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3:10am

Thu July 17, 2014
Parallels

Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 9:09 am

Paul Salopek, National Geographic fellow, looks out over Jerusalem during his seven-year journey by foot from Africa to South America.
Bassam Almohor National Geographic

Not long ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek traveled through Israel and the West Bank as part of his journey walking from Africa to South America. He was there this spring, before the current violence erupted. Talking recently from Cyprus to Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, he says the long-standing conflict was part of daily life.


Interview Highlights

On coming under fire from Israeli soldiers

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6:48am

Tue July 15, 2014
The Salt

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:51 am

A model of General Electric's automatic calorie counter, fitted over a plate of food.
Courtesy of GE

Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to market research, but the weight often comes right back. That may be because it's such a hassle to count calories — tracking everything you order or cook at home.

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2:37pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Men In America

The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

Joe Ehrmann, shown in 1975, was a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Colts for much of the '70s. He says that as a child, he was taught that being a man meant dominating people and circumstances — a lesson that served him well on the football field, but less so in real life.
Neil Leifer Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.

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3:03pm

Sun July 13, 2014
Author Interviews

William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories'

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 5:10 pm

William T. Vollmann has been called a "unique and essential voice in American letters." He's the author of novels, story collections, a memoir and massive works of nonfiction.

His latest book, Last Stories and Other Stories, is his first work of fiction in nine years. And he says at the book's beginning that it will be his final work — as a living human, at least. "Any subsequent productions bearing my name will have been written by a ghost," he writes.

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3:03pm

Sun July 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

Hearing Aid Evolution Unveils What The World Sounds Like In '3-D'

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 7:41 am

Kathleen Raven, a health reporter, found out she had hearing loss when she was 5 years old.
Jessica Horwitz

As hearing aid technology has improved, so has health reporter Kathleen Raven's confidence.

When she was 5 years old, she found out she had a hearing problem. Complications during her birth led to damage in her inner ear.

"I couldn't hear water dripping from a faucet. I couldn't hear crickets on a summer night," she tells NPR's Kelly McEvers. "I couldn't hear sirens, couldn't hear fire alarms in our school fire drills, so I did a lot of watching other people."

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