3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Story

The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Still, the standoff between the two parties has all but stopped the process of governing.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Story

Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:37 pm

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Salt

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:23 pm

A worker dries coffee beans at a coffee plantation in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, in February 2013.
Moises Castillo AP

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.

"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.

But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or roya in Spanish, hit his crop.

"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.

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2:43am

Mon July 28, 2014
Science

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Guided by biologists, volunteers briefly catch, band and release some of Delaware's visiting red knots each spring to monitor the health of the species.
Maggie Starbard NPR

An intrepid bird called the red knot migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. But changes in climate along its route are putting this ultramarathoner at risk.

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2:41am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

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.

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2:36am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Lissette Encarnacion in her apartment at The Brook, a supportive housing complex in the New York City borough of the Bronx.
Natalie Fertig WNYC

Standing outside her sixth-floor apartment in the Bronx, Lissette Encarnacion says she sometimes forgets the place belongs to her.

"I'm thinking I'm at somebody else's [house]," she says. "I'm ringing my own doorbell."

Encarnacion used to have a career in banking, and lived in a real home with her son and husband. Then one night everything changed, she says, when her husband came home drunk and angry, and threw her off a balcony.

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3:17pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Men In America

Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:22 pm

At East Bay School for Boys, sometimes the sparks of inspiration result in, well, actual sparks.
Courtesy East Bay School for Boys

This summer, All Things Considered has been taking a look at the changing lives of men in America. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.

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. In some ways, the school's different approach starts with directing, not stifling, boys' frenetic energy.

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3:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Author Interviews

'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 4:52 pm

The Land of Love And Drowning follows a family living in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early 20th century.
Brennan Linsley AP

In the new novel Land of Love and Drowning, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.

The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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.

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3:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Around the Nation

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 4:52 pm

Artist Willie Baronet has been collecting signs from the homeless since 1993.
Tanya Conovaloff

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.

He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called We Are All Homeless. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Baronet wants us to slow down, read them and understand.

"It really started because of my discomfort, my guilt, the way I felt, whenever I encountered a homeless person on the corner," he tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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