Ari Shapiro http://nhpr.org en On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears http://nhpr.org/post/opposite-sides-israeli-gaza-border-feeling-same-fears More than 50 Palestinians have been killed and 450 wounded in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330059942/israel-strikes-gaza-again-as-violence-and-death-toll-escalate">Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip</a>. Meanwhile, rockets continue to fly toward Israel from Gaza, but so far, no Israelis have been reported killed.<p>For people living in and around the Gaza Strip, this conflict has turned daily routines upside down. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 51627 at http://nhpr.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life http://nhpr.org/post/scottish-yarn-knit-time-saves-fabric-shetland-life Drive around the Shetland Islands in the far north of Scotland, and at least one thing is immediately apparent: It's home to a lot of sheep. They're everywhere — wandering along the roadsides and on beaches.<p>In fact, there are some 400,000 of them in Shetland, where the ovine inhabitants outnumber the human ones 20 to 1.<p>So if you're invited to someone's home for dinner, lamb will likely be on the table. And if you're wearing a local scarf or mittens, chances are it was made out of Shetland wool.<p>Here in Shetland, knitting is not a hobby reserved for grannies or for hipsters. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 51246 at http://nhpr.org A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes http://nhpr.org/post/london-underground-home-worlds-mosquitoes You can't hear it over the noise of London's traffic. But it's there. That faint, whining hum. Right under my feet, thousands of mosquitoes are dining on human blood.<p>To visit them, you have to go through a sliding glass door into the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This school started as a hospital on the Thames River, where doctors treated sailors returning from faraway places with strange parasites.<p>Today, the building holds countless exotic diseases that you hope you'll never catch. The mosquitoes carry just a few of them, and their keeper is an entomologist named Dr. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 50243 at http://nhpr.org In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes In A Sunny Britain, Would We Read Classics Like 'David Coppertone'? http://nhpr.org/post/sunny-britain-would-we-read-classics-david-coppertone I'm not sure that cities like Miami and Rio de Janeiro truly appreciate the sun. They clearly enjoy the sun, what with their beach volleyball games and their fruity cocktails. But to really <em>appreciate </em>the sun, I think you have to live in a place that gets dark by 4 p.m. in the winter. A place where a typical summer day involves drizzle. A place, in short, like London.<p>This morning, I woke up in my East London apartment to a strange vision: The bright summer sun, streaming in through my window. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 50138 at http://nhpr.org In A Sunny Britain, Would We Read Classics Like 'David Coppertone'? In Leap From Page To Stage, UK's Take On 'Catch-22' Gets It Right http://nhpr.org/post/leap-page-stage-uks-take-catch-22-gets-it-right <em>Catch-22</em> is widely considered a great novel; until now, it has been a disaster as a play. Though Joseph Heller adapted his work for the stage decades ago, every production had been a failure. Now, however, a new production of his play seems to have broken the curse: It is touring the UK and receiving strong reviews. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49785 at http://nhpr.org To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad http://nhpr.org/post/win-wear-red-physicist-hawking-advises-englands-world-cup-squad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJFQ1QG5Hno</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:47:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49304 at http://nhpr.org To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List http://nhpr.org/post/killed-mockingbird-american-classics-cut-british-reading-list For decades, British students have grown up reading the American classics <em>To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men </em>and <em>The Crucible.</em> Now, if students want to read those books, it will be on their own time. Harper Lee, John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller are out — perhaps replaced by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and George Eliot.<p>British Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones. Mon, 26 May 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49171 at http://nhpr.org Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election http://nhpr.org/post/britains-right-wing-party-make-gains-eu-parliament-election British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49026 at http://nhpr.org Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine http://nhpr.org/post/corruption-ukraine-robs-hiv-patients-crucial-medicine I recently took a Ukrainian taxi from the airport to my hotel. The fare should have been $20. The cab driver was adamant that I pay $30. When I finally paid him $30, the driver gave me a receipt with a wink. He'd made it out for $40.<p>The driver got a cut by overcharging me, and assumed that I would take a cut by overcharging NPR (which I did not).<p>In Ukraine, corruption is a daily fact of life. It reaches into big business, law enforcement, education and even the smallest transactions between people on the street.<p>Nobody died because my cab driver was corrupt. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48591 at http://nhpr.org Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine Sinn Fein Leader's Questioning Dredges Memories Of 'Troubles' http://nhpr.org/post/sinn-fein-leaders-questioning-dredges-memories-troubles Gerry Adams, a leader of Sinn Fein, was questioned in Northern Ireland in connection with an infamous murder 42 years ago. The investigation threatens to impact the fragile peace agreement there. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 47943 at http://nhpr.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://nhpr.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46844 at http://nhpr.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low http://nhpr.org/post/between-friends-family-and-country-ukranian-police-lie-low <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRu5am9Rx0</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46651 at http://nhpr.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine http://nhpr.org/post/molotov-cocktails-and-razor-wire-inside-occupied-building-ukraine <em>In Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, activists who want to align the country more with Russia seized a regional administration building in the center of town last weekend. NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro went inside the building Friday and reports on what it was like:</em><p>Overnight, reports said pro-Russian protesters here in Donetsk had reinforced the barricade surrounding the 11-story government building that the demonstrators have occupied since Sunday. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46591 at http://nhpr.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? http://nhpr.org/post/god-save-queen-and-donetsk-too The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been the center of a standoff since Sunday, with demonstrators pleading for the city to join Russia, while government leaders insist it will remain part of Ukraine.<p>In the midst of this tug-of-war, there's a third country that may have a claim on the city — though admittedly, a much looser one.<p>"God Save The Queen" isn't just the British national anthem, it's also the name of a campaign to bring Donetsk under the sheltering wing of Her Majesty's United Kingdom.<p>(You read that correctly: the UK. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46563 at http://nhpr.org God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? Cleaning Around Barricades, Kiev Protesters Still Camping In Square http://nhpr.org/post/cleaning-around-barricades-kiev-protesters-still-camping-square Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, hundreds of people are still camped out in Independence Square known as the Maidan. They say they'll stay, at least through next month's presidential elections, to push for greater reform. In February, violent protests in the Maidan toppled the president and left dozens dead. Today, though, the cloud of black dust over the square was from dozens of brooms sweeping. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: The riots here in Independence Square ended months ago, but this still looks like the scene of violence. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46265 at http://nhpr.org