All Things Considered on WUKY http://wuky.org en A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://wuky.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 47687 at http://wuky.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://wuky.org/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 editor 47686 at http://wuky.org A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://wuky.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47678 at http://wuky.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://wuky.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 47679 at http://wuky.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://wuky.org/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 editor 47684 at http://wuky.org In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://wuky.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 47676 at http://wuky.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? http://wuky.org/post/superheroes-go-washington-and-theyve-got-political-advice Hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall Friday to see if they could break the Guinness World Record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters ever assembled.<p>It was the kickoff to Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In the end, the group came up short by several hundred people to break the world record.<p>But with so much superhero power concentrated next to the U.S. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 47677 at http://wuky.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History http://wuky.org/post/disaster-everest-marks-deadliest-day-mountains-history Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Just ahead of peak climbing season on Mount Everest, tragedy has struck once again. At least 12 local climbers are dead and several more or missing after a massive avalanche this morning. The climbers, Nepalese Sherpas, were setting up ropes along a dangerous stretch of slope used by adventure tourism companies. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 47672 at http://wuky.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://wuky.org/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 47633 at http://wuky.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://wuky.org/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Noah Adams 47629 at http://wuky.org The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium