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Shots - Health News
2:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

David Adam is a writer and editor at the journal Nature and was a special correspondent at the Guardian, writing about science, medicine and the environment.
Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 10:58 am

If you have an obsessive but irrational fear, it would probably be pretty difficult for anyone to talk you out of it. Because irrational fears, by definition, aren't rational, which is one of the reasons having obsessive-compulsive disorder is such a nightmare.

For science reporter David Adam, he's obsessed with HIV.

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The Salt
12:14 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

The University of California's Nutrition Policy Institute has proposed that MyPlate include an icon for water.
UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sometime in the next few weeks, we'll be hearing from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The panel of nutrition experts is tasked with reviewing the latest science on nutrition and medicine and making recommendations on how to update the next version of the federal government's guidance on eating.

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Monkey See
11:31 am
Mon January 12, 2015

What Those George Clooney Jokes Know About Red Carpet Culture

Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal looked pretty good on the red carpet.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

At Sunday night's Golden Globes, Tina Fey said this about the new wife of award recipient George Clooney: "Amal [Alamuddin] is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award."

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Goats and Soda
11:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?

After the earthquake in 2010, about 1,000 people were living in tents on the median of Highway 2, one of Haiti's busiest roads. Five years later, tens of thousands of people in Port-au-Prince still live in tents and other temporary housing.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 8:39 am

Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, left 220,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and rubble nearly everywhere.

The catastrophe also unleashed an unprecedented flood of humanitarian aid — $13.5 billion in donations and pledges, about three-quarters from donor nations and a quarter from private charity.

But today Haiti is a long, long way from realizing the bullish goal of "building back better."

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Shots - Health News
10:46 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 10:49 am

My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for hands).

But it turns out I might not have needed to mimic my appearance to let people know what I'm like.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Mon January 12, 2015

NYPD Officers Have Faced Light Punishments For Chokeholds, Report Finds

People attend a vigil for Eric Garner near where he died after he was taken into police custody in Staten Island.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:27 am

In its first report since it was created, the New York City Police Department's inspector general found that chokeholds, which are banned by the department, were quick to be used by officers, who rarely received significant punishment.

NPR member station WNYC reports:

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Politics
6:22 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Lobbyists Adjust To GOP Majority On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:05 am

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Around the Nation
6:11 am
Mon January 12, 2015

35 Years Later, Guy With Metal Detector Finds Lost Class Ring

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 7:45 am

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Delinquent Mines
5:02 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Regulators Take Action Against Delinquent Mines

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:28 pm

Two weeks after NPR and Mine Safety and Health News reported nearly $70 million in delinquent mine safety penalties at more than 4,000 coal and mineral mines, federal regulators suddenly revived a rare approach to force mines to pay.

They cited a delinquent coal mine for failing to pay $30,000 in overdue penalties and gave the mine's owner two weeks to pay. He didn't, so the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) shut down the mine. Within 40 minutes, mine officials agreed to a payment plan and the mine reopened.

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Around the Nation
4:59 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Demonstrators In Birmingham, Ala., Rally In Support Of Police

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:56 pm

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Sports
4:59 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Buckeye Fans Have No Doubt Ohio State Will Win The Championship

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 9:42 am

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Sports
4:59 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Oregon Football Fans Are Confident Their Team Will Beat Ohio State

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:30 am

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The Salt
3:26 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

The city of Des Moines, Iowa, sits on the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The city's water works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in these waterways.
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Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:59 pm

Des Moines, Iowa, is confronting the farms that surround it over pollution in two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. Des Moines Water Works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. It's a novel attempt to control fertilizer runoff from farms, which has been largely unregulated.

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Shots - Health News
3:22 am
Mon January 12, 2015

The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

Semmelweis considered scientific inquiry part of his mission as a physician.
De Agostini Picture Library Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 10:49 am

This is the story of a man whose ideas could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns' feverish and agonizing deaths.

You'll notice I said "could have."

The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis.

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Movie Interviews
5:45 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

Tommy Caldwell trains on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Caldwell and fellow climber Kevin Jorgenson are currently attempting the first free climb of the wall.
Brett Lowell

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 10:00 pm

Right now, two men are hanging out on the side of a 3000-foot cliff in Yosemite National Park, hoping to make history. For the last two weeks, they've been free climbing the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. If they succeed, it will be the most difficult climb ever completed.

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Around the Nation
5:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

States And Businesses Continue Playing The Keystone XL Waiting Game

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 6:45 pm

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In 2012, this program traveled to Oklahoma and Nebraska and talked to folks about the Keystone XL pipeline.

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National Security
5:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Will Obama Be Able To Keep His Promise Of Closing Guantanamo Bay?

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 6:45 pm

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Code Switch
12:32 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

'Selma' Stirs Powerful Memories In Its Namesake Town

Selma residents, many with firsthand connections to the city's civil rights movement, file into the Walton Theater for a free screening of Selma.
Andrew Yeager NPR

It's a half-hour until showtime in Selma, Ala., and the majority of the auditorium seats are already taken.

Paramount Pictures is offering free screenings of Selma, the film depicting the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery marches which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In the movie's namesake town, the audience is excited.

In the front row, in the far left seat, is George Sallie, 85. He's black, grew up near Selma and was drafted as young man.

"Went to Korea fighting for someone else's freedom, and really I didn't have freedom myself," Sallie says.

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Around the Nation
11:46 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Pastor's Gay Brother 'Frustrated That NPR Made This A News Story'

Courtesy of Dexter Edwards

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 1:28 pm

Last week, Weekend Edition Sunday brought you the story of Allan Edwards, a Presbyterian minister from Pennsylvania who's attracted to men but married to a woman. He says his attraction puts him in conflict with his faith, so he doesn't act on it.

The interview drew more than 1,500 comments — and also prompted a response from Edwards' younger brother, Dexter Edwards, who is openly gay.

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Goats and Soda
11:26 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Death Becomes Disturbingly Routine: The Diary Of An Ebola Doctor

Protective gloves dry out at a treatment center for Ebola patients in Lunsar, Sierra Leone, about 60 miles from the capital of Freetown. Although the Ebola epidemic is leveling off, new cases are still being reported.
Courtesy of Joel Selanikio

Editor's note: Some audiences may find portions of this content disturbing.

The World Health Organization reports that the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone may be leveling off — although nearly 250 new cases were reported there last week.

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On Aging
7:50 am
Sun January 11, 2015

For The Record: Aging Out And Moving On

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:13 pm

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Science
5:43 am
Sun January 11, 2015

A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:05 pm

Lonesome George was a celebrity tortoise. Millions of humans made the pilgrimage to see him while he lived, and his death was international news.

Why?

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Television
5:36 am
Sun January 11, 2015

New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Actors Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper horse around on the set of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while filming in New York in March. Tina Fey's new TV series was developed for NBC, but will air on Netflix instead.
Steve Sands GC Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:49 pm

When critics asked Tina Fey how her new series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt would be different now that it's airing on Netflix instead of NBC, she had quite the zinger ready.

"I think season two's gonna mostly be shower sex," Fey said during a press conference last week, drawing laughs. But she also had a point.

Fey's first series since 30 Rock was developed for her longtime TV home, NBC.

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Shots - Health News
5:08 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

In Oregon, Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Care

When Alexis Paige lost her job, she was afraid she would have to discontinue her estrogen treatments. That can't happen now under the Oregon Health Plan.
Cree Jude Gordon Courtesy Alexis Paige

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 2:17 pm

Oregon began covering the cost of reassignment surgery for transgender people on Medicaid in January. It also covers things like hormone therapy and puberty suppression.

By doing so, Oregon joins a handful of other states that have recently taken steps to help people with gender dysphoria, or the conflict between the gender people identify with and their physical gender.

Some question the validity of coverage, but people in the transgender community are thrilled.

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The Two-Way
4:42 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

George Zimmerman Again Arrested On Assault Charges

A booking photo provided by the Seminole County Public Affairs shows George Zimmerman on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. In the latest in a string of run-ins with the law in the past two years, Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 6:43 pm

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2013 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested in Florida late Friday and has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

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Goats and Soda
1:03 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Bill Gates takes a sip of water that came out of the new Janicki Omniprocessor, which turns human waste into clean drinking water in minutes.
Courtesy of the Gates Foundation

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:04 pm

In places where fresh water is hard to come by, how do you come up with clean drinking water? Easy — get the water from poop.

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Politics
7:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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Around the Nation
7:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Former Dolphin Fullback Swims Nine Miles To Safety

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:34 pm

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Sports
7:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Skiing The Back Country Is Intoxicating, And Dangerous

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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Politics
7:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

California's Brown On Governing: 'Practice Tends To Make More Perfect'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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