WDIY http://wdiy.org en Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs http://wdiy.org/post/scotlands-independence-vote-and-fate-britains-nuclear-subs After 300 years in the United Kingdom, Scotland votes next month on whether to break the union, which raises many questions. One is particularly meaningful in the town of Helensburgh, in Western Scotland: What will happen to the U.K.'s nuclear weapons?<p>The Trident submarine program is based in Scotland, at Faslane naval base.<p>From a hill just outside Helensburgh, you can gaze down on the base: a beehive of boats and cars humming along the inlet called Gare Loch. More than 6,000 people work there, making it Scotland's largest military facility. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 45988 at http://wdiy.org Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate' http://wdiy.org/post/summer-winds-down-wistful-dreams-lost-estate The summer before I went to college my grandfather died. I spent that season clearing out the shelves in his bedroom. And since he was a compulsive rereader, I kept the books that looked the most tattered. I thought he must have loved those the most. <br /> <br />One of them was <em>The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes),</em> by Henri Alain-Fournier. I couldn't have known when I picked it up that it would be such an appropriate last book for someone just days away from becoming a college student. In the late August heat I sat on my grandmother's balcony and read it in two days. <br /> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Alexander Aciman 45984 at http://wdiy.org In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses http://wdiy.org/post/new-york-and-ferguson-two-deaths-two-different-responses The deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police have shocked the country this summer: Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by police in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.<p>Thousands of protesters will march in New York on Saturday to demand justice for Garner, and organizers say Brown's parents will speak at the rally. But while the two cases have some things in common, there are also key differences, including the way police in the local communities reacted.<p>The Rev. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Joel Rose 45985 at http://wdiy.org In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role http://wdiy.org/post/obamas-reaction-ferguson-raises-questions-about-presidents-role Ferguson, Mo., has seen nearly two weeks of protests after an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. This week, a black leader stepped in to help defuse tensions. But it wasn't a civil rights spokesman or the first African-American president. It was Attorney General Eric Holder.<p>Some political observers are asking why Obama can't seem to speak for himself on race. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 45986 at http://wdiy.org Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role Suicide Bombing In Iraq Kills Dozens Of Sunni Worshippers http://wdiy.org/post/suicide-bombing-iraq-kills-dozens-sunni-worshippers Dozens of Sunnis attending a mosque for Friday prayers have been killed in a suicide attack in Iraq's eastern Diyala province — the latest sectarian violence to hit the deeply divided country.<p>The Associated Press says at least 64 people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was followed up by gunmen who attacked the mosque where Sunni tribesmen who had rebuffed cooperation with Islamic State militants were attending Friday prayers.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28900340">The BBC says</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Diyala province has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks be Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45981 at http://wdiy.org For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month http://wdiy.org/post/obama-august-cruelest-month President Obama returns to Washington this weekend after a two-week family vacation.<p>It wasn't exactly restful. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 45983 at http://wdiy.org For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis http://wdiy.org/post/food-crisis-follows-africas-ebola-crisis In the shadows of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, food shortages are starting to develop.<p>This time of year is traditionally the lean season in West Africa, when last year's harvest of rice or groundnuts is mostly exhausted. Until recently, people were quite hopeful about the approaching harvest this year.<p>"The rainfall situation was very good," says Shukri Ahmed, a senior economist with the U.N.'s <a href="http://www.fao.org/home/en/">Food and Agriculture Organization</a> in Rome. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 45980 at http://wdiy.org A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades' http://wdiy.org/post/changing-america-gay-masculinity-has-many-different-shades <em>Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers.</em><p>Life as a gay man in the U.S. has changed in the past decade — the law and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality have shifted. And those greater social and legal freedoms have also changed how some gay men choose to express their masculinity — and their femininity.<p>That's true for several players with the Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver. On a warm, breezy Saturday, about two dozen men in vibrant jerseys and shorts squat and lunge their way across a rugby field. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 45982 at http://wdiy.org In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades' Remembering Hashim Khan, A Titan Of The Squash Court http://wdiy.org/post/remembering-hashim-khan-titan-squash-court <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=Remembering+Hashim+Khan%2C+A+Titan+Of+The+Squash+Court&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MTExMzYxMDEzMTU0MTU2MDdlYjM2Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A remarkable champion died this week - a man who won seven British Opens, three U.S. Opens, three Canadian Opens and five British professional championship titles. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 editor 45979 at http://wdiy.org Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds http://wdiy.org/post/argentina-crisis-puts-focus-role-distressed-debt-funds The legal battle between Argentina and its creditors grinds on with no sign of a resolution anytime soon. The dispute pits the government against two New York hedge funds that specialize in buying distressed debt.<p>These hedge funds bought Argentina's bonds at fire-sale prices and now stand to make huge profits off the country's financial troubles. But they've encountered a lot of resistance from the government.<p>By one estimate there are as many as 250 investment funds that specialize in distressed debt. One of them is Maglan Capital, a hedge fund in midtown Manhattan. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45978 at http://wdiy.org Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds