Public Radio East http://publicradioeast.org en For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-august-cruelest-month President Obama returns to Washington this weekend after a two-week family vacation.<p>It wasn't exactly restful. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 49436 at http://publicradioeast.org For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month Suicide Bombing In Iraq Kills Dozens Of Sunni Worshippers http://publicradioeast.org/post/suicide-bombing-iraq-kills-dozens-sunni-worshippers Dozens of Sunnis attending a mosque for Friday prayers have been killed in a suicide attack in Iraq's eastern Diyala province — the latest sectarian violence to hit the deeply divided country.<p>The Associated Press says at least 64 people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was followed up by gunmen who attacked the mosque where Sunni tribesmen who had rebuffed cooperation with Islamic State militants were attending Friday prayers.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28900340">The BBC says</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Diyala province has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks be Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 49435 at http://publicradioeast.org A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis http://publicradioeast.org/post/food-crisis-follows-africas-ebola-crisis In the shadows of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, food shortages are starting to develop.<p>This time of year is traditionally the lean season in West Africa, when last year's harvest of rice or groundnuts is mostly exhausted. Until recently, people were quite hopeful about the approaching harvest this year.<p>"The rainfall situation was very good," says Shukri Ahmed, a senior economist with the UN's <a href="http://www.fao.org/home/en/">Food and Agriculture Organization</a> in Rome. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Dan Charles 49434 at http://publicradioeast.org A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis What Would A World's Fair Look Like Today? http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-would-worlds-fair-look-today Andrew Bennett grew up hearing his mother talk about the 1964 New York World's Fair. In 1984, she took the family to that year's fair in New Orleans. But times had changed: There was nothing there he hadn't already seen on television.<p>Today would be even worse. It would be all but impossible to re-create the sense of discovery his mother got from the 1964 fair.<p>"What made it so exotic and extraordinary is a mouse click away now," says Bennett.<p>There was an exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair that painted a picture of a world where industrial farming took place on the seafloor. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Steve Henn 49437 at http://publicradioeast.org In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades' http://publicradioeast.org/post/changing-america-gay-masculinity-has-many-different-shades <em>Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers.</em><p>Life as a gay man in the U.S. has changed in the last decade — the law and cultural attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted. And those greater social and legal freedoms have also changed how some gay men choose to express their masculinity — and their femininity.<p>That's true for several players with the Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver. On a warm, breezy Saturday, about two dozen men in vibrant jerseys and shorts squat and lunge their way across a rugby field. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 49438 at http://publicradioeast.org In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades' Neither A 'Sissy' Nor A Saint: An Offer Of Priesthood Prompts A Coming Out http://publicradioeast.org/post/neither-sissy-nor-saint-offer-priesthood-prompts-coming-out <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=Neither+A+%27Sissy%27+Nor+A+Saint%3A+An+Offer+Of+Priesthood+Prompts+A+Coming+Out&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwODM4NDIzMDEzMjM4NzEyMDkwNThkNQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Michael Arceneaux 49440 at http://publicradioeast.org Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard http://publicradioeast.org/post/sending-message-about-drug-use-fake-graveyard In the suburbs of Chicago, a stark reminder of the toll of heroin and prescription-pill addiction is making the rounds as a lawn exhibit. One hundred fake tombstones and banners are set up at a new location every week as a precursor to International Overdose Awareness Day.<p>In Medinah, a suburb northwest of Chicago, the houses are swanky and the lots are large. The country club has long been home to headline golf tournaments. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 49439 at http://publicradioeast.org Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections http://publicradioeast.org/post/california-trees-nailed-source-mystery-infections A fungus called <em>Cryptococcus gattii</em> can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus.<p>But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from <em>C. gatti</em> for years, nobody knew how.<p>Eucalyptus trees were a prime suspect, since they harbor the fungus in Australia. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 49433 at http://publicradioeast.org California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child http://publicradioeast.org/post/novel-explores-time-when-woman-might-not-live-meet-her-child Katy Simpson Smith didn't have any trouble choosing a historical setting for her first novel. The American Revolution, she tells NPR's Audie Cornish, "was such a ripe moment for uncertainty: The various colonies are trying to figure out how they would make a nation of themselves, and families are trying to navigate evolving attitudes about religion and race and what it really means to be independent."