Thu February 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds Find Wide Variation In Serious Infections Linked To Catheters

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 7:09 pm

Inattention to catheters used often in ICUs can lead to serious infections.

Across the country, 1 in 6 hospitals has high rates of one of the most serious kinds of preventable infections — those caused by catheters inserted into large veins, according to new data published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Thu February 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

McConnell Greeted by Raucous Conservatives

Speaking in a hall crowded with enthusiastic conservatives, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell laid out his assessment of the Obama Administration. McConnell’s not know for his rhetorical strengths, but this crowd couldn’t get enough when the Minority Leader attacked the president. McConnell blamed the nation’s soaring debt on President Obama…even though last year Republicans rejected a broad deficit reducing package because it included tax increases on the wealthy. Still, McConnell predicted a good year for his party.

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Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Regulators Approve First Nuclear Power Plant In A Generation

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 1:33 pm

The containment vessel of Vogtle Unit 3 is already being assembled.
Southern Company

The National Regulatory Agency announced it had given Southern Co. the OK to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia, making it the first new nuclear power plant approved in a generation.

The AP, which reported earlier today that the NRC was poised to give its approval, reports that one of the $14 billion reactors could be ready as soon as 2016. The second reactor could begin operating in 2017. The AP adds:

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Thu February 9, 2012
Book Reviews

Scrappy 'Girlchild' Forms A Girl Scout Troop Of One

You'd think that, by now, the news that Americans are spoiling their children would be as attention-getting as the fabled headline, "dog bites man," but, apparently, we never weary of hearing about how bad we're doing as parents. Last year, it was the Tiger Mom; this year, a hot new book called Bringing Up Bebe, tells us that the French have us beat by an indifferent shrug when it comes to the art of raising independent kids.

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Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Ban On Insider Trading By Lawmakers Passes House, Heads To Obama's Desk

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 12:39 pm

By a nearly unanimous vote this morning the House passed the STOCK Act, which as NPR's Tamara Keith has reported, "would, among other things, explicitly ban insider trading for members of Congress and their staffs."

The vote was 417-2, with 14 members absent. The two nay votes were from Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., and Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga.

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Thu February 9, 2012
Anti-Government Protests Roil Egypt

Wael Ghonim: Creating A 'Revolution 2.0' In Egypt

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 1:32 pm

One year ago, Wael Ghonim spoke with reporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as protests there continued.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

The protests that led to the Egyptian revolution last year were organized in part by an anonymous Facebook page administrator. When the police found out who he was, they arrested and interrogated him. After his release, Wael Ghonim became the public face of the Egyptian revolution.

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Thu February 9, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Meryl Streep, Yoga

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 11:58 am

Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady.
The Weinstein Company

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Gorbachev: Russia's Putin Has 'Exhausted' Himself

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 12:25 pm

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev delivers a lecture entitled "My Life in Politics" at the International University in Moscow on Thursday.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says if things don't change in Russia after it holds presidential elections, there will be more protests.

In a lecture at Moscow's International University on Thursday, Gorbachev also had some harsh words for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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Thu February 9, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Safe House,' 'Haywire': Watch Them Back To Back

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 12:19 pm

Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano stars as Mallory Kane, a highly trained covert operative, in a twisty, tautly wrought thriller.
Claudette Barius Relativity Media

The flashy Denzel Washington thriller Safe House will probably gross in a few hours what Steven Soderbergh's Haywire has made in several weeks, but if you like action you ought to catch both back to back. Soderbergh's film is a reaction to the jangled, high-impact style of Safe House and its ilk.

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Thu February 9, 2012

'We Are Still Awake,' Says Egyptian Protester

It's been nearly one year since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, and the country is still experiencing the growing pains of transition. Last year, host Michel Martin spoke with a young protester minutes after Mubarak's resignation. Now, Martin catches up with her again to see if she's still optimistic about changes in her country.