Wyoming Public Media http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Last Word http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/last-word-1 <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=Last+Word&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzNTg0OTAyMDEyOTc4NzIxNTYxN2U1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 61961 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/week-politics-progress-upgrading-va-health-system <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=The+Week+In+Politics%3A+Progress+On+Upgrading+VA+Health+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzNTg0OTAyMDEyOTc4NzIxNTYxN2U1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 61960 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ukraine Update http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ukraine-update <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=Ukraine+Update&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzNTg0OTAyMDEyOTc4NzIxNTYxN2U1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 61959 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-york-debates-whether-housing-counts-health-care Standing outside her sixth-floor apartment in the Bronx, Lissette Encarnacion says she sometimes forgets the place belongs to her.<p>"I'm thinking I'm at somebody else's [house]," she says. "I'm ringing my own doorbell."<p>Encarnacion used to have a career in banking, and lived in a real home with her son and husband. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Amanda Aronczyk 61958 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/why-we-think-ignorance-bliss-even-when-it-hurts-our-health Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.<p>But of course, humans don't always behave rationally. Sometimes people will go to great lengths to avoid hearing bad news. Social scientists call this sort of behavior information aversion, or the ostrich effect (based on the old myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they're scared). Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 61957 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/shifts-habitat-may-threaten-ruddy-shorebirds-survival An intrepid bird called the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northeast/redknot/">red knot</a> migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 61956 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/people-who-feel-they-have-purpose-life-live-longer We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 61955 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest Arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful, it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 61954 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lessons-manhood-boys-school-turns-work-wonders This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been taking a look at the changing lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">men in America</a>. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.<p>In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 61953 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/love-and-drowning-us-virgin-islands In the new novel <em>Land of Love and Drowning</em>, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.<p>The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.<p>It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.<p>Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 61952 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/handmade-signs-homeless-people-lead-art-understanding Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.<p>He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called <a href="http://weareallhomeless.blogspot.com/">We Are All Homeless</a>. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 61951 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eve-ramadans-end-fighting-resumes-gaza <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=On+The+Eve+Of+Ramadan%27s+End%2C+Fighting+Resumes+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5MjM1MDEyODE2MzMyMTZmZDQwMg001)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 61950 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-makes-fight-gaza-different-others <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=What+Makes+This+Fight+In+Gaza+Different+From+The+Others%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 61949 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/violence-spikes-anew-iraq-islamic-state-looks-expand <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=Violence+Spikes+Anew+In+Iraq%2C+As+Islamic+State+Looks+To+Expand&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 61948 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/judges-overriding-death-penalty-cases-alabama-outlier When Courtney Lockhart was tried for murder in Alabama, the jury unanimously recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode that recommendation and sentenced Lockhart to death instead. Now the convicted murderer is asking the state Supreme Court to examine Alabama's unique process of judicial override.<p>Alabama is an outlier. It's the only state in which judges routinely override jury decisions <em>not</em> to impose the death penalty.<p>Lockhart's journey through the Alabama judicial system began in 2008, after he carjacked and murdered Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza 61947 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/vincenzo-nibali-first-italian-15-years-win-tour-de-france Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year's Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris' Champs-Elysees.<p>As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.<p>On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner's podium.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/sports/cycling/italys-vincenzo- Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 61946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/us-satellite-images-show-russian-rockets-hitting-ukraine <em><strong>Update at 4:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 61944 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/judges-overturns-dc-ban-handguns-public A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.<p>In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 61945 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/smartsongs-refrains-brain-retains Now that <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/483281985024962560" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="http://www.weirdal.com/" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 61943 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 61942 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/birth-100-millionth-person-philippines-greeted-joy-concern The Philippines on Sunday welcomed its 100-millionth citizen — a baby girl named Chonalyn who was born at a hospital in the capital, Manila.<p>Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population, announced the official milestone after the birth at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 61941 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/libyan-conflict-rages-after-us-shuts-embassy <em><strong>Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Clashes between renegade Libyan army troops and Islamist-led militias have killed at least 38 people, including civilians, in and around the eastern city of Benghazi. The fighting comes a day after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/26/335542894/u-s-embassy-compound-in-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting">U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 61940 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/celebrity-news-anchor-swept-chinas-anti-corruption-effort Chinese often complain that corruption is endemic in every sector of their society. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 61939 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/time-running-short-congress-agree-border-bill Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.<p>The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 David Welna 61938 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fighting-near-mh17-crash-site-ukraine-thwarts-investigators <em><strong>Updated at 1:00 p.m. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 61937 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 61936 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/youll-be-maaaaaaaad-about-goat-if-you-follow-chefs-recipe As the host of the Goats and Soda blog, I wanted to learn a little bit more about goats.<p>At the top of my list: How do you cook goat meat?<p>That's the question I put to Kevin Onyona, who cooks goat at the <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/swahili-village-beltsville">Swahili Village</a> restaurant in Beltsville, Md. The Kenyan-born chef was also in charge of preparing the goat stew served up at the <a href="http://www.festival.si.edu/">Smithsonian Folklife Festival</a> earlier this summer, as part of the Kenya exhibits.<p>"Goat, it is easy to mess up," he told me. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Marc Silver 61935 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive As Hamas Offers New Cease-Fire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/israel-resumes-offensive-says-hamas-rocket-fire-ended-truce <em><strong>Update at 10:05 p.m. ET:</strong></em><p>The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in Gaza, reports the Associated Press.<p>A meeting is scheduled at midnight to adopt it. The AP has more:<p><blockquote><p>The presidential statement, obtained by The Associated Press, says the humanitarian cease-fire would allow for the delivery of urgently needed assistance. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:08:00 +0000 editor 61934 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive As Hamas Offers New Cease-Fire Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hoping-reach-wider-audience-lifetime-breaks-out-familiar-formula TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows — stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance — starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup with the premiere of a new "docu-series" called <em>BAPs. </em>BAPs stands for Black American Prince or Princess. The reality show follows a group of young, wealthy African Americans in St. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:48:00 +0000 editor 61933 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula Volunteer Recap: A Summer With Her Mind On The Toilet http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/volunteer-recap-summer-her-mind-toilet <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvWRWOac9lM</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:13:00 +0000 editor 61929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Volunteer Recap: A Summer With Her Mind On The Toilet