National http://nhpr.org en Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich http://nhpr.org/post/sandwich-monday-korean-steak-sandwich Ever since we landed in San Francisco and refused to leave, we've heard people talking about the Korean steak sandwich at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rheas-deli-and-market-san-francisco">Rhea's Deli and Market</a>. People say things like "It's amazing" and "Get away from me, I'm trying to eat" and "Did you just lick a drop of sauce off of my shirt? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ian Chillag 52727 at http://nhpr.org Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication http://nhpr.org/post/taliban-pakistan-derails-world-polio-eradication Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.<p>"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.<p>"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."<p>Jaffar was shot four times: twice in her arm and twice in her chest. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 52723 at http://nhpr.org Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication In Colo., An Effort To Ease Court Confusion Over Same-Sex Marriage http://nhpr.org/post/colo-effort-ease-court-confusion-over-same-sex-marriage The Colorado attorney general has asked the state's Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages. As Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee reports, he's trying to have the matter both ways — dropping his opposition to lawsuits against the state's gay marriage ban, while still pushing the courts to continue enforcing it. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Colorado Public Radio. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 52719 at http://nhpr.org After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill http://nhpr.org/post/after-5-weeks-haggling-congress-inks-bipartisan-va-bill <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=After+5+Weeks+Of+Haggling%2C+Congress+Inks+Bipartisan+VA+Bill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 52722 at http://nhpr.org Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One http://nhpr.org/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one After graduation, Mason Kerwick landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, he'll drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile, marketing the peanut brand. His first assignment? Driving the peanut-shaped truck into New York City for Macy's July Fourth parade. <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=Sometimes+You+Feel+Like+A+Nut%2C+Sometimes+You+Just+Drive+One&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDc0NDkyMDEzMTQ4ODU0MTE0OGNiNg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:23:00 +0000 52720 at http://nhpr.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets http://nhpr.org/post/house-votes-end-full-fare-rule-airline-tickets The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.<p>The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a <a href="http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/25/2011-9736/enhancing-airline-passenger-protections#h-42" target="_blank">2012 rule</a> that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.<p>Shoppers are smart enough to figure out the price of an airline ticket without federal regulation, said Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a bill co-sponsor.<p>"Talk about the nanny state," he said. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 52721 at http://nhpr.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets Medicare Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed http://nhpr.org/post/medicare-costs-stabilize-its-problems-are-far-fixed Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half of the health program for seniors and the disabled, won't run out of money until 2030, the program's trustees said Monday. That's four years later than projected last year, and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.<p>But that's not the case for the part of Social Security that pays for people getting disability benefits. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 52702 at http://nhpr.org Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://nhpr.org/post/another-appeals-court-tosses-same-sex-marriage-ban For the second time this summer, a federal appellate court has voted to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.<p>A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district court judge's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/276807609/virginias-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-ruled-unconstitutional" target="_blank">decision</a> that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<p>"We do not dispute that states have refused to permit same-sex marriages for most of our country's history. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:41:00 +0000 52700 at http://nhpr.org Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties http://nhpr.org/post/fast-food-scandal-revives-chinas-food-safety-anxieties A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.<p>The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong, and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.<p>The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 52698 at http://nhpr.org Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter http://nhpr.org/post/mens-y-chromosome-size-really-may-not-matter Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis of maleness.<p>Very early in the evolution of the Y chromosome, explains <a href="http://wi.mit.edu/people/faculty/page">Dr. David Page</a>, a geneticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, something pretty dramatic happened: The ancestral Y lost most of its genes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:00 +0000 Rob Stein 52693 at http://nhpr.org With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances http://nhpr.org/post/times-transition-get-practical-about-your-finances <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=In+Times+Of+Transition%2C+Get+Practical+About+Your+Finances+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we're going to talk about matters of personal finance as we have mentioned, this is the last week of our program and that means many of us are finding ourselves in transition. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:22:00 +0000 52689 at http://nhpr.org NPR's New CEO Hopes To Improve Diversity At The Network http://nhpr.org/post/nprs-new-ceo-hopes-improve-diversity-network <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=NPR%27s+New+CEO+Hopes+To+Improve+Diversity+At+The+Network&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. As you may have heard, our last program is this Friday, August 1.<p>Over the course of the week, we'll be having conversations with many of the people we counted as our regulars over the years. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:22:00 +0000 52690 at http://nhpr.org Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think http://nhpr.org/post/where-birds-are-not-where-youd-think This is a trick question. Where would you expect to find the greatest variety of birds?<p>Downtown, in a city?<p>Or far, far from downtown — in the fields, forests, mountains, where people are scarce?<p>Or in the suburbs? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 52688 at http://nhpr.org Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-reach-deal-intended-fix-va-system-crisis <strong>This post was updated at 3 p.m. ET:</strong><p>House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion plan Monday to address the crisis in care for veterans.<p>The agreement would provide $10 billion to allow veterans to be treated outside the Veterans Affairs system, if they've had trouble getting appointments within it. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:00 +0000 52679 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer http://nhpr.org/post/people-who-feel-they-have-purpose-life-live-longer We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 52666 at http://nhpr.org People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer