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Goats and Soda
1:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

What China Can Teach The World About Successful Health Care

A community worker teaches fishermen about staying healthy.
World Health Organization/U.S. National Library of Medicine

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:02 pm

Over the past six decades, China has been experimenting with radically different forms of health care systems.

As the country struggles to figure out the best way to get health care to 1.3 billion people, the rest of the world can learn from its past successes and failures, researchers wrote Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Shots - Health News
10:55 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Will Smart Clothing Amp Up Your Workout?

Athos workout wear includes sensors that measure muscle activity.
Tim Mantoani Courtesy of Athos

When Eric Blue goes to the gym, he sports a wafer-thin shirt that tracks his every move.

Blue's shirt contains tiny sensors woven into the fabric. They monitor his heart rate, the calories he burns and other metrics, like breathing rate. A companion app on his smartphone informs him about the intensity of his workouts.

Blue, a Los Angeles entrepreneur, says regular use of the shirt has pushed him to "up his game" during exercise.

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Monkey See
10:11 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Kimmy Schmidt' And Derivative Culture

NPR

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:28 am

Those of you with Netflix may have had a chance by now to catch up with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a show created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (of 30 Rock) that was originally intended for NBC before winding up at its online home. We spend some time with the first 13-episode run this week, joined by our friend Kat Chow, of NPR's Code Switch.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Sailor, Missing For 66 Days, Rescued Off Cape Hatteras By Passing Ship

Louis Jordan (right), walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, on Thursday. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since.
Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 11:28 am

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

In late January, Louis Jordan sailed away from the South Carolina coast aboard his 35-foot sailboat. More than two months later, almost given up for dead, he was rescued 200 miles off Cape Hatteras.

In 66 days at sea, Jordan survived by catching fish and drinking rainwater, he told his rescuers after being spotted by and taken aboard the German-flagged container ship Houston Express.

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Around the Nation
7:30 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Student Rejects Duke's Letter Denying Her Admission

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

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Politics
6:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Congressional Lawmakers Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Be Put To A Vote

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 7:46 pm

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Planet Money
6:23 am
Fri April 3, 2015

How The Price Of Oil Caused A Downturn In The Recycling Business

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 7:56 pm

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Fights Over 'Religious Freedom' And Gay Rights Are Costing Republicans

Opponents of an Arkansas religious objection measure chant outside the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 11:54 am

Following a firestorm of criticism, Republican governors in Indiana and Arkansas signed revised versions of their states' Religious Freedom Restoration bills Thursday night. In Indiana the language was adjusted, and in Arkansas it was significantly scaled back to more closely align with the federal law.

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Around the Nation
5:27 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Indiana Church Opposed State's Earlier Religious Liberty Law

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

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The national outcry against Indiana's religious freedom law included many people in Indiana; among them, people of faith. The groups who protested included a church led by our next guest.

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Law
5:21 am
Fri April 3, 2015

National Outrage Pushes Indiana To Tweak Religious Freedom Law

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:29 pm

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Sports
5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

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StoryCorps
5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Longtime Couple Found That Clothes Didn't Make The Man

Vickie and Sissy Goodwin have been married for more than 46 years and for much of that time, Sissy has worn women's clothing.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

Sissy Goodwin teaches power plant technology at Casper College in Wyoming. The 68-year-old Vietnam veteran dresses in women's clothing, wears bows in his hair, likes his skirts exactly 17 inches short, and prefers his toolboxes in pink.

Sissy is also straight. And he wasn't born with that name. His given name is Larry, but one day after a woman on the street called him sissy in a derogatory way, he chose to fully adopt the name. He says he was initially upset, but felt that by taking on the name he was taking ownership of her insulting comment.

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Television
5:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

The times, they may be changing — but the cast of AMC's Mad Men find it difficult to change with them.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

(Be warned: Some spoilers about Sunday's episode follow.)

If Mad Men has a mission statement, it's probably this: The times may change tremendously, but people rarely do.

Even when they really want to.

