News From NPR

Pages

The Salt
7:44 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

When Your Child's Food Allergies Are A Matter Of Life And Death

Laurel Francoeur's son Jeremy is severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, sesame and shellfish.
Courtesy of Laurel Francoeur

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 3:46 pm

Laurel Francoeur's son Jeremy was about a year old when he had his first life- threatening allergic reaction. She took him to the doctor when hives started to cover his whole body. Tests revealed severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, sesame and shellfish.

Like many parents of children with severe food allergies, Francoeur faces a host of unique challenges.

"It's a lot of planning," she says. "You have to always plan where you're going, how you're going to eat when you get there. Will the food be safe? Will he have something to eat?"

Read more
The New And The Next
7:44 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible

TED

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 3:44 pm

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells guest host Tess Vigeland about Cedric Villani, a successful mathematician with a stylish flair that's given him the moniker "The Lady Gaga of Mathematics." Though he's made big discoveries and earned a prestigious Fields Medal, he's on a mission to make math more accessible.

Read more
Author Interviews
1:45 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

Shepherdstown Public Library in Shepherdstown, W.Va. (2011)
Robert Daweson Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 10:26 am

Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries across the country for almost 20 years. And now, just in time for National Library Week, he has published his photos in a new book called The Public Library. It includes reflections on libraries from Dr. Seuss, Amy Tan, E.B. White and others, but the stars of the book are the photographs, from the New York Public Library β€” which is as splendid as any great European cathedral β€” to libraries that are housed in shacks and shopping malls.

Read more
Book News & Features
1:44 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

You might not notice their names on their book covers β€” and sometimes they're not named at all. But ghostwriters don't mind the anonymity.
Hobvias Sudoneighm (striatic) Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:33 am

The next time you're in a bookstore, take a look at the nonfiction shelf. See all those celebrity autobiographies β€” the memoirs of actors, athletes and politicians? Chances are, they're the work of a ghostwriter.

David Fisher is one of those invisible authors. He's ghostwritten over 70 books, adopting the voices of quarterback Terry Bradshaw, attorney Johnnie Cochran and actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen, among others.

Read more
Author Interviews
1:44 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Courtesy of St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:52 am

Lucky Santangelo is a household name β€” at least, in those households where the shelves are packed with Jackie Collins novels. And considering there are more than 500 million copies sold, well, Santangelo's certainly got a fan base.

Read more
Code Switch
1:44 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Autism, Like Race, Complicates Almost Everything

Alicia Montgomery walks with her son near their home.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:40 am

Children have tantrums. They yell and grab at things that they should ask for nicely. And when a child has autism, like my son, these episodes can be epic: toys hurled across a room, screaming fits that last hours, and flurries of hitting that get triggered by even a minor change in a routine.

But when my son screams at his therapist and tries to snatch Magic Markers from his hands, I gasp. I think of Trayvon Martin.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

In Australia, A Minute Of Silence Is Being Sold To Help Vets

Remembrance poppies honoring veterans cover a shrine in Wellington, New Zealand, on a recent April 25, when Australia and New Zealand mark ANZAC Day. A new campaign urges people to buy a minute of silence to support veterans.
Hagen Hopkins Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:58 pm

They're selling silence in Australia. But before you start thinking that means things are too noisy Down Under, know this: The Minute of Silence was recorded as current and former members of Australia's military stood by, in honor of their fallen comrades. The silence is being sold for a little over $2 to raise money to help veterans.

Read more
My Guilty Pleasure
1:42 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 9:03 am

The job description for a parent should be straightforward: The only requirement is the skill to do everything perfectly under the pressure of guilt.

Forget perfectly β€” even passably can be difficult. For a long time my older son only ate apples: apples for breakfast and apples for lunch and apples for dinner. "Offer him a variety of choices," said the pediatrician, as though I hadn't done that. Guilt. "Feed him ice cream β€” at least you get some protein and calcium and sugar into his body," said the pediatrician. Guilt.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby

Pakistani toddler Mohammad Musa, seen here sitting in his grandfather Muhammad Yasin's lap after a court hearing in Lahore. A court threw out charges of attempted murder against the toddler Saturday.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 10:33 am

Weeks after he was fingerprinted and appeared in court on an attempted murder charge, baby Mohammad Musa Khan is no longer living under the shadow of a criminal conviction. His case has been termed absurd, ridiculous and a sign of a justice system in need of reform.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 10:42 am

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the McCutcheon v. FEC case.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 10:42 am

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the McCutcheon v. FEC case.

Read more
The Salt
1:39 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

These guys are gassy, and their emissions are contributing to global warming.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:43 pm

Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow belches.

Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk β€” some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

Read more
Parallels
1:39 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

Members of the Iranian band Accolade perform in an unauthorized stage performance in the capital Tehran in January 2013. Those seeking greater social freedoms are often testing the limits in Iran.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:49 am

In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms.

The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. He has the backing of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to continue the nuclear discussions, but cultural hardliners are stepping up the domestic pressure.

Read more
The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S.

A Google Maps image from its Russian service depicts Crimea (bottom center) with a solid line, reflecting an international border between it and Ukraine. Versions of the map on other Google sites show it with a dotted line.
Google Maps

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:49 am

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement. But in Russia, Google Maps now shows the peninsula as part of Russian territory. America and its allies have refused to accept the region's separatist move to join Russia.

A look at the maps available on two Google Maps Web addresses β€” one ending in .com and another in .ru β€” shows the disparity. In Russia, Web visitors see a solid line dividing Crimea from neighboring Ukraine. In the U.S., a dotted line separates the two, implying a disputed status within the country.

Read more
Europe
1:38 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low

Pro-Russian activists sit at a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk on Wednesday. Police have been conspicuously absent at Eastern Ukraine protest sites.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:33 am

At occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine, there is plenty of razor wire, sandbags and Molotov cocktails.

One thing is conspicuously absent, though β€” law enforcement.

When protests in Eastern Ukraine started on Sunday, police were everywhere.

Read more

Pages