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Global Health
8:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

The Challenges Posed By An Aging Global Population

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 6:49 pm

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From time to time, NPR's Ina Jaffe joins us for a conversation we call 1 in 5 because one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 years or older in just 15 years. Ina joins us now from the studios of NPR West. Ina, thanks for being with us.

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The Salt
8:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains

Pedro Barros Diéguez and Albina Macia Fernández, the husband-and-wife owners of Casa Pages, a traditional bar in Barcelona. Many of the city's historic, family-run businesses are in danger of closing because of rising rents, spurred by a huge spike in tourism
Courtesy of Devour Barcelona

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 9:24 am

Construction workers clamp scaffolding onto the historic facade of Colmado Quilez, an old-fashioned general store selling wine and cheese in downtown Barcelona.

One hundred years ago, customers rolled up here in horse-drawn carts. Now BMWs park on the Rambla de Catalunya, which has become one of Barcelona's poshest avenues.

So posh, in fact, that this family business can no longer afford to stay.

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Latin America
8:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Citing Abuse, Haitian Immigrants Flee Dominican Republic

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

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Middle East
8:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

How The Kurds Are Succeeding In Iraq

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

It's Hard For These Dads To Talk About Love ... But They Do

Mayilsami, 67, is a father of one daughter.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:41 am

It's Father's Day! While the holiday isn't formally celebrated in the rural area of southern India where I live, I still have to tell my dad how much I appreciate him, love him and how thankful I am for all he has done — although I'm a little apprehensive about how he will respond to my mushy affections.

It's not uncommon for fathers to struggle with expressing their love for their children, but also with loving their children equally. Some rejoice at the birth of a son and grieve when a daughter is born.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

The Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Challenge: Life After An Earthquake

In a remote area of Nepal, Bal Gurung tries to rebuild his life.
Rajneesh Bhandari for NPR

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:05 am

Their houses are in ruins.

They are trying to salvage what they can to start rebuilding.

And they're doing it alone.

That's the plight of many Nepalese villagers in the wake of the April 25 earthquake.

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Simon Says
5:49 am
Sat June 20, 2015

What Do You Think Of When You Hear The Word 'Refugee'?

Syrian refugees wait to be registered at the port of Mytilini in Greece following a 6km-long march.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

Many refugees around the world have to make a grim decision: what few things can they carry in their arms and on their backs as they try to run for safety and freedom?

This week the United Nations refugee agency said the number of people forced to flee their homes by war and oppression is now as large as a major nation: nearly 60 million people, or a little larger than the population of Italy. It may be the largest number of refugees ever recorded.

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Goats and Soda
5:44 am
Sat June 20, 2015

North Korea Announces Cure For MERS (As If)

To screen for MERS, an official at South Korea's customs gate checks the body heat of a worker arriving from North Korea.
JUNG YEON-JE AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 7:55 am

As South Koreans continue to struggle with the worst outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, ever recorded outside the Middle East, their comrades to the north say, "We've got a cure for that!"

The World Health Organization says there's no known cure or vaccine for MERS, but state-run media in Pyongyang reports a wonder drug called Kumdang-2 will do the trick. The report makes no mention of whether Pyongyang is going to offer this miracle compound to its neighbor to the south. Or as the news agency puts it: "the Korean puppet authorities" in Seoul.

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Goats and Soda
6:20 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking

Vietnam is seeing an increase in soda drinking.
STEPHEN SHAVER BLOOMBERG NEWS

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:22 am

Soda is at the crossroads.

The U.S. is still a world leader in taking the pause that refreshes (and causes weight gain).

But soda drinking is flat or declining in the West. The reasons are many: Health consciousness. Bottled water. Energy drinks.

So the Big Soda companies are spending money to develop new markets in low- and middle-income countries. In some of these places, people are earning a bit more than a few years before, so they have more money for soda.

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The Salt
6:04 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Mexico's Sugary Drink Tax Makes A Dent In Consumption, Study Claims

Soda delivery in Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City. Between 1989 and 2006, the consumption of sugary drinks increased by 60 percent per capita in Mexico.
Omar Bárcena Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 7:45 pm

Would you drink fewer cans of soda if a national tax jacked up the price?

When it comes to schemes to counter the staggering rates of obesity and diabetes around the world, there's a growing consensus that taxes that force consumers to reckon, via their pocketbooks, with their food and drink habits might be the way to go.

But since so few countries — or cities — have dared to try a "sin" tax on soda or junk food, no one really knows if they'd actually work.

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