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Goats and Soda

We're all neighbors on our tiny globe. The poor and the rich and everyone in between. We'll explore the downs and ups of life in this global village.

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He Was Imprisoned And Losing His Mind. 'Anna Karenina' Saved Him

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-29 13:32, modified on 2019-04-22 14:15

A man is trapped in prison for a made-up crime. He's overwhelmed by hopelessness and anger. That is until he hears a knock on the wall ... and words from another time and place.

Remembering Wil Riera: The Photographer With An Eye For The Forgotten In Venezuela

Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-13 12:00, modified on 2019-03-04 15:52

In poignant and powerful photographs, Wil Riera draws attention to senior citizens in a country teetering on the brink. Riera died this weekend.

Oh Dear: Photos Show What Humans Have Done To The Planet

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-15 11:00, modified on 2019-03-04 15:52

Some scientists say we've entered a new geological epoch — the anthropocene era — defined by the human impact on the global landscape. Three artists traveled to 22 countries to see what we've wrought.

Why A Fearless Dad-To-Be Was Scared Of Fatherhood

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-14 20:21, modified on 2019-03-04 15:52

Kennedy Odede was frightened by the prospect of becoming a dad: "I should do it the right way. But by the way ... what is the right way?"

How A Baby Caused A Revolutionary Change In Pakistan

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-14 17:35, modified on 2019-06-17 13:43

It all began when a member of the Balochistan assembly brought her 8-month-old son to a session.

Countries Are Ranked On Everything From Health To Happiness. What's The Point?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-14 17:03, modified at 17:48

Nonprofits and advocacy groups use the rankings as a tool to name and shame countries into improving their policies. But the indexes do have some drawbacks.

The Queen Honors Two Women Who Seek To End Female Genital Mutilation

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-11 20:56, modified on 2019-06-12 12:59

They're Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali — both named Officers of the Order of the British Empire at Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours Ceremony.

Why A $790 Balenciaga Hoodie Has A World Food Programme Logo

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-10 13:13, modified at 18:08

The U.N. agency partnered with the luxury fashion label so more people will find out about its mission to provide food aid. Some in the humanitarian community say it's a risky deal.

Why South Korea Is Sending $8 Million In Food Aid To North Korea

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-09 12:13, modified on 2019-06-10 02:15

Facing the worst drought in nearly four decades, the country is grappling with food shortages that affect 40% of its population. The donation has humanitarian – but also diplomatic – aims.

Underdog 'Reggae Girlz' Make History at Women's World Cup

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-08 11:00, modified on 2019-06-10 14:16

The Jamaican women's national soccer team is the first from the Caribbean to ever make it to the Women's World Cup. Grit, luck and a little help from a reggae star helped them get there.

PHOTOS: The Powerful Faces Of Women Who Faced Danger

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-07 19:51, modified at 20:05

In a new project, photographer Robin Hammond made portraits of women who've lived through fighting and violence. He found pain, sorrow, anger, hope — and even joy.

Asia's Longhorned Tick Takes Its First Documented Bite In The U.S.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-07 16:42, modified at 18:27

The parasite carries potentially lethal pathogens in Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. Now it's in North America. We ask tick specialists to weigh in.

Helen Clark Can Do It All: Run A Country, Fight For Women's Rights ... And Snapchat

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-06 20:08, modified on 2019-06-07 18:27

The former prime minister of New Zealand and gender equality champion is at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, where attendees treat her like a rock star.

Could Antibiotics Be A Silver Bullet For Kids In Africa?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-06 19:04, modified at 22:38

A study from Niger reveals a dramatic drop in mortality among children given a twice-yearly dose of azithromycin. Yet concern remains about the potential impact on antibiotic resistance.

An Urgent Mystery: Who's Attacking Ebola Responders In Congo — And Why?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-04 18:58, modified on 2019-06-06 03:25

To answer that question, the U.N. has just named a security expert as its "emergency Ebola coordinator." What's his take?

How To Do Brain Surgery In A War Zone

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-03 20:19, modified on 2019-06-04 13:54

Dr. Omar Ibrahim is a neurosurgeon at the only working hospital in Syria's south Idlib province. The staff, he told NPR via Skype, has "just moved into the basement [because of] the attacks."

They Pump $15 Billion A Year Into Bangladesh's Economy — But At What Cost?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-03 16:06, modified on 2019-06-11 12:00

Bangladeshis who want to work abroad can pay thousands of dollars for a permit. The reward is a chance for a job that allows them to send cash back home. But there's a potential for abuse as well.