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Is tourism harming the Galápagos Islands?

Nov 2, 2017
Matt Rogers

Mathías Espinoza has a deeply crinkled brow as he squints at the vast ocean around the Galápagos Islands on a July morning. “Bien brava,” he murmurs softly, meaning, “rough.” He has looked out on the ocean many times over his years in the Galápagos Islands, but it never ceases to intrigue him.

What other countries (and history) can teach Americans about taxation

Nov 2, 2017
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republicans in Congress unveiled a bill Thursday to rewrite the US tax code. The bill is facing an uphill struggle, as it threatens to eliminate some popular credits and deductions while handing large cuts to corporations.

Republicans say the plan will simplify taxes and strengthen the economy. Democrats argue it will hurt blue states, and favors the wealthy.

But if you really want to understand the tax bill, take a look at other countries — and history.

How other countries do it

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In the days since Tuesday’s terror attack in New York, the alleged attacker’s country of origin has received a lot of media attention.

Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national, is suspected of killing eight people and seriously injuring 12 others when he barreled down a busy Manhattan bike path in a pickup truck on Tuesday.

Several terror attacks in recent years have been carried out by individuals with ties to the country and broader Central Asia region, leading to media narratives that experts who study and know the region say are troubling.

"Soup is not a full meal," according to Portland's Ivy Manning. "As a kid, I was always looking for the packet of crackers."

"I'm interested in this from the anthropological angle. I've traveled the world — at least in my mind — and every culture has a soup and a bread." 

From Texas Standard.

Our stereotypes of male athletes often go something like this; strong, dumb, macho. There’s even a phrase for the type of chauvinistic conversation that too often goes on behind the scenes on sports teams – locker room talk.

These stereotypes are not without some supporting evidence. Take, as just one example, the widespread and deplorable sexual assault scandal that continues to haunt the Baylor University football organization.

A program making its way through east Texas right now is aimed at redefining what it means to be a male athlete in an effort to stop that sort of behavior before it starts. An organization called Men Can Stop Rape is educating high school athletes on how to stop sexual assault on their teams and among their friends.

Movie remakes are the rage in Hollywood right now. "Murder on the Orient Express" and "It" are both remakes and both in box offices now. 

Now it's Disney's turn. The mouse will bring back "The Lion King" — in 2019 — and it's creating a lot of buzz.  

A lot of the excitement is over the cast. The new film will star Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones returns to voice Simba's father, Mufasa. Alfre Woodard lends her voice as Simba's mother, Sarabi. Seth Rogen and John Oliver also have roles.  

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring from Congress, two sources close to the congressman told The Texas Tribune on Thursday.

From Texas Standard:

For the first time ever, the Houston Astros are World Series Champions. The New York Times wrote that people listened on radios, in gutted rooms without carpet, in motels where they'd been made refugees in their own city.

An Oregon elk hunter shot and killed a wolf he said was charging him, Oregon State Police and ODFW said.

The hunter, a 38-year-old man from Clackamas, Ore., who was not named in a news release, will not be charged in the case. The Union County district attorney’s office reviewed evidence and said the man acted in self-defense.

ODFW’s acting wolf program coordinator, Robyn Brown, said it was the first known incident of a wolf being shot in self-defense. 

Austin City Council members have been meeting this week with candidates to be Austin’s next city manager — which is among the most powerful positions at City Hall. But the city's gone to great lengths to keep this selection process secret. 

It's declined to name the candidates, and council members appear to have gone to great lengths to conceal their identities.

Courtesy of Senator Nick McKim

Hundreds of asylum-seekers in an Australian offshore detention camp on Papua New Guinea are hunkering down and refusing to leave. The power lines have been cut, there's no air conditioning and food is running out. 

Proposed Tariffs On Panels Divide NW Solar Industry

Nov 2, 2017

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What One Researcher Lost In The Eagle Creek Fire

Nov 2, 2017

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REBROADCAST: 'On The Road' In SE Oregon

Nov 2, 2017

"On The Road" is "Think Out Loud’s" radio road trip series: conversations with wanderers, tourists and residents along Oregon’s back roads and highways. In this trip, we traveled through the sparsely populated corner of Southeast Oregon from Fruitland, Idaho, to McDermitt, Nevada. We met rodeo riders, rafters, ranchers, and rock hounds – among others.

For many communities in Texas, Friday means high school football.

But when Texas high schools were segregated, black athletes didn’t play under Friday night lights. They played on Wednesday and Thursday nights, while white high schools played Friday nights. 

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"We've been given a death sentence." 

That's how one Kenyan health clinic views President Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for international groups that provide, support or discuss abortions. Critics call the policy the "global gag rule."

The US already prohibits the use of funds for foreign family planning centers that provide abortions. But the global gag rule goes one step further in that it restricts doctors or other health providers in these centers from even mentioning the word, "abortion," to their patients.

A new island has risen up near the boardwalk on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake. I noticed it on a recent jog, and I’m not the only one.

MPR News Update

Nov 2, 2017

Minnesota news for November 2, 2017

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New Yorkers Gather For Vigil After Attack

Nov 2, 2017

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And last night, the eight victims of the attack were honored in a candlelight vigil. And WNYC Fred Mogul was there.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hernan Diego Mendoza, Argentina.

Central Health has selected a firm to redevelop Brackenridge Hospital.

The Central Health Board of Managers announced it's chosen Baltimore-based Wexford Science and Technology to revamp the hospital, which closed its doors for good in May after more than a century of service in Austin. 

Uzbeks In New York React To Attack

Nov 2, 2017

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In the wake of this year's horrific wildfire season, the U.S. House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at reversing the rising fire danger in the nation's forests and grasslands.

The measure, passed on a 232-188 vote, would increase timber harvests and relax some key environmental rules. It also seeks to relieve the U.S. Forest Service from being forced to cannibalize its fire prevention budget to pay for the rapidly escalating costs of combating wild-land blazes.

It’s the worst mass killing in New York City since 9/11. A man drove a pickup truck into a bike lane and a festive crowd on Halloween night, killing eight and injuring roughly a dozen people.

The suspect was shot and critically injured by police. On Wednesday, he was charged with federal terrorism offenses.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have urged New Yorkers to continue living with their usual grit.

President Donald Trump has made a number of comments and tweets, including false statements.

Having killed a man as a teenager, Elizer Darris was in prison longer than he has ever lived free. Laura Yuen reports on his life a year out of prison.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a man drove a truck into a bicycle path in New York City yesterday.

Five Argentines were among those who died. They were part of a group of nine friends who were on vacation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation from high school in the city of Rosario.

Adnan Abidi/REUTERS

When lawyers from Google, Facebook and Twitter gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon for oversight hearings, most of the questions were about the Russian use of misinformation to influence the 2016 presidential elections in the United States.

But misinformation can cost more than votes. It can cost lives.

Related: Watch: Facebook, Twitter and Google testify in Russia hearings

Beowulf Sheehan/Windham-Campbell Prizes.

When Ali Cobby Eckermann was a teenager, she ran away to the desert in central Australia. “It was either running away to the desert or going to prison because I was starting to get into a lot of trouble,” she explains. “And I knew I couldn’t control my behavior. And I left because I didn’t want to see the hurt in my adoptive parents’ eyes.”

This episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project" features authors Jonathan Lethem, Helen Phillips, and Dana Spiotta as they discuss the presence of the fantastic or strange in their work. In "The Gambler’s Anatomy," Jonathan Lethem tells the story of Bruno Alexander, an international backgammon hustler who believes he’s psychic. Helen Phillips’s short story collection, "Some Possible Solutions," takes us through a series what-ifs and dystopias in which Phillips’s characters struggle to develop meaningful relationships amidst the chaos.

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Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi is calling out his country's leaders as "tribal kingpins" that he says are taking the country to the brink of disaster. 

He and thousands of others have taken to the streets to protest corruption and what they say is an electoral system that exacerbates Kenya's ethnic divisions. 

"I went to protest against police violence and got shot with a tear gas canister," notes Mwangi, with more than a touch of irony. 

UPDATE (Thursday 10:51 a.m. PST):

A task force appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released a series of possible options for shrinking the state’s public pension deficit.