Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm
Late one night, Dina el-Wadi, a singer and musician from Cairo, arrived in Kampala, Uganda. She'd come for a gathering of musicians who live in countries along the Nile River.
She went to bed and woke up to pure enchantment: "I found a very beautiful woman singing in the morning in a very, very, very magical way. So I said, 'Oh, who is this girl that's going to sing with us?'"
Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:46 am
In a new paper published in the journal Primates, authorWilliam C. McGrew, a former professor of evolutionary primatology at the University of Cambridge, reports a high rate of venomous snake encounters by his team of primatologists seeking to observe unhabituated wild chimpanzees in Mount Assirik, Senegal, West Africa.
Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:50 am
Fighting in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists has died down after a cease-fire agreement last month, but there are stretches of the front line where shooting has never really stopped.
Near the village of Pisky, for instance, you can hear the dull thud of incoming mortar rounds, coming in sporadic waves.
Pisky is on the Ukrainian government side of the front line, but it's not far from the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk.
The shelling is more than a mile from a militia camp set up in what used to be a small hotel and cafe.
Wildlife experts say avian cholera is responsible for a mass die-off of snow geese in Idaho this month, which left 2,000 of the migratory birds dead. Wildlife officials say they are taking precautions so that it doesn’t spread.
Jeff Knetter, a waterfowl biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about how spectacular it is when tens of thousands of snow geese at once take off in flight.
Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 11:24 am
"This song's for anybody who couldn't make into this show, if there is anybody," Courtney Barnett says before blasting through "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party," from her just-over-the-horizon debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The modesty is cute but unnecessary; Barnett has the attention of many crowds at SXSW 2015, and a live show that can hold it.
Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:55 am
Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from victory in parliamentary elections this week, says he wants to clarify remarks he made on the campaign trail that appeared to write off any possibility of a Palestinian state on his watch.
"What I said was that under the present circumstances, today, it is unachievable," Netanyahu says in an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to be aired Friday. "I said that the conditions have to change."
Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:44 pm
President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.
Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:52 pm
America is hooked on stories of redemption and rebirth, be it Cheryl Strayed rediscovering herself by hiking the Pacific Trail or the late David Carr pulling himself out of the crack-house and into TheNew York Times. We just love tales about healing.
Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:57 pm
NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.
Officially, Oreskes will be the network's senior vice president for news and editorial director, a slightly refashioned title. Oreskes is currently vice president and senior managing editor at the AP, where he oversees the giant international news wire's daily report.
March 19, 2015; Washington, D.C. – NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn has named noted journalist and author Michael Oreskes Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director, effective April 27, 2015. Oreskes is currently Vice President and Senior Managing Editor of The Associated Press and was previously Executive Editor of The International Herald Tribune and Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times.