NPR Story
1:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

How Ocean Chemistry Threatens The NW Oyster Industry

Mark Wiegardt’s family has farmed oysters for more than a hundred years. He works with his wife, Sue Cudd, owner of Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery, to supply oyster larvae to farms all over the region.
Karina Ordell

NETARTS BAY, Ore. -- Mark Wiegardt steps slowly through knee-high water, pausing over some jagged lumps of brown-gray shells with a bent flat-head screwdriver.

He picks up a clumps of oysters and rests it on his thigh, stabbing and wrenching until the shellfish crack apart.

The creatures inside are more valuable than ever, so Wiegardt tries his best to make them look nice by bashing off the sharp edges.

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Europe
12:36 am
Mon August 11, 2014

What Makes A Nation Happy?

The French have six weeks of vacation, free universities, top notch public transport and arguably the world's best health care system. Yet in poll after poll the French rank quite high in unhappiness.
Jacques Brinon AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 6:42 am

In Paris, pleasure boats ply the Seine River as people stroll along its banks on a summer day. The French have six weeks of vacation, free universities, top-notch public transport and arguably the world's best health care system. So who could be unhappy here? Yet in poll after poll, the French rank as some of the biggest malcontents in the Western world.

Parisian Bruno Fontaine is relaxing by the edge of the river. He says his countrymen don't realize how good they have it. But as world travelers, he says he and his wife do.

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Around the Nation
12:30 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems

Demonstrators in San Francisco have been protesting outside apartment buildings that have units rented through online brokers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:08 am

Online rental brokers like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey in San Francisco may be finding some success renting to visitors on a nightly basis, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.

In the city's North Beach neighborhood, for example, protesters recently gathered around a three-unit apartment with flats an online broker rents to vacationers. This used to be the rent-controlled home of elderly tenants until out-of-town investors bought the building and evicted the residents.

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NPR Ed
12:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Putting Power Tools In The Hands Of 5-Year-Olds

The Construction Kids program in Brooklyn offers hands-on workshops throughout the year.
Beth Fertig/WNYC

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:31 am

Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill.

"Go ahead, turn it on," says Deb Winsor, who's working with Penelope on this project. "You might want to make it go faster."

As she does, Penelope feels the rush of air from the motor. "The wind is blowing right on you," she says. "You can feel the vibration of the drill bit going in."

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Shots - Health News
12:28 am
Mon August 11, 2014

A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss

One of the scariest parts of advanced macular degeneration can be losing the ability to read facial expressions.
Maria Pavlova iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:56 am

When people lose their vision as they get older, they lose a lot of other things, too. They lose their ability to do the things they love.

"You can't read, you can't cook, and you can't socialize — and as a result, you may become demoralized, withdrawn and depressed," says Dr. Barry Rovner, a geriatric psychiatrist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

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Shots - Health News
12:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Where We Learn That Artificial Eyes Really Aren't Round At All

A prosthetic eye is a work of art custom-crafted for an individual.
Rebecca Davis NPR

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:49 pm

Almost every time reporters go out on assignment, they run across something unexpected that they just can't fit into the story they're working on.

When science correspondent Joe Palca and producer Rebecca Davis were in Boston reporting on a boy with a rare form of cancer, they found themselves in the office of Jahrling Ocular Prosthetics, a business dedicated to making artificial eyes.

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The Salt
12:26 am
Mon August 11, 2014

For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef

For chefs at the Marigold Kitchen in Philadelphia, as in most professional kitchens, it's all about order and organization.
Dan Charnas For NPR

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 4:21 pm

Americans are obsessed with celebrity chefs. We talk about them, tweet about them and try to eat like them. But could we learn something more from them than recipes and technique?

According to Marketdata Enterprises, Americans spend nearly $10 billion a year on self-help and personal organization products. The market is huge, partly because most colleges and grad schools don't teach basic organization. But culinary schools and professional kitchens do.

Perhaps the principles of culinary organization can be extended to help even those of us who aren't top chefs.

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Around the Nation
2:41 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Federal Prosecuters Announce Charges Against 6 Philly Cops

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:19 am

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Goats and Soda
2:41 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Doctor Remembered For Dedication To Fighting Deadly Ebola

Dr. Sheik Humar Khan, who died of the disease he was helping to fight, posed for a picture in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on June 25.
Umaru Fofana Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 10:48 am

Doctors and health workers in West Africa are especially vulnerable as they continue to battle to control the spread of Ebola, and dozens of them are dying.

The low for Sierra Leone came with the death of the country's campaigning "Ebola doctor," Dr. Sheik Humar Khan. Khan cared for dozens of patients before testing positive for Ebola and dying of the lethal virus late last month.

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Need To Evade Would-Be Captors? There's A Class For That

Reporter Jeff Tyler, before being shut into the trunk of a car. Picking a handcuff lock with a barrette was one of several escape skills he picked up at a two-day Spy Escape & Evasion course in California.
Courtesy of Jason Hanson

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 2:41 pm

Terrorism and conflict can be good for business — if your business is teaching people to avoid kidnapping and escape from captors.

Americans are spending lots of money on a burgeoning evasion and survival industry, in classes that teach people to free themselves from handcuffs with a barrette and prepare for worst-case scenarios.

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