Ari Shapiro http://wutc.org en Among Israelis, Pressure Swells To Commence Ground War In Gaza http://wutc.org/post/among-israelis-pressure-swells-commence-ground-war-gaza Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>As we mentioned, no Israelis have been killed by rocket fire, but one strike today did cause severe injuries and damage. Around 8:30 in the morning local time, a rocket struck a gas station in Ashdod. One man was sent to the hospital seriously wounded. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports this increases the internal pressure on Israel to stage a ground invasion.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: A taxi driver Avram Ayash, comes to this gas station every day. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 40134 at http://wutc.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears http://wutc.org/post/opposite-sides-israeli-gaza-border-feeling-same-fears More than 50 Palestinians have been killed and 450 wounded in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330059942/israel-strikes-gaza-again-as-violence-and-death-toll-escalate">Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip</a>. Meanwhile, rockets continue to fly toward Israel from Gaza, but so far, no Israelis have been reported killed.<p>For people living in and around the Gaza Strip, this conflict has turned daily routines upside down. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 40022 at http://wutc.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones http://wutc.org/post/jerusalem-and-caught-crossfire-thrown-stones Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Fighting continues today between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel said that Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel. There were no serious injuries reported. That came after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza overnight. Israel denies Hamas claims that those strikes killed some militants. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39901 at http://wutc.org A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life http://wutc.org/post/scottish-yarn-knit-time-saves-fabric-shetland-life Drive around the Shetland Islands in the far north of Scotland, and at least one thing is immediately apparent: It's home to a lot of sheep. They're everywhere — wandering along the roadsides and on beaches.<p>In fact, there are some 400,000 of them in Shetland, where the ovine inhabitants outnumber the human ones 20 to 1.<p>So if you're invited to someone's home for dinner, lamb will likely be on the table. And if you're wearing a local scarf or mittens, chances are it was made out of Shetland wool.<p>Here in Shetland, knitting is not a hobby reserved for grannies or for hipsters. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39712 at http://wutc.org A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence http://wutc.org/post/shetland-oil-shapes-debate-over-scottish-independence In September, Scotland will vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom and declare independence.<p>So far, the debate has been largely about money: One poll says most voters would switch their vote if it meant an extra 500 pounds, or around $800 dollars.<p>North Sea oil and gas are central to this economic debate — nowhere more so than in the remote Shetland Islands, many miles from the Scottish mainland, where tankers carrying North Sea oil come ashore. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39572 at http://wutc.org In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence The Shifting Legacy Of The Man Who Shot Franz Ferdinand http://wutc.org/post/shifting-legacy-man-who-shot-franz-ferdinand A hundred years ago Saturday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/325516359/a-century-ago-in-sarajevo-a-plot-a-farce-and-a-fateful-shot">Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne</a>. That event triggered World War I, charting the course for the 20th century. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39510 at http://wutc.org The Shifting Legacy Of The Man Who Shot Franz Ferdinand A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot http://wutc.org/post/century-ago-sarajevo-plot-farce-and-fateful-shot The shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was fired a hundred years ago this weekend.<p>The assassination in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914, triggered World War I and changed the course of the 20th century. The consequences of that act were devastating. But the beginning of the story sounds almost like a farce — complete with bad aim, botched poisoning and a wrong turn on the road.<p>Today, in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, you don't have to hunt around for the spot where it all took place. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39478 at http://wutc.org A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot A Century From Archduke's Death, Spotlight Turns Back To Bosnia http://wutc.org/post/century-archdukes-death-spotlight-turns-back-bosnia Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>People from around the world are in Sarajevo this week to mark 100 years since the gunshot that changed history. On June 28, 1914, a young assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering the First World War. Bosnia is hosting concerts, conferences and art exhibitions to mark the centenary. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Sarajevo on what locals make of the big commemoration.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: In the heart of Sarajevo's old city, the Markale market is a bustling place. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39466 at http://wutc.org In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes http://wutc.org/post/london-underground-home-worlds-mosquitoes You can't hear it over the noise of London's traffic. But it's there. That faint, whining hum. Right under my feet, thousands of mosquitoes are dining on human blood.<p>To visit them, you have to go through a sliding glass door into the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This school started as a hospital on the Thames River, where doctors treated sailors returning from faraway places with strange parasites.<p>Today, the building holds countless exotic diseases that you hope you'll never catch. The mosquitoes carry just a few of them, and their keeper is an entomologist named Dr. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38909 at http://wutc.org In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets http://wutc.org/post/across-europe-anti-uber-protests-clog-city-streets In capital cities across Europe, taxi drivers took to the streets without passengers Wednesday afternoon. They slowed to a snail's pace in what Parisians called "Operation Escargot." Horns blared around Trafalgar Square in London. In Berlin, taxis massed at the Central Station. All to protest the smartphone app Uber.<p>"We've opened Frankfurt last week, we've opened Lille in France, which is our third city this week. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38735 at http://wutc.org Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets A London Summit Tackles A Problem As Old As War Itself http://wutc.org/post/london-summit-tackles-problem-old-war-itself For centuries, governments around the world have often treated sexual violence as an unpreventable fact of war. Books from the Bible to the Iliad talk about rape and pillaging as an inevitable part of conflict. Now that attitude is beginning to change.<p>As evidence, you can look at the global outrage when hundreds of Nigerian girls were recently kidnapped. Or you can look at a conference that began in London on Tuesday. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38673 at http://wutc.org A London Summit Tackles A Problem As Old As War Itself In Leap From Page To Stage, UK's Take On 'Catch-22' Gets It Right http://wutc.org/post/leap-page-stage-uks-take-catch-22-gets-it-right <em>Catch-22</em> is widely considered a great novel; until now, it has been a disaster as a play. Though Joseph Heller adapted his work for the stage decades ago, every production had been a failure. Now, however, a new production of his play seems to have broken the curse: It is touring the UK and receiving strong reviews. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38514 at http://wutc.org To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad http://wutc.org/post/win-wear-red-physicist-hawking-advises-englands-world-cup-squad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJFQ1QG5Hno</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38112 at http://wutc.org To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth http://wutc.org/post/worlds-richest-people-meet-muse-how-spread-wealth Talk of economic mobility and the wealth gap is hardly new. From the Occupy movement to President Obama's re-election campaign, income inequality has been in the spotlight for years.<p>Even so, the <a href="http://www.inclusivecapitalism.org/">"inclusive capitalism" conference</a> in London on Tuesday broke new ground. Not because of the conversation, but because of the people having it.<p>The 250 people from around the world invited to attend this one-day conference do not represent "the 99 percent," or even the 1 percent. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38062 at http://wutc.org World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List http://wutc.org/post/killed-mockingbird-american-classics-booted-british-reading-list For decades, British students have grown up reading the American classics <em>To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men </em>and <em>The Crucible.</em> Now, if students want to read those books, it will be on their own time. Harper Lee, John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller are out — perhaps replaced by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and George Eliot.<p>British Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones. Mon, 26 May 2014 12:49:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38007 at http://wutc.org Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List