Iowa Public Radio http://iowapublicradio.org en UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unicef-report-female-genital-mutilation-holds-hope-and-woe Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.<p>The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.<p>But there's a sobering side to the report. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 editor 44261 at http://iowapublicradio.org UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/evolution-esquire-man-10-revealing-covers This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been exploring what it means to be a <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">man in America</a> today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.<p>There are few people more acquainted with those shifts than David Granger. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:04:00 +0000 editor 44263 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-mans-quest-find-extra-small <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=When+One+Size+Doesn%27t+Fit+All%3A+A+Man%27s+Quest+To+Find+An+Extra-Small&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Viet Le 44264 at http://iowapublicradio.org Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://iowapublicradio.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 44260 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://iowapublicradio.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 44262 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-it-comes-creativity-are-two-heads-better-one Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."<p>Take Steve Jobs: "Jobs created Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak," says Shenk. "Flash-forward to the end of his life, a lot of the great work at the height of Apple was done with this design guru, Jonathan Ive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 editor 44259 at http://iowapublicradio.org When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 editor 44256 at http://iowapublicradio.org Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD http://iowapublicradio.org/post/doj-reaches-agreement-oversight-albuquerque-pd The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.<p>The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.<p>"This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44255 at http://iowapublicradio.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 44258 at http://iowapublicradio.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour http://iowapublicradio.org/post/5-things-i-learned-about-tvs-future-critics-press-tour The voice came from over my shoulder, a shouted greeting in a room crowded with journalists, publicists, network executives, producers and stars.<p>I tuned to see David Boreanaz, star of the Fox TV show <em>Bones</em>, calling out to me like a long-lost friend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 44257 at http://iowapublicradio.org 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour Meet The Guy Who's Putting Your Cat On The Map — To Prove A Point http://iowapublicradio.org/post/meet-guy-whos-putting-your-cat-map-prove-point <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=Meet+The+Guy+Who%27s+Putting+Your+Cat+On+The+Map+%E2%80%94+To+Prove+A+Point&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 44254 at http://iowapublicradio.org Attack On U.N. School Kills Over A Dozen Civilians In Gaza http://iowapublicradio.org/post/attack-un-school-kills-over-dozen-civilians-gaza <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=Attack+On+U.N.+School+Kills+Over+A+Dozen+Civilians+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU4MDIzMDEyMzAwMTE4NTAxYzUzMg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Emily Harris 44252 at http://iowapublicradio.org Palestinian Authority Faces A Fraught Path To Peace In Gaza http://iowapublicradio.org/post/palestinian-authority-faces-fraught-path-peace-gaza <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=Palestinian+Authority+Faces+A+Fraught+Path+To+Peace+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3OTAxMDEzMjA0NTMzMDZlMThkZA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 44251 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/better-treatment-doctors-and-patients-share-decisions Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too.<p>Just ask <a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/decisionsciences/faculty/" target="_blank">Karen Sepucha</a>. She runs the Health Decisions Sciences Center at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. A few years ago she surveyed primary care physicians, and asked how confident they were in their ability to talk about numbers and probabilities with patients.<p>"What we found surprised us a little bit," Sepucha says. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 NPR staff 44250 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem http://iowapublicradio.org/post/central-american-leaders-immigrant-children-are-shared-problem <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=Central+American+Leaders%3A+Immigrant+Children+Are+A+Shared+Problem&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzNjEzMDEyMTY4MzMwNzBiMGMyYQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 44249 at http://iowapublicradio.org Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali http://iowapublicradio.org/post/missing-air-algerie-flight-appears-have-crashed-mali <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=Missing+Air+Algerie+Flight+Appears+To+Have+Crashed+In+Mali&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 44248 at http://iowapublicradio.org Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/botched-ariz-execution-renews-unease-over-lethal-injections <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=Botched+Ariz.