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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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These Scouts Are Prepared For Dirty Dishes — And Keeping The Peace

Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-19 12:00, modified on 2019-02-14 21:46

In Central African Republic, a nation rife with violence, scouts help with public health campaigns, security — and negotiations with rival militant groups. Plus they're trained to do household chores.

Photos: The Forgotten Old People Of Venezuela

Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-13 12:00, modified on 2019-01-14 18:39

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

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 10:00, modified at 17:10

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

Can You Guess The Meaning Of These Humanitarian Icons?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-18 12:00, modified on 2019-02-20 17:10

They're used in infographics, maps, charts and signs to help make crisis-related information easier to understand. See if you can understand what they convey.

Sky Islands And Starry-Eyed Frogs: Breathtaking Photos Of Remote Ecosystems

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-16 12:00, modified at 21:43

Prasenjeet Yadav wants his photos to make people care about the environment — whether it's grasslands vanishing in southwest India or windmills taking over a lizard's habitat.

Sierra Leone's President Declared Rape A National Emergency. What Happens Now?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-15 19:47, modified at 22:36

Women's rights groups have welcomed the declaration, but are concerned whether the new policies can impact the lives of the country's women and girls.

Venezuela's Health Crisis Spills Over To Neighboring Countries

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-15 16:54, modified on 2019-02-19 14:06

Refugees are fleeing to try to get health care. And disease outbreaks across Latin America are being linked back to Venezuela.

A U.S. Hunter Paid $110,000 To Shoot A Pakistani Goat

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-14 21:42, modified on 2019-02-19 14:06

A trophy hunting program aims to protect the national animal, a goat called the markhor. Local social media was full of protests. But there's another side to the story.

The Heartbreaking Plight Of Zimbabwe's Doctors

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-14 18:11, modified on 2019-02-19 19:15

Inflation in Zimbabwe is sky-high — marked by ill-equipped hospitals and long lines for fuel. NPR talks with two doctors who say they don't have the supplies to keep patients, and themselves, safe.

You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-14 10:00, modified on 2019-02-15 18:57

Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a downside.

Ivanka Trump Launches $50 Million Program To Empower Women In The Workplace

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-13 22:30, modified on 2019-02-15 18:57

She wants to make it help 50 million women around the world get jobs and start their own businesses. Critics are waiting for more details.

What It Will Take For Trump To End AIDS 'Beyond' America

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-11 19:28, modified on 2019-02-15 18:57

The president's State of the Union address made a bold pledge. But his 2019 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to foreign assistance programs that address AIDS.

Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-08 19:46, modified at 21:46

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

Why Period Activists Think The 'Drop Of Blood' Emoji Is A Huge Win

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-08 18:57, modified at 19:48

The nonprofit group Plan International UK has been lobbying for an emoji to represent menstruation since 2017. And now they have one — although not everyone is a fan of the design.

Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-07 19:41, modified on 2019-02-08 19:53

Humans are evolutionary oddballs for living long past our reproductive prime. New research explains how grandmothers might be the reason why.

Scientists' 'Craziest Experiment Possible' Actually Works On Mosquitoes

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-07 16:58, modified on 2019-02-08 14:15

What if human diet drugs curb the appetite of bloodthirsty mosquitoes? That's the question a new study set out to investigate.

The 2019 Report Card For The Fight To End Female Genital Mutilation

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-06 19:56, modified on 2019-02-07 14:12

On this day of "zero tolerance" for FGM, how is the world doing in its campaign to halt the practice?

See The Heartfelt 'Peppa Pig' Video That Got A Billion Views In China

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-05 23:09, modified on 2019-02-08 22:37

The popular British cartoon character ushers in the Lunar New Year with a new movie. But it's the live-action trailer — and its story of a loving and lonely grandpa — that everyone's talking about.

Collapse Of Health System Sends Venezuelans Fleeing To Brazil For Basic Meds

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-05 21:22, modified on 2019-02-06 13:44

The once impressive medical system has crumbled dramatically in Venezuela's ongoing crisis. Measles is resurgent; HIV patients aren't getting drugs. Even catheters are in short supply.

Report: Global Warming Could Melt At Least A Third Of Himalayan Glaciers

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-05 20:46, modified on 2019-02-07 14:31

If temperatures continue to rise, glaciers would begin to disappear, with a serious impact on the area's water resources.