Marc Silver



Mon July 27, 2015
Goats and Soda

New 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Tries Out Jokes About Racism, Ebola

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:41 pm

The Trevor Noah countdown has begun. The South African stand-up comedian will begin hosting Comedy Central's Daily Show on Sept. 28. And what better way to get ready than ... by doing comedy.

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Thu July 16, 2015
Goats and Soda

Haters Gonna Hate. Teen Girl Activists Shake It Off And Try Again

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:27 am

Here's the group of "teen advisers" who spoke with Goats and Soda at the 2015 Girl Up conference in Washington, D.C. Top row: Amy Gong Liu, Janet Diaz, Janet Ho, Kennede Reese, Rebecca Ruvalcaba. Middle row: Ruhy Patel, Celia Buckman, Simone Cowan, Jessica Bishai. Bottom row: Sydney Baumgardt, Alexandra Intriago, Anna McGuire, Ishana Nigam
John W. Poole NPR

Ruhy Patel, 17, lives in Doylestown, Pa. When she was 15 she was planning to run for student council office. "All the other people running were boys," she says, "and people were like, 'Well, you're not going to win.' You feel intimidated because you're the only girl in the room. It makes you question if you'd be OK in the field of politics."

Did she drop out? No.

Did she win? "I did!"

"I feel like it kind of makes you want to try harder when people say no," says Patel.

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Tue July 14, 2015
Goats and Soda

Michelle Obama Is A Rock Star For Global Teen Activists

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:23 pm

First lady Michelle Obama shares encouraging words at Girl Up Leadership Summit.
Molly Riley AP

She was only 15 minutes late. That's amazing! After all, she is the first lady of the United States. She has a busy schedule. She was scheduled to speak to the Girl Up Leadership Summit at 11:15 a.m. And by 11:27ish she was in the house.

"You all look amazing," Michelle Obama told the 200-plus activists who represent some of the world's 1,000 Girl Up clubs. They'd come to Washington, D.C., to bond, to learn about girls' issues and to lobby Congress.

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Tue July 14, 2015
Goats and Soda

Looking At The World Through A Teenage Girl's Eyes — On Periscope

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 2:36 pm

Girl Up activists are in the nation's capital — and talking with NPR today on Periscope. Last year's participants in the annual conference included (from left) Alexandra Leone (New Hope, Pa.); Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.); Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago); Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.).
Ryan Kellman NPR

Update: New time is 1 p.m. ET

What's life like for a 15-year-old girl in Zambia? In Brazil? In Nepal? In the United States?

Starting this fall, NPR will be looking at the lives of 15-year-old girls: the challenges they face, the rules they break, the advice they'd give to a little sister.

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Sat July 11, 2015
Goats and Soda

To Resurrect A Vanishing Language, Try YouTube and Indiegogo

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:26 pm

Maria Nieves Nashnato Upari and Jose Manuel Huaymacari Tamani are teaching Kukama to children in hopes of keeping their "maternal language" alive.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

What do you lose when one of the world's languages disappears?

Maybe it's a word that has two meanings — and the double meaning gives you a different way of thinking about things.

Like the word iya. In the endangered Latin American language of Kukama, it means "heart." But it also means "fruit."

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Fri July 3, 2015
Goats and Soda

Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'Art

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 10:23 pm

Standing in their backyard in Cochas Grande, Peru, Katya and Blanca Cantos, hold the fruit of their labor. The gourd at left shows scenes from a potato harvest. The just-started gourd at right will tell the story of an ancestor's epic trek.
Josh Cogan Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive, Smithsonian Institution

Their gourds tell a story — and earn them a living. That gourd in the photo — the one on the left? It is covered with miniature pictures of a potato harvest in Peru. There's even a wee burro hauling the day's crop.

That gourd will sell for around $800.

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Thu July 2, 2015
Goats and Soda

Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 8:19 am

This is a photo taken in the town of Smell No Taste, where a teenager died of Ebola this past week. The home where he passed away is now under quarantine.
Abbas Dulleh AP

A curious detail appeared in stories about the death this week of a 17-year-old boy from Ebola.

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Mon June 29, 2015
Goats and Soda

The U.S. Now Has A 'Girls Count' Law. But Don't Boys Count, Too?

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:55 am

Children in Bangladesh display their birth registration cards.
Jannatul Mawa UNICEF

The world needs to count its girls!

That's the message that President Obama sent earlier this month when he signed the Girls Count Act into law. Congress had previously approved the act by unanimous vote.

There are 220 million children around the world who are uncounted. They were not registered at birth, and they don't have birth certificates.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Goats and Soda

A Boy Won't Let A Lion Get His Goat

A little boy and his goat have an encounter with a painted lion in West Bengal, India.
Courtesy of Partha Kar

A boy, a goat and a lion.

Those are the stars of an award-winning photo called Friendship.

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Fri June 19, 2015
Goats and Soda

Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking

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

Vietnam is seeing an increase in soda drinking.

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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Thu June 18, 2015
Goats and Soda

What We Can Learn From A Herd Of Hungry Goats

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:05 am

via Youtube

Now that's a gaggle of goats!

There are about 700 of them in the video. They belong to the California business Goats R Us, which keeps 8,000 goats on hand, renting them out to graze on brush, thistles and other undesired plants.

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Wed June 17, 2015
Goats and Soda

It's Time To Pay Attention To 'Below-The-Belt' Cancers

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:29 am

Kenyan women visit an outreach team from Marie Stopes, a reproductive health organization that can screen for and treat cervical cancer.
Jonathan Torgovnik Getty Images

When an email arrived the other day promoting an "Interfaith Service Focused on Below the Belt Cancers," I was intrigued.

It turns out Thursday, June 18, is the start of the third "Globe-athon to End Women's Cancers." To kickoff this continuing campaign, there will be two days of events in New York City dedicated to making people more aware of the cancers that strike more than 1 million women a year and figuring out the best strategies for diagnosis and treatment.

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Thu June 4, 2015
Goats and Soda

Sexual Violence Against Children Is A Global Problem But Few Get Help

Aly Hurt/NPR

A new survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that sexual violence against children is a global problem.

Seven countries were surveyed from 2007 to 2013. The first was Swaziland, which wanted to assess and address the problem. The rate of sexual violence against girls was 36.7 percent. Additional countries asked to be surveyed as well. Young people from the age of 13 to 24 were interviewed, with a range of 1,000 to 2,000 for each gender.

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Thu June 4, 2015
Goats and Soda

Your Moment Of Baby Goat Bliss

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 11:25 am

Screengrab from Sunflower Farm Creamery video.
Sunflower Farm Creamery/Youtube

It seems the bad news just won't stop coming.

That boat accident in China.

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Wed June 3, 2015
Goats and Soda

A New U.N. Health Goal Targets Folks 69 And Under. Ageism Or Realism?

The U.N. wants better health for older folks, like nomadic herder Mijiddorj Ayur of South Gobi, Mongolia.
John W. Poole NPR

In September, the U.N. will vote to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (aka SDGs). They cover issues like poverty, health and climate change. The idea is to encourage the 192 U.N. member states to establish policies that will make the world a better place over the next 15 years.

At least one SDG is turning out to be a bit controversial.

This particular goal calls for a reduction in "premature mortality" from non-communicable diseases like cancer, stroke and dementia by half in people younger than 50 and by a third among people from 50 to 69.

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