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Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs

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Oct 25 2014

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Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., on Friday. Pham was discharged after testing free of Ebola.

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Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., on Friday. Pham was discharged after testing free of Ebola.

Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., on Friday. Pham was discharged after testing free of Ebola.

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When Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her being free of Ebola.

Fauci said it was an honor to treat Pham and get to know “such an extraordinary individual.” Pham said she felt “fortunate and blessed” and put her trust “in God and my medical team.”

Pham later met with President Obama in the Oval Office. The president and the nurse also hugged as news photographers captured the moment.

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President Obama and Dallas nurse Nina Pham embrace in the Oval Office on Friday.

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President Obama and Dallas nurse Nina Pham embrace in the Oval Office on Friday.

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A pool report said Obama hugged Pham after the president said something to the effect of, “Let’s give a hug for the cameras.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the meeting was “an opportunity, first of all, to thank her for her service.”

It was not the first time Obama had met with an Ebola survivor. In September, the president sat down with Dr. Kent Brantly, a U.S. medical missionary who contracted Ebola in July while working as a doctor in Liberia. Brantly was successfully treated at Emory University Hospital In Atlanta.

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President Obama meets with Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, during an Oval Office visit on Sept. 16.

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“We are incredibly grateful to him and his family for the service that he has rendered to people who are a lot less lucky than all of us,” Obama said after meeting with Brantly.

Many people compare the stigma of Ebola with earlier views about HIV/AIDS — and the way public figures tried to change those perceptions.

Princess Diana was often seen holding children with HIV. President Reagan was photographed holding the hand of Elizabeth Glaser in 1988 during a private meeting at the White House. Glaser had contracted HIV in a blood transfusion and later died of complications from AIDS.

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Princess Diana hugs an HIV-positive child at a hostel near Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1991.

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Princess Diana hugs an HIV-positive child at a hostel near Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1991.

Princess Diana hugs an HIV-positive child at a hostel near Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1991.

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Close displays with people affected by Ebola contrast with the stigma it holds in West Africa, where thousands have died of the virus. As NPR’s Nurith Aizenman reported in August from the Liberian capital city of Monrovia, even those who have not been infected can be shunned.

She told the story of Amanda Ellis, 79, who lost five members of her family to the virus:

Ellis herself never got sick. She’s long past the 21 days it takes to know if someone exposed to an Ebola patient has contracted the disease themselves. But now she’s facing fear and rejection. Her neighbors want nothing to do with her.

It started at the local market. Ellis earns her living there, selling mangoes from some trees at the edge of her yard. But when she shows up, the other sellers shoo her away. “Go! You have Ebola!” they shout.

“Everybody shun me,” Ellis says.

They won’t buy her mangoes. And they won’t let her buy their food, either. “If they do take the money,” she says, “they will stand a far distance from you and stretch their hand.”

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Boko Haram Hasn’t Acted On Promise To Release Kidnapped Girls

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Oct 25 2014

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It was only last Friday that the Nigerian government said it had reached a cease-fire with Boko Haram. The Islamic insurgents have terrorized northeastern Nigeria since 2009. In April they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls. And as part of the truce announced last week, the Nigerian government said Boko Haram would release the girls. But that hasn’t happened. And now comes reports of more kidnappings, as many as 60 young women and girls. Bate Felix has been following this story for Reuters and he joins us from Abuja, Nigeria. Welcome to the program.

BATE FELIX: Hi, good evening.

CORNISH: The last we heard was about cease-fire talks and a possible truce but there was no word from Boko Haram militants. What is the state of the cease-fire talks?

FELIX: Well, they are still ongoing from what we’ve been hearing from Nigerian officials and from Chadian officials who are mediating in the talks. But we haven’t heard from Boko Haram which is quite strange. They have not come out to deny or to acknowledge the fact that they’re talking to Nigerian officials which makes some people believe that actually there is something happening. But some people are still doubtful.

CORNISH: As for the girls kidnapped last April, is there any sign that any of them might be returned or have been returned?