+Execution+Renews+Unease+Over+Lethal+Injections&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 44247 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals http://iowapublicradio.org/post/death-clerk-and-other-details-last-minute-execution-appeals <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=The+Death+Clerk%2C+And+Other+Details+Of+Last-Minute+Execution+Appeals&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 44246 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-teens-still-lag-getting-vaccinated-against-hpv Though the vaccine against human papilloma virus is highly effective in preventing certain forms of cancer, the number of preteens getting the vaccine is still dismally low, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.<p>"One of the top five reasons parents listed is that it hadn't been recommended to them by a doctor or nurse," the CDC's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/schuchat.htm">Dr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 editor 44253 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief http://iowapublicradio.org/post/four-theories-about-why-wal-mart-changed-its-us-chief Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/07/24/walmart-names-greg-foran-president-and-ceo-of-walmart-us">is leaving</a> the retail giant, the company said Thursday.<p>Any major shake-up at Wal-Mart is closely watched because the company is so important — it tops the Fortune 500 list with annual sales approaching a half-trillion dollars. So lots of people are speculating about what Simon's departure really means. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 44244 at http://iowapublicradio.org 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief 'Food Dome' Will Provide Vegetables Year-Round for Shelter Kitchen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/food-dome-will-provide-vegetables-year-round-shelter-kitchen <p>A giant ‘food dome’ is almost complete next to Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines. As Iowa public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the unusually shaped greenhouse will grow vegetables year round and supply the shelter’s kitchen.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:05:17 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 44243 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Food Dome' Will Provide Vegetables Year-Round for Shelter Kitchen This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/suit-keeps-ebola-out-so-how-can-health-worker-catch-it The fight against Ebola in West Africa suffered a setback Wednesday. Dr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 44245 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It? U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44236 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/central-american-presidents-say-us-shares-responsibility-migration-crisis The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will meet with President Obama on Friday.<p>But before the meeting, the heads of state are making the rounds in Washington, telling their side of <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/326440909/unaccompanied-minors">an immigration crisis</a> that has driven tens of thousands of unaccompanied children to the U.S. border.<p>During a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala said the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 44237 at http://iowapublicradio.org Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/you-might-call-story-sour-grapes It was an elaborate con involving wine and some of America’s wealthiest collectors.<p>Rudy Kurniawan is the first person to be tried and convicted for selling fake wine in the United States. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 editor 44242 at http://iowapublicradio.org You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veterans-say-suicide-their-top-concern It&#8217;s estimated that 22 military veterans commit suicide every day, but if you talk to people who are familiar with this issue, they&#8217;ll tell you the real number is probably higher. The latest statistics from the Pentagon show that suicides among active duty military are up slightly, compared to the same period last year. There have been 161 confirmed or suspected suicides so far in 2014. There were 154 by this time last year.<p>According to the Associated Press, suicides are up among Navy and Air Force personnel. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 Alex Ashlock 44241 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern Good Movies You Might Have Missed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/good-movies-you-might-have-missed The movie &#8220;Snowpiercer&#8221; opened to critical acclaim a few weeks ago, but you might have trouble finding it at a theater near you.<p>In fact, as Boston Globe film critic <strong>Ty Burr</strong> has noted, a number of good films have either not been released widely, or disappeared from movie theaters before audiences could discover them.<p>He shares a few of his recent favorites with <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Meghna Chakrabarti, including &#8220;The Immigrant,&#8221; &#8220;Fading Gigolo,&#8221; &#8220;Land Ho!&#8221; and &#8220;Edge of To Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 editor 44240 at http://iowapublicradio.org Good Movies You Might Have Missed 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://iowapublicradio.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 44239 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq http://iowapublicradio.org/post/human-rights-watch-researcher-reports-isis-abuses-iraq <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=Human+Rights+Watch+Researcher+Reports+ISIS+Abuses+In+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTYxODUxMDEyOTc4NzE4ODNmNjI3Yg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 editor 44238 at http://iowapublicradio.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://iowapublicradio.org/post/zoo-argentina-says-sad-bear-too-old-go-canada Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332775413/200-000-sign-petition-to-move-sad-bear-to-better-life-in-canada">As we reported on Saturday</a>, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal," lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44235 at http://iowapublicradio.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada