WGBH News http://wgbhnews.org en Boston Ex-Pats Follow Scotland's Independence Referendum — But Can't Vote http://wgbhnews.org/post/boston-ex-pats-follow-scotlands-independence-referendum-cant-vote <p>September 2 is the deadline for those living in Scotland to register to vote in the country’s independence referendum. On September 18, just over 4 million people in Scotland will decide whether to stay in the United Kingdom, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or split.</p><p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Elizabeth Ross 28488 at http://wgbhnews.org Boston Ex-Pats Follow Scotland's Independence Referendum — But Can't Vote 40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat http://wgbhnews.org/post/40-years-after-working-view-drivers-seat In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country with a tape recorder, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 conversations with a variety of people, including a waitress, a car parker, a jockey, a baseball player, a farm worker, a press agent and a sports team owner.<p>The result was <em>Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do</em>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 28577 at http://wgbhnews.org 40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa http://wgbhnews.org/post/economic-impact-ebola-crisis-spreads-across-africa <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Economic+Impact+Of+Ebola+Crisis+Spreads+Across+Africa&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzOTg1NjAzMDEyNTIwMDUzMDg0MGQ5NA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 28576 at http://wgbhnews.org Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO http://wgbhnews.org/post/analyst-response-russian-incursion-will-be-defining-moment-nato <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Analyst%3A+Response+To+Russian+Incursion+Will+Be+%27Defining+Moment%27+For+NATO&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 28575 at http://wgbhnews.org Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms Of Service Agreements? http://wgbhnews.org/post/why-do-we-blindly-sign-terms-service-agreements <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Why+Do+We+Blindly+Sign+Terms+Of+Service+Agreements%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNDE5MTcxMDEyMTgwMzY4Njc5YmU4NQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 28574 at http://wgbhnews.org 3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release http://wgbhnews.org/post/americans-detained-n-korea-urge-us-secure-their-release Three Americans who have been detained in North Korea appealed today to the U.S. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:18:00 +0000 editor 28573 at http://wgbhnews.org 3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct http://wgbhnews.org/post/flight-passenger-pigeon-now-100-years-extinct The <a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2014/08/26/cincinnati-zoo-remembers-martha-the-worlds-last-passenger-pigeon/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Zoo</a> held a commemorative event; the <a href="http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/news/marthas-day" target="_blank">London Zoo stopped the clock outside its bird house</a> at noon. The object of their memorials: Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.<p>Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant birds. Massive flocks of more than 1 million would darken the sky. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:56:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 28572 at http://wgbhnews.org The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work http://wgbhnews.org/post/these-5-crops-are-still-hand-harvested-and-its-hard-work Mechanization has made the farming of many crops — lettuce and tomatoes, among them — a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work.<p>How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor.<p>For Labor Day, we thought we'd round up some of those crops that still require specialized human labor. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:25:00 +0000 editor 28571 at http://wgbhnews.org These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds http://wgbhnews.org/post/model-manhood-immigrant-dads-draw-two-worlds Lindolfo Carballo knows there's a stereotype about men like him. He grew up in San Miguel, El Salvador, he says, in a male-dominant culture.<p>"I'm coming from a so-called 'machista' country, right? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 28569 at http://wgbhnews.org To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss http://wgbhnews.org/post/cutting-back-carbs-not-fat-may-lead-more-weight-loss We've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/31/295719579/rethinking-fat-the-case-for-adding-some-into-your-diet">reported</a> a lot this year about how there's a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S.<p>Turns out, eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and nuts to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/12/275376259/the-full-fat-paradox-whole-milk-may-keep-us-lean">dairy fat</a> — doesn't make us fat.<p>But eating too many carbohydrates — particularly the heavily refined starches found in bagels, white pasta and crackers — does our collective waistlines n Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:51:00 +0000 editor 28570 at http://wgbhnews.org Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters http://wgbhnews.org/post/uk-seeks-expand-terrorism-laws-target-british-fighters Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give U.K. police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.<p>"We will introduce specific and targeted legislation ... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:10:00 +0000 editor 28568 at http://wgbhnews.org U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows http://wgbhnews.org/post/more-clashes-pakistan-pressure-government-grows Anti-government protesters in Pakistan briefly forced state TV off the air amid continuing clashes with police and renewed calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.<p>Today's violence marks an escalation of demonstrations that had been mostly peaceful until Saturday night when protesters tried to storm Sharif's residence in Islamabad. At least three people reportedly died and 500 were injured amid clashes with police. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:42:00 +0000 editor 28567 at http://wgbhnews.org More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors http://wgbhnews.org/post/showboat-casino-latest-atlantic-city-close-its-doors The iconic Showboat casino in Atlantic City closed Sunday, the latest casualty of competition from gambling in other states.<p>Denise Miller of New Jersey says she was an employee on the first day in 1987 when the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat opened. Although she no longer works there, Miller came down to watch the closed sign hung on the boardwalk entrance.<p>"I'm upset. I'm angry, because Showboat never went bankrupt," she told WHYY's Emma Jacobs. "It was a good casino, a good place to work and people enjoyed it because it was a big emphasis on customer service. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 28566 at http://wgbhnews.org Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall http://wgbhnews.org/post/after-ho-hum-summer-hollywood-ramps-fall <em>Note: There are 26 films in the on-air version of this story — but here are three favorites.</em><p>Hollywood hauled out Apes, Transformers, and X-Men and still had a humdrum summer at the box office. For the first time in years, no summer blockbuster has managed to crack the $300 million barrier at the North American box office. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:33:08 +0000 Bob Mondello 28565 at http://wgbhnews.org After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine http://wgbhnews.org/post/ahead-new-talks-russian-minister-calls-ukraine-cease-fire <strong>Update at 3:21 p.m. ET</strong><p>Pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine are no longer demanding full independence, telling negotiators in Belarus that they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.<p>The Associated Press adds:<p><blockquote><p>"It's a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks — possibly avoiding tougher Western sanctions. The talks follow last week's meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:38:00 +0000 editor 28564 at http://wgbhnews.org Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time http://wgbhnews.org/post/it-might-sound-stupid-maybe-it-isnt-economy-time As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.<p>And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this time around the track, they may discover that many Americans want to hear about other issues as well.<p>Wait. What?<p>The economy is not the No. 1 issue?<p>That's right. Gallup <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/174809/government-economy-immigration-top-problems.aspx">pollsters asked voters</a> what was important, and the No. 1 topic turned out to be dissatisfaction with politicians. No. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 28563 at http://wgbhnews.org It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law http://wgbhnews.org/post/judge-blocks-enforcement-louisianas-abortion-law Louisiana's new abortion law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. But a lawsuit challenged the law on the basis that the requirement was medically unnecessary and would result in the closure of the state's abortion clinics. <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/LA%20Order.pdf">A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked</a> the measure.<p>In his ruling, U.S. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:54:17 +0000 editor 28562 at http://wgbhnews.org Volunteer Docs In Peru Take A Shopping Trip To Look For Patients http://wgbhnews.org/post/volunteer-docs-peru-take-shopping-trip-look-patients After a couple days operating on people in Iquitos, Peru, we realize we're going to need some more patients.<p>We started with about 50 candidates, with hernias, tumors or unidentified pains. But most were excluded for a variety of reasons. Some were too old or weak, and we feared complications with their hearts. Some never returned with the x-rays (relatively affordable at government clinics) we would need before operating. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 28561 at http://wgbhnews.org Volunteer Docs In Peru Take A Shopping Trip To Look For Patients More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height http://wgbhnews.org/post/more-evidence-adhd-drugs-dont-curb-ultimate-height More and more kids <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/22/246771526/more-children-are-being-medicated-for-adhd-than-before">are being diagnosed</a> with <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518/">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a>, and many are medicated — often with stimulant drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.<p>With so many children taking these drugs, plenty of parents and doctors are concerned about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/05/30/187268305/missplaced-blame-on-childhood-ritalin-for-later-substance-abuse">potential side effects</a> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 28560 at http://wgbhnews.org More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted? http://wgbhnews.org/post/why-did-crowd-flee-shanghai-subway-after-foreigner-fainted One Saturday night this summer, a foreigner fainted and fell to the floor of a Shanghai subway car.