FELIX: So far no sign as far as we know. One of them did manage to escape about a month ago. But for the rest of the group we haven’t heard anything. The Chadians are pretty confident that the people they’re talking to who claim to be representing Boko Haram, those people may be able to deliver. The Nigerians also seem confident that they may be able to obtain something. But everybody is just waiting to see if it’s going happen.

CORNISH: And you mentioned the government of Chad involved in these talks. In the meantime, there were reports of new Boko Haram kidnappings, as many as 60 young women and girls. What more can you tell us about that?

FELIX: From what we have learned from officials, both on the Chadian side and on the Nigerian side, are currently – everybody knows Boko Haram is not a homogeneous organization. It seems as if they are factions within the organization. And some within the group may not be too happy to continue with this cease-fire or agree to this cease-fire.

CORNISH: So there’s no particular one leader that rules all of these factions.

FELIX: No, no, and it seems apparently that a faction of this group may have carried out these latest kidnappings. The Chadian authorities believe it is a faction. The Nigerian authorities believe it’s just some group of bandits who are claiming to be Boko Haram.

CORNISH: Remind us of the background here. Why kidnapping? Why does Boko Haram choose this particular terror technique?

FELIX: Well, to them it’s a means to an end. It’s a means to get their name out there. It’s a means to show that they can actually destabilize northern Nigeria and obtain whatever they want.

CORNISH: Do they ever return any of their victims? Is this a source of revenue at all in terms of ransom?

FELIX: Yes, indeed. As we’ve seen especially in the cases in northern Cameroon, especially. You have the 17 Cameroonians and 10 Chinese workers that were returned for ransom. So apparently, you know, for some this is a business but to some there is a real (inaudible).

CORNISH: Help us understand the background to these talks. Why would the Nigerian government come out and say that it had cease-fire, that had a truce if it sounds like that really isn’t the case?

FELIX: Well, some people I’ve spoken with said this may apparently be a political ploy. Everybody is expecting President Goodluck Jonathan to announce that he will be contesting in next year’s presidential election. I mean, if he manages to obtain the release of the girls and obtain a cease-fire it will be a big political boost for him. And many believe that the administration kind of jumped the gun a little bit to announce that just for political gains.

CORNISH: Bate Felix is a correspondent for Reuters. He spoke with us from Abuja, Nigeria. Thank you so much.

FELIX: Thank you.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

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Oct 25 2014

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At Beefeater in London, large copper stills are used to distill the alcohol that will eventually become gin.

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At Beefeater in London, large copper stills are used to distill the alcohol that will eventually become gin.

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In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America.

One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.

For Charles Maxwell, this story is personal. “My great-great-grandfather was apprenticed in the city of London in the 1680s to learn how to make gin,” Maxwell says. “And from that day to this, we’ve distilled gin in London.”

Maxwell is the only man ever to have received the London Gin Guild’s lifetime achievement award. He and his ancestors have watched the drink go in and out of fashion many times over the centuries. The high point — or really the low point — was in the mid-1700s.

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“Things had got slightly out of hand in England,” says Maxwell. “We’d actually got to the point where the consumption per person in England was over four cases of gin a year.”

That’s 48 bottles of gin each. More if you leave out children, though some kids drank it, too.

In 1751, the artist William Hogarth created his famous print, “Gin Lane,” showing chaos as a drunken mother drops her baby in the gin-soaked London streets. (That print was commissioned by the beer brewers.)

London is not returning to the days of Gin Lane. For one, alcohol is now tightly regulated and can no longer be sold out of bathtubs. But we are in the midst of a worldwide gin distillery boom.

At a bar in central London called Graphic, more than 300 gin brands line the shelves. Manager Dom Balfour says the owners didn’t set out to create a gin destination — “it’s just something that happened over time a few years ago.”

“Someone took an interest in gin and started to increase the amount of gins. Before you know it, you’ve got 100. Then you’ve got 200. Then you’ve got 300, and it keeps going.”

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On this night, an up-and-comer is trying to find a bit of space on the crowded shelves. Nick Tilt is here representing Sloane’s gin, a new brand from the Netherlands. He launches into a sales pitch about the flavors of fresh citrus fruits, and vanilla from Madagascar “that creates a full creaminess to the middle of the palate and holds all the other flavors together.”

