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Goats and Soda
4:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Fleeing To Haiti, They Put Their Faith In 'God And Government'

Children play in between the tents of Parc Cardeau.
Peter Granitz for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:54 pm

Marie Etyse left two of her children behind.

She's 29, a widow and has five kids. She's lived in a town in the Dominican Republic for the past nine years.

Like many Haitian migrants, she faced formal deportation after a law stripped them of their citizenship. Formal deportation could start as early as August 1. So many of these people have already fled to settlement camps in Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the DR.

Etyse had tried to get the required papers to stay in the country.

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Historical movements, wars and disasters around the globe have created signature sounds in music. Think freedom songs like “We Shall Overcome” or even Prince’s “Baltimore.” California is in its fourth year of drought and songs about a drying state are now emerging. From Here & Now’s contributing station Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain 'In Many, Many Ways'

According to psychiatry professor and author John Ratey, something as simple as a walk can improve both physical and mental well being. Ratey is co-author of the book “Go Wild: Free Your Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” Last year, he and Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson went for a walk near the Charles River in Boston. Today we revisit that conversation.

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

An investor walks past a screen that shows share prices in a security firm in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on July 27, 2015. China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 5.22 percent in afternoon trade on July 27, dragged lower by worries over the economy. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Stocks in China slid dramatically today and yesterday, with the Shanghai Composite Index ending down 8.5 percent. The drops come after huge gains in the markets earlier this summer, and amid fears that the government is going to stop taking certain actions to prop up the market. Jill Schlesinger of CBS News joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Failed To Report 1,006 Alleged Child Sex Abuses

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:36 pm

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report more than 1,000 cases of alleged sexual abuses against children, a national inquiry has found.

The BBC reports:

"Angus Stewart, counsel for the commission, said that of 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse identified by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church, 'not one was reported by the church to secular authorities.'

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Songs We Love
2:33 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Songs We Love: Lizz Wright, 'River Man'

Courtesy of the artist

Nick Drake's music is catnip to a certain kind of artist. Melodically pristine and rhythmically complex in quiet ways, the small songbook of the late English singer-songwriter offers interpreters a chance to be enchanting without stretching much. Yet to make Drake's songs new is a challenge. His vocal style of lingering around a beat, while playing guitar parts that were never flashy but always dazzlingly complex, is possible to imitate but difficult to make truly personal.

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Music Reviews
2:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

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Movie Interviews
2:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

The Wyoming Wind Energy Center, located in Uinta County, Wyoming has 80 1.8-megawatt Vestas turbines that are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 43,000 homes. (warzauwynn/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy, generating 35 percent by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

And it’s not just the windiest states that will generate wind energy. Thanks to improvements in technology, every state now has the capacity to produce wind power.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

The Global Impact Of Low Oil Prices

An idled pump jack, once used to extract crude oil from the ground, sits above a well on the edge of a farmers field on January 21, 2015 near Ridgway, Illinois. With oil prices near a 5 1/2-year low, oil companies are beginning to slow drilling operations in the United States. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

China’s stock market dropped 8 percent last night, sending oil prices to a four-month low. China is the world’s biggest energy consumer and a large oil importer, and as the Iran deal looms, there is significant uncertainty in the world’s oil markets.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Phil Flynn, senior market analyst and author of The Energy Report for The PRICE Futures Group about global oil prices in the face of the China and a worldwide oil glut.

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NPR Story
1:34 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boston's Bid To Host 2024 Olympics Is Over

Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:12 pm

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

The decision throws the bid process – and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics – into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities have to be officially nominated. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation wants to stay in the race. If so, Los Angeles would be the likely choice.

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1:33 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Alaskans Still Cleaning Up Reminders Of Japan Tsunami

Volunteers with Gulf of Alaska Keeper work on a cleanup and monitoring project at Gore Point. (goak.org)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people, and reminders of that disaster are still washing ashore, thousands of miles away on the coast of Alaska.

This summer, a massive cleanup effort is underway. Crews are picking up and bagging tons of debris that were swept out to sea when the tsunami hit. It’s a painstaking and emotional process.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boy Scouts Expected To End Ban On Gay Leaders

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:22 pm

The Boy Scouts of America is expected to announce today that it’s ending its ban on gay adult leaders. Church-sponsored troops, though, will still be allowed to “continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to a statement from the Scouts top executives.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd talks with Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality, about the significance of the change.

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NPR Story
1:25 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Is Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 A Good Idea?

McDonald's employees wait to take orders during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The New York Wage Board today is expected to endorse a recommendation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers. The state’s Labor Commissioner would then make a final decision. Seattle and Los Angeles have also moved towards raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The minimum wage issue also promises to be part of the 2016 presidential campaign. On Sunday in Louisiana, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for the federal minimum wage to more than double.

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NPR Story
1:25 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Four Players Join Baseball's Ultimate Fraternity

2015 Inductees Craig Biggio,John Smoltz,Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez pose with their plaques after the Induction Ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015 in Cooperstown, New York. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The tiny village of Cooperstown, New York, played host to its annual celebration of baseball yesterday, as four former players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 – Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez – takes its place among the greats of the game. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock was in Cooperstown for the induction ceremony and has this report.

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Goats and Soda
1:25 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Tweets Welcoming #ObamaInEthiopia

President Obama receives flowers upon his arrival Sunday aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:06 pm

President Obama made history this week as the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. He was welcomed with flowers, flags and plenty of tweets.

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NPR Story
1:24 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Alaska Fires Char Permafrost, Stretch Resources Thin

In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an ANG Black Hawk helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:47 pm

It’s been an unprecedented start to Alaska’s fire season. Hundreds of wildfires are burning there, blackening nearly 5 million acres of the state, and spreading the local resources thin. Nathan Rott has been covering this for NPR and joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

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Shots - Health News
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Coordinating care for high-risk patients was expected to save money and improve quality of care. A Medicare experiment didn't pan out.
Roy Scott Getty Images/Ikon Images

A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.

The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department of Health and Human Services' innovation center.

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The Record
11:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

Greg Chow Courtesy of the artist

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Goats and Soda
11:39 am
Mon July 27, 2015

New 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Tries Out Jokes About Racism, Ebola

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:41 pm

The Trevor Noah countdown has begun. The South African stand-up comedian will begin hosting Comedy Central's Daily Show on Sept. 28. And what better way to get ready than ... by doing comedy.

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