US Military Health Deserts; Tony Awards Takeaways: NPR

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Scorching temperatures swept the Midwest yesterday. The heat wave is expected to reach much of the Great Lakes, the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic in the coming days. Meteorologists say temperatures could break daily record highs. It could be the longest heat wave in decades for some locations, according to the National Weather Service.

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  • ☀️ Try to stay indoors as much as possible if you live under a heat warning. If you have to go outside, stay safe by avoiding these eight mistakes.

The Israeli army announced yesterday that it would suspend fighting daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. along approximately seven miles of road on a southern route in the Rafah area of ​​Gaza. The pause is intended to allow aid trucks to travel deeper into Gaza safely from the Kerem Shalom border crossing in southern Israel.

  • 🎧 NPR's Kat Lonsdorf says it's too early to know how the break will go. This is what a UN spokesperson for Palestinian affairs said couldn't take advantage of it from the first day of the break due to the 'law and order conditions' on the site. During a press trip, an Israeli military spokesman told NPR's Daniel Estrin that more than 1,000 trucks of aid are waiting at the border, but he accused the UN and other aid groups of not doing their part to ensure effective distribution of it.
  • 🎧 The break comes as Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. Palestinians in Gaza describe a gloomy Eid as food is hard to come bylet alone meat for the Eid sacrifice.

Hundreds of thousands of American troops and their families cannot find health care off base when the Pentagon orders them to do so. An NPR investigation found that 50% of U.S. military bases are located in a federally designated area with a shortage of healthcare professionals – commonly referred to as “healthcare deserts.”

  • 🪖 Some bases have their own military hospitals and clinics, but they're expensive, says NPR's Quil Lawrence Up first. The Pentagon has done that tried to downsize its health care system in the past ten years through outsourcing to private civilian healthcare. This is not easy because “there is no slack in the civilian health care system” and many hospitals are reluctant to accept the troops' Tricare insurance. The Pentagon acknowledged in an internal memo obtained by NPR that the downsizing went too far and must reverse course.

There were few surprises at the 77th annual Tony Awards last night, other than the winner of Best Musical. The outsidersan energetic adaptation of SE Hinton's beloved YA book, took home the final prize of the evening. The kitchen of hell, a musical loosely based on the life of Alicia Keys, won only two awards out of thirteen nominations. Here are five takeaways from the ceremony and the full list of winners.

Deep dive

Some people become obsessed with romance and fantasy novels.  What's the science behind this kind of guilty pleasure?

Some people become obsessed with romance and fantasy novels. What's the science behind this kind of guilty pleasure?

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If you spent your weekend binge-watching Bridgerton and then stayed up way too late for House of the Dragon like I did, you might know something about guilty pleasures. Whether you're reading 'romance' or eating a chocolate bar, here's what sets a 'guilty' pleasure apart, why they could be just what you need to get through a tough day, and how to have a balanced pleasure cycle .

  • ❤️ For a long time, neuroscientists thought that the brain had a unique 'pleasure system' powered by dopamine. Many now believe that the brain has separate pathways for 'wanting' and 'liking'.
  • ❤️ Research shows that if we feel guilty about something, we can enjoy it more.
  • ❤️ Think about why you might feel guilty about your interests and instead consider embracing what brings you joy.
  • ❤️ You can get stuck craving something that you no longer enjoy, like smartphones and video games. Focusing on social pleasures can help you find balance.

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During a one-day workshop at the Care School for Men in Bogotá, Colombia, male medical students at Sanitas University learn how to rock a baby.  This class of participants consists of medical students, but the usual participants are fathers of all kinds.

During a one-day workshop at the Care School for Men in Bogotá, Colombia, male medical students at Sanitas University learn how to rock a baby. This class of participants consists of medical students, but the usual participants are fathers of all kinds.

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During a one-day workshop at the Care School for Men in Bogotá, Colombia, male medical students at Sanitas University learn how to rock a baby.  This class of participants consists of medical students, but the usual participants are fathers of all kinds.

During a one-day workshop at the Care School for Men in Bogotá, Colombia, male medical students at Sanitas University learn how to rock a baby. This class of participants consists of medical students, but the usual participants are fathers of all kinds.

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Around the world, women take on three-quarters of all unpaid care responsibilities, according to the International Labor Organization. At the Care School for Men in Bogotá, a city-run program, men learn how to care for their families and homes and do their share of housework and childcare. In addition to hands-on learning, the participating men also discuss the importance of challenging the gender norms they grew up with. Ferley Sáenz says the program allowed him to reconnect with his children.

  • 📷 See photos of Sáenz putting his skills to the test working hard at home with his family and other participants.

3 things you need to know before you go

Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) on the famous spiked and rusty Iron Throne.

Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) on the famous spiked and rusty Iron Throne.

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  1. Welcome back to Westeros. Season 2 of House of the Dragon premiered last night. NPR's Glen Weldon recaps the bloody events and gives us some parting thoughts. Warning: There are spoilers ahead.
  2. The Kunsthaus Zurich museum in Switzerland removes five paintings out of public view to investigate whether they were looted by the Nazis during World War II.
  3. The International Olympic Committee reassigned the 1900 silver medal in the 25 kilometer men's cycling race from Great Britain to France.

This newsletter has been edited by Majd Al-Waheidi. Anandita Bhalerao contributed.

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