<p><em>The Story of Land and Sea </em>is Smith's debut novel — and actually came out of her research as a historian on mothers in the South. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49431 at http://publicradioeast.org Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson http://publicradioeast.org/post/week-politics-james-foley-and-ferguson <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=Week+In+Politics%3A+James+Foley+And+Ferguson&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 editor 49430 at http://publicradioeast.org In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog http://publicradioeast.org/post/search-alien-life-seek-out-smog <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=In+Search+Of+Alien+Life%3F+Seek+Out+The+Smog&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 49429 at http://publicradioeast.org Little League Phenom Takes Her Exit, But The Series Goes On http://publicradioeast.org/post/little-league-phenom-takes-her-exit-series-goes <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=Little+League+Phenom+Takes+Her+Exit%2C+But+The+Series+Goes+On&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 editor 49428 at http://publicradioeast.org Remembering Hashim Khan, A Titan Of The Squash Court http://publicradioeast.org/post/remembering-hashim-khan-titan-squash-court <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=Remembering+Hashim+Khan%2C+A+Titan+Of+The+Squash+Court&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjQzMDEyMTY4NDQwNDM4ODU3OA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 editor 49427 at http://publicradioeast.org Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds http://publicradioeast.org/post/argentina-crisis-puts-focus-role-distressed-debt-funds The legal battle between Argentina and its creditors grinds on with no sign of a resolution anytime soon. The dispute pits the government against two New York hedge funds that specialize in buying distressed debt.<p>These hedge funds bought Argentina's bonds at fire-sale prices and now stand to make huge profits off the country's financial troubles. But they've encountered a lot of resistance from the government.<p>By one estimate there are as many as 250 investment funds that specialize in distressed debt. One of them is Maglan Capital, a hedge fund in midtown Manhattan. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 49426 at http://publicradioeast.org Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds Out Of Tragedy, A New Brazilian Presidential Contender Emerges http://publicradioeast.org/post/out-tragedy-new-brazilian-presidential-contender-emerges <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=Out+Of+Tragedy%2C+A+New+Brazilian+Presidential+Contender+Emerges&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzg0MDExMDEyMTYyMjc1MDE3NGVmMw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 49425 at http://publicradioeast.org In Fight Against ISIS, U.S. Rhetoric Doesn't Match Restrained Response http://publicradioeast.org/post/fight-against-isis-us-rhetoric-doesnt-match-restrained-response Pentagon officials announced still another U.S. airstrike in Iraq on Friday. Fighter and attack aircraft hit Islamic State armored vehicles and machine guns.<p>That makes nearly 100 U.S. bombing runs in the past few weeks, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that enabled Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight the group — also known as ISIL — around two northern Iraqi cities.<p>"American airstrikes and American arms and assistance helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces blunt ISIL's advances around Irbil and helped the Iraqis retake and hold Mosul Dam," Hagel said.<p>So U.S. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49424 at http://publicradioeast.org In Fight Against ISIS, U.S. Rhetoric Doesn't Match Restrained Response Russian Convoy Crosses Ukrainian Border, Prompting Outcry From West http://publicradioeast.org/post/russian-convoy-crosses-ukrainian-border-prompting-outcry-west <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=Russian+Convoy+Crosses+Ukrainian+Border%2C+Prompting+Outcry+From+West&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MzE4MDYzMDEzMzQyNTcyNTY4NDMyNw001)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49423 at http://publicradioeast.org NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014 http://publicradioeast.org/post/npr-bestsellers-paperback-nonfiction-week-august-21-2014 <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=NPR+Bestsellers%3A+Paperback+Nonfiction%2C+Week+Of+August+21%2C+2014&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDQwMzQzMDEzNjMyMTE3MjRkNzlmNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:03:00 +0000 editor 49432 at http://publicradioeast.org White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months http://publicradioeast.org/post/white-house-islamic-state-has-gained-capacity-recent-months Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants this week is tantamount to a terrorist attack on the United States and that it comes as the al-Qaida-inspired extremist group has "gained capacity in the last several months."<p>In response to a question from a reporter at an afternoon briefing, Rhodes said the U.S. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 49420 at http://publicradioeast.org Drum Fill Friday, From The Dismemberment Plan's Joe Easley http://publicradioeast.org/post/drum-fill-friday-dismemberment-plans-joe-easley This week's puzzler comes courtesy Joe Easley, drummer for the D.C.-based rock group <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/158697873/the-dismemberment-plan" target="_blank">The Dismemberment Plan</a>. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 49421 at http://publicradioeast.org