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4:43pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 9:00 am

For 15 years, Amran Mahamood made a living circumcising young girls in Hargeysa, Somalia. Four years ago, she gave it up after a religious leader convinced her that Islamic law did not require it.
Nichole Sobecki AFP/Getty Images

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.

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.

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4:42pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Men In America

The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:50 pm

Issued in the midst of the Korean War, this cover makes clear that that even though styles may change, some topics have stayed constant: fashion, sports and scantily clad women.
Courtesy of Esquire

This summer, All Things Considered has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.

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4:38pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Men In America

When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:36 pm

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4:30pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Salt

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:51 pm

Food companies spend a lot of time and resources coming up with the perfect plastic packaging to keep their products fresh.
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Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.

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.

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.

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3:39pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:23 pm

Volunteers such as this woman — who's with a group that calls itself "Las Patronas" — throw bags of food and water to migrants in Veracruz, Mexico, who are headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
Courtesy of Deborah Bonello

Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Sometimes, they've been welcomed into the country by activists; other times they've been turned away by protesters.

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