National http://whqr.org en 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://whqr.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58665 at http://whqr.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Diane Rehm Awarded 2013 National Humanities Medal http://whqr.org/post/diane-rehm-awarded-2013-national-humanities-medal <p>Congratulations to <strong>Diane Rehm</strong> on being one of the winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, awarded for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation.</p><p>The official citation honoring the medalists says:</p><blockquote><p>Diane Rehm, radio host, for illuminating the people and stories behind the headlines. In probing interviews with pundits, poets, and Presidents, Ms. Rehm’s incisive, confident, and curious voice has deepened our understanding of our communities and our culture.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Cleve Callison 58663 at http://whqr.org Diane Rehm Awarded 2013 National Humanities Medal Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://whqr.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 58656 at http://whqr.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://whqr.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 58659 at http://whqr.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://whqr.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58657 at http://whqr.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://whqr.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 58658 at http://whqr.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://whqr.org/post/central-american-leaders-stop-white-house-talk-border-crisis The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Central+American+Leaders+Stop+By+White+House+To+Talk+Border+Crisis&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMTk5OTQ0MDEzNDkxMDYyMDQ2MjdiMw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 58648 at http://whqr.org Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://whqr.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 58647 at http://whqr.org The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches http://whqr.org/post/average-american-man-too-big-his-britches When my colleague Viet Le started writing about his <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/24/334989316/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-a-mans-quest-to-find-an-extra-small" target="_blank">struggle to find clothing that fits him as an "extra-small"</a> man in a world that idolizes "big and tall," I was intrigued — and a bit confused.<p>Viet has never struck me as an especially small guy. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 editor 58646 at http://whqr.org The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://whqr.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58645 at http://whqr.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?