Health, cultural assimilation and language are some of the top concerns on the minds of a group of Latino parents, social media influencers and regular contributors to Tell Me More. Health was something first lady Michelle Obama highlighted in July, when she addressed the National Council of La Raza, the nation's leading Hispanic civil rights organization.
Host Michel Martin kicks off a special broadcast in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, by looking at some of the biggest political stories - in particular those resonating with Latinos. Martin is joined by Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:41 pm
Scanning the Internet today, I found a pair of pieces by writer and columnist Clive Thompson — one, for The Globe and Mail, another, for Wired magazine, that focus on how our brains get a boost when we're using social media and blogging.
"The fact that so many of us are writing has changed the way we think," he writes in Wired. "Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public."
A bubble in space: Abell 39 marks the death of a star like the sun. Wind from the aging central star pushes into the surrounding interstellar gas, building up a dense shell that glows blue in this image. After 36 years of travel, the Voyager spacecraft is just now reaching the edge of the sun's own wind-blown bubble.
This illustration shows the two Voyager spacecraft near the outer shell of the bubble around our solar system.
Four examples of wind-blown bubbles surrounding dying, sun-like stars. In each case the violence of collision between the wind and the surrounding gas creates a bubble filled with million-degree gas (pink) that is bounded by cooler, denser material.
Laborers stand on a new ship at a Rongsheng Heavy Industries shipyard in Nantong, China, in 2012. The troubles at Rongsheng, China's largest private shipbuilder, mirror what's happening in the global industry.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 12:43 pm
There's news this week that shipbuilder STX Finland will close what it describes as "the world's leading ferry builder," a yard where the company also built small cruise ships, icebreakers and naval craft.
The company blamed economic conditions for the closure of the Rauma Shipyard. Work from there will be shifted to the company's facility in Turku. About 700 people will lose their jobs.
A Navy Yard employee brings flowers to an anchor outside the scene of the shooting.
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The flag flies at half-staff above the White House.
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Brittany Carter (left) and Jibri Johnson of Bowie, Md., and Bryan Beard of Washington attend a candlelight vigil for the victims, at Freedom Plaza on Monday night. The vigil was organized by Project End Gun Violence.
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Family and friends wait to meet staff of the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters on Monday. Employees were told to shelter in place for most of the day.
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District police officers monitor the crime scene at the Naval Yard. There were reports Monday of additional gunmen, but investigators now believe Alexis acted alone.
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A member of the U.S. Navy plays taps during the wreath-laying ceremony.
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Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert (left), Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sandy Winnfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel participate in wreath-laying ceremony to honor the shooting victims, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
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An officer from the Department of Defense stands guard near the gate at the Washington Navy Yard, which was closed to all but essential personnel on Tuesday.
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Officials say Aaron Alexis, an IT employee with a defense contractor, used a valid pass to get into the Washington Navy Yard building where he opened fire Monday, killing 12 people. Alexis is seen here in an undated handout photo.
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A Navy Yard employee brings flowers to an anchor outside the Washington Navy Yard on Tuesday, a day after a mass shooting left 12 people dead, as well as the gunman.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.
Nicholson Baker has become a sort of poet of the particular and the peculiar. His books are filled with people who focus minutely on what captivates them – in other words, obsessives. A positive way of looking at obsession is as passion taken to an extreme. The danger, of course, is that the object of one person's intense fascination — such as the broken shoelaces in his unforgettable first novel, The Mezzanine, or the disquisitions on Debussy, dance music, and drones in his latest, Traveling Sprinkler — may spell another's total snore.
An Iraqi civilian walks through the vault of the National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 12, 2003. Looters opened the museum vault, went on a rampage breaking ancient artifacts stored there by museum authorities before the war started.
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A woman stands next to a display of recovered antiquities at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq on April 27, 2008. The Iraqi National Museum has welcomed home 701 artifacts that were stolen during looting after Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:26 pm
I'm going to tell two stories here, two very different stories. One's about bad guys hurting good guys that made me think the world is going to hell; the other is about good guys outfoxing bad guys and made me smile — made me think there's hope, always hope. I found them in different books.
I approached this review with a little bit of dread. How do you write about the iconic novelist Thomas Pynchon, whose books are strange and difficult things, and whose die-hard readers gather online to wax poetic, and use words like Pynchonian, Pynchonalia and Pynchonesque? They are just so into him, and often so articulate about their love. If you read the thoughtful and detailed writing by Pynchon devotees, they make a very persuasive case.
On July 18, 1863, the Union Army's famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — a black military unit — made a desperate assault on Confederate forces at Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C. In the end, they were unsuccessful and lost almost half of their forces. Escaped slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman bore elegiac eyewitness to the terrible day: "We saw the lightning and that was the guns," she said later.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 10:57 am
Throughout the Syrian war, President Obama has insisted that President Bashar Assad must go. But now, the U.S. may want, or even need, Assad to remain in power for a while longer so he can oversee the dismantling of his chemical weapons stockpile.
"For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside," Obama said back on Aug. 18, 2011, in his first explicit call for Assad's ouster, something the U.S. president went on to repeat on multiple occasions.
Five hundred and six people were murdered in Chicago last year. It was the kind of news that got John Lippert thinking.
JOHN LIPPERT: I live in Chicago and a lot of what we get is overnight stories saying, you know, three people shot, six people shot, day after day. And I just felt like, okay, well, what does it mean? Where are we going with this?
It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.
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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. A report by United Nations' chemical weapons inspectors does not blame Syria's government for last month's chemical weapons attack. The inspectors were not authorized to do that. But they did provide substantial evidence, the most detailed look available, of an August 21 attack that led the United States to threaten military action.
Anya Von Bremzen is a contributing editor at <em>Travel + Leisure </em>and the author of five cookbooks.
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A banquet spread is pictured in the 1952 edition of <em>The Book of Tasty and Healthy Foods. </em>The cookery book, published in the former Soviet Union, promoted a <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3bcf8f22-0545-11e3-9ffd-00144feab7de.html#slide0">fantasy of abundance</a> at a time when privations abounded.
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Anya von Bremzen emigrated from Russia with her mother (here, in Philadelphia in 1978) when she was 10 years old.
The French novelist Marcel Proust immortalized the connection between food and memory when the narrator of his novel Remembrances of Things Past bit into a madeleine and was transported to thoughts of his childhood.
But what if that madeleine were poisoned, so to speak?
That is the question underlying Russian American writer Anya von Bremzen's new memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. Though it contains recipes, this is not a cookbook but rather, a history of a family and of Soviet Russia.