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population, announced the official milestone after the birth at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25983 at http://wnpr.org Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents http://wnpr.org/post/one-woman-817-children-caring-kids-undocumented-parents The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.<p>If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.<p>Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of 817 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the children they leave behind. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 25982 at http://wnpr.org One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy http://wnpr.org/post/libyan-conflict-rages-after-us-shuts-embassy <em><strong>Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Clashes between renegade Libyan army troops and Islamist-led militias have killed at least 38 people, including civilians, in and around the eastern city of Benghazi. The fighting comes a day after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/26/335542894/u-s-embassy-compound-in-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting">U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25980 at http://wnpr.org Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy Cooperstown Welcomes La Russa, Rest Of 2014 Hall Of Famers http://wnpr.org/post/cooperstown-welcomes-la-russa-rest-2014-hall-famers <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=Cooperstown+Welcomes+La+Russa%2C+Rest+Of+2014+Hall+Of+Famers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 25981 at http://wnpr.org Vollmann's Ghost Stories Disappoint Instead Of Scare http://wnpr.org/post/vollmanns-ghost-stories-disappoint-instead-scare <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=Vollmann%27s+Ghost+Stories+Disappoint+Instead+Of+Scare&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 25979 at http://wnpr.org At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses http://wnpr.org/post/some-venues-ipads-take-place-opera-glasses <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=At+Some+Venues%2C+iPads+Take+The+Place+Of+Opera+Glasses&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 25978 at http://wnpr.org Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath http://wnpr.org/post/latin-funk-band-goes-metal-covers-black-sabbath <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=Latin-Funk+Band+Goes+Metal%2C+Covers+Black+Sabbath&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzg0MDExMDEyMTYyMjc1MDE3NGVmMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 25977 at http://wnpr.org News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign http://wnpr.org/post/celebrity-news-anchor-swept-chinas-anti-corruption-effort Chinese often complain that corruption is endemic in every sector of their society. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 25976 at http://wnpr.org News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill http://wnpr.org/post/time-running-short-congress-agree-border-bill Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.<p>The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 David Welna 25975 at http://wnpr.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators http://wnpr.org/post/fighting-near-mh17-crash-site-ukraine-thwarts-investigators <em><strong>Updated at 1:00 p.m. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25974 at http://wnpr.org Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://wnpr.org/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 25973 at http://wnpr.org Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe http://wnpr.org/post/youll-be-maaaaaaaad-about-goat-if-you-follow-chefs-recipe As the host of the Goats and Soda blog, I wanted to learn a little bit more about goats.<p>At the top of my list: How do you cook goat meat?<p>That's the question I put to Kevin Onyona, who cooks goat at the <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/swahili-village-beltsville">Swahili Village</a> restaurant in Beltsville, Md. The Kenyan-born chef was also in charge of preparing the goat stew served up at the <a href="http://www.festival.si.edu/">Smithsonian Folklife Festival</a> earlier this summer, as part of the Kenya exhibits.<p>"Goat, it is easy to mess up," he told me. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Marc Silver 25972 at http://wnpr.org You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive As Hamas Offers New Cease-Fire http://wnpr.org/post/israel-resumes-offensive-says-hamas-rocket-fire-ended-truce <em><strong>Update at 10:05 p.m. ET:</strong></em><p>The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in Gaza, reports the Associated Press.<p>A meeting is scheduled at midnight to adopt it. The AP has more:<p><blockquote><p>The presidential statement, obtained by The Associated Press, says the humanitarian cease-fire would allow for the delivery of urgently needed assistance. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:08:00 +0000 editor 25971 at http://wnpr.org Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive As Hamas Offers New Cease-Fire The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight http://wnpr.org/post/reasons-why-israels-military-such-tough-fight Ever since its sweeping victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel has been regarded as the dominant military power in the Middle East. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:04:06 +0000 Greg Myre 25970 at http://wnpr.org The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business http://wnpr.org/post/dueling-markets-show-native-american-art-big-business The 93rd annual <a href="http://www.swaia.org/">Santa Fe Indian Market</a> is only a month away. It's the biggest and best-known destination for Native artists and Native art collectors on the planet, and this year, it's got competition — a new event called the Indigenous Fine Arts Market.<p>Native American art and culture is big business. If you don't believe that, look no further than the controversial or illegal sides of the market. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:03:31 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25969 at http://wnpr.org Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? http://wnpr.org/post/when-cities-become-science-where-does-art-fit The race has started. It's going to be run fast and hard and it won't be over for a while. It's a race whose winner doesn't matter as long as someone, somewhere makes it to the finish line.<p>The race I'm talking about is the push to create a new science of cities that is as quantitative and predictive as possible. It will be a science that tells us how cities grow and why they fail. It will allow us to see the factors that make some neighborhoods healthy while others leave their inhabitants stuck in poverty. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:03:25 +0000 Adam Frank 25968 at http://wnpr.org When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula http://wnpr.org/post/hoping-reach-wider-audience-lifetime-breaks-out-familiar-formula TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows — stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance — starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup with the premiere of a new "docu-series" called <em>BAPs. </em>BAPs stands for Black American Prince or Princess. The reality show follows a group of young, wealthy African Americans in St. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:48:00 +0000 editor 25967 at http://wnpr.org Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula