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For a group of Siberians, Hawaii was far from a tropical paradise

pri.org — An online photo album is casting new light on a forgotten episode in Hawaii's history, when US authorities imported 1,500 Russians to work on sugar plantations. Most of the migrants never made it past the language and cultural barrier, but the story of how they came to Hawaii says plenty about American attitudes to race and language.
Jan 29, 2015

Pretty incredible story--For a group of Siberians, Hawaii was far from a tropical paradise pri.org/stories/2015-0…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @dabeard: Russians were given their own '40 Acres and a Mule' promise ... in Hawaii. pri.org/stories/2015-0… pic.twitter.com/d1qHS0LRna

Jan 28, 2015

Wow. @alinasimone explores the weird, forgotten importation of Russian labor to Hawaii. pri.org/stories/2015-0… cc @juliaioffe @KevinRothrock

ISIS' wannabe Mulans can't fight, but they can tweet

pri.org — Back in October, a group of researchers at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a think tank based in London, spotted a tweet from a woman in ISIS-held territory. "I wonder if I can pull a Mulan and enter the battle field," it said.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @dabeard: Researchers: Some Muslim women under ISIS say they want to 'pull a Mulan' and fight. pri.org/stories/2015-0… pic.twitter.com/aBxaXlHygM

Jan 28, 2015

Researchers: Some Muslim women under ISIS say they want to 'pull a Mulan' and fight. pri.org/stories/2015-0… pic.twitter.com/aBxaXlHygM

Cuban artist describes regime's still-watchful eye

pri.org — The US and Cuba may be improving relations, but that hasn't stopped Cuba from arresting dissidents on the island. Many have been detained in recent weeks, including artist Tania Bruguera. Bruguera has been released, but she's not sure of her legal status. "They took my passport," Bruguera says.

Meet the Kurds who are joining ISIS to kill their own people

pri.org — When a truck blew up in front of a government building in Erbil last November, many wondered how a vehicle loaded with explosives managed to get past numerous checkpoints and into the de facto Kurdish capital.
Jan 28, 2015

Some young Kurdish men have joined the ranks of ISIS, and are now fighting against their own brethren. trib.al/InYTBue #safemode

A family that's made matzo on the Lower East Side for nearly a century prepares to leave the neighborhood

pri.org — Streit's started out in 1916 as a small handmade matzo bakery on Pitt Street on New York's Lower East Side. Nine years later, the founder, a Jewish immigrant from Austria named Aron Streit, moved a few blocks away to a new factory on Rivington Street, where it stands today.

Ebola is creating an epidemic of untreated illness and injury

pri.org — Sharon McDonnell is seeing a new public health crisis unfold in West Africa: droves of patients without Ebola who are turned away from medical facilities. The Maine-based epidemiologist, who is in Liberia with the International Rescue Committee, says things are much better now than they were two months ago, when she visited Liberia to train doctors in how to use personal protective equipment in quarantines.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @PRIHumanNeeds: Ebola is creating an epidemic of untreated illness & injury, says an epidemiologist in Liberia trib.al/6W297dT ht…

Jan 28, 2015

What's the new epidemic in Liberia? Untreated patients without Ebola pri.org/stories/2015-0… @prihumanneeds

Deja vu in Ukraine: Russia is on the move (again)

pri.org — After several months of relative calm, NATO has accused pro-Russian separatists of once again escalating the fighting in eastern Ukraine, where at least 5,000 people have died since the conflict began early last year. Listen to the Story. Over the weekend, separatists shelled the city of Mariupol.

Bribery, fraud spawn religious extremism worldwide, author says

Even the creator of 'broken windows' policing thought it could lead to racial problems

pri.org — George Kelling was one of the two men who developed "broken windows" policing, which minority communities say unfairly targets them. But Kelling says the theory is misunderstood and even easily misapplied in potentially racist ways, even as it may have helped drive down crime rates nationwide.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @PRI: Even the creator of 'broken windows' policing thought it could lead to racial problems trib.al/bmrqaCq

Jan 28, 2015

RT @CharlesMBlow: Even creator of 'broken windows' policing thought it could lead to racial problems pri.org/stories/2015-0… @TheTakeaway

Jan 28, 2015

Even the creator of 'broken windows' policing thought it could lead to racial problems pri.org/stories/2015-0…

Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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American academics, activists tell Saudi Arabia to stop flogging blogger - or flog us instead

pri.org — When Princeton's Robert George heard about the case of Raif Badawi, he knew he had to act. The philosophy of law professor was outraged at the case of Badawi, a Saudi blogger who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. Raif's crime?
Jan 28, 2015

