All Things Considered http://wesa.fm en The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://wesa.fm/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:31:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33444 at http://wesa.fm The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia http://wesa.fm/post/france-presses-deal-sell-two-warships-russia France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/29/336324858/white-house-threatens-more-russian-sanctions-as-kerry-decries-ukrainian-rebels">the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia</a> amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.<p>People in St. Nazaire, the port town where the boats are being built, agree: The contract with Moscow should be fulfilled, they say. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 33440 at http://wesa.fm France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science http://wesa.fm/post/okcupid-sometimes-messes-bit-love-name-science OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments. Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of OkCupid, tells Audie Cornish that these experiments help the site improve how it works. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 editor 33434 at http://wesa.fm A Fond Farewell From An Old Memphis Maverick http://wesa.fm/post/fond-farewell-old-memphis-maverick <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Af-rJqLhM</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 33435 at http://wesa.fm A Fond Farewell From An Old Memphis Maverick The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less http://wesa.fm/post/new-superpac-spends-big-so-others-spend-less <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+New+SuperPAC+That+Spends+Big+So+That+Others+Spend+Less&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There have been a lot of plans to limit the influence of wealthy donors in politics. Now a new super PAC called the Mayday PAC is trying something unusual - raising big money, then spending it to reduce the role of big money in political campaigns. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 33436 at http://wesa.fm Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal http://wesa.fm/post/forget-tea-pot-dome-hardings-love-letters-make-new-steamy-scandal President Warren G. Harding presided over Prohibition, died before completing his first term, and is consistently ranked by historians and the public as one of the worst U.S. presidents.<p>But suddenly he's getting a lot of attention, thanks to a cache of steamy love letters he wrote to a mistress over 15 years. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 33427 at http://wesa.fm Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. http://wesa.fm/post/great-blue-hope-michelle-nunn-tries-improbable-ga Georgia has been considered safely red territory for more than a decade. But there's a new energy among Democrats in the state, where candidate Michelle Nunn represents the party's best chance of winning a Senate seat in years.<p>This is Nunn's first run for public office, but she's far from an unknown in a state where her father, Sam Nunn, is a Democratic icon who represented Georgia in the Senate for more than two decades.<p>Like her father, Nunn positions herself as a moderate Democrat, willing to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 33428 at http://wesa.fm The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job http://wesa.fm/post/coaches-help-released-inmates-step-cell-job <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=Coaches+Help+Released+Inmates+Step+From+The+Cell+Into+A+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwODI1MTE0MDEzNTk1NjQ4ODc4OTk0Ng004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A couple of Obama administration officials spent some time in a jail this week by choice. They visited a detention center to meet with inmates nearing release. The stop is part of a federal effort to better prepare prisoners to re-enter their communities. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 33429 at http://wesa.fm Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One http://wesa.fm/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.<p>The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.<p>"Today, I get to walk in the shoes of a 98-year-old American icon," says Megan Kreuger, one of the Nutmobile's drivers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:00 +0000 editor 33394 at http://wesa.fm Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One LA Judge Rules Sale Of Clippers Can Move Ahead http://wesa.fm/post/la-judge-rules-sale-clippers-can-move-ahead A Los Angeles judge has issued a preliminary ruling against embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The judge decided that Sterling's wife, Shelly, was within her rights to agree to an earlier $2 billion sale of the team. Dan Woike has been reporting on the story for the <em>Los Angeles Register</em>. He speaks with Audie Cornish about the ruling. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:55:00 +0000 editor 33370 at http://wesa.fm Margot Adler, A Venerable And Beloved NPR Voice, Passes At 68 http://wesa.fm/post/margot-adler-venerable-and-beloved-npr-voice-passes-68 <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=Margot+Adler%2C+A+Venerable+And+Beloved+NPR+Voice%2C+Passes+At+68&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Longtime NPR correspondent and author Margot Adler has died at the age of 68. Margot had received treatment for endometrial cancer, but the cancer had spread. She leaves behind a son and a legacy of stories she pursued the irrepressible curiosity and delight. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 33368 at http://wesa.fm It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks http://wesa.fm/post/its-boom-times-pop-shops-mobile-shopping-clicks Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.<p>Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.<p>"As long as they can change it back, they can do whatever they want," says Joe LaPadula. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Elise Hu 33357 at http://wesa.fm It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks In Colo., An Effort To Ease Court Confusion Over Same-Sex Marriage http://wesa.fm/post/colo-effort-ease-court-confusion-over-same-sex-marriage The Colorado attorney general has asked the state's Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages. As Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee reports, he's trying to have the matter both ways — dropping his opposition to lawsuits against the state's gay marriage ban, while still pushing the courts to continue enforcing it. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Colorado Public Radio. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 editor 33358 at http://wesa.fm After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill http://wesa.fm/post/after-5-weeks-haggling-congress-inks-bipartisan-va-bill <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+5+Weeks+Of+Haggling%2C+Congress+Inks+Bipartisan+VA+Bill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 33359 at http://wesa.fm Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://wesa.fm/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 33311 at http://wesa.fm Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding http://wesa.fm/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 editor 33309 at http://wesa.fm Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://wesa.fm/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 33310 at http://wesa.fm 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula http://wesa.fm/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 33283 at http://wesa.fm Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula Exploring The Economics Of Paying What You Want http://wesa.fm/post/exploring-economics-paying-what-you-want <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=Exploring+The+Economics+Of+Paying+What+You+Want&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU2OTMxMDEyMjk5ODM2MzliZDc5NA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST: <p>From the studios of NPR West in Culver City, California, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Eric Westervelt. The ability to name your price is tempting for most consumers and often translates into the option to not pay at all. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 33280 at http://wesa.fm War In Syria Continues Among Other Regional Conflicts http://wesa.fm/post/war-syria-continues-among-other-regional-conflicts <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=War+In+Syria+Continues+Among+Other+Regional+Conflicts&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 33281 at http://wesa.fm Fighting Quickly Resumes As Cease-Fire Ends In Gaza http://wesa.fm/post/fighting-quickly-resumes-cease-fire-ends-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=Fighting+Quickly+Resumes+As+Cease-Fire+Ends+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 33282 at http://wesa.fm In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen http://wesa.fm/post/which-colin-firth-debunks-some-myths-about-working-woody-allen In<em> Magic in the Moonlight</em>, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 editor 33249 at http://wesa.fm In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print http://wesa.fm/post/how-well-does-drug-work-look-beyond-fine-print Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.<p>Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.<p>This spring, the Institute of Medicine <a href="http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Research/DrugForum/2014-MAY-12/Agenda.pdf">convened a workshop</a> with the Food and Drug Administration. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 33240 at http://wesa.fm How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://wesa.fm/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 33239 at http://wesa.fm Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity http://wesa.fm/post/fiction-explores-push-and-pull-arab-israeli-identity To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.<p>I'm not talking here about Palestinians who live in Gaza and the West Bank. I'm talking about Arabs who live inside the Green Line and vote in Israeli elections. Some even serve in Israel's military. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 33246 at http://wesa.fm Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity