WCQS http://wcqs.org en A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://wcqs.org/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 editor 16894 at http://wcqs.org A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://wcqs.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 16892 at http://wcqs.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? http://wcqs.org/post/are-democrats-trying-energize-base-race-card Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.<p>That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda.<p>There seems to be a shift in recent days, however.<p>Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both.<p>Rep. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Frank James 16893 at http://wcqs.org Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://wcqs.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 16889 at http://wcqs.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://wcqs.org/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Brakkton Booker 16891 at http://wcqs.org In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://wcqs.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 16890 at http://wcqs.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different Reveal: There's More To The Story http://wcqs.org/post/reveal-theres-more-story <p></p><p><strong>Reveal</strong> is a new investigative program from the The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cironline.org/">Center for Investigative Reporting</a> and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility.</p><p>Reveal is hosted by Al Letson from <a href="http://www.prx.org/sotru">State of the Re:Union.</a></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:07 +0000 Michelle Keenan 16888 at http://wcqs.org Reveal: There's More To The Story One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://wcqs.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 16885 at http://wcqs.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures The State of Things: Celebrating Moogfest and WNC Live from the WCQS Studios! http://wcqs.org/post/state-things-celebrating-moogfest-and-wnc-live-wcqs-studios <p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:22:27 +0000 Michelle Keenan 16882 at http://wcqs.org The State of Things: Celebrating Moogfest and WNC Live from the WCQS Studios! Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk http://wcqs.org/post/leaflets-given-donetsk-jews-made-waves-worldwide-not-donetsk A development in Eastern Ukraine has set social media on fire and triggered outrage around the world.<p>In the city of Donetsk, someone <a href="http://www.interpretermag.com/russian-separatists-in-donetsk-reportedly-order-jews-to-register-or-face-expulsion/" target="_blank">distributed fliers ordering Jews to register</a> with the separatists who have taken over government buildings.<p>Even though nobody in Ukraine believed the leaflet was real, the fliers hit a nerve.<p>It all started at a Donetsk synagogue after evening prayers two nights ago, when a group of masked men in camouflage showed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 16886 at http://wcqs.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk