Whether you're on vacation or stay-cation this summer, chances are you're taking pictures. Smartphones make picture-taking easier and more popular than ever. But in earlier years, photography was more of an event. At the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, an exhibition called "Little Pictures, Big Lives" shows snapshots from the 1920s through the '60s. And many of the people in these photos happen to be some of this country's greatest artists.
Can the most modern of technologies help solve the health woes in the poorest countries in the world? Some biomedical engineers say yes. They are designing diagnostic laboratories that fit on something as small as a credit card, and give results in minutes instead of hours or days.
These devices are sometimes referred to as a "lab on a chip." To use them, all you need to do is obtain a drop of someone's blood.
Parts of East Africa are suffering through the worst drought in 50 years. More than 10 million people in the area are in dire need of humanitarian aid. About 29,000 children under age 5 have died in the last three months. Somali refugees continue to flee to the Kenyan border, making the town of Dadaab host to the largest refugee camp in the world. Guest host David Greene speaks with Abdirahman Yabarow of Voice of America and Stephanie Savariaud of the United Nations World Food Program, who's working with the nearly half-million refugees in Dadaab.
Norfolk, Va., is in mourning Sunday, following the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. troops — including almost two dozen Navy SEALs. Norfolk is home to many SEALs and their families. Guest host David Greene speaks with NPR's Daniel Zwerdling, who says this is a city that keeps grief close to the vest.
Yemen's injured president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has just been released from a Saudi hospital. NPR's Kelly McEvers, who is in the Yemen capital Sanaa, tells guest host David Greene about her travels across that country and the one thing Yemenis seem to agree on: Saleh must go.
On Aug. 2, when most U.S. papers ran a front page photograph of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' return to the House, <em>The New York Times</em> went with Hicks' photo from Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks has been on the front lines of conflicts throughout the Middle East over the past decade, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Lebanon. This past March, Hicks was captured by Gadhafi loyalists while photographing the revolution in Libya and was held hostage for six days.
Yet Hicks has continued photographing the world's hot spots. This past month, Hicks went to Somalia to document the ongoing famine and humanitarian crisis.
Signs of a battle: Smurfs and apes spar with an upcoming movie, Columbiana, outside LA's ArcLight Hollywood theater.
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Weekends on All Things Considered just wrapped a week of production in LA. And we found out it's hard to spend much time here without movies on the mind.
At the box office, this month so far has been one weird creature flick after another battling for the top spot. Cowboys and Aliens just about tied The Smurfs last weekend. But this weekend's Rise of the Planet of the Apes smashed them both.
We hit the streets outside LA's luxurious ArcLight HollyWood Theater to pose one simple question: Cowboys, aliens, Smurfs, or apes?
The Los Angeles band Cambalache specializes in <em>son jarocho</em>, a style from Mexico's Gulf Coast.
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When weekends on All Things Considered calls upon Betto Arcos to share the music he's been playing on his KPFK program Global Village, the conversation usually takes place in separate studios on opposite sides of the country. This week, however, the show is coming to you from Los Angeles and the whole gang is together.
It's only natural, then, for this week's picks to have an L.A. theme. Arcos chats with guest host David Greene about some about some of his favorite new releases from Angelino musicians.
Dr. Arthur K. Rivard has been an eye doctor in Danville for more than 20 years and is not shy when lending his view point on a just who should engage in eye surgery and who shouldn't. Rivard, along with many of his fellow ophthalmologists, is unhappy with a new Kentucky law which sets the stage for optometrists to perform various types of surgery, including laser. The issue has been reignited thanks to a public forum held in Lexington last month in which optometrists, who Rivard points out are not medical doctors, began the process of determining what type of surgeries they may and may not perform under the new law, which was approved overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate.