Marc Silver

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Flying toilets! Sobering stats! Poo Guru's debut! Yes, it's time for World Toilet Day

Friday, November 18, 2022

November 19 is World Toilet Day, created by the U.N. in 2013. At issue: Billions of people do not have access to a safe toilet. But how do you get the world to pay attention to this forgotten problem?


We asked, you answered: What precious object is part of your family history?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Readers responded with moving stories of past journeys and crises — and keepsakes that remind them of their roots and tie them to their family. Here's a sampling of replies.


High up in the mountains, goats and sheep faced off over salt. Guess who won

Monday, October 17, 2022

It was the unmovable force versus the unstoppable object as goats and sheep locked horns over salt licks newly exposed in a warming climate in Montana. A new study reports on this cage match.


Whatever happened to the 'No Sex for Fish' women after the flood? Hint: It's 'amazing'

Sunday, September 11, 2022

That's what a charity worker said of their latest plan. The Kenyan fishmongers got their own boats to escape pressure to trade sex for fish to sell. Then floods wiped them out. Now there's new hope.


Coronavirus FAQ: I got it on a family vacay! Can my relatives stay (relatively) safe?

Friday, July 22, 2022

It's a common dilemma in this summer of surging travel and surging COVID. If one member of a vacation party comes down with the virus, what steps can be taken to reduce the risk to others?


We asked, you answered: NPR readers share how they handled COVID on vacation

Friday, July 15, 2022

Nearly 5,000 NPR readers told us how they dealt with COVID on a trip. Did they respect the CDC guidance to wait 10 days before flying? Or did they travel anyway? What lessons do they have to share?


Coronavirus FAQ: I took a trip and caught COVID. What should I do? When can I go home?

Friday, July 08, 2022

As summer travel surges, so does COVID. Experts share advice on how to prepare ahead of time in case you are infected on a vacation or visit — and what to do if you get that dreaded positive test.


Malaria is making a comeback. Africa's 'Iron Lady' is out to stop it

Monday, April 25, 2022

At 83, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected woman president, is "on the trail." She talks about malaria, her Nobel Peace Prize and the key for women in politics.


Coronavirus FAQ: Our mini-zine has advice on when & how to dial down COVID precautions

Friday, April 01, 2022

Cases are surging in some regions but dropping in many places. If you're in the latter situation, is it OK to go back to living as you did pre-pandemic? Print our handy zine with advice from experts.


Coronavirus FAQ: Are pets a threat? My immunocompromised pal had COVID. Can I visit?

Friday, January 28, 2022

Hong Kong's hamster cull has people wondering if they can catch SARS-CoV-2 from a pet. And here's a human dilemma: It is risky to visit an immunocompromised individual who recently had COVID?


Should we be wearing masks outside again?

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Given how contagious the omicron variant is, we wondered whether we should all still be wearing masks outdoors. We talk to some experts for advice.


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.