Marc Silver

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Global wishes for 2022: a gift box for everyone, greater girl power, vertical gardens

Friday, January 07, 2022

We asked global thinkers like Malala, doctors dealing with the pandemic, educators and more — if you were in charge of the world, what would you like to see happen this year.


It's World Toilet Day! Time for quirky signs (thanks, readers) ... and serious talk

Friday, November 19, 2021

Let's take time off from pondering the pandemic to enjoy some toilet humor courtesy of signage sent in by our audience — and also to think about how lucky we are if we have a safe toilet.


Advice for cold, flu and COVID-19: Wear a mask and wash your hands

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Flus and colds could be more prevalent this year because they didn't spread as much last year due to pandemic restrictions. We answer questions about the flu vaccine and how to stay protected.


'Sex Education's' Eric Effiong is inspiration to Nigeria's gays, says activist

Thursday, October 14, 2021

We asked Bisi Alimi, who came out on TV in Nigeria and is an advocate for LGBTQ rights in his homeland, to weigh in on the plotline of the popular Netflix series.


Is it still too risky to hug? We answer that question and more

Sunday, October 10, 2021

At the start of the pandemic, greeting someone with a hug, handshake or a peck on the cheek was considered high risk for the spread of the virus. But now, post vaccine, what are the rules?


Coronavirus FAQ: Should I humor my friend's request for a pointless COVID precaution?

Friday, October 08, 2021

Fly in and stay with us at our cabin, they said. And get a COVID test right after your flight to see if you picked up an infection while traveling. But that's too soon for a meaningful test result.


Coronavirus FAQ: I'm vaccinated. Can I give a hug — or a handshake — without risk?

Friday, October 01, 2021

In the vaccine era, people are wondering if it's (relatively) safe to resume hugs, exchange handshakes, kiss on the cheek or air-kiss.


Whatever Happened To ... The Women Who Boldly Declared: 'No Sex For Fish'?

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Women in a Kenyan village had a radical idea to stop the practice of trading sex for fish to sell: What if they owned their own boats? They had great success. Then came a series of terrible setbacks.


Readers Respond: What To Say If Someone Asks Why You're Wearing A Mask

Friday, September 17, 2021

Thousands of NPR readers shared what they'd say if someone asked them why they are wearing a mask. Here's a selection of their responses.


Coronavirus FAQs: A Vaccinated Person's Guide To COVID Exposure And Elevator Etiquette

Friday, September 10, 2021

Should you quarantine? Get tested? Mask up? Insist on masks for others? There are many tricky situations to navigate in our delta variant, semi-vaccinated world. Here's advice from experts.


Whatever Happened To ... The Woman Whose Mission Is To Get African Girls In School?

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Angeline Murimirwa leads CAMFED, a group that has given scholarships to 4.8 million girls in Africa. And now the group has been awarded the $2.5 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize.


Why COVID Takes A Harsher Toll On Children With Cancer

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A new study looks at how kids diagnosed with cancer react to a COVID-19 infection compared to the general population of youngsters.


India's Pandemic Death Toll Estimated At About 4 Million: 10 Times The Official Count

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

That's the number of "excess deaths" from January 2020 to June 2021, reflecting the true toll of COVID-19, say researchers in a new study. What the big disparity?


Goats And Soda Readers: Take Our Survey

Saturday, March 13, 2021

We cover global health and development in our blog — but this time we want to hear from you via a new readership survey.


New U.S. Malaria Czar: Why We Should Care About The Disease, Even In A Pandemic

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Did you even know the U.S. has a malaria czar? Who himself had malaria as a kid? We interview Dr. Raj Panjabi, newly appointed by President Joe Biden.


How Goats (And Perhaps People) Make Up Their Minds

Saturday, February 27, 2021

How does a herd decide which direction to head in? Researchers put GPS collars on a gathering of goats to find out. Here's what they learned — and how it might apply to humans.


VIDEO: Face It! You're Bad At Judging Physical Distance. Here's How To Do It

Friday, January 15, 2021

Keeping a physical distance from other humans is more critical than ever in the pandemic, with COVID-19 cases surging and more contagious variants spreading. Yet humans are not very good at it.


Memo To People Of Earth: 'Third World' Is An Offensive Term!

Friday, January 08, 2021

TV correspondents and pundits spoke it, Twitter users typed it. They said the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was what happens in "Third World" countries. There's a problem with that.


About Us: Goats And Soda

Monday, December 07, 2020

Goats and Soda: What's our mission? And what's behind our name?


Life Was Improving For 'No Sex For Fish.' Then Came The Flood

Sunday, November 01, 2020

In a Kenyan fishing village along Lake Victoria, women fought the practice of fishermen demanding sex in exchange for a catch of fish to sell. They were making progress. Then came the floods of 2020.