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3:26 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Place Where Rutherford B. Hayes Is A Really Big Deal

Paraguayan government employee Daniel Alonso holds a portrait of Rutherford B. Hayes at the government building in Villa Hayes, the Paraguayan town named after the 19th U.S. president. Hayes is revered for a decision that gave the country 60 percent of its present territory.
Jorge Saenz AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:27 pm

Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, doesn't get much respect. He's remembered, if at all, for losing the popular vote in 1876 but winning the presidency through Electoral College maneuvering. That gave rise to his nickname, "Rutherfraud."

But there's one place where Hayes stands as a historical heavyweight: in the tiny South American nation of Paraguay.

In fact, an industrial city on the banks of the Paraguay River is named Villa Hayes — Spanish for "Hayesville" — in his honor.

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8:03 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Latitudes: 10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World

Honduras' Guayo Cedeño mesmerized WOMEX on Oct. 23 with his wailing, sweet guitar underpinned by Central American dance rhythms.
Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:41 pm

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2:55 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

As Great Barrier Reef Ails, Australia Scrambles To Save It

These scuba divers are among the 2 million tourists who visit the Great Barrier Reef each year. They contribute about $5.6 billion to Australia's economy, according to the Queensland government.
Steve Dorsey for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 7:37 pm

The Great Barrier Reef has long been in trouble. One Australian government report in 2012 estimated the reef had lost more than half its coral since 1985.

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5:10 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Ukrainians Going To The Polls Amid Conflict And Corruption

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

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5:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

A depiction of "Gin Lane," filled with sins caused by drunken revelries.
William Hogarth/Wikimedia

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America.

One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.

For Charles Maxwell, this story is personal. "My great-great-grandfather was apprenticed in the city of London in the 1680s to learn how to make gin," Maxwell says. "And from that day to this, we've distilled gin in London."

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