WNPR News http://wnpr.org en Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing http://wnpr.org/post/unknown-authors-make-living-self-publishing Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.<p>"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self published authors walk into the room and they say, 'I made a quarter of a million dollars last year, or a hundred thousand dollars, or made ten thousand dollars, and it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts.'"<p>Weinberg says there is still a strong financial case to be made for publishing books the old fashioned way, but there are now many w Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:11 +0000 Steve Henn 25890 at http://wnpr.org Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing Israel-Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday http://wnpr.org/post/israel-gaza-conflict-what-know-friday As the conflict between Israel and Gaza approaches the three-week mark, the fighting seems to have only intensified. At least 119 Palestinians <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/24/334857126/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-to-know">were killed Thursday</a>, making it the bloodiest day of the war.<p>Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo pushing for a temporary cease-fire.<p>While the war is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:04 +0000 Steve Mullis 25889 at http://wnpr.org Israel-Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck http://wnpr.org/post/france-dispatches-military-unit-site-air-algerie-wreck A day after an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/24/334854401/reports-authorities-lose-contact-with-air-algerie-aircraft">Air Algerie jet crashed</a> in Mali killing all 116 people aboard, France is dispatching a military unit to the site.<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/france-sends-troops-guard-air-algerie-wreckage/story?id=24707345">ABC News reports </a>that on Friday morning French President François Hollande said one of the flight data recorders had been recovered. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:33 +0000 Eyder Peralta 25891 at http://wnpr.org France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors http://wnpr.org/post/giant-toad-resembling-former-president-attracts-chinas-censors <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=Giant+Toad+Resembling+Former+President+Attracts+China%27s+Censors&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTk3MDc5MDEzMTM2MjU1NzMyZGE4NA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 25886 at http://wnpr.org Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic http://wnpr.org/post/death-penalty-expert-why-lethal-injection-so-problematic <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=Death+Penalty+Expert+On+Why+Lethal+Injection+Is+So+Problematic&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:42:00 +0000 editor 25887 at http://wnpr.org Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline http://wnpr.org/post/oregon-proposes-ban-smoking-along-its-coastline <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=Oregon+Proposes+Ban+On+Smoking+Along+Its+Coastline&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:40:00 +0000 editor 25888 at http://wnpr.org The Nose is Blushing 50 Shades of Pink http://wnpr.org/post/nose-blushing-50-shades-pink <p></p><p>There's a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfZWFDs0LxA" target="_blank"><em>50 Shades of Grey</em> trailer out</a>. Do you know what that means?! That means they made a movie out of <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>! Our weekly culture panel, The Nose, may or may not whip itself into a frenzy about that when James Hanley, Duby McDowell, and Jacques Lamarre.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25858 at http://wnpr.org The Nose is Blushing 50 Shades of Pink What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-outlook-nigerian-girls-kidnapped-boko-haram <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%27s+The+Outlook+For+Nigerian+Girls+Kidnapped+By+Boko+Haram%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 25885 at http://wnpr.org It's Time For Comic-Con! http://wnpr.org/post/its-time-comic-con <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=It%27s+Time+For+Comic-Con%21&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 25884 at http://wnpr.org Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee http://wnpr.org/post/conservative-rep-desjarlais-faces-primary-challenge-tennessee <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.wpln.org/">http://www.wpln.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Conservative+Rep.+DesJarlais+Faces+Primary+Challenge+In+Tennessee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 25883 at http://wnpr.org Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher http://wnpr.org/post/former-student-dropped-out-still-appreciates-special-teacher <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=Former+Student+Dropped+Out%2C+But+Still+Appreciates+A+Special+Teacher&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxMTMyMDY2MDEyNDUxNzAyNjlmODI5NQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 25882 at http://wnpr.org Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher 'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids http://wnpr.org/post/no-easy-answer-ex-baseball-manager-la-russa-legacy-steroids Tony La Russa's tenure as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's, and St. Louis Cardinals is legendary. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 25881 at http://wnpr.org 'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real http://wnpr.org/post/some-political-incumbents-races-are-real <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Good government advocates sometimes lament how easy it is for incumbent politicians return to office, often uncontested. That's not always the case, though. One long-time, Democratic state senator is facing two challengers from within his party.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:27:07 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25880 at http://wnpr.org For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://wnpr.