Boise State Public Radio http://boisestatepublicradio.org en What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/what-somebodys-mummy-can-teach-you-about-heart-disease We think of heart disease as a modern scourge, brought on by our sedentary lifestyles and our affinity for fast food.<p>But a few years ago, a team of researchers discovered something puzzling — CT scans of Egyptian mummies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2009/11/egyptian_mummies_had_hardened.html">showed signs</a> of hardened, narrow arteries. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 49765 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease Argentina Is In Default. What Does That Actually Mean? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/argentina-default-what-does-actually-mean <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=Argentina+Is+In+Default.+What+Does+That+Actually+Mean%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 49769 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-bill-aims-hold-colleges-accountable-campus-sex-crimes <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=New+Bill+Aims+To+Hold+Colleges+Accountable+For+Campus+Sex+Crimes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 49768 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fighting Continues To Block Investigators From MH17 Wreckage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fighting-continues-block-investigators-mh17-wreckage <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=Fighting+Continues+To+Block+Investigators+From+MH17+Wreckage&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 49767 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Volunteerism Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/volunteerism-explodes-popularity-whos-it-helping-most As you plan — or even go — on your summer vacation, think about this: More and more Americans are no longer taking a few weeks off to suntan and sight see abroad. Instead they're working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English.<p>It's called volunteer tourism or "volunteerism." And it's one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. More than 1.6 million volunteer tourists are spending about $2 billion each year.<p>But some people who work in the industry are skeptical of volunteerism's rising popularity. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 49766 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Volunteerism Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of July http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/recommended-dose-best-dance-tracks-july Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix. And we're particularly excited about what we heard during July — it was tough to narrow this list down to six songs.<p>You can stream this month's mix here or through <a href="https://soundcloud.com/npr_music/recommended-dose-april-2014">NPR Music's SoundCloud account</a>. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:03:00 +0000 Otis Hart 49764 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of July Estimates Differ On How Much Tax Revenue Oregon's Marijuana Initiative Would Raise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/estimates-differ-how-much-tax-revenue-oregons-marijuana-initiative-would-raise <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073014CL_pottax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon’s legalized marijuana campaign says pot would generate about $39 million in tax revenue in its first year. Legislative revenue experts disagree.<p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:34:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49762 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Estimates Differ On How Much Tax Revenue Oregon's Marijuana Initiative Would Raise Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-farmers-worried-about-visa-backup-legal-migrant-workers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073014TB_NoVisas_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A breakdown in a&#160;U.S. State Department&#160;computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.<p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:19:00 +0000 Tom Banse 49763 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/house-approves-16-billion-plan-improve-health-care-vets The House voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would address widespread problems with health care for veterans.<p>The vote in favor of the $16.3 billion package was 420 to 5.<p>The problems veterans have had obtaining care has drawn national attention in recent weeks. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:50:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 49761 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets Legal Blow For Families Of Wildland Firefighters Killed In 2003 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/legal-blow-families-wildland-firefighters-killed-2003 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073014AJ_NoBenefits.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Contract firefighters can often be found on the front lines. They’re usually indistinguishable from government firefighters. But a recent court ruling has re-emphasized that if they’re killed in the line of duty, there’s a big difference.<p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:24:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 49760 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Legal Blow For Families Of Wildland Firefighters Killed In 2003 House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/house-votes-ok-lawsuit-against-obama The House voted Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama, claiming that he has overstepped the limits of his executive authority.<p>The vote to allow Speaker John Boehner to sue Obama was 225 to 201. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 49759 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama Should America Keep Its Aging Nuclear Missiles? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/should-america-keep-its-aging-nuclear-missiles Sixty feet beneath western Nebraska, Lt. Raj Bansal sits in front of an ancient-looking computer console used to monitor 10 nuclear missiles.<p>Everything in this command bunker feels outdated, including the tiny toilet. It's working today, but like a lot of equipment down here, it doesn't always. Bansal points to a drain under the command post.<p>"At some point, sewage has flooded this bottom area," he says. "It smells awful."<p>For decades, the United States has kept hundreds of nuclear-armed missiles on alert. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:07:33 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 49758 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-your-small-batch-whiskey-might-taste-lot-others It's a good time to be a whiskey maker, and craft whiskeys are all the rage, with names like Bulleit, Redemption, Templeton and George Dickel.<p>But according to a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/your-craft-whiskey-is-probably-from-a-factory-distillery-in-indiana.html">report</a> on The Daily Beast, some of those producers tossing off hazy, golden adjectives like "hand-crafted," "small-batch" and "artisanal" are, well, not. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 49757 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/job-worries-linger-economy-looking-good Five years after the Great Recession ended, where are we with this recovery?<p>On Wednesday, the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve both answered by saying, in effect:<p>We're in a sweet spot — growing at a decent rate with good reason for optimism.<p>Or as the Fed blandly put it, "economic activity will expand at a moderate pace."<p>President Obama, speaking on the economy in Kansas City, Mo., was more effusive.<p>After a brutal recession, "we have fought back. We have got back off our feet, we have dusted ourselves off," Obama said. "Construction is up. Manufacturing is back. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 49753 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/amidst-confusion-17-killed-shelling-market-gaza It may have been a tragic case of confusion.<p>The Israel Defense Forces declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 49754 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/moldovas-winemakers-seize-upon-regions-geopolitical-moment Consider, for a moment, the misfortunes of winemakers in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in southeastern Europe, tucked in between Ukraine and Romania.<p>Their country is the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP about the same as Honduras. They'd love to sell their product — which has gotten approving nods from foreign critics<strong> --</strong> in wealthier countries. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 49755 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway? http://boisestatepublicradio.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 21:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49756 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gazas-network-tunnels-major-hole-israels-defenses Israeli officials say the country's deadly ground offensive won't end until its soldiers destroy a vast network of Hamas tunnels the militants use to try to attack Jewish communities outside the Gaza Strip.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/30/336497615/gaza-conflict-shell-strikes-un-school-killing-up-to-19-who-sought-shelter">Three more soldiers died Wednesday</a> when explosives detonated as they uncovered one of those tunnels. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49751 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses Idaho Scales Back Claim Of Problems At Prison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-scales-back-claim-problems-prison <p>Idaho Department of Correction officials have dramatically scaled back their assessment of the problems encountered when they took over the state's largest prison from Corrections Corporation of America this month.</p><p>Last week, Shane Evans with IDOC told the Board of Correction that CCA failed to leave behind a promised 8-day supply of medication, and that the new health care provider had to ship $100,000 worth of medication overnight just to reach the minimum amount needed at the facility.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:13:34 +0000 Associated Press 49750 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/grocery-chain-workers-want-their-ceo-back If your boss was fired, would you walk off the job in protest?<p>That's what's happening at the New England grocery store chain Market Basket, which has 25,000 employees. Business at Market Basket stores has slowed to a trickle as workers disrupt operations, stage protests and ask shoppers to stay away.<p>They say CEO Arthur T. Demoulas treats them well, and they want him reinstated.<p>Outside the Market Basket store in Somerville, Mass., a dozen workers wave protest signs as cars honk in support. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 editor 49752 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back