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4:56pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:32 pm

Stephanie and Brian Packer make lunch with their children, Brian, 11, Savannah, 5, Scarlett, 10, and Jacob, 8.
Stephanie O'Neill/KPCC

Stephanie Packer was 29 when she found out she had a terminal lung disease.

That's the same age as Brittany Maynard, who last year was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Last fall, Maynard, of Northern California, opted to end her life with the help of a doctor in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal.

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4:51pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

An Author Of Paper About Changing Minds On Gay Marriage Seeks Retraction

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:41 pm

Late last year, the journal Science published a study that suggested door-to-door canvassing could increase support for same-sex marriage.

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4:50pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Parallels

Desperate Rohingya Granted Temporary Shelter. But What Next?

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 7:17 pm

A fishing boat carrying Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants is pulled to shore by Achenese fishermen off the coast of Julok, in Indonesia's Aceh province, on Wednesday.
Antara Foto/Syifa Reuters/Landov

The governments of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to allow boats full of thousands of migrants stranded at sea to come ashore.

The news came as Indonesian fishermen rescued more than 400 people from a boat that first made the news last week — and finally got governments to act.

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3:48pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Letterman Fills Final Show With Memories And Gratitude

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 9:04 am

David Letterman appears during the Wednesday taping of his final Late Show With David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
Jeffrey R. Staab AP

Update, 1:10 a.m. ET:

David Letterman approached his final, hour-plus of late-night TV on Wednesday with the same self-deprecation he displayed in the previous 6,027 episodes, but leavened the snark with heaps of nostalgia and praise.

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3:16pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

I'd Like To Buy The Emerging World A Coke

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 4:13 pm

A woman walks past an ad for Coca-Cola in Bamako, the capital of the Republic of Mali.
New York Daily News Archive NY Daily News via Getty Images

So who does drink the most soda in the world, anyway?

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2:26pm

Wed May 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Popular Health Exchange In Jeopardy After Surprise Republican Win

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:22 pm

People line up outside the Kynect store at the Fayette Mall, in Lexington, Ky., in February to apply for health insurance through the state exchange.
Adam Beam AP

2:01pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Media

Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:25 pm

Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming — or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
Rebecca Greenfield Brooklyn Academy of Music

Earlier this month, almost 2,000 radio fanatics gathered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to listen in as Marc Maron, the neurotic and sometimes gruff comedian and podcast host, interviewed Fresh Air's Terry Gross. He is known for being vulnerable and bringing his personal life into his interviews; she tends to keep her personal life separate from her work. The conversation that resulted blurs those two styles and ends up revealing aspects of Gross' life that even the biggest Fresh Air fans may find surprising.

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1:29pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Nebraska Lawmakers Move Step Closer To Repealing Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:15 pm

Lawmakers in Nebraska have given final approval to a measure that would abolish the death penalty with enough votes to override a threatened veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The vote was 32-15. Conservative Nebraska has a unicameral Legislature and all bills go through three votes. In the previous round, the vote was 30-16; in the first, it was 30-13. It would take 30 votes to override a veto from Ricketts, a Republican. If that happens, Nebraska will become the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973.

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1:00pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 8:15 am

Courtesy of Chronicle Books

When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn't capture the variety.

So he went to the hardware store and picked up two lights and a cardboard box. "I didn't even have a macro lens — I was shooting through a magnifying glass," he says.

The California-based photographer tinkered with his macro technique until he had created a consistent way to capture highly detailed images of marijuana.

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12:53pm

Wed May 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 1:57 pm

Blumenthal was one of just four witnesses deposed by the U