Ari Shapiro http://wcqs.org en It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle http://wcqs.org/post/its-not-whisky-everyone-scotland-drinks-it-bottle For a visitor to Scotland, it can be difficult to understand the local passion for a neon orange soda that locals call "the brew." The drink is Irn Bru (pronounced "iron brew").<p>You can find it from McDonald's to corner stores and pubs across Scotland. It is such a powerful force that it may even outsell Coca-Cola here — making it one of the few places on the globe where Coke isn't the leading brand.<p>"This stuff runs in my blood," says Chris Young, as he walks through downtown Glasgow carrying a bottle.<p>Perhaps he's not a fair sample, though, since he is actually drinking the stuff. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:35:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 22778 at http://wcqs.org It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town http://wcqs.org/post/report-details-16-years-horrific-abuse-children-uk-town An investigation out on Tuesday documents the abuse of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, and says local authorities were aware of the problem for years and did not respond.<p>Alexis Jay, who authored <a href="http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham" target="_blank">the report</a>, used to be chief inspector of social work in Scotland.<p>She's seen a lot. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 22748 at http://wcqs.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs http://wcqs.org/post/scotlands-independence-vote-and-fate-britains-nuclear-subs After 300 years in the United Kingdom, Scotland votes next month on whether to break the union, which raises many questions. One is particularly meaningful in the town of Helensburgh, in Western Scotland: What will happen to the U.K.'s nuclear weapons?<p>The Trident submarine program is based in Scotland, at Faslane naval base.<p>From a hill just outside Helensburgh, you can gaze down on the base: a beehive of boats and cars humming along the inlet called Gare Loch. More than 6,000 people work there, making it Scotland's largest military facility. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 22597 at http://wcqs.org Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State http://wcqs.org/post/european-fighters-take-more-prominent-roles-islamic-state British authorities are trying to identify the masked man who executed American photojournalist James Foley in a video that has caused massive global reaction.<p>The man — who appears wearing all black, holding a knife, and wearing a gun holster — speaks in an accent that linguists say sounds like someone from East or South London. The video yields other clues to the man's identity, such as his height and the fact that he's left-handed.<p>British intelligence agencies are now trying to ascertain whether the killer is one of the roughly 500 British citizens who have left the U.K. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 22534 at http://wcqs.org European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State It's Sunrise In London And Time For A Rave http://wcqs.org/post/its-sunrise-london-and-time-rave At 6:30 in the morning, not many people have dancing on their mind. Freshly brewed coffee, perhaps, or the papers. Maybe some public radio. But not a party.<p>On a street in East London, however, the sun is rising over the rooftops, and a line of people are waiting to get into a warehouse. Most were fast asleep an hour ago, but by now they're wearing fluorescent neon tights, brightly colored headbands and leggings. Some have decorated themselves with face paint.<p>They're on their way to Morning Gloryville, a sober sunrise rave that started just over a year ago in this very location. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 22099 at http://wcqs.org It's Sunrise In London And Time For A Rave In Gaza, A Glimmer Of Hope For Cease-Fire Is Snuffed Out Early http://wcqs.org/post/gaza-glimmer-hope-cease-fire-snuffed-out-early <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Gaza%2C+A+Glimmer+Of+Hope+For+Cease-Fire+Is+Snuffed+Out+Early&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTgyNDI4MDEzMTM0MjQzMTZlNDI0Mg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: <p>A glimmer of hope in the battle in Gaza quickly vanished today. A three-day cease-fire had barely begun when fighting resume. And today the conflict took an ominous turn that is almost sure to prolong the fighting and complicate attempts at peace. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 21677 at http://wcqs.org Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway? http://wcqs.org/post/why-are-theater-tickets-cheaper-west-end-broadway It's a Wednesday afternoon in London and a bunch of kids are standing outside a West End theater, giddily unaware that their parents have just shelled out a lot of money for the experience they're about to have. A giant sign over their heads shows a silhouette of a girl standing on a swing, her hair flying behind her in the wind — it's a matinee performance of <em>Matilda</em>.<p>More than 3,000 miles away on the same Wednesday afternoon, the same scene plays out on Broadway. It's the same show, with equally excited kids. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 21577 at http://wcqs.org An Uneasy End To Ramadan In Gaza, Where Fighting Intensifies Once More http://wcqs.org/post/uneasy-end-ramadan-gaza-where-fighting-intensifies-once-more <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=An+Uneasy+End+To+Ramadan+In+Gaza%2C+Where+Fighting+Intensifies+Once+More&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDc0NDkyMDEzMTQ4ODU0MTE0OGNiNg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 21472 at http://wcqs.org The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Remixed And Retweeted http://wcqs.org/post/israeli-palestinian-conflict-remixed-and-retweeted <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBY-0n4esNY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZjxsloZ3HU</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 21081 at http://wcqs.org The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Remixed And Retweeted Israeli Forces Move Into Gaza, 'Terrorist Tunnels' In Cross Hairs http://wcqs.org/post/israeli-forces-move-gaza-terrorist-tunnels-cross-hairs NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on the latest news from the Gaza Strip, where Israel has undertaken a ground invasion against Hamas operatives. It's the first time in five years that the Israeli military has conducted a ground operation. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 21038 at http://wcqs.org