Consider the show's lead character, hotshot ad man Don Draper, a cool, in-control success to those who know him the least. As Sunday's episode begins, he is single again, a second marriage left in tatters due to his wandering eye.

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Economy
3:44 am
Fri April 3, 2015

March Employment Report Shows Growth — But Disappointing Numbers

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:13 pm

Editor's note: This story was updated following the 8:30 a.m. ET release of the employment report.

The pulse of the U.S. job market was revealed Friday morning, when the government released employment data for March. Employers added a disappointing total: just 126,000 jobs.

Prior to March, it had been quite a run for the U.S. job market. The economy had added more than 200,000 jobs every month, maintaining a level of job creation that hasn't been seen since a 13-month run back in 1994-95.

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Goats and Soda
6:17 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

If You Know Where The Missing $6 Million Is, Please Tell Sierra Leone

The health workers of Sierra Leone — like Dr. Komba Songu M'Briwah (on the phone) — were dedicated to fighting Ebola. But they had a huge handicap. A government report reveals that some of the money allocated went to pay "ghost workers."
David Gilkey NPR

Sierra Leone poured a lot of money into the battle against Ebola.

The government earmarked $18 million of treasury funds and public donations to combat the disease, which has claimed around 3,800 lives there.

That's an admirable commitment. But there's just one problem. A third of that money appears to have disappeared.

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The Two-Way
6:16 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Nixon's 'Western White House' Is Up For Sale

President Richard Nixon's California home, seen in 1969, is back on the market for $75 million. The 10-room Spanish-style adobe is located in San Clemente.
HF AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:06 pm

After owning the estate for 35 years, retired Allergan CEO Gavin S. Herbert is selling the former home of President Richard Nixon for $75 million.

The estate in San Clemente, Calif., is large. Its main residence is 9,000 square feet, and the entire compound boasts more than 15,000 square feet of living space. The Wall Street Journal has details:

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Environment
6:09 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

California Water Experts Explore How To 'Live With' Long-Term Drought

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:04 pm

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The Salt
6:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

How The Matzo Crumbles: Iconic Streit's Factory To Leave Manhattan

A rabbi (center) supervises the production of Passover matzos at the Streit's factory on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1960s. This Passover will be Streit's last one at the landmark location.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:42 pm

This Passover holiday marks the end of an era for an iconic matzo factory in New York City.

Streit's has been baking matzo — the unleavened bread that Jews eat during the eight days of Passover — in the same factory on the Lower East Side for 90 years. But the company announced it will move production to a new, modern factory after the holiday.

That's a blow to Streit's loyal customers, who insist it tastes better than other brands.

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Goats and Soda
5:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Shigella is a huge problem around the world. The bacteria infect about 100 million people each year and kill about 600,000.
CDC/Science Source

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:36 pm

This time last year, a painful new virus was knocking on our doorstep. Travelers were bringing chikungunya to the U.S. And eventually, the mosquito-borne virus set up shop in Florida.

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says another nasty pathogen is hitching a ride to the U.S. with travelers: multidrug-resistant Shigella.

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Amid Drought, Central Valley Residents Face Rising Water Prices

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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Technology
4:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

BuzzFeed Writer's Stolen Phone Sparks Chinese Viral Sensation

BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera and "Brother Orange" visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
Qingqing Chen BuzzFeed

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:53 pm

It started with a cell phone stolen from a bar in New York's East Village.

It ends — in China — with a crazy week-long meetup between the guy whose phone was stolen and the Chinese restaurant owner who ended up with that phone.

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The Salt
4:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Sodium Sleuths: Do Southerners Eat More Salt Than The Rest Of Us?

The salty suspects: Some 70 percent of the cheeses, soups, cold cuts and pizzas we buy at the grocery store exceed the Food and Drug Administration's "healthy" labeling standards for salt. Since we eat so much bread, it is — perhaps surprisingly — the top contributor of sodium to our diets.
iStockphoto; Deborah Austin/Flickr; Beckman's Bakery/Flickr; iStockphoto; The Pizza Review/Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:02 pm

It's not the salt shakers on our tables that explain why Americans consume way too much sodium. It's the processed foods we buy in grocery stores.

