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Goats and Soda
1:57 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Haters Gonna Hate. Teen Girl Activists Shake It Off And Try Again

Here's the group of "teen advisers" who spoke with Goats and Soda at the 2015 Girl Up conference in Washington, D.C. Top row: Amy Gong Liu, Janet Diaz, Janet Ho, Kennede Reese, Rebecca Ruvalcaba. Middle row: Ruhy Patel, Celia Buckman, Simone Cowan, Jessica Bishai. Bottom row: Sydney Baumgardt, Alexandra Intriago, Anna McGuire, Ishana Nigam
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 8:27 am

Ruhy Patel, 17, lives in Doylestown, Pa. When she was 15 she was planning to run for student council office. "All the other people running were boys," she says, "and people were like, 'Well, you're not going to win.' You feel intimidated because you're the only girl in the room. It makes you question if you'd be OK in the field of politics."

Did she drop out? No.

Did she win? "I did!"

"I feel like it kind of makes you want to try harder when people say no," says Patel.

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Goats and Soda
3:06 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Michelle Obama Is A Rock Star For Global Teen Activists

First lady Michelle Obama shares encouraging words at Girl Up Leadership Summit.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 5:23 pm

She was only 15 minutes late. That's amazing! After all, she is the first lady of the United States. She has a busy schedule. She was scheduled to speak to the Girl Up Leadership Summit at 11:15 a.m. And by 11:27ish she was in the house.

"You all look amazing," Michelle Obama told the 200-plus activists who represent some of the world's 1,000 Girl Up clubs. They'd come to Washington, D.C., to bond, to learn about girls' issues and to lobby Congress.

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Goats and Soda
7:58 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Looking At The World Through A Teenage Girl's Eyes — On Periscope

Girl Up activists are in the nation's capital — and talking with NPR today on Periscope. Last year's participants in the annual conference included (from left) Alexandra Leone (New Hope, Pa.); Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.); Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago); Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.).
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:36 pm

Update: New time is 1 p.m. ET

What's life like for a 15-year-old girl in Zambia? In Brazil? In Nepal? In the United States?

Starting this fall, NPR will be looking at the lives of 15-year-old girls: the challenges they face, the rules they break, the advice they'd give to a little sister.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sat July 11, 2015

To Resurrect A Vanishing Language, Try YouTube and Indiegogo

Maria Nieves Nashnato Upari and Jose Manuel Huaymacari Tamani are teaching Kukama to children in hopes of keeping their "maternal language" alive.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 7:26 pm

What do you lose when one of the world's languages disappears?

Maybe it's a word that has two meanings — and the double meaning gives you a different way of thinking about things.

Like the word iya. In the endangered Latin American language of Kukama, it means "heart." But it also means "fruit."

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'Art

Standing in their backyard in Cochas Grande, Peru, Katya and Blanca Cantos, hold the fruit of their labor. The gourd at left shows scenes from a potato harvest. The just-started gourd at right will tell the story of an ancestor's epic trek.
Josh Cogan Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive, Smithsonian Institution

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 9:23 pm

Their gourds tell a story — and earn them a living. That gourd in the photo — the one on the left? It is covered with miniature pictures of a potato harvest in Peru. There's even a wee burro hauling the day's crop.

That gourd will sell for around $800.

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Goats and Soda
4:34 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

This is a photo taken in the town of Smell No Taste, where a teenager died of Ebola this past week. The home where he passed away is now under quarantine.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 7:19 am

A curious detail appeared in stories about the death this week of a 17-year-old boy from Ebola.

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Goats and Soda
2:26 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The U.S. Now Has A 'Girls Count' Law. But Don't Boys Count, Too?

Children in Bangladesh display their birth registration cards.
Jannatul Mawa UNICEF

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:55 am

The world needs to count its girls!

That's the message that President Obama sent earlier this month when he signed the Girls Count Act into law. Congress had previously approved the act by unanimous vote.

There are 220 million children around the world who are uncounted. They were not registered at birth, and they don't have birth certificates.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

A Boy Won't Let A Lion Get His Goat

A little boy and his goat have an encounter with a painted lion in West Bengal, India.
Courtesy of Partha Kar

A boy, a goat and a lion.

Those are the stars of an award-winning photo called Friendship.

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Goats and Soda
5:20 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking

Vietnam is seeing an increase in soda drinking.
STEPHEN SHAVER BLOOMBERG NEWS

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 12:22 am

Soda is at the crossroads.

The U.S. is still a world leader in taking the pause that refreshes (and causes weight gain).

But soda drinking is flat or declining in the West. The reasons are many: Health consciousness. Bottled water. Energy drinks.

So the Big Soda companies are spending money to develop new markets in low- and middle-income countries. In some of these places, people are earning a bit more than a few years before, so they have more money for soda.

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Goats and Soda
2:55 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

What We Can Learn From A Herd Of Hungry Goats

via Youtube

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:05 am

Now that's a gaggle of goats!

There are about 700 of them in the video. They belong to the California business Goats R Us, which keeps 8,000 goats on hand, renting them out to graze on brush, thistles and other undesired plants.

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