WNPR News http://wnpr.org en 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 The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals http://wnpr.org/post/death-clerk-and-other-details-last-minute-execution-appeals <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+Death+Clerk%2C+And+Other+Details+Of+Last-Minute+Execution+Appeals&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 25865 at http://wnpr.org 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief http://wnpr.org/post/four-theories-about-why-wal-mart-changed-its-us-chief Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/07/24/walmart-names-greg-foran-president-and-ceo-of-walmart-us">is leaving</a> the retail giant, the company said Thursday.<p>Any major shake-up at Wal-Mart is closely watched because the company is so important — it tops the Fortune 500 list with annual sales approaching a half-trillion dollars. So lots of people are speculating about what Simon's departure really means. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 25859 at http://wnpr.org 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://wnpr.org/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25853 at http://wnpr.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern http://wnpr.org/post/veterans-say-suicide-their-top-concern It&#8217;s estimated that 22 military veterans commit suicide every day, but if you talk to people who are familiar with this issue, they&#8217;ll tell you the real number is probably higher. The latest statistics from the Pentagon show that suicides among active duty military are up slightly, compared to the same period last year. There have been 161 confirmed or suspected suicides so far in 2014. There were 154 by this time last year.<p>According to the Associated Press, suicides are up among Navy and Air Force personnel. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Alex Ashlock 25856 at http://wnpr.org Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It? http://wnpr.org/post/suit-keeps-ebola-out-so-how-can-health-worker-catch-it The fight against Ebola in West Africa suffered a setback Wednesday. Dr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 25852 at http://wnpr.org This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It? Craft: Why Making Things Matters http://wnpr.org/post/craft-why-making-things-matters-0 <p></p><p><em>Today's show originally aired March 18, 2014.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Carving birds? Knitting sweaters? Paper cutting? Blowing glass? If you're a crafts person, paid or unpaid, please call and tell us what it adds to your life.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:53:58 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25851 at http://wnpr.org Craft: Why Making Things Matters TicketNetwork Agrees To Fix "Unfair Trade Practices" http://wnpr.org/post/ticketnetwork-agrees-fix-unfair-trade-practices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A settlement has been reached between South Windsor-based </span>TicketNetwork<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the State of Connecticut. In the deal, </span>TicketNetwork<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> agreed to clearly disclose that it is a ticket resale company, and not an official box office outlet.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:49:39 +0000 Tucker Ives 25848 at http://wnpr.org TicketNetwork Agrees To Fix "Unfair Trade Practices" Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/central-american-presidents-say-us-shares-responsibility-migration-crisis The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will meet with President Obama on Friday.<p>But before the meeting, the heads of state are making the rounds in Washington, telling their side of <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/326440909/unaccompanied-minors">an immigration crisis</a> that has driven tens of thousands of unaccompanied children to the U.S. border.<p>During a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala said the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 25854 at http://wnpr.org Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes http://wnpr.org/post/you-might-call-story-sour-grapes It was an elaborate con involving wine and some of America’s wealthiest collectors.<p>Rudy Kurniawan is the first person to be tried and convicted for selling fake wine in the United States. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 editor 25857 at http://wnpr.org You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes Good Movies You Might Have Missed http://wnpr.org/post/good-movies-you-might-have-missed The movie &#8220;Snowpiercer&#8221; opened to critical acclaim a few weeks ago, but you might have trouble finding it at a theater near you.<p>In fact, as Boston Globe film critic <strong>Ty Burr</strong> has noted, a number of good films have either not been released widely, or disappeared from movie theaters before audiences could discover them.<p>He shares a few of his recent favorites with <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Meghna Chakrabarti, including &#8220;The Immigrant,&#8221; &#8220;Fading Gigolo,&#8221; &#8220;Land Ho!&#8221; and &#8220;Edge of To Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 editor 25855 at http://wnpr.org Good Movies You Might Have Missed 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://wnpr.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 25850 at http://wnpr.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq http://wnpr.org/post/human-rights-watch-researcher-reports-isis-abuses-iraq <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=Human+Rights+Watch+Researcher+Reports+ISIS+Abuses+In+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTYxODUxMDEyOTc4NzE4ODNmNjI3Yg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 editor 25849 at http://wnpr.org