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Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

KPLU News - 2 hours 44 min ago
The human armpit has a lot to offer bacteria. It's moist, it's warm, and it's usually dark.

But when the bacteria show up, they can make a stink. That's because when some kinds of bacteria encounter sweat they produce smelly compounds, transforming the armpit from a neutral oasis to the mothership of body odor. And one group of bacteria is to blame for the stink, researchers say.

The researchers took commonly found in the armpit and added an odorless molecule found in human sweat.

U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gases By A Quarter Of 2005 Levels

KPLU News - 2 hours 45 min ago
The Obama administration is pledging that the U.S. will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent of 2005 levels over the next 10 years.

The Fear Of Black Men In America: Join Our Twitter Chat #FearAndRace

KPLU News - 3 hours 30 min ago
NPR's Michel Martin led two challenging conversations about race this week, focusing on fearful perceptions of African-American men and how these fears play out in people's everyday lives. Guests including author and Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler examined the research and the complicated emotions behind this fear.

"When you're in an elevator or walking behind somebody and you feel like you have to perform to make them feel safe, it's like apologizing for your existence," says Butler.

Others have already joined the conversation through social media.

From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

KPLU News - 3 hours 47 min ago
Just about a full decade since the girl with a dragon tattoo was introduced to readers, she'll be making her grand return to fiction — albeit with another author's name on the cover. Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels is set to become something more on Sept. 1, when the series' new addition hits store shelves as The Girl in the Spider Web. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf released the book's title and cover art Tuesday.

Of course, the series is carrying on without its original architect, replacing Larsson with David Lagercrantz, a former crime reporter from Sweden.

Challenge: Curb Violence In Most Violent City. Hint: Nuns Can Help

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago
The most pressing health threat in the Latin American country of Honduras has nothing to do with germs or superbugs.

It's from the barrel of a gun.

Every day, patients with gunshot wounds seek treatment, overwhelming the country's few hospitals. Violence is the third-leading cause of death in the country of 8.2 million people. For four years running now, The U.N.

Deadline Day Arrives For Iran Nuclear Talks

KPLU News - 4 hours 50 min ago
The six nations that have been debating a plan to curb Iran's nuclear program and ease economic sanctions will hit the deadline for a framework agreement at 6 p.m. ET.

Indianapolis Mayor: Religious Law's Backers 'Missing The Bigger Trend'

KPLU News - 5 hours 59 min ago
A new Indiana law that has set off a firestorm of criticism and threats of boycotts should be repealed or revised, says Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law has drawn protests from critics who say it allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians.

Ballard tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that those who support the law are "missing the bigger trend."

He added, "Everything changes over history.

Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch

KPLU News - 6 hours 5 sec ago
Katie Morrow became a teacher, among other things, because of wanderlust.

"I'm going to be a teacher because I can go anywhere in the world," she thought.

She's originally from O'Neill, a small town in Nebraska, population 3,700. "In the middle of nowhere, literally," as she puts it.

So where did she end up teaching? Right back in O'Neill. She fell in love with a hometown boy and ended up at O'Neill's only public school.

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

KPLU News - 9 hours 5 sec ago



The Ascent Of Afghan Women

KPLU News - 9 hours 3 min ago
Zahra Karimi Nooristani, 18, cautiously works her way down a rock face high above Kabul as her coach, Farhad Jamshid, guides her.

It is hazardous for his top female student to be rappelling here, not only because of the steep drop, but because she is using a frayed, nine-year-old rope handed down from the men's mountaineering team.

Another danger she faces is the prospect of her neighbors finding out she's climbing at all.

Afghanistan is a mountainous country, but scaling the peaks for sport is a new concept here.

After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

KPLU News - 9 hours 4 min ago
Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency (NSA) would love to have working for it. A fourth-year concurrent bachelors-masters student at Johns Hopkins University, the 22-year-old has a bright future in cybersecurity.

And growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, not far from the NSA's headquarters, Swann thought he might work at the agency, which intercepts phone calls, emails and other so-called "signals intelligence" from U.S. adversaries.

"When I was a senior in high school I thought I would end up working for a defense contractor or the NSA itself," says Swann.

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say

KPLU News - 9 hours 5 min ago
Even a careful psychiatric examination of the co-pilot involved in last week's Germanwings jetliner crash probably would not have revealed whether he intended to kill himself, researchers say.

"As a field, we're not very good at accurately predicting who is at risk for suicidal behavior," says Matthew Nock, a psychology professor at Harvard.

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:59
In Detroit, tens of thousands of people are facing a deadline Tuesday that could cost some of them their homes. That's when homeowners have to make arrangements to either pay delinquent property taxes — or risk losing their home at a county auction.

When Detroit emerged from bankruptcy last year, it did so with a razor-thin financial cushion. It desperately needs every bit of tax revenue it can muster.

Earlier this year, county officials sent out 72,000 foreclosure notices to homeowners behind on property taxes — 62,000 of them in Detroit alone.

California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:55
The country's largest death row has run out of room.

As NPR member station KCRW reports, that's because a legal fight has meant that the state has not put an inmate to death in nearly a decade, leaving more than 750 of them on death row in the state.

KCRW reports:


Airstrikes In Yemen Intensify, Hit Refugee Camp

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:29
Saudi-led airstrikes intensified against Houthi rebels in Yemen. International aid agencies say one strike hit a camp for displaced people and refugees in the north of the country, killing at least 29 people and wounding many others.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says the strike hit the Al Mazraq refugee camp in an area controlled by the Houthis.

Cholita, An Abused Bear In Peru, Gets A New Home In Colorado

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:46


Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:46
There's something sketchy at this year's Venice Biennale – the international art exhibition sometimes dubbed the Olympics of the contemporary art world.

When you come to the Kenyan pavilion, almost all of the artists will be ... Chinese.

The Biennale, one of the oldest and most important exhibitions of contemporary art in the world, takes place in Venice every two years. Thirty countries, including the U.S., have a permanent slot.

About 50 other countries have applied for their own exhibition space, called a pavilion.

Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:46
Every year, thousands of fresh-faced teachers are handed the keys to a new classroom, given a pat on the back and told, "Good luck!"

Over the next five years, though, nearly half of those teachers will transfer to a new school or leave the profession altogether — only to be replaced with similarly fresh-faced teachers.

We've been reporting this month on the pipeline into teaching — and

Money Rules: Candidates Go Around The Law, As Cash Records To Be Smashed

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:44
This is Part One in an occasional series of features on campaign finance, called "Money Rules."

The hunt for big bucks is changing the way politicians run for president.

When a candidate finally admits he or she is a candidate, donors are limited to gifts of $2,700. (A donor can give an additional $2,700 if the candidate makes it through to the general election.)

Not so long ago, a "testing-the-waters" or "exploratory" committee was the usual first step in a campaign.

Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

KPLU News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:41
Walking through the warehouse of food processor Heartland Gourmet in Lincoln, Neb., shows how complicated the food safety system can be. Pallets are stacked with sacks of potato flour, and the smell of fresh-baked apple-cinnamon muffins floats in the air.

Heartland Gourmet makes a wide range of foods — from muffins and organic baking mixes to pizzas and burritos. That means business manager Mark Zink has to answer to both of the main U.S.