1. lookatthisstory:

    Two wars, two veterans, both homeless. Henry Addington, 67, served with the Navy in Vietnam and Dan Martin, 29, was a medic in Afghanistan.

    If you ask them, homeless veterans might tell you they only have a vague idea of what they look like, or how they got to where they are. At least that was true of the few we met in San Diego.

    There are about 50,000 homeless vets in the U.S., according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who have struggled with drug use or mental illness, unemployment or criminal records — or any number of things.

    NPR spoke with Henry, Dan and 7 other veterans in a pop-up portrait studio at Stand Down San Diego. Find out what they had to say.

  2. Look at this

    veterans

    homelessness

  1. Posted on 19 September, 2014

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    wnyc:

The best and most important blog we discovered this week places octopuses on the heads of United States vice-presidents. All of them.
http://bit.ly/XvhGG6

This is for all of the marine biologists/history buffs out there. -Emily View in High-Res

    wnyc:

    The best and most important blog we discovered this week places octopuses on the heads of United States vice-presidents. All of them.

    http://bit.ly/XvhGG6

    This is for all of the marine biologists/history buffs out there. -Emily

  2. wnyc

    octopus

    vps

    jonathan crow

  1. Happy “Talk Like a Pirate Day” from NPRrrrrrr…
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    Happy “Talk Like a Pirate Day” from NPRrrrrrr…

    Photo credit: iStockphoto

  2. talk like a pirate day

    pirates

    arrrrrr

    me hearty

  1. nprglobalhealth:

It’s All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?
"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.
"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."
In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”
Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.
The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.
Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”
They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.
Continue reading and see more photos.
Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)
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    nprglobalhealth:

    It’s All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

    "My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.

    "I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."

    In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”

    Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.

    The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.

    Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”

    They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.

    Continue reading and see more photos.

    Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)

  2. NPR global health

    girls

  1. skunkbear:

    lookatthisstory:

    image

    Introducing: LOOK AT THIS

    These are stories about how you see the world - sometimes having to do with photography, sometimes not. 

    We’ll be answering questions and asking them, too. For example: What should we look at next? Send us something weird:

    lookatthis@npr.org

    @lookatthisstory

    #looksgood,
    -
    - Claire

    My friends over at NPR’s multimedia desk have launched a new visual tumblr called Look At This! You should do what the title says, and then follow.

    Here’s the first project from Look At This, NPR’s new visual storytelling experiment: 

    What Do Homeless Veterans Look Like?

  2. look at this

    veterans

    anglerfish

    hot pink

  1. 
The votes are in. The people of Scotland have chosen to remain in the United Kingdom. To mark the historic occasion, a wee reminder of what the Scots have contributed to classical music is in order.
If It’s Not Scottish … Classical Contributions Of The Scots View in High-Res

    The votes are in. The people of Scotland have chosen to remain in the United Kingdom. To mark the historic occasion, a wee reminder of what the Scots have contributed to classical music is in order.

    If It’s Not Scottish … Classical Contributions Of The Scots

  2. Scotland

    indyvote

    Scottish music

    NPR music

    NPR classical

    Tom Huizenga

  1. nprontheroad:

    The core of the matter: an apple ending

    Our apple adventure ends today - here on your screen, and on the radio. And the way I see it, if you spend some time with orchard manager Ezekiel Goodband among the heirloom apples at Scott Farm, you’ll never look at (or taste) this fruit quite the same way. (In case you’re wondering, that red, dewy apple in the photo up top is a Cortland. The green/pink luminescent apples in the bin are Holsteins.)

    Goodband grows 100 historic varieties in all, and they have music in their names: Ananas Reinette, Winter Banana, Hidden Rose, Pitmaston Pineapple, Chenango Strawberry, Opalescent.  When I asked him to tick through the names on tape, he started with Red Astrakhan and by the time he got to Jonagold it had taken him a full minute and a half, nonstop. (And he’d only gotten through half the varieties he grows!) Walking through the orchard, he kept showing me different trees and saying, like a proud parent, “this is my favorite apple!” before admitting, “I have maybe 100 favorites here.”  (My personal favorite based on beauty alone: Winter Banana— half golden, half pink, glowing on the trees as if lit from within.)  

    Goodband sees himself as the shepherd of these trees, and it’s year-round hard work: grafting cuttings onto root stock, pruning all winter, bringing in beehives for pollination in the spring, keeping an eye out for disease and critters. Hard work, but you can tell by the gleam in his eye that he adores doing what he does. And his “office” is an apple orchard! Can’t beat that.

    At 61, Goodband is looking for the next shepherd for this “flock”: someone younger who wants to learn the craft and will love these trees and historic apples as much as he clearly does.  

    Our radio story airs today (Friday) on All Things Considered. Hope you can listen in!  

  2. nprontheroad

    Melissa Block

    ATCApples

  1. The Washington Coliseum, where the Beatles played their first gig stateside, has seen better days. After 10 years as a transfer station for Waste Management, it’s now used as a parking garage. The building’s exterior shows signs of nature returning despite being in a rapidly changing D.C. neighborhood. 
The Cities Project is back with some stories about nature encroaching on our urban environment. We notice it when there’s a hurricane, but it happens in small ways, too.
 We want your photos and stories of nature reclaiming space in your community, in ways big or small. It could be in an empty lot gone to seed, a vacant house full of bats or a flower pushing its way up through a crack in your balcony or sidewalk. Plant or animal stories welcome. Tag your image with #nprcities – we may share your contribution on the radio and NPR.org.
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    The Washington Coliseum, where the Beatles played their first gig stateside, has seen better days. After 10 years as a transfer station for Waste Management, it’s now used as a parking garage. The building’s exterior shows signs of nature returning despite being in a rapidly changing D.C. neighborhood. 

    The Cities Project is back with some stories about nature encroaching on our urban environment. We notice it when there’s a hurricane, but it happens in small ways, too.

     We want your photos and stories of nature reclaiming space in your community, in ways big or small. It could be in an empty lot gone to seed, a vacant house full of bats or a flower pushing its way up through a crack in your balcony or sidewalk. Plant or animal stories welcome. Tag your image with #nprcities – we may share your contribution on the radio and NPR.org.

    Photo credit: James Clark/NPR

  2. nprcities

    james clark

    nature

    urban environment

  1. Posted on 18 September, 2014

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    amnhnyc:

Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, was unveiled at the Museum this afternoon. He will be on public view for just over 3 months, through January 4, 2015. Museum scientists worked closely with taxidermy experts to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life. 
Learn more about Lonesome George. 

A recent Radiolab episode about the Galapagos featured the tale of ‘Lonesome George.’ 
More on the solitary tortoise from NPR:
Bidding Farewell to Lonesome George
'Lonesome George,' the Galapagos Giant Tortoise
-Kate View in High-Res

    amnhnyc:

    Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, was unveiled at the Museum this afternoon. He will be on public view for just over 3 months, through January 4, 2015. Museum scientists worked closely with taxidermy experts to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life. 

    Learn more about Lonesome George

    A recent Radiolab episode about the Galapagos featured the tale of ‘Lonesome George.’ 

    More on the solitary tortoise from NPR:

    Bidding Farewell to Lonesome George

    'Lonesome George,' the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

    -Kate

  2. lonesome george

    radiolab

    galapagos

    giant tortoise

  1. laughingsquid:

Artist Creates A Charming Illustrated Guide to the Dogs of the World Grouped by Their Geographic Origin

    laughingsquid:

    Artist Creates A Charming Illustrated Guide to the Dogs of the World Grouped by Their Geographic Origin

  2. scotland

    scottish dogs

    scottish terrier