His colleague pulls out little vials of angelica root and coriander seeds. He deploys spray bottles to spritz the aromas. It’s quite a production.

There’s a simple reason that so many new alcohol producers are making gin instead of vodka or whiskey.

“Gin has a flavor profile. But it doesn’t require the lengthy aging process you get with a whiskey or a brandy,” says Frank Coleman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

So it has more personality than vodka, but it doesn’t take the time to produce that brown spirits demand. With gin, you can distill today and sell tomorrow. And Coleman says the big brands are happy to see these new guys pop up on the scene.

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“It’s sort of like the farm team, you know? In the past, they spent millions of dollars, in some cases, to develop new brands. Now they look at the marketplace and they can just buy a brand if they want to incorporate it into their portfolio.”

In the U.S., Coleman says, more than 45 states now have small new distilleries. There is no reliable data on how many of those new distilleries are gin, but Coleman believes the percentage is high, since gin is so easy and quick to produce relative to other alcohols.

One strange quirk of this boom is that people are not, overall, drinking more gin than before. Instead, people are drinking a wider range of gins and paying more for the privilege. That is, the slices of the pie are getting smaller, and each slice is becoming pricier.

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On the London gin scene, the wise old man is Beefeater — for decades, the only distiller left in the city limits. Today there are eight. Desmond Payne is the master distiller, tasting the brew every day to make sure the blend is just right.

“Every drop of our 2.6 million cases comes from this distillery,” he says, standing in a massive room surrounded by ancient bulbous copper stills. The air smells like juniper and orange peel.

Payne believes part of the new interest in small-batch gins comes from a broader locavore, farm-to-table trend.

“I think people are far more interested in what they eat and drink, and how it’s made, and what the ingredients are and where they come from,” he says.

It’s easy for him to be generous about the newcomers. Small distilleries are still only a tiny fraction of the total gin market. And the big brands have watched many of them come and go over the decades, as fickle drinkers slurp up a trend, then leave it at the bar.

And now, some gin recipes straight from the source.

Desmond Payne from Beefeater: Negroni

25ml Beefeater

25ml sweet vermouth

25ml Campari

Stir and strain

Rocks glass

Cubed ice

Orange slice or twist

Charles Maxwell from Thames Distillers: Tom Collins

2 oz gin

1 oz lemon juice

1 tsp superfine sugar

3 oz club soda

1 maraschino cherry

1 slice orange

Combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass almost filled with ice cubes. Add club soda. Stir and garnish with the cherry and the orange slice. Tip: You probably want a beefier, big gin.

Giovanni Cascone, from Graphic Bar: Corpse Reviver #2

Equal parts gin, lemon juice, triple sec (commonly Cointreau), Kina Lillet, and a dash of absinthe. Tip: “I use a Beefeater – you want a citrusy gin in this case.”

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How ‘Foodies’ Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald’s Was High-End Food

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Oct 24 2014

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High-end organic fare, or McD’s? (Click “settings” to enable English subtitles.)

We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven’t you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle to buy, and then opting for the one with the higher price tag, the prettier label or the more tempting descriptors?

So perhaps we shouldn’t judge too harshly the people featured in a new viral video who are tricked into praising McDonald’s food for its “pure,” “fresh” taste.

In the video, two Dutch pranksters sneak into a large food-industry expo in Houten, The Netherlands. (The video doesn’t name the event.) There, the duo ask exhibitors and attendees to sample their “new, organic alternative to fast food” from their “high-end restaurant.” In reality, they are serving up cut-up pieces of what appears to be McDonald’s fare including muffins, burgers and nuggets.

Presented with bite-size samples attractively arranged on a platter with serving toothpicks, the patsies in this little experiment react with effusive praise. (While the pranksters are clearly gleeful about duping people whom they describe as culinary or organic “experts,” we don’t really know who they are.)

“The taste is very rich,” one person tells the fake restaurateurs, who go by Sacha and Cedrique and work for Lifehunters.TV, an outfit that specializes in creating viral content.

“It’s definitely a lot tastier than McDonald’s. You can just tell this is a lot more pure,” offers another taste-tester.

