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PRI's The World

How drones are facilitating relief efforts in Nepal

Friday, May 01, 2015

Global Medic, an aid agency based in Canada, is using drones — or UAVs — to help scope out remote areas in need of aid. And while they can't deliver supplies just yet, the group says they're still a vital way to get quick results when disasters hit.

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PRI's The World

Five things the international community shouldn't do after a disaster

Thursday, April 30, 2015

When disasters like earthquakes strikes in far-off countries, our first instinct is to help in any way we can. But sometimes that help actually gets in the way of recovery. That's what reporter Jonathan Katz experienced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and he has suggestions on how to avoid a repeat.

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PRI's The World

Human interest stories obscure the real human needs in Nepal

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Days after the earthquake hit Nepal, Shrochis Karki says some rural villages have still seen few signs of help. And while he's been working from his home in England to coordinate relief efforts, he says part of the blame lies with the world's fixation on dramatic human interest stories and not real problems.

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PRI's The World

How one American doctor is helping Nepal’s earthquake victims

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Medical personnel in Nepal are working round-the-clock to help the thousands of people injured in the April 25 earthquake. Among those helping is one young American doctor who was living and working in Kathmandu.

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PRI's The World

Images from Nepal show a people that are hurting

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The images coming out of Nepal show a people that are hurting. There are lots of broken bones and there are babies trying to breathe inside home-made respirators. Or, there's one image of a mother trying unsuccessfully to revive her child. They are all victims of injuries sustained during the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday. Photojournalist Patrick Adams is in Nepal and describes what he is seeing.

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PRI's The World

After the earthquake, this Nepali writer dreads an upcoming visit home

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Samrat Upadhyay has been taking his students on cultural tours to Nepal. He has one planned for this summer. But he says he dreads the upcoming visit after the earthquake left many of his beloved sites in rubble.

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PRI's The World

Nepali students in Boston channel their grief into fundraising efforts for earthquake relief

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nepali students here in the US are finding it tough to be so far away from family and friends affected by the earthquake. Some are coping by channeling their grief into fundraising efforts on campus.

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PRI's The World

A custom three-bedroom house for $69,000? Welcome to the new model for disaster relief.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Forget about FEMA trailers. Housing advocates have designed emergency shelters that can quickly be turned into a permanent, custom home that are cheaper than current programs.

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WNYC News

Funding Luxury Condos Is a Fast Track to a Green Card

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

If you’re a foreigner and have half a million dollars to spend on a major real estate development in New York City, the EB-5 visa will get you to the head of the line for a green card.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Before New York Is a 'Hollow City' of Chain Stores

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jeremiah Moss of the Vanishing New York blog has gone from lamenting the closing of New York City's distinctive businesses to campaigning to preserve them through legislation.

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PRI's The World

What's the status of women's rights 20 years after Beijing?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Twenty years ago, global leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the status of women worldwide. Today, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the former vice president of South Africa, now heads the UN agency tasked with tackling gender equality issues. She says, despite some progress, women still have a long way to go in the struggle for equality.

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PRI's The World

A push to tackle issues of global gender inequality

Friday, March 06, 2015

The 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing projected total gender equality by the year 2005. That was 10 years ago. It's time to revisit the status of women and girls in the world.

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PRI's The World

In this Manila 'baby factory,' why women put up with crowding four to a bed

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Delivering in one of the world's most crowded maternity wards may be miserable, but the birth control these women can access afterward makes it worth it to them. Maybe, they say, they won't have to come back, or at least so soon.

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WNYC News

Neighbors Tire of Checkpoint Charlie in Chinatown

Thursday, March 05, 2015

WNYC
For 14 years, a four-block section of Park Row near Chinatown has been closed to traffic. Residents say it's time to open up.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sustainable Development 101

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Columbia's Jeffrey Sachs offers practical advice for achieving measurable improvement in the lives of those living in the developing world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Has The Mayor Convinced You on Density?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The mayor is pushing density as a pathway to affordable housing, but says it will be done responsibly and without "glass towers." Are you ready for more density in your neighborhood? 

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PRI's The World

Immigrants will be in the spotlight during Obama's speech

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama's big immigration moves will be an important part of tonight's State of the Union address.

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WNYC News

How a NYC Non-Profit Did a $26.5 Million Real Estate Deal Without Selling Its Building

Friday, January 16, 2015

WNYC
It sold something that's become equally valuable: air.

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WNYC News

My Mystery Landlord

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WNYC
You know where to send your rent check, but who actually cashes it? In many cases, even New York City doesn’t know who owns your building. Here’s how that becomes a danger.

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PRI's The World

Despite hardships, this South African woman won't 'let the devil steal my joy'

Monday, January 12, 2015

Apartheid left huge scars across South African society: forced migration and racial segregation laws tore many black families apart. Many of these wounds are still close to the surface for women — but so is determination and faith.

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