Rebecca Hersher

Rebecca Hersher appears in the following:

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.


Meet Mafiaboy, The 'Bratty Kid' Who Took Down The Internet

Saturday, February 07, 2015

When he was just 15, Michael Calce pulled off one of the biggest hacks in history. Today, Calce works in computer security on the other side, and he says he thinks some good came of his 2000 attack.


After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.


In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writer Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.


A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

Sunday, January 11, 2015

As two climbers attempt Yosemite's most daunting cliff face, documentarian Nick Rosen, co-writer and co-director of Valley Uprising, explains the park's history of climbs and culture clashes.


Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.


Millennials Might Be 'Generation Twin.' Is That A Bad Thing?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Between 1981 and 2012, 1 million extra twins were born in the U.S. One economist says all of those twins could be hurting the economy — but another expert points out some perks of twinhood.


Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Saturday, November 08, 2014

A 65 percent increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. A recent study investigated what's behind that "obesity penalty," and why it hits women harder than men.


She Lost Her Fiance To Ebola But Found A New Mission

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Decontee Davis knows how she got Ebola. Her fiance's aunt was gravely ill with a fever, unable to bathe herself. Decontee helped.

A week later, Decontee and her five-year-old son began to feel sick. They both had a fever, chills and severe headaches.

It felt like malaria. "We went to ...


Producer's Notebook: Coming Home From Monrovia To Confusion And Fear

Saturday, October 25, 2014

As Liberians fight Ebola, Americans struggle with fear of the disease.


Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Moffie Kanneh is angry at the United States. When I meet the Liberian lawyer, he asks immediately where I am from. "Take this back to Washington," he says. "I am extremely furious."

In the days after the death of Thomas Eric Duncan — the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in ...


Live Airport Tweets: An NPR Producer's Irregular Ebola Screenings

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NPR producer Rebecca Hersher has reported on Ebola from Liberia for the past two weeks. She just returned to the U.S. via Brussels and into Washington Dulles International Airport — the same route flown by Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who went on to Dallas, where he was diagnosed ...


A Ride In Monrovia Means Wrestling With Ebola

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia's capital, is a city that relies on public transportation — buses, private vans (also known locally as buses), cars and motorcycle taxis. And you can't use any of these options without coming into contact with other people, whether you're jostling in line or wrapping your arms around a ...


It May Be 'Perfectly Normal,' But It's Also Frequently Banned

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It's one of the most banned books in America.


For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police

Saturday, August 23, 2014

People with autism often have trouble communicating with police, which can be dangerous — and scary for parents who also worry about racial profiling. Now, some cities are trying to mitigate the risk.


Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Saturday, August 09, 2014

A new study found that listening to music with heavy bass lines — think "We Will Rock You" and "In Da Club" — makes people feel more powerful.


'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Author Elizabeth Green argues that effective teaching is a craft, not a skill teachers have naturally. She says teachers need more mentorship — not just more mandates.


Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.


Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help

Saturday, March 22, 2014

When men and women pitch the same business idea to venture capitalists, men are awarded money more often. A new study found that appearance also factors into whether or not an idea will get funded.