To Egypt now where the government crackdown on the now banned Muslim Brotherhood is causing rifts across the country. NPR's Leila Fadel traveled some 70 miles south of Cairo to a city on the banks of the Nile where everyone is on edge.
LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: The walls in Beni Suef tell the story of the battle that has engulfed Egypt since the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3rd.
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In New York today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered scathing words about the new Iranian president. In his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly, he described the Iranian president as a wolf in sheep's clothing who's not to be trusted. Netanyahu said if necessary, Israel will stand alone to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:26 pm
Thanksgiving may still be a couple holidays away according to the 2013 clock, but its spirit is the centerpiece behind this illustration for next year's NPR Wall Calendar.
Public radio has been a lifelong travel partner for illustrator Keith Negley as he's moved from the west coast to the east coast - with a few mid-west stops in the mix.
"NPR has enriched my life in ways I can't begin to put into words," Negley said. "I've not only grown up with it, I feel as though I've grown with it. I'm very grateful for its constant source of inspiration."
This morning the New York City Opera announced that it was declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations. Dubbed "The People's Opera" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when it was founded 70 years ago, the company was meant as an alternative to the richer Metropolitan Opera. It's the place where exciting young singers like Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo made their New York debuts and where innovative productions of new operas premiered.
The government shut down today. This means that, along with many other important things, lots of government websites are down. The economic sources we at Planet Money look to every day now look like this:
For more on what the shutdown means for econ nerds, see this WSJ piece trying to figure out whether the big monthly jobs report will still come out on Friday.
PAULINE BARTOLONE, BYLINE: I'm Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento.
California, like Colorado, has been full speed ahead in creating its own health insurance marketplace. Melissa Martinez has been looking forward to using it. She works at home as a consultant. She also lives with an autoimmune disease.
MELISSA MARTINEZ: This last bout of insuring myself it was about $600 a month, and my meds - because I have lupus - are about $600 a month. And so I had to pick one or the other. So I let my insurance go.
Colorado's health care exchange opened as planned today, at 8 am Mountain time. Not long after that, the website started scrolling a message: "Due to overwhelming interest, we are temporarily suspending the creation of accounts, please continue to browse plans."
The state has been planning for this day since 2007, when leaders from both political parties in the state started talking about overhauling health care. It's one of just 16 states that chose to create its own health insurance exchange, rather than using one run by the federal government.
A road trip is in store for Tuesday's installment of World Cafe, as we travel to Dr. Dog's studio right outside Philadelphia. In this session, the soulful indie-rock band plays a set of songs from its most recent album, B-Room, which was born in the space. The band says building the studio was integral to the process of creating B-Room, in some ways mirroring the organic feel of the recording.
The shutdown is the first in 17 years. Among the federal sites closed is the Capitol Rotunda.
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Tyree Brown (center) and her classmates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design hold class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art.
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World War II veteran Russell Tucker of Meridian, Miss., stands outside a barricade at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday. The memorial was opened to the veterans group.
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The Department of the Interior issued a bulletin ordering national parks, including Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D., to suspend all activities and tell visitors to leave.
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Park ranger Jeff Gardner tells visitors to Yosemite National Park that the park is closed. Day visitors were allowed to pass through Yosemite but were instructed not to stop or use any facilities.
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Darlene Tinsley, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees, leads protesters in front of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland.
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Furloughed federal workers demonstrate in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of government employees can't work as long as the House of Representatives and Senate remain gridlocked.
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A child stands on the barricade around the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama called congressional leaders to a White House meeting on Wednesday, providing a glimmer of hope that the shutdown may end soon.
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Children from the Washington, D.C., Head Start program join supporters and lawmakers outside the Capitol on Wednesday to call on Congress to fund the comprehensive education, health and nutrition service for low-income children and their families.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by House Democrats, speaks on the steps of the House during a news conference on Day 2 of the partial federal government shutdown.
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., addresses the media about the ongoing budget battle on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania.
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World War II veterans from the Chicago area, and others, were granted access to the National World War II Memorial on Wednesday, despite the shutdown.
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A Capitol police officer walks through the Capitol Rotunda, empty of visitors after being closed to tours Tuesday because of the government shutdown.
Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:09 pm
These days, many people wear their vegetarianism as a badge of honor — even if it's only before 6 p.m, as food writer Mark Bittman advocates. (Actually, he wants us to go part-time vegan.) There's even a World Vegetarian Day, which happens to be today, FYI.
This is the second story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by G.W. Schulz from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Yesterday, we examined how data can be collected as you go through your everyday life. Today we look at how data-tracking companies are monitoring your online behavior.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told officials at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that it's too early to ease sanctions on Iran, urging them not to be fooled by what he called a charm offensive by President Hasan Rouhani.
Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 9:04 am
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim at Iran and its new president, Hasan Rouhani, in a speech at the United Nations Tuesday, saying that Iran is trying to fool the international community into easing sanctions on it, even as the country expands its nuclear program.
"Rouhani thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it too," Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly, referring to yellowcake uranium, a concentrated form of the radioactive element.
Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:41 am
If you're suffering withdrawal symptoms from the National Zoo's "pandacams" — sadly deemed "nonessential" and therefore shut down, along with much of the rest of the government — we have the perfect antidote:
Schoolgirls eat a free midday meal in Hyderabad, India, last month. India has offered such meals since the 1960s to persuade impoverished parents to send their children to school. A U.N. report released Tuesday finds modest progress in the worldwide fight against chronic hunger.
Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:17 pm
Worldwide, roughly 1 in 8 people suffered from chronic hunger from 2011 to 2013, according to a new report from three U.N. food agencies.
They concluded that 842 million people didn't get enough food to lead healthy lives in that period, a slight drop from the 868 million in the previous report.
The modest change was attributed to several factors, from economic growth in developing countries to investments in agriculture. And in some countries, people have benefited from money sent home by migrant workers. But the gains were unevenly distributed, the report's authors say.