Talk of the Nation

Talk of the Nation linked the headlines with what's on people's minds, providing a springboard for listeners and experts to exchange ideas and pose critical questions about major events in the news and the world around them. Each day, Talk of the Nation combined the award-winning resources of NPR News with the vital participation of listeners. The result was a spirited and productive exchange of knowledge and insight that delves deeply into the news and ideas of the day.

Talk of the Nation ended its 17-year run on June 27, 2013.

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World
2:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

'Elders' Seek Solutions To World's Worst Problems

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 9:49 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Most would describe the Middle East peace process as stuck somewhere between impasse and stalemate and not likely to budge anytime soon. Still, a delegation of respected world leaders is visiting Middle East capitals to see if moral power can effect change. They're members of The Elders, some of the most respected leaders of recent history. They look to restart dialogue on some of the world's most intractable disputes and call attention to violations of human rights.

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Global Health
2:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Polio's End Depends On Three Tough Countries

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:28 pm

Vaccination campaigns have erased polio in almost every country in the world, but the disease persists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Obstacles in each country, including religious extremism, difficult terrain and transient populations, make eradication efforts difficult.

Health
2:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

After Meningitis Deaths, A Look At Drug Safety

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:26 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Two dozen dead and hundreds sickened from contaminated drugs with probably more to come. The outbreak of fungal meningitis has scared many thousands more who received injections of what may have been tainted steroids from a now-closed facility in Massachusetts, which called itself a compounding pharmacy.

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Europe
2:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Italian Earthquake Experts' Confounding Conviction

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:22 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

People around the world asked questions after a court in Italy issued prison sentences for scientists convicted of failure to warn the public of an earthquake. In 2009, a temblor devastated the city of L'Aquila and killed more than 300 people shortly after a group of geologists had met to talk about a series of smaller shocks, but scientists around the world say there is no way to predict an earthquake with any kind of accuracy. Aside from that trial, Italy plays a crucial role in the euro crisis.

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Election 2012
2:04 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

What The Presidential Debates Accomplished

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:26 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. First the Democratic debacle in the Denver debate, then a show of teeth in Tennessee, last week hells-a-poppin' at Hofstra, and this week a comparative Kumbaya in Boca. It's Wednesday and time for a...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Horses and bayonets...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

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Medical Treatments
2:04 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Egg Freezing Moves Out Of Experimental Realm

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:31 pm

Freezing women's eggs to treat infertility is no longer an experimental procedure, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Still, the procedure remains costly and controversial and many questions remain about the effectiveness and safety of using long-term egg-freezing.

Sports
2:04 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

NFL Gig A Dream Come True For Replacement Ref

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:33 pm

Inspired by a fellow referee who was sick with cancer, high school football ref Mike Wilmoth dropped 25 pounds, ignored the naysayers, and was picked to officiate a total of six NFL games. Wilmoth talks about making it to the big leagues and the challenges of working as a replacement ref.

Mental Health
3:04 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kids As Caregivers Face Special Challenges

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Taking care of an ailing parent or grandparent can be an emotional and physical drain on anyone. Of course, millions of us take on those family responsibilities, but it's never easy, and there's a subset of family caregivers that often gets overlooked.

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From Our Listeners
2:52 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Letters: Elderly Drivers And Lance Armstrong

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Opinion
1:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Op-Ed: Students Don't Learn From Lectures

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 3:09 pm

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Around the Nation
1:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

For-Profit Companies, Not FDA, Inspects Much Food

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:49 pm

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses kill some 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. Often, the job of keeping America's food supply safe falls to for-profit companies with connections to the food producers they're supposed to inspect.

Presidential Race
1:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Myths And Facts About The Osama Bin Laden Raid

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:52 pm

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Mental Health
2:37 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Psychiatrists Shift Focus To Drugs, Not Talk Therapy

The American Psychiatric Association defines a psychiatrist as a medical doctor who conducts psychotherapy and prescribes medications and other medical treatments. With recent developments in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, the definition of the practice appears to be shifting.

Politics
2:26 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Life After Running For President, And Losing

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern died Sunday at the age of 90. A liberal icon, he made two failed bids for president, but remained active and worked for several organizations battling world hunger. NPR's Ron Elving and Jill Callison of The Argus Leader discuss McGovern's politics and legacy.

Presidential Race
1:59 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Iran Looms Over Candidates' Foreign Policy Debate

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 9:46 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. The Middle East presents a series of challenges for whomever wins on November 6th: immediate problems in Libya and Syria, a seemingly eternal problem with Israel and the Palestinians, but maybe the biggest problem: the looming crisis with Iran.

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