RT @NickKristof: American academics, activists tell Saudi Arabia to stop flogging blogger @RaifBadawi — or flog us instead pri.org/stories/2015-0…

Jan 28, 2015

Would you take 100 lashes to spare a Saudi blogger? They say they will pri.org/stories/2015-0…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @NickKristof: American academics, activists tell Saudi Arabia to stop flogging blogger @RaifBadawi — or flog us instead pri.org/stories/2015-0…

Jan 28, 2015

Would you take 100 lashes to spare this Saudi blogger? They say they will. pri.org/stories/2015-0… #hrw http://t.co/KJQGBRIA5f

Jan 27, 2015

American academics, activists tell Saudi Arabia to stop flogging blogger @RaifBadawi — or flog us instead pri.org/stories/2015-0…

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Obama enjoys a Modi bromance during his India trip

pri.org — President Barack Obama had a big day in India on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted him at India's Republic Day celebrations. "There is quite a buzz here about the two," says Sanjeev Miglani, a Delhi-based reporter for Thomson Reuters. "I mean, Indians have always looked up to America.
Jan 28, 2015

To add to the ocean of punditry on India-US ties, me on US public radio pri.org/stories/2015-0…

How I fell in love with the world's greatest cookie

pri.org — Walk into Beaner Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and you'll find a jar of chocolate chip cookies on the counter with a sign taped to it. "The Best Cookie in the World," it reads. Yeah, whatever.

It's a day of wild winter weather for PRI's The World

pri.org — It's a winter wonderland in Boston, but that just means a more interesting commute for the team at PRI's The World. Large parts of the northeastern United States are being battered by blizzards and near hurricane-force winds as winter storm Juno makes its way up the coast.

Why I want to remind you of the Holocaust

pri.org — Neither Barack Obama nor Vladimir Putin showed up today at the solemn events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. Pity. It's not like the two leaders have parity on this one. Obama is in Riyadh, paying respects to Saudi Arabia's royal family after the death of King Abdullah, and would have been welcomed.

Inmates make music at a maximum security prison in Malawi

pri.org — But those are free men making music. Recordings of inmates making music are a different proposition. But they do exist, and one of them is new recording produced at the Zomba Maximum Security Prison in Malawi. Ian Brennan is the music producer of the Zomba Prison Project, which recorded both male and female inmates serving sentences there.

Argentina's president declares war on 'the power behind the power' - her country's spies

pri.org — If you're waiting anxiously for the next season of House of Cards on Netflix, just follow the news out of Argentina in the meantime and it might seem oddly familiar. A prosecutor named Alberto Nisman reportedly "committed suicide" after accusing high-ranking officials, including President Cristina Fernaández de Kirchner, of shady dealings with Iran.
Jan 28, 2015

The spy service Argentina's president wants dismantled began in the 1940s to spirit Nazis to secret exile pri.org/stories/2015-0…

Jan 27, 2015

'House of Cards' has nothing on Cristina Fernandez's moves in Argentina. pri.org/stories/2015-0… cc @BeauWillimon http://t.co/r8GeyL94wt

Losing sleep? Blame your favorite electronic device

pri.org — Bad news for e-book readers: Using one, instead of a book, or using a tablet or smartphone in the evenings before bed disrupts normal sleep patterns and alters the natural circadian rhythms crucial to healthy sleep. Now a new study confirms it in even more detail.
Jan 27, 2015

Call It Sleep: Why you should shift from that e-reader to a printed book right now pri.org/stories/2015-0… @scifri http://t.co/ucdkWABWnS

Jan 27, 2015

Nighttime e-book, smartphone reading is likely robbing you of quality sleep. Paper book better. pri.org/stories/2015-0… @scifri

Lunchtime for these ... um, lemurs

pri.org — You'll be forgiven for taking a second look at these fuzzy creatures. No, that's not some creepy spider. It's nine playful lemurs chowing down on lunch at the Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in the northeast of China. Lemurs lunching and more photos of the day http://t.co/WD6SuoEyja pic.twitter.com/KsbJARTLa0 - Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) January 27, 2015 This is a different kind of zoo for sure.

The man whose anti-war art was too radical for anti-war activists

pri.org — Children of the 60s, 70s, and 80s know Tomi Ungerer as an illustrator of kids' books like " Flat Stanley," " The Mellops" series, and " Crictor." But Ungerer is more than an illustrator - and much of his work is not kid-friendly.
Jan 27, 2015

The 'Flat Stanley' illustrator's other life: A poster-maker too radical for antiwar activists pri.org/stories/2015-0… pic.twitter.com/gVtwtWbxTP