Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:01 am
Noah McQueen is part of "My Brother's Keeper," a White House program aimed at young men of color.
His teen years have been rough, and include several arrests and a short period of incarceration. But last week, he was at the White House. The 18-year-old sat down for a StoryCorps interview with President Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:54 pm
They hired a car and drove for 10 hours over the most rutted dirt roads you can imagine, dodging motorbikes, pedestrians and overloaded cars all the way.
It was December. NPR producers John Poole and Sami Yenigun had come to see what happens to a village after Ebola has struck.
Barkedu, in Liberia, is a beautiful place, green and forested. Tall hills start to rise near its border with Guinea. Cows and chickens roam around the village, which is built along the Lofa River. A small stream runs through Barkedu, where people bath and wash their clothes.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:53 am
Back in 2012,something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C.
On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many places. The builders billed this as an urban tiny house community.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:25 pm
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly meet with Sens. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Harry Reid, D-Nev., the chamber's top Democrat, after his March 3 speech to Congress.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:45 pm
Banksy's work is now in the Gaza Strip.
The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images that he said were of art he created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory, titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination."
Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi man who the U.S. says was Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant in Britain, has been convicted on all four conspiracy charges tied to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
The AP reports that Al-Fawwaz's trial started a month ago in a fortified courthouse in New York. The trial focused on al-Qaida's early days. The AP adds:
"Al-Fawwaz stood expressionless as the verdict was read, pursing his lips briefly. He could face life in prison.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 2:17 pm
Cellphones are just about everywhere these days. But in remote, rural places the key ingredient β a cell network β is often missing. In the U.S., long-distance users pay a surcharge into the Universal Service Fund, which the government uses to pay network operators to provide affordable phone access in rural or low-income areas.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:17 am
βTis the season to speculate whoβs going to run for president, who will make it through the primary, who will ultimately end up in Oval Office.
But before you slap a bumper sticker on your car, or hang a political cartoon at work, you might want to think twice. Because it turns out that either of those could get you fired. And in most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you.
While federal law bars employers from firing workers for race, religion or gender, there is no protection for freedom of political speech or action.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 3:03 pm
The Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, usually attracts the countryβs most die-hard conservative activists. This year itβs also attracting nearly a dozen β depending on how you count β Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016.
NPRβs Don Gonyea is there and joins Here & Nowβs Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about whoβs at CPAC to show off their stuff, and how they might try to win hearts and minds.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:03 pm
When journalist Bill Gifford turned 40, his friends gave him a cake shaped as a tombstone with the words, "R.I.P, My Youth." As he reflected on his creeping memory lapses and the weight he'd gained, Gifford got interested in the timeless quest to turn back the aging clock β or at least slow it down.
His latest book, Spring Chicken, explores everything from some wacky pseudo-cures for aging to fascinating research that point to causes of aging at the cellular level.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:42 pm
Updated at 2 p.m. ET.
This week, a man was sentenced to die in Saudi Arabia because he renounced his faith in Islam; a Hindu leader in India made a new accusation against Mother Teresa; a mosque near Bethlehem was set on fire.
The Alaskan tundra might not seem like much of an agricultural hotspot, but one farmer in the frigid town of Bethel believes he's found America's newest breadbasket.
For the last 10 years, Tim Meyers has been coaxing an enviable quantity of fruits and veggies from just four acres of land. Last year, he produced 50,000 pounds of potatoes, beets, carrots and other vegetables. He sells it at his year-round biweekly market and to local grocery stores.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:03 pm
Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, cleared a major hurdle Thursday to succeed Eric Holder as the country's top law enforcement officer. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to send the nomination to the full chamber, which is expected to confirm her nomination.
Three Republicans joined the panel's Democrats to vote "yes." Those opposed to her nomination cited President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
"We should not confirm someone to that position who intends to continue that unlawful policy," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:15 pm
SDSS J0100+2802 is the rather understated name scientists have given to an exceptionally luminous, newly discovered quasar. It's 12.8 billion light years away and shines as brightly as 420 million suns. At its center, there's a super-sized black hole β as massive as 12 billion suns β that formed some 900 million years after the Big Bang.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:38 pm
Last month, an Argentine prosecutor who was due to testify about an alleged cover-up in the investigation into the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires was found dead.
Alberto Nisman had accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's government of covering up Iran's alleged role in the bombing that killed 85 people to push through a grains-for-oil deal with Tehran. After Nisman's death, the investigation was continued by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:48 pm
This week's Conservative Political Action Conference has drawn a huge crowd of activists and politicos, per usual β but it's also a prime spot for 2016 presidential hopefuls. The GOP's potential candidates β former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Bobby Jindal β are rolling on and off the main stage, hoping to fire up the conservative audience. And how well they do with this crowd β an important part of their base β may say a lot about 2016. Here are five things I'll be watching for at CPAC:
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:27 pm
The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one β whether government or corporate β should control free open access to the Internet."
The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways β and at different costs.
"Today is a red-letter day," Wheeler said Thursday.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:54 pm
The headline in today's La Repubblica was, "The streets of Rome bring Bond to a standstill β car hits pothole, Craig suffers head injury."
The newspaper reported that the accident occurred while actor Daniel Craig, reprising the role of the suave British spy in the 24th James Bond thriller, Spectre, was driving one of the movie's four custom-made Aston Martins on a narrow cobblestone street near the Vatican.
Each year more than 32,000 people die in the United States as a result of suicides, homicides and accidents with firearms.
For years doctors have tried to reduce the toll by addressing gun injuries and deaths as a public health issue; there's ample evidence that ease of access to is linked to the number of suicides and homicides. But those efforts haven't gained much traction.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 3:52 pm
This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution β abolishing slavery. So it's worth pointing out that the emancipation movement in 19th century America was pushed forward by many different forces: enlightened lawmakers, determined liberators of captive slaves and outspoken abolitionists β including an influential number who were black.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 3:50 pm
Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 1:04 pm
Afghans celebrated on the streets of Kabul as their national cricket team, playing half a world away, won its first World Cup game.
Scotland, in its allotted 50 overs, scored 210 runs. In a nail-biting finish, the Afghans scraped past Scotland in Dunedin, New Zealand, by one wicket with three balls to spare.
No. 4 Samiullah Shenwari top scored with 96 and opener Javed Ahmadi scored 51, but it was an unbeaten last-wicket stand between Hamid Hassan, not out on 15, and Shapoor Zadran, batting on 12, that took the Afghans past their more fancied opponents.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:04 pm
Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy's and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say.
But an online tool that went live Wednesday is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country a small peek at the prices of medical tests and procedures before they open their wallets.
Got a sore knee? Having a baby? Need a primary-care doctor? Shopping for an MRI scan?