NPR

National Public Radio (NPR) was created in 1970, after the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. NPR is one of the most listened to radios stations in the United States. It is a privately and public-funded non-profit media organization that covers a wide range of news and cultural programming. I have only listened to NPR in the past year, as it does tend to cater toward the more educated crowd. I suppose one cannot claim they are well educated until they listen to NPR a few times a week. Two of the most listened to radio shows in the United States are Morning Edition and All Things Considered broadcast on NPR. Polling has shown a majority of Americans consider NPR to be the most trusted news source in the US.

Today, while I was listening to All Things Considered a few stories caught my attention. The first interesting feature was about the Mexican drug crisis in the border city of Tijuana. At least 20 physicians have been believed to have been abducted, by drug cartel kidnappers. The obvious reason behind the kidnappings is that drug traffickers generally believe doctors are wealthier, which unlike the US is not entirely true. The Mexican army has been deployed on the streets to try and quell the violence. I guess what is so amazing about the Mexican drug problem is how blatant the cartels are, by providing advance notice of their activities to the government. Imagine if we lived in a partially lawless society.

The second story I wanted to mention was Nepal’s Monarchy, which is now abolished since the Nepalese assembly voted to get rid of it. A personal aside to my own trip to Copenhagen during my wonderful time there 🙂 , I had the opportunity to visit two castles of historic significance. Fredensborg and Rosenberg slot. When I walked around inside the two castles I admired the detail and grandeur. However, its painfully obvious that most of the monarchs believed they were God from their extravagance. I’m glad society has moved past that waste, but nevertheless its always nice to go visit castles and learn about the past.

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