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It's All Politics
1:24 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

The Menendez Paradox: Facing Charges After Testifying Against Corruption

Sen. Robert Menendez on his way to the Senate floor for a series of votes last week.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:50 pm

Sen. Bob Menendez, who came up in the sharp-edged politics of Hudson County, N.J., has been under varying levels of ethics scrutiny in seven of his nine-plus years as a senator.

He'd never been indicted — until yesterday.

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Monkey See
1:11 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Jokes, Fights And Controversy In A Frictionless Void

Fer Gregory iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:58 pm

There's a saying about lawyers in court, which is that you never ask a question you don't know the answer to. I'm going to warn you now that this is not court, and that at the heart of this piece are a bunch of questions I don't know the answers to.

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Shots - Health News
1:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Will Your Child Become Nearsighted? One Simple Way To Find Out

You really should go out and play. But I can't blame the TV for your nearsightedness.
FPG Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:13 pm

This is for everyone whose parents said, "Sitting too close to the TV is going to ruin your eyes." In other words, pretty much all of us.

Sitting too close to the TV doesn't predict nearsightedness, according to a study that tracked the vision of thousands of children over 20 years. Nor does doing a lot of close work.

Instead, as early as age 6 a child's refractive error — the measurements used for an eyeglass prescription — best predicts the risk.

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Goats and Soda
12:06 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

The Kids Brainwashed By Boko Haram Were Silent For Good Reason

No one knows how many children have been affected by the spread of Boko Haram across Nigeria and neighboring countries. This photo shows the school uniforms of the girls kidnapped from a school a year ago.
Glenna Gordon Glenna Gordon for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 8:52 am

It's a story that spread around the world last month: The Cameroonian army had rescued scores of children from Boko Haram. Morning Edition was among the news outlets that covered the story of youngsters said to be so traumatized, they'd forgotten their names.

This was the account of Christopher Fomunyoh, an expert on democracy in Africa and native Cameroonian who had traveled to the center where the children were being held.

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Megachurch Founder, Televangelist Robert Schuller Dies At 88

Rev. Robert H. Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., speaks at the church in 1996. Schuller, who hosted the top-rated Hour of Power telecast for decades, died Thursday at age 88.
Michael Tweed AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 12:34 pm

Christian televangelist Robert Schuller, best known for the Sunday morning Hour of Power telecast he hosted for decades from his Crystal Cathedral megachurch in California, has died at 88.

Schuller's daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, and grandson, Rev. Bobby Schuller, announced the news on Twitter. Bobby Schuller, who has taken over as host of a scaled-back Hour of Power, said today that his grandfather "passed this morning into eternal life with Christ."

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NPR History Dept.
11:15 am
Thu April 2, 2015

After Selma, King's March On Ballot Boxes

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in Kingstree, S.C., as seen in the video clip.
University of South Carolina Archives

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 11:16 am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — who was assassinated 47 years ago this week — will long be remembered for the many meaningful marches he led or joined, including ones on Washington in 1963, on Frankfort, Ky., in 1964 and from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Indiana, Arkansas Amend 'Religious Freedom' Laws

A sign reading, "This business serves everyone," was placed in the window of Bernadette's Barbershop in downtown Lafayette, Ind., in response to the passage of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Nate Chute Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 6:23 pm

Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET

Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas have approved changes to their respective "religious freedom" measures designed to answer critics who charged the laws were meant to discriminate against gays and lesbians by allowing businesses to refuse them service.

The amendments were passed by Legislatures in Indianapolis and Little Rock after a day of wrestling over the details of amendments to the measures.

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Shots - Health News
9:52 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Stuart Kinlough Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:13 pm

Using the Internet is an easy way to feel omniscient. Enter a search term and the answers appear before your eyes.

But at any moment you're also just a few taps away from becoming an insufferable know-it-all. Searching for answers online gives people an inflated sense of their own knowledge, according to a study. It makes people think they know more than they actually do.

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