Vets meet Outward Bound Challenge

For more than twenty years Outward Bound has been offering wilderness courses for war veterans. The various programs are designed to help veterans rejoin civilian life. The first courses for veterans were the result of a partnership between Outward Bound and the Veterans Administration for service members who served in Viet Nam. David Hurand recently spoke with Matt Rosky about the program. Rosky is Veterans and Service Members Manager at North Carolina Outward Bound. The interview was...
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Tony Kiss Weekend Update

The Fourth of July Independence Day Holiday weekend has arrived. If the weather cooperates there will be plenty of fireworks and outdoor festivals to enjoy. Topping Tony's list of at least 40 ways to celebrate the 4th, the Red White and Blue Grass Festival July 3-4 at Catawba Meadows in Morganton. The Graham County Heritage Festival takes place on Courthouse Square in Robbinsville and Franklin's All American 4th of July gets underway with Mac Arnold and Plate Full O'Blues at the gazebo on...
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As deeply divided Greeks go to the polls in a referendum that could determine whether the European Central Bank extends a crucial line of credit and the country remains in the euro zone, Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis has vowed to resign if they vote "yes" to bailout terms that the government opposes.

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Editor's Note: An attacker opened fire on a beach in Tunisia and killed 38 people on June 26. NPR's Alice Fordham went to cover the story. She used to live in Tunisia and reflects on how the country's changed in recent years.

Two years ago, I first went to the town of Kairouan, one of the holiest sites in Islam. Tear gas drifted around the beautiful old stones of the Great Mosque and nervous police sheltered in small patches of shade. They were there preventing a rally by an Islamic extremist group who wanted to wave black flags and chant intolerant slogans.

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, top chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We go to Seoul, South Korea, to make banchan — those endless small plates of pickles and veggies that traditionally accompany rice or soup.

Filmmakers are using virtual reality to make the problems of the developing world seem more ... real.

But how can you see their work?

You could buy a headset, but you might end up in virtual debt. Prices range from $200 to $500 for devices from big players like Oculus Rift, Sony and Samsung. And forking over that much cash is a problem since there's not a lot of content yet.

For just a few minutes, I'm standing in the streets of Kathmandu. Families pick through the rubble left behind by April's devastating earthquake. I take in the sounds of metal clanking, of footsteps and chattering. A few people walk by, staring straight at me.

I want to help — but can't.

A dozen internationally acclaimed photographers were set loose in Israel and the West Bank. Most had never been in either place before. The aim was to try to see anew a part of the world that's been thoroughly photographed, long mythologized and often fought over.

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Marine Staff Sgt. Jonny Pena came back from Afghanistan, he wasn't the same man who had left for the war.

He and his wife, Marine Sgt. Anny Pena, met when they were stationed in Arizona. Two years later, in 2007, they got married; then they had a son.


Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep Receives a Warm Welcome from WNC