<p>The passengers around him scattered. Not a single person tried to help.<p>When the train arrived at the next station, hundreds rushed out, nearly trampling each other.<p>The incident was captured on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMbwov9UD3w">closed-circuit cameras</a>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 28559 at http://wgbhnews.org Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted? Roxbury Innovation Center Gives Dudley A Much Needed Boost http://wgbhnews.org/post/roxbury-innovation-center-gives-dudley-much-needed-boost <p>Location, location, location—that’s the well-known adage in real estate. Where&nbsp;a property is located determines its value.</p><p>And location has made all the difference for Boston’s Innovation District enhanced by being part of a revitalized waterfront, while Cambridge’s nerd/entrepreneurs have turned Kendall Square from its academic bookishness into a hip tech haven. That same transformative energy is the vision for Boston’s latest innovation hub soon to be located smack in the middle of Dudley Square in Roxbury.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Callie Crossley 28459 at http://wgbhnews.org Roxbury Innovation Center Gives Dudley A Much Needed Boost Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford http://wgbhnews.org/post/librarians-are-luxury-chicago-public-schools-cant-afford Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.<p>With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.<p>It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.<p>"The people are there, they're just not staffing the library; they're staffing another classroom," says Megan Cusick, a librarian at Nancy B. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:28:00 +0000 editor 28558 at http://wgbhnews.org Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract http://wgbhnews.org/post/amazons-german-workers-push-higher-wages-union-contract Only about 11 percent of U.S. workers are in unions — down from 20 percent just three decades ago. It's different in Germany, where most workers are covered by collective bargaining.<p>That cultural difference is causing a clash between Amazon, the Seattle-based online retail giant, and its German workers.<p>Bad Hersfeld is best known as a picturesque festival and spa town in central Germany. But it's also home to two Amazon fulfillment centers that employ more than 3,000 people.<p>One of those workers is Nancy Becker. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:18:00 +0000 editor 28554 at http://wgbhnews.org Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests http://wgbhnews.org/post/our-use-little-words-can-uh-reveal-hidden-interests One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.<p>The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours they did a rotation, making small talk with people they did not know, one after another, in three-minute increments.<p>I had gone to record the night, which was put on by a company called Professionals in the City, and what struck me was the noise in the room. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:17:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 28553 at http://wgbhnews.org Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' http://wgbhnews.org/post/ghanaian-mystery-writer-says-its-easy-get-murdered-accra White egrets swoop down on the Agbogbloshie Canal and stoop to pick at mounds of filth and trash in search of food. The clogged and stinky waterway dominates Agbogbloshie, the main shantytown in Accra, Ghana's capital city. You wonder how the birds manage to maintain white feathers as they wade in the putrid, muddy water.<p>The stench of that water puts off Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, the protagonist of writer Kwei Quartey's murder mysteries set in Ghana. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 28555 at http://wgbhnews.org Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra' A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle http://wgbhnews.org/post/political-family-funding-and-running-both-sides-aisle Rich families sustain American politics. Some produce candidates; others supply money. And in rare instances, a family will do both.<p>Meet Nebraska billionaire <a href="http://www.joericketts.com/">Joe Ricketts</a>, founder of Ending Spending, an independent political organization that's <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?disp=O">among the top 10 spenders this election cycle</a>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 28556 at http://wgbhnews.org A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen http://wgbhnews.org/post/pretending-be-medical-patient-pays-teen Some of us are lucky enough to stumble into a job that we love. That was the case for Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old had never heard of standardized patients until her advisor at school told her she should check it out.<p>"I was kind of shocked, and I was kind of like, 'Oh, is there actually something like this in the world?' "<p>Since Nuki wants to be a doctor, the chance to earn $15 to $20 an hour training medical students as a pretend patient was kind of a dream come true. 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To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=X+Prize+Competition+Could+Make+%27Tricorder%27+A+Reality&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 editor 28552 at http://wgbhnews.org PTSD Goes Largely Untreated In Iraq's Kurdish Region http://wgbhnews.org/post/ptsd-goes-largely-untreated-iraqs-kurdish-region <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=PTSD+Goes+Largely+Untreated+In+Iraq%27s+Kurdish+Region&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:40:00 +0000 editor 28551 at http://wgbhnews.org