National / International News

House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:48

The $694 million Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation.

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Mexican media denounces 'gag law'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:47
Mexican journalists denounce a new law that introduces a number of restrictions on crime reporting in north-western Sinaloa state.

Fifty years of Cambridge Folk Festival

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:46
The festival that helped folk music find its voice

Is it the end for concrete jungles?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:43
Could city revamps signal the end of concrete jungles?

Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:38
The military wing of the Islamist group insists it is not holding a missing Israel soldier and says he could have died in an Israeli air strike.

First WW1 airbase

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:36
WW1 remembered at UK’s first military airbase

Atlanta Doctors Gear Up To Treat Two Ebola Patients

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:31

Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa are flying to Atlanta. They will be the first patients treated for the disease in the U.S. What's the risk of Ebola spreading during the transport?

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Killing Of Four Latino Men Sparks Protests In Salinas, Calif.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:31

Calling the shootings "questionable," a civil rights attorney in Oakland requested action by the Justice Department. The Salinas police chief said that would be premature.

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Will Scotland’s summer of sport affect the referendum?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:26
Will Glasgow's sporting feast affect the referendum?

The 16-year-old 'Pocket Rocket' who dazzled Glasgow

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:22
How 4ft 5in gymnast Claudia Fragapane won four Commonwealth golds with dynamic, bubbly, street-dance inspired routines.

Colorado's marijuana 'Green Rush'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:08
On a limo-driven VIP pot tour in Colorado

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:58

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.

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VIDEO: Essure birth control unsafe - Brockovich

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:49
Erin Brockovich is among the leading voices claiming pharmaceutical giant Bayer's Essure sterilisation procedure has injured thousands of women.

BMJ 'right' in statins claims row

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:25
An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it ran on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins.

GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:21

An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.

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The boy on a beach with an RPG

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:12
Shock at a video of a boy on a beach firing an RPG

Seven singular sports from the Victorian era

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:07
Author Jeremy Clay on seven singular sports from the Victorian era

Bolt helps Jamaica reach 4x100m final

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:04
Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, starts his Glasgow 2014 campaign by helping Jamaica reach the men's 4x100m relay final.

Peak Index: The history behind the rise, and rise, and rise of kale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:04

There is a phrase in economics ... when something has hit its high, saturated the market, it's peaked. We're starting a new economic indicator on our show, and we're saying it, we've reached Peak KaleWriter Jane Black explains



If you were a foodie at the dawn of the twentieth century - though, no one would call you a foodie - you probably would have paid attention to what Horace Fletcher had to say.

Fletcher was a wealthy businessman. But he was neither a scientist nor a chef. Still, he pioneered 'Fletcherizing,' or chewing each bite 32 times. It was soon accepted as a key to good health. "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate!" he warned.

The concept seems ridiculous today. But each food fad is a reflection of its time.

Now, we have kale: glamorous but respected; sexy but not in a cookie-cutter way. The Cate Blanchett of vegetables. Like any starlet that has hit the big time, kale is everywhere. It bumps romaine out of Caesar salads. It curls across pizzas and alongside locally raised pork chops. It's the muse for part-cookbook, part-love letter, 50 Shades of Kale.

Why kale? Why now?

To its credit, kale has a vibrant history. It emerged in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. By the Middle Ages, it became so popular in England and Scotland, 'kale' became another word for "dinner." During World War II, Britain urged home gardeners to grow kale for its "Dig for Victory" campaign.   Today it offers those who cook it a badge of honor. Rightly or wrongly, it signals a cook’s commitment to farm to table values, like buying local and, of course, eating your vegetables.

Yet, with every fad comes the inevitable backlash. The first haters are beginning to attack not kale’s pretensions of grandeur but its health credentials. Apparently, all those raw kale salads are a waste. To get the nutrients, you need to cook the stuff.

Yet, with every fad comes the inevitable backlash. The first people to hate on kale claimed it wasn't as healthy as everyone said. Then, they said .... 'only really snooty people eat it.'

Unlike France, Italy and China, the U.S. goes through food fads faster than a box of $4 cupcakes at an office party. So those critiques matter. And before kale was the "it" vegetable, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, portobello mushrooms and celery root each wore the heavy crown.

Still, the backlash has yet to change people's minds about kale. There's a petition on Change.org to make the first Wednesday of October National Kale Day. Folk artist Bo Muller-Moore is locked in a trademark battle with Chick-fil-A to allow him to keep selling T-shirts that read "Eat More Kale."

If the ubiquitous raw kale salad can't live up to its nutritious and culinary promise, perhaps the solution is to mix and match culinary fads.

Put that arugula, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes back into those bowls.

Anyone ready to Fletcherize?

The Market Basket protests

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:02

Across New England, a chain of Market Basket grocery stores saw protests this week. Protests in support, not against, former company President Arthur T. Demoulas.

Market Basket's board pushed him out in a massive family feud, and now the chain is losing MILLIONS of dollar as thousands of employees AND customers, have hit the streets.

We asked WGBH reporter Rupa Shenoy to get the bottom of this story.

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