WPPB http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org en Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 46873 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/most-wanted-man-parable-grounded-real-world Fittingly, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances is in a movie about role-playing. The masterly actor mutters and growls his way through <em>A Most Wanted Man</em> as a spy who's simultaneously fighting two losing wars: against the West's enemies as well as his own putative allies.<p>Further deepening the movie's ambiguity, the American actor plays a German in a story whose payoff is pungently anti-American.<p>Although set in Hamburg rather than London, this is familiar turf for John le Carre, whose 2008 novel is the movie's source. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Mark Jenkins 46871 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/unicef-report-female-genital-mutiliation-holds-hope-and-woe Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.<p>The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.<p>But there's a sobering side to the report. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 editor 46867 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe Sen. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/paul-ryan-unveils-his-anti-poverty-plan-rebuke-lbj-programs For much of this year, Republicans have talked about finding new ways to get Americans out of poverty but have offered few specifics — until now.<p>House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plan Thursday to fight poverty, which he says will help fix safety-net programs that he calls fragmented and ineffective.<p>Here are the highlights of Ryan's plan:<p><ul><p><li>Allow states to experiment with federal aid, by merging things like food stamps, child care and welfare into what he calls an "Opportunity Grant."</li><p><li>Expand tax credits for working adults.</li><p><li>Make it easi Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 46872 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org Sen. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 46868 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging