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8:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

St. Louis Alderman: People Want To See More Than Resignations

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 11:38 pm

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8:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

'Midnight Rider' Director Gets Two-Year Sentence In Camera Assistant's Death

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

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The Salt
8:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Mas Masumoto grew up on his family farm southeast of Fresno, Calif. His 1987 essay "Epitaph for A Peach," in which he bemoaned the loss of heirloom flavors, captured his changing philosophy as a farmer. It also helped turn his farm into a landmark in the local-food movement.
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Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:50 pm

In the heart of California's Central Valley, a vast expanse of orchards, vineyards, and vegetable fields, lies a small collection of aging peach trees. Farmer Mas Masumoto's decision to preserve those trees, and then to write about it, became a symbol of resistance to machine-driven food production.

Yet the Masumoto farm's story isn't just one of saving peaches. It's become a father-daughter saga of claiming, abandoning, and then re-claiming a piece of America's agricultural heritage.

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Shots - Health News
8:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

From Freud To Possession, A Doctor Faces Psychiatry's Demons

Benjamin Rush, a physician and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, invented the rotational chair as a treatment for psychotic patients. He believed the chair helped improve circulation to the mentally ill brain.
U.S. National Library of Medicine Courtesy of Little Brown and Company

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:58 am

People don't talk about psychiatrists the way they talk about neurologists, dentists or vets. In fact, there are those who call psychiatry voodoo or pseudoscience; and, to be fair, the specialty does have a history of claims and practices that are now considered weird and destructive.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat March 14, 2015

New Dads In Togo Are Guaranteed Something That U.S. Dads Aren't

Maternity And Paternity Leave By Country
Matt Stiles/NPR

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 7:51 pm

This month, women's rights are in the headlines, as a U.N. conference looks at efforts to bring about gender equality.

So men are the forgotten sex.

Only not entirely. A new UCLA report, which looks at "inequalities in legal rights for women and girls around the world" includes a surprising section – on paid paternity leave.

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Goats and Soda
9:21 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Several Americans Possibly Exposed To Ebola, As Epidemic Smolders

Health workers are disinfected with a chlorine solution after treating patients at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Nine American aid workers have contracted Ebola while working in West Africa.
David Gilkey NPR

This week we got a rude reminder that Ebola is clearly not over in West Africa.

Another American aid worker contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, health officials reported Thursday. The infected worker was flown back to the U.S. in a private jet and is being treated at the National Institutes of Health Clinic Center in Maryland.

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The Two-Way
8:56 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Fraternity's Defense Lawyer Not Ruling Out Suing OU

Lawyer Stephen Jones has been retained by a board representing the recently-disbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma. He said Friday he's not ruling out a lawsuit.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Lawyer Stephen Jones, hired yesterday by members of Oklahoma University's disbanded chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said today he's hopeful he can avoid a lawsuit against the school but he's not ruling one out.

Jones, who is most widely known for defending Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing trial, was retained by a board of alumni who oversee the OU chapter of SAE.

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National
6:34 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Shaheen In Town To Push For Human Trafficking Bill

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire met with local law enforcement and non-profits in Manchester Friday to talk about human trafficking in the state.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was in the Granite State Friday making several stops in Manchester including to meet with law enforcement and statewide agencies to advocate for her new legislation on human trafficking.

If passed the Senator’s bill would funnel more funding into treatment programs as well as cleanse a victim’s record of offenses such as prostitution or drug smuggling that occurred while being trafficked.

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Politics
6:05 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

President Obama Visits Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Crisis

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visit the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday to announce a new outside advisory committee to help the VA with customer service. A scandal last year at the Phoenix facility led to revelations of long wait times for veterans throughout the VA medical system.

Business
6:05 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lumber Liquidators Defends Its Products After '60 Minutes' Report

A man walks past a Lumber Liquidators store in Philadelphia. The retailer says it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors.
Matt Slocum AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

Earlier this month, the flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators got the kind of attention companies dread. CBS' 60 Minutes did a story saying the company's products have unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

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Shots - Health News
5:51 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Nurses Have To Translate When Medical Devices Fail To Communicate

Will the pump talk to the computer that holds the patient's records?
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Walk past a patient's hospital room, and the flashing control panels on devices by the bed might make you think you're peering at the cockpit of a 737.

Medical technology can make patient care better and more precise. But the gadgets and computers can cause trouble, too. One big problem is that most of the devices can't communicate with one another.

The ultimate technological goal is what the engineers call interoperability. Let the ventilators, IV pumps, heart monitors and computers holding patient records communicate and update one another automatically.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Former Univision host Rodner Figueroa
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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 12:40 pm

Univision host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive remarks about first lady Michelle Obama.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Tom Cotton: The Freshman Senator Behind The Iran Letter

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

Freshman Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who has been in office barely two months, penned an open letter to Iranian leaders this week that 47 Republican senators signed. NPR profiles the Harvard-trained lawyer and Iraq War veteran.

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5:03 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Wichita Waiter Gets Generous Tip In Form Of New Smile

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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Now a tip to make you smile. It sure made waiter Brian Maixner smile. In January, during a busy shift at the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, Kan., Maixner's boss suddenly pulled him aside.

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4:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Dallas Police Make Arrest In Murder Of Iraqi Migrant

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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4:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Residents Continue To Heal After Police Shooting

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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Health
4:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Federal Government, States Battle Over Safety Of Powdered Alcohol

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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Monkey See
3:13 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
Bob Jordan AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:31 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:46 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mr. Mambia Goes To Washington: To Honor His Sister, Who Died Of Ebola

Tarkpor Mambia in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. He says he "literally froze" during his first American winter in 2013, but is getting used to the cold weather.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:17 pm

When he first got word of an Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia last March, Tarkpor Mambia didn't take the news too seriously.

He was talking to his sister Grace, 28, on the phone. She was about to finish nursing school in the inland Liberian town of Gbarnga. Mambia lives with his brother in Massachusetts, where he studies business at Salem State University.

Grace told him she hadn't tended to any Ebola patients but expected to soon. She was worried about an epidemic.

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It's All Politics
2:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Obama 'Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

President Obama is shown in the Oval Office in the White House March 3, where he spoke about yet another topic: Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:38 pm

President Obama said he's "embarrassed" for the 47 Republican senators who tried to undercut nuclear talks with Iran by writing a letter directly to the Iranian leadership.

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Shots - Health News
12:22 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Credit Agencies Agree To Wait Before Adding Medical Debt To Ratings

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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:41 am

Too many consumers have learned the hard way that their credit rating can be tarnished by medical bills they may not owe or when disputes delay insurer payment. That should change under a new policy agreed to this week by the three major credit reporting agencies.

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Monkey See
10:20 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cultural Anniversaries And Great Things For Kids

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Back in February, when it was terribly icy, we were scheduled to record our Oscars Omnibus live in Studio 1 at NPR HQ. Unfortunately, the weather interfered, and we had to push the show forward. While this meant we didn't have people live in the room to react with glee or horror as Stephen and Glen nearly came to blows over Boyhood, it also meant we got to gather for our rescheduled show with our pal Guy Raz, of the TED Radio Hour, to talk about time.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Patient With Ebola Is Admitted To NIH Hospital In Maryland

An American who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted to the hospital at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda early Friday.
NIH

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone is now receiving care at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland. The patient's condition is still being evaluated, the NIH says.

The patient is the second to be treated for Ebola at the Bethesda facility, which previously cared for — and eventually released — Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas. The hospital has also monitored two patients who were seen as being at high risk of having the deadly disease. They were later released.

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Shots - Health News
9:14 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Feds Knew About Medicare Advantage Overcharges Years Ago

Carol Berman, of West Palm Beach, Fla., makes the case for policymakers to protect Medicare Advantage benefits during the Coalition for Medicare Choices' Medicare Advantage Food Truck stop in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Bill Clark CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:41 am

Federal health officials were advised in 2009 that a formula used to pay private Medicare plans triggered widespread billing errors and overcharges that have since wasted billions of tax dollars, newly released government records show.

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NPR History Dept.
9:03 am
Fri March 13, 2015

A King Speech You've Never Heard — Plus, Your Chance To Do Archive Sleuthing

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965.
AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:54 am

Historically speaking, I need your help.

Davis Houck, a communications professor at Florida State University, recently pointed me toward a little-explored archive at Stanford University called Project South.

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Goats and Soda
8:29 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Singing About Chikungunya Might Not Cure You But Will Make You Laugh

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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:35 pm

Chikungunya is a mosquito-transmitted disease that's been rearing its head throughout Central and South America. People infected with the virus develop a fever and extreme joint pain. There's no cure, and sometimes the joint pain lasts for months or even years.

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Monkey See
7:02 am
Fri March 13, 2015

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

Cinderella and her fairy godmother in the 1950 Disney cartoon.
Courtesy of Disney Princess

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:47 pm

"Woman gives birth to a gourd."

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Around the Nation
6:49 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Atlantic Coast Conference Mascots Face Off Without Otto The Orange

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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5:37 am
Fri March 13, 2015

In Ferguson, The Shooting Of 2 Officers Stirs A Long-Simmering Anxiety

Demonstrators hold a prayer service near the Ferguson police station on Thursday. Prayers were said for both activists and the two police officers who had been shot earlier in the day.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:18 am

For members of the Ferguson, Mo., community, the shooting of two police officers Thursday morning has ratcheted up an anxiety that's already long been simmering. As a manhunt continues Friday, one need only visit the blocks around the Ferguson Police Department to get a sense of that tension.

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Sports
5:24 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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