All Things Considered http://publicradiodelmarva.net en A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 52807 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Gustavo Arellano 52806 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Brakkton Booker 52804 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 52800 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 52799 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/disaster-everest-marks-deadliest-day-mountains-history More than 13 Nepalese climbers died while preparing a route on Mount Everest for Western climbers. Grayson Schaffer of Outside Magazine explains that local porters and guides bear the brunt of the danger on these extreme climbs. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52793 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Authorities in Massachusetts spent the past year planning a more secure environment for the 2014 Boston Marathon. This year, there will be 3,500 police and National Guard soldiers along the course. Runners and spectators are asked to leave bags and strollers at home. Participants generally seem OK with the new measures but say it may change their experience of the race. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 52795 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/superheroes-go-washington-and-theyve-got-political-advice Hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall Friday to see if they could break the Guinness World Record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters ever assembled.<p>It was the kickoff to Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In the end, the group came up short by several hundred people to break the world record.<p>But with so much superhero power concentrated next to the U.S. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 52796 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52744 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52739 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 52740 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Noah Adams 52741 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/story-torture-and-forgiveness-spans-half-century Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In 1995, two men whose paths had crossed more than half a century before, met in Thailand: one a Scotsman, the other Japanese. In 1942, the Scotsman, Eric Lomax, had been a prisoner of war and a victim of torture. Takashi Nagase was a Japanese soldier and an English language interpreter for the men who tortured Lomax. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52733 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/russian-call-show-putin-maintains-hard-line-against-west Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 52727 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/harmony-loving-sisters-keep-it-retro <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdPYwsbuASc</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 editor 52734 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Nigeria, all but eight girls kidnapped from a boarding school earlier this week have been rescued, according to the Nigerian military. As many as 100 girls have been missing after heavily-armed militants from the Islamist group known as Boko Haram raided their dorm. Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language translates roughly as Western education is sinful, has been waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 52677 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52673 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 editor 52675 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 52670 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 52671 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 52672 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Yasiel Puig is the star second-year outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a Cuban refugee who plays with phenomenal athletic talent and abandon. In fact, sometimes what he abandons is the guidance of his coaches and manager. He is energetic to the point of recklessness when he's running bases or playing the outfield. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52657 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/south-korea-ferry-disaster-sets-rescuers-and-fears-motion Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Tragedy in South Korea today. Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank off the country's southern coast. At least six people are confirmed dead so far, but there is fear that the death toll will rise dramatically. Passengers who were rescued said they believe many more were trapped below deck.<p>We're joined now by Jason Strother. He's a journalist based in Seoul.<p>And, Jason, first can you tell us about what happened here? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52658 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Steve Henn 52664 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 52617 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/sending-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 52614 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/portugal-sales-receipt-may-be-your-ticket-win-big On Lisbon's cobblestone lanes, the Portuguese economy is hobbling along as it always has — in cash.<p>In a tiny, 100-year-old bar, Nuno Goncalves pours out glasses of <em>ginja</em> — a Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur — for his customers, mostly old men in flat caps. A small shot-glass full costs 50 cents — cash only. There is a cash register, but it doesn't print receipts.<p>"It's a local business. They just count the money they have, and the bottles they sell," explains a customer named Felipe. "They will not give you a receipt — and you will not ask for a receipt. Because, come on! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 52615 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 David Schaper 52608 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/months-training-and-moment-silence-marathon-draws-near Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 52609 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/perennial-co-writer-returns-album-his-own Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52610 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net