Peter Breslow http://wqcs.org en Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos http://wqcs.org/post/afghan-female-cyclists-breaking-away-and-breaking-taboos On a recent day, just west of Kabul — where the city's sooty sky gives way to fresher air — Abdul Sadiq coaches four young members of the Afghan National Cycling Federation. They're working on their riding technique while dodging the free-form traffic.<p>"The road is very narrow. Make sure you don't get into an accident, as you can see the cars are coming," the former competitive cyclist tells them, amid zooming vehicles and honking horns.<p>They're at Qargha Lake, whose aquamarine waters sit below a snow-sprinkled mountain backdrop of 13,000-foot peaks. Fri, 02 May 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Peter Breslow 42989 at http://wqcs.org Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos Starry-Eyed In Arizona Observe The Heavens http://wqcs.org/post/starry-eyed-arizona-observe-heavens Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>There may be no better town in America for observing the heavens than Tucson, Arizona. It has low humidity, high elevation and a darkened desert. That part of the state has attracted quite a few astronomers, both professional and amateur. We sent NPR's Peter Breslow to Tucson to seek out this community of stargazers.<p>PETER BRESLOW, BYLINE: Our story starts not with a darkened constellation-pocked sky, but under a blazing sun on June 5th. It's one of the rarest of celestial events, the transit of Venus across the sun. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:54:00 +0000 Peter Breslow 13777 at http://wqcs.org