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 25879 at http://wnpr.org When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small http://wnpr.org/post/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-mans-quest-find-extra-small <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=When+One+Size+Doesn%27t+Fit+All%3A+A+Man%27s+Quest+To+Find+An+Extra-Small&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Viet Le 25878 at http://wnpr.org The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers http://wnpr.org/post/evolution-esquire-man-10-covers This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been exploring what it means to be a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">man in America</a> today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.<p>There are few people more acquainted with those shifts than David Granger. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 editor 25877 at http://wnpr.org The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe http://wnpr.org/post/unicef-report-female-genital-mutiliation-holds-hope-and-woe Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.<p>The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.<p>But there's a sobering side to the report. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 editor 25875 at http://wnpr.org UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://wnpr.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 25876 at http://wnpr.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds http://wnpr.org/post/capping-carbon-emissions-could-provide-economic-benefits-study-finds <p>Federal proposals to cap carbon emissions could actually benefit some states economically, according to a new study released on Thursday in Washington, D.C.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:45:24 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25860 at http://wnpr.org Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? http://wnpr.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 editor 25863 at http://wnpr.org Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD http://wnpr.org/post/doj-reaches-agreement-oversight-albuquerque-pd The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.<p>The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.<p>"This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25862 at http://wnpr.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://wnpr.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 25873 at http://wnpr.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? http://wnpr.org/post/when-it-comes-creativity-are-two-heads-better-one Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."<p>Take Steve Jobs: "Jobs created Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak," says Shenk. "Flash-forward to the end of his life, a lot of the great work at the height of Apple was done with this design guru, Jonathan Ive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 25872 at http://wnpr.org When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour http://wnpr.org/post/5-things-i-learned-about-tvs-future-critics-press-tour The voice came from over my shoulder, a shouted greeting in a room crowded with journalists, publicists, network executives, producers and stars.<p>I tuned to see David Boreanaz, star of the Fox TV show <em>Bones</em>, calling out to me like a long-lost friend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 25864 at http://wnpr.org 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour Attack On U.N. School Kills Over A Dozen Civilians In Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/attack-un-school-kills-over-dozen-civilians-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=Attack+On+U.N.+School+Kills+Over+A+Dozen+Civilians+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU4MDIzMDEyMzAwMTE4NTAxYzUzMg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Emily Harris 25871 at http://wnpr.org Palestinian Authority Faces A Fraught Path To Peace In Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/palestinian-authority-faces-fraught-path-peace-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=Palestinian+Authority+Faces+A+Fraught+Path+To+Peace+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3OTAxMDEzMjA0NTMzMDZlMThkZA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 25870 at http://wnpr.org For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions http://wnpr.org/post/better-treatment-doctors-and-patients-share-decisions Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too.<p>Just ask <a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/decisionsciences/faculty/" target="_blank">Karen Sepucha</a>. She runs the Health Decisions Sciences Center at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. A few years ago she surveyed primary care physicians, and asked how confident they were in their ability to talk about numbers and probabilities with patients.<p>"What we found surprised us a little bit," Sepucha says. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 NPR staff 25869 at http://wnpr.org For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem http://wnpr.org/post/central-american-leaders-immigrant-children-are-shared-problem <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=Central+American+Leaders%3A+Immigrant+Children+Are+A+Shared+Problem&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzNjEzMDEyMTY4MzMwNzBiMGMyYQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 25868 at http://wnpr.org Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali http://wnpr.org/post/missing-air-algerie-flight-appears-have-crashed-mali <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=Missing+Air+Algerie+Flight+Appears+To+Have+Crashed+In+Mali&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 25867 at http://wnpr.org Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections http://wnpr.org/post/botched-ariz-execution-renews-unease-over-lethal-injections <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=Botched+Ariz.+Execution+Renews+Unease+Over+Lethal+Injections&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 25866 at http://wnpr.org