“It rolls around the tongue nicely; if it were wine, I’d say it’s fine,” says a third.

But before you jump on this as evidence that these people are clueless, consider this: These folks may have been duped not just by Lifehunters.TV but by their brains as well.

Research has found that when you tell people that what they are eating or drinking is a high-end product, they won’t just say that it tastes better than a cheaper product — their brains will actually experience it as better.

In one study, researchers gave subjects wine to sample and scanned their brains using an fMRI scanner. The subjects all drank the same wine twice. But on one occasion, they were told it was a $90 bottle, while another time they thought it was a $10 bottle.

Not only did these subjects report that the wine tasted better when it was presented as a much pricier vintage, but their brains reacted differently, too. Scans showed increased oxygen and blood flow to the medial orbitofrontal cortex, a part of the brain believed to play a role in how we experience pleasure in food and other types of rewards.

In other words, how a food is branded really does seem to affect how we perceive it on a neurological level.

And that’s probably cause for comfort for McDonald’s, which, coincidentally, announced this week that it plans to offer more organic foods in a bid to boost its flagging U.S. sales. The company reported Tuesday that same-store sales fell 3.3 percent in the third quarter, continuing a downward trend.

McD’s executives are presumably hoping that customers react to its new organic offerings as enthusiastically as the people in this video did.

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Criticized Over Missing Mexican Students, Governor Of Guerrero Will Step Down

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Oct 24 2014

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After the kidnapping and disappearance of dozens of students in his state of Guerrero, Gov. Angel Aguirre announced he would step down on Thursday.

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After the kidnapping and disappearance of dozens of students in his state of Guerrero, Gov. Angel Aguirre announced he would step down on Thursday.

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The governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students were kidnapped and disappeared last month, says he will leave office.

Angel Aguirre had been under growing pressure to step down as the investigation of the student’s disappearance dragged on.

Speaking before reporters on Thursday evening, Aguirre defended his administration’s role in the search for the 43 missing students. But Aguirre said staying in office had proven to be a distraction and in order to create a favorable political climate and shift focus back to the search for the students, Aguirre said he was stepping down. All three major political parties, including his own, had asked for his resignation. Aguirre is a member of the left leaning, PRD — Democratic Revolutionary Party.

In the past Aguirre has denied accusations that he knew about the corruption and collusion with drug traffickers taking hold in his state.

On Sept. 26, local police in the town of Iguala attacked the students. Six people died and 43 students were kidnapped. Mexico’s attorney general on Wednesday said the mayor of Iguala ordered the attack, and that both the mayor and his wife are operators in the drug gang as was the entire local police force.

Authorities have arrested 53 people in the case, including 36 police officers and 17 suspected gang members. The mayor of Iguala, his wife and the town’s police chief are all fugitives.

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Canada Re-evaluates Security After Shooting In Ottawa

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Oct 24 2014

The Canadian government says it will increase surveillance and provide the security forces with more authority to detain suspects after Wednesday’s shooting in the capital, Ottawa. NPR’s Jackie Northam joins us with the latest.

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Kenny G Deletes Tweet From His Visit To Hong Kong Protesters

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Oct 23 2014

In Hong Kong, saxophone superstar Kenny G has found himself caught between those two sides: pro-democracy protesters and China’s Communist Party.

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With Bears On The Streets, Canadian Town Cancels Halloween

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Oct 23 2014

Polar bears have been wandering the streets of Arviat in northern Canada more than usual this season. The town has canceled Halloween in fear of unwelcome trick-or-treaters.

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How Much Would You Pay For A Putin-Themed Music Box?

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Oct 23 2014

A music box with a figurine of Vladimir Putin is expected to be auctioned in Germany for several million dollars. The box, made by world-renowned puppet maker Christian Bailly, plays a Russian Waltz.

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Thieves In Karachi Target Foundation Working For The Destitute

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Oct 22 2014

The Edhi Foundation — synonymous with humanitarian work — was robbed over the weekend in Karachi. Over $1 million was stolen. Pakistanis are shocked that the respected group would be the target of such a crime.

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