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3:16pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

I'd Like To Buy The Emerging World A Coke

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 4:13 pm

A woman walks past an ad for Coca-Cola in Bamako, the capital of the Republic of Mali.
New York Daily News Archive NY Daily News via Getty Images

So who does drink the most soda in the world, anyway?

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4:08pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Goats and Soda

A 10-Year-Old Makes A Video So We 'Don't Forget Nepal'

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 4:53 pm

Lucas met this woman who lost her home and all her children except for one daughter.
Donatella Lorch for NPR

Like mother, like son.

Lucas Zutt is the 10-year-old son of journalist Donatella Lorch, who frequently contributes to Goats and Soda. They've lived in Kathmandu since June 2013.

Lucas shared his impressions of the earthquake with NPR after it struck. And now he's made a video.

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12:04pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Goats and Soda

Are You Smarter Than A 15-Year-Old?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:23 pm

TRAVEL TIME
OECD

"How well do today's schools prepare for tomorrow's world?"

That's the question in a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. This group administers the Program for International Student Assessment to 15-year-olds in 75 countries. The goal is to find out whether they can use their math and science knowledge to answer a series of questions that measure skills needed for young people to make a contribution to the economy.

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1:01pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Goats and Soda

On Saturday, The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia Should Officially Be Over

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 3:31 pm

Lucy Barh, head of the Liberian Midwives Association, says of the impending end of the Ebola outbreak: "It is a joy, it is a joy. And I am so grateful to God. The Lord almighty has love for this nation. That is why we have come to this point."
Jason Beaubien NPR

In just two days, Liberia will celebrate what seemed an impossible dream last summer: the end of its Ebola outbreak.

Saturday, May 9 will mark the 42nd day of no new Ebola cases in the country. A person with Ebola typically shows symptoms within 21 days of exposure. But the World Health Organization adds an extra 21 days for extra caution before declaring that an outbreak has ended. So on Saturday, WHO officials and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will announce that Liberia is Ebola-free.

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3:12pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Goats and Soda

Irene, A Ugandan Prostitute, Explains How To Use A Condom

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 8:03 am

Irene lives in a fishing village in Uganda where the rate of HIV infection is 43 percent.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

The interviewer asks the fresh-faced young woman named Irene: "What do you do here in this village?"

"I am a prostitute," she says.

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2:16pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Goats and Soda

She Got 80,000 Girls To Attend School And Won A $1.25 Million Prize

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:07 am

Safeena Husain says: "I educate girls." Her efforts have brought 80,000 Indian girls into school; last week she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (above).
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond

Have you ever had an "aha" moment? Suddenly, it becomes clear you have to make a change in your life, and you actually go ahead and do it.

Safeena Husain, 43, has had three "aha" moments. She ran away from home in India to an ashram. She let her fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages to plot a new career in the U.S. And she found her true calling after a soul-shaking encounter in a Himalayan village.

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10:05am

Thu April 23, 2015
Goats and Soda

Feeling Blue? Share A Laugh With Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:39 am

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho bust some moves at the 2015 Skoll World Forum.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

The term "living legend" is tossed around so much that it really doesn't have much sway.

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1:31pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Salt

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:00 pm

Sprouting broccoli will serve up florets in about 50 days. Not bad for this member of the brassica family.
Laura Whitehead Flickr

Editor's note: A version of this story ran in April 2014.

Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.

But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter.

So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?

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1:28pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

Mr. Toilet And Mr. Condom Think Jokes Will Save The World

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:47 pm

They don't call him Mr. Toilet for nothing! On a cold and windy November day, Jack Sim visited NPR and gladly struck a pose on his favorite appliance. Note: This toilet was not hooked up.
Ryan Kellman and John W. Poole NPR

A funny thing happened at the 12th Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship last week in Oxford, England.

At this global gathering of activists and change-makers, where conversation often centered on poverty, disease and disaster, there was a session called What's So Funny? The Role of Comedy in Social Change.

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1:46pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Goats and Soda

Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:05 pm

A woman cultivates seaweed off the coast of Madagascar to counter overfishing. She's working with Blue Ventures, a business that supports its conservation projects by giving ecotours.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

What do you call someone who runs a successful business that aims to make the world a better place? A CEO with a conscience? A do-good bottom-liner?

At the Skoll World Forum this week in Oxford, England, the preferred term is social entrepreneur. In fact, the conference is completely devoted to the idea — and promoting its rising stars.

Young entrepreneurs are invited to join veterans for workshops, talks and confabs. Awards are given for "social entrepreneurship."

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3:49pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Goats and Soda

Dear World, Your Grade For Educating Your Children Is ...

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:19 pm

India is definitely making progress in getting more kids into school. This facility is in Bhubaneswar.
Biswaranjan Rout AP

It seems like a simple goal: All kids should go to primary school.

People began talking about it in the 1960s. And they kept talking about it. "Everyone thought it was pretty doable; it wasn't too big of a deal," recalls Aaron Benavot, director of UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

But for lots of reasons — cutbacks on government spending, no schoolhouse within an easy commute — it just wasn't happening. So in 2000, 164 nations got together and pledged "Education For All" by 2015.

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2:42pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Goats and Soda

Dreams Of Hope And Happiness In Turbulent Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:00 pm

These kids are Yemenis without a home. Fighting between government and rebel forces caused their families to flee to a refugee camp in Aden, where the youngsters find time for fun.
Stephanie Sinclair/VII

It's hard to think about Yemen in a hopeful way. In fact, the country seems like the very definition of hopelessness.

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4:08pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Goats and Soda

Go Ahead, Little Goat, Eat Some Poison Ivy. It Won't Hurt A Bit

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 2:56 pm

OK, so technically this goat is eating just plain ivy. But poison ivy is definitely on the menu.
SAUL LOEB AFP/Getty Images

Oh, those goats? I got them from Amazon!

The online giant is testing out a "Home Services" line. You can get a TV mounted on your wall. You can find a plumber. And you can rent a herd of goats to chomp on unwanted vegetation in your yard.

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2:30pm

Fri April 3, 2015
The Salt

You'll Get No Alcoholic Kick From Champagne-Flavored Jelly Beans

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:42 pm

Jelly Belly has developed a champagne-flavored bean, but don't expect an alcoholic kick from this candy.
Jelly Belly

This Easter, you can toast the Bunny with the newest jelly bean flavor from industry giant Jelly Belly: champagne. (Don't get your hopes up — the champagne bean is alcohol-free.)

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11:28am

Mon March 30, 2015
Goats and Soda

Bill Gates Tells The World: Get Ready For The Next Epidemic

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:29 pm

Health workers suit up for Ebola duty in Monrovia, Liberia.
John W. Poole/NPR

"An epidemic is one of the few catastrophes that could set the world back drastically in the next few decades," Bill Gates warns in an essay he wrote for the March 18 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.

In the article, titled "The Next Epidemic — Lessons From Ebola," he says the Ebola epidemic is a "wake-up call."

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