National & World News from NPR

Pages

Shots - Health News
9:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Scientists Go Medieval To Solve Ancient Leprosy Puzzle

A woodcut from the 1800s, Healing the Lepers, depicts the common tableau of Jesus healing a leper as his disciples look on.
Images from the History of Medicine

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:51 pm

Look through a series of 15th-century woodcuts, and you'll find that the leper is as much an icon of medieval art as the crown or the cross.

Leprosy was so common in Europe during the Middle Ages that it's estimated 1 in 30 people was infected with the bacteria. But by the turn of the 16th century, after the Crusades had swept across Europe, the disease mysteriously disappeared. And it never returned.

This left scientists puzzled. Did the bacteria mutate to become less harmful, or did Europeans become resistant to the germs?

Read more
The Two-Way
8:19 am
Fri June 14, 2013

2 Killed, 379 Homes Destroyed By Wildfire In Colorado

A fire that's been burning since Tuesday continues to consume acreage near Colorado Springs in Black Forest, Colorado.
Tom Cooper Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:37 pm

While firefighters are holding the line, the Black Forest fire northeast of Colorado Springs is being called the most destructive in Colorado history.

Update At 7:35 p.m. ET. Progress Reported

The fire is now 30 percent contained, officials say.

"We had a real good day without wind," says federal incident commander Rich Harvey. "I think the rain had a tremendous impact. So, some things finally turned in our favor."

Read more
TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Can Beauty Change A Life?

"Beauty is not just for the imagination. It's actually a way of altering human behavior for the better." — Bill Strickland
TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Bill Strickland's TEDTalk

Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music and unlikely partnerships.

About Bill Strickland

Read more
TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri June 14, 2013

How Does Beauty Feel?

Designer Richard Seymour at TED Salon.
TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:34 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Richard Seymour's TEDTalk

A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object — how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it.

About Richard Seymour

Read more
TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Does Being Beautiful Make You Happy?

Cameron Russell at TEDxMidAtlantic
David Quinalty TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:32 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Cameron Russell's TED Talk

Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": She's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

About Cameron Russell

Read more
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
6:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

It's All Politics, June 13, 2013

Kin Cheung AP
  • Listen to the Roundup

This week's podcast highlights the familiar choice facing Americans in the wake of the NSA news: privacy vs. security. The case of Edward Snowden offers up another choice: hero or traitor? For Massachusetts voters, it's Ed Markey vs. Gabriel Gomez. In New Jersey, it's Cory Booker vs. the rest of the field. The real choice facing our nation: Ken Rudin vs. Ron Elving.

The Two-Way
6:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

With Game 4 Win, Heat Even Championship Series Against Spurs

LeBron James of the Miami Heat goes up for a shot against Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thursday.
Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 9:26 am

With a 109-93 win, the Miami Heat evened their championship series against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

As The Miami Herald put it, the game served as a dazzling display for Miami's Big Three:

Read more
The Two-Way
6:44 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Book News: CIA Nominee Catches Grief Over Bookstore Erotica Readings

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more
Animals
6:19 am
Fri June 14, 2013

European Pet Passport Lets Animals Travel To E.U. States

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:07 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

The European Union is a big fan of traveling pets. It has pet passports that allow them to travel through all the member states. Still, until this week there was a limit. Travelers could only take up to five pets across the borders. Now, thanks to a pet-loving member of the EU Parliament, those who prefer to travel with herds of animals are now free to roam, as long as they're heading for a competition or a sporting event.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Religion
6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Harley Davidson Sends Pope Francis Gifts

The company sent the pope two motorcycles and a leather jacket. The occasion is a gathering of bikers in Vatican City this weekend hoping for a blessing of the motorbikes.

The Two-Way
6:09 am
Fri June 14, 2013

U.S. Says Syria Crossed 'Red Line'; Now What?

A Syrian female rebel monitors the movement of Syrian government forces in the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in April.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 12:34 pm

  • NPR's Deb Amos On Morning Edition
  • NPR's Michele Kelemen On Morning Edition
(This post was last updated at 1:31 p.m. ET.)

On Thursday, the United States revealed that it now has "high confidence" that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against rebel forces.

Read more
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
6:03 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:03 pm

This summer, you can expect to be profoundly haunted by some of the best works of speculative fiction the season has to offer. The protagonists in these novels are mobbed by the ghosts of history, by the re-awakened dead, and by their recollections of traumas so formative that they transcend personal experience to become species memory. They are also, somewhat humorously, dogged by all the secret truths that have been edited out of Wikipedia entries.

Read more
Middle East
5:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

U.S. To Provide Military Support To Opposition In Syria

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. The Obama administration has shifted policy on Syria with an announcement, last night, that it will step up support for rebels who've been losing ground in recent weeks. The White House says it will start providing direct military support to rebel commanders.

Read more
World
5:49 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Talks In Turkey May Solve Violence Over Park Construction

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Politics
4:38 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Religious Conservatives Focus On Midterm Elections

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

They're calling it the Road to Majority. It's the third annual meeting of conservative religious activists with the Faith and Freedom Coalition. The conference is underway now in Washington, D.C. Its stated aim: To boost the conservative vote for next year's midterm election.

As NPR's David Welna reports, it's also a platform for Republican stars eyeing the White House in 2016.

Read more

Pages