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The French far right is fighting what it calls 'the kebabization' of France

pri.org — French cuisine is becoming a bit more multiethnic. Popular kebab shops are opening all over France. "In the big cities, in the small cities ... they're very popular," says Alexandria Sage, reporter for Reuters in France. But as Sage reported recently, when four new Kebab houses opened up in Blois, the National Front Party wasn't happy.
Oct 31, 2014

This Halloween, beware the kebabization! French far right is fighting what it calls 'the kebabization' of France pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Here's the story of the most unbelievable Halloween video you've ever watched on YouTube

pri.org — I can't remember where I was the first time I saw the KXVO Pumpkin Dance several years ago, or who sent it to me, but I remember the feeling: that I would one day show this video to my children, and their children after them.
Oct 31, 2014

If there must be an obligatory Halloween tweet, this one is totally worth it: bit.ly/1pbq62Z Thanks @sideshow!

Seven words and phrases used by soldiers that we could all learn from

pri.org — The military picked up plenty of slang and phrases over the course of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pretty much all of it is unprintable or unknown to people who didn't serve. Here are a few choice terms that you can put to use.

The love affair between Mexican Americans and Morrissey isn't that surprising

pri.org — "I wish I was born Mexican," Morrisey once said to a Las Vegas crowd during his 1999 ¡Oye Esteban! Tour. According to many Mexican Americans, the feeling is mutual. The former front man of The Smiths has one of the most loyal fan bases in music.
Oct 31, 2014

The love affair between Mexican Americans and Morrissey isn't that surprising pri.org/stories/2014-1… "16, clumsy and shy" in any language...

It took a 'cranky,' dour immigrant to make Coney Island the capital of fun

pri.org — Coney Island was "America's Playground" until World War II, the largest amusement park in the world. And William F. Mangels was the "King of Coney Island." Mangels invented classic Coney Island rides like "The Whip" and "The Tickler." He's the reason your carousel horse goes up and down and your wave pool has waves.
Oct 31, 2014

It took a 'cranky,' dour immigrant to make Coney Island the capital of fun pri.org/stories/2014-1… < @alinasimone w/ another #sidewaysglance

'For less than a dollar, you can [buy] a liter of acid and basically destroy someone's life'

pri.org — Almost 10 years ago, a young Pakistani woman was held down by her mother-in-law while her husband and father-in-law threw acid on her. Some 150 operations later, Bushra Shafi is working as a beautician in a hair salon in Lahore, started by a hairdresser who was moved to help victims of acid attacks when one of them came into her salon and asked simply: "Can you make me beautiful again?"
Oct 30, 2014

RT @pritheworld: 'For less than a dollar, you can have a liter of acid and basically destroy someone's life.' @Shaimaakhalil trib.al/tMGozaF

An Ebola nurse faces widespread stigma after returning from Liberia

pri.org — It's been 21 days since registered nurse Deborah Wilson worked with Ebola patients in Liberia. That means she's Ebola-free. She's proud of the work she did with Ebola patients, but it's made life difficult - not because of illness, but because of stigmatization from even her closest friends.
Oct 30, 2014

Her story & thoughts are striking to hear: "An Ebola nurse faces widespread stigma after returning from Liberia" - pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Sweden hopes to project a new image with its official font

pri.org — Plenty of countries have national birds, national anthems, national dishes - but a national font? There Sweden is all on its own. Yes, Sweden recently introduced its own font, called Sweden Sans. The idea is that the new national font will replace the many fragmented styles that government agencies currently use.
Oct 30, 2014

Found another story that's so, so #Sweden. Now there's an official national font. And it's not Comic Sans buff.ly/1sKpw6S

What sub-Saharan Africa’s first white president in 20 years means for the continent

pri.org — Guy Scott says he felt more like a "mascot" or a good luck charm when attending summits for African dignitaries than vice president of a sovereign nation. But with the death of Zambian leader Michael Sata, Scott, 70, is now the country's acting president - steward of a booming economy propped up by high copper prices and substantial Chinese investment.
Oct 30, 2014

What sub-Saharan Africa’s first white president in 20 years means for the continent pri.org/stories/2014-1…

These kids watched their science project disappear in the Antares rocket explosion

pri.org — Sometimes you shoot for the stars and you land ... well, nowhere. The unmanned Antares supply rocket exploded shortly after lift-off in Virginia on Tuesday. Its journey to the International Space Station was cut off in a huge fireball just six seconds into the flight, the first such disaster since NASA began using private companies to run cargo to the space station.
Oct 29, 2014

OMG @markp93! Via @pritheworld: These kids watched their science project disappear in #Antares rocket explosion pri.org/stories/2014-1…

Oct 29, 2014

Don't operate at 108%. That's the lesson: These kids watch their science project disappear in the Antares explosion pri.org/stories/2014-1…

The Arab Spring was no failure, says one activist who refuses to give up

pri.org — Four years since they began, the verdict seems clear: The Arab uprisings failed. But one online activist - who's been deported, jailed and is now seeking asylum in the West - says not so fast. He refuses to give up on the original promise of the Arab Spring.
Oct 30, 2014

The Arab Spring was no failure, says one activist who refuses to give up: bit.ly/13kcfxe #safemode

Oct 29, 2014

RT @pritheworld: One online activist refuses to give up on the original promise of the Arab Spring, reports @matthewjbell: trib.al/UmBeTdO

Meet the undocumented workers who rebuilt New York and New Jersey after Sandy

pri.org — It's been two years ago since Hurricane Sandy destroyed large swaths of New York city and caused huge damage across the Northeast. Undocumented immigrants dealt with the danger and dirt of the cleanup, getting low wages and health problems for the work that got communities back on their feet.
Oct 30, 2014

MT Meet the undocumented workers who rebuilt NY and NJ after #Sandy pri.org/stories/2014-1… Great story and pix @dnoriega #theworld

Oct 29, 2014

Meet the undocumented workers who rebuilt New York and New Jersey after Sandy pri.org/stories/2014-1… @drnoriega

Getting Asian Americans to vote means breaking the language barrier

pri.org — A Chinese restaurant during the lunch rush isn't the first place you'd expect to find a campaign event. But here's Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, working the banquet room at the China Max restaurant in San Diego and answering questions from local Chinese and Vietnamese reporters.

In the fight against green slime on Lake Erie, farmers try to clean up their act

pri.org — Nasty green slime poisoned water in Ohio last summer, and it's becoming a regular thing in the region - and around the world. The problem is agricultural pollution, but some Ontario farmers are trying to try to cut back on the pollution that leads to the slime.
Oct 29, 2014

In fight against green slime on Lake Erie, factory farmers try to clean up their act pri.org/stories/2014-1… @pri_radiotv