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4:10 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Out Of The Amazon, Uncontacted Indians Face Diseases Of A New World

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Audie Cornish speaks with Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, who explains what happened to make this tribal people leave its village.

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Around the Nation
4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need.

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New England Snapshot
3:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Battle Over South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Not Over Yet

An oil tanker makes its way into the harbor in South Portland.

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:38 pm

When South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert announced the 6-1 vote to approve a measure that will block the loading of raw crude, including Canadian tar sands oil, onto tanker ships in the southern Maine city, residents and supporters, who had filled the community center, rose to their feet and gave the City Council a standing ovation.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues'

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:01 pm

Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.

GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. The company has "passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year," the AP says.

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Movie Reviews
3:12 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

The Beatles perform one of their songs while filming A Hard Day's Night in 1964.
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Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:19 pm

Back in 1964, movie audiences were treated to three hit musicals. Two of them — Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady — won scads of Oscars. But it was the third that announced the future, and it did so from its opening chord.

What followed from that chord was what we call The Sixties.

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Animals
2:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Veterinarian Vint Virga says that animals in zoos, like this lion, need to have a bit of control over their environment.
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Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:40 pm

From feisty kittens to pacing cheetahs, Vint Virga knows animal behavior.

A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine, Virga has treated many household pets in his clinic. But for the past five years he has been working mostly with leopards, wolves, bears, zebras and other animals living in zoos and wildlife parks. He deals with such issues as appetites, anxiety and obsessive behavior.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ISIS Forces Christians To Flee Iraq City Of Mosul

An Iraqi security officer, stands guard outside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the northern town of Bartala, on June 15, 2012, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sunni-led militant group ISIS has been mounting an offensive in Iraq for weeks, taking over parts of the north, including the city of Mosul.

The group’s threat to the Christians there — convert, leave or die — has forced most of them to leave. More than a thousand Christian families have done exactly that in the last week alone.

We’ll talk about the situation with a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and now works there as a teacher. He went to Mosul recently and wrote about what he saw for the Daily Beast.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

DJ Sessions: Latin Alternative From Los Angeles To Venezuela

Los Rakas are a bilingual hip-hop group made up of Panamanian cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun based in Oakland, California. (Caroll Jones/Flickr)

In today’s installment of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, KCRW’s Raul Campos introduces us to some groups he came across while hosting the 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency

Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control.

With more rain in the forecast, crews worry that moisture could lead to flash floods after so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

The Carlton Complex of fires, which has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state and destroyed 150 homes, was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday, fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Salary Gag Rules Are Illegal, But Still Widespread

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One common form of employment is pay discrimination, which can happen for a range of reasons — gender, sexual identity, race or office culture.

But would there be less pay discrimination if there was more transparency about what workers are paid? A number of experts say yes. There’s a bill in Congress addressing pay transparency.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect On The Brain

Click to enlarge. (Source: Pat Levitt, 2009)

Hundreds of thousands of children suffer from neglect, abuse and trauma during their early years. Many of the psychological consequences are well known, but it’s becoming increasingly clear just how damaging they are to the developing brain.

Today in the final part of our series from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Frontlines of Neuroscience,” Iris Adler looks at a key issue in brain development: the biological consequences of early childhood neglect and trauma.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

And The Leaders In Innovation Are...

The people who measure innovation in the Global Innovation Index (GII) say that Europe leads the world in innovation. Sub-Saharan Africa is not doing too badly either.

The GII is an annual ranking of countries according to their potential for research and development.

Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden top the list, and Sub-Saharan Africa has seen the most significant improvement of all regions. But where does the United States rank?

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Foreign Policy Challenges Pile Up For Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 23, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is logging lots of miles as he deals with challenges in Ukraine, the Middle East and more.

Former U.S. ambassador Nicholas Burns joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the foreign policy challenges.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Commonwealth Games Begin

An athlete trains at Hampden Park, venue for the track and field athletics ahead of the Commonwealth Games on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Only A Game‘s Doug Tribou is in Scotland for start of the Commonwealth Games, an event that takes place every four years.

About 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will fiercely compete for medals in 17 sports. The competition seeks to unify the Commonwealth countries through sport, and runs through August 3rd.

Tribou joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with a preview of the games being held in Glasgow.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Netherlands Mourns As Crash Victims' Bodies Arrive

A convoy of funeral hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014. (Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dutch Safety Board says it has taken charge of the investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. The two black boxes from the airliner are reported to have arrived in Britain.

In the Netherlands, it’s a National Day of Mourning. Church bells in towns and villages across the country rang for five minutes today, just before two transport planes arrived at Eindhoven airbase, carrying the first coffins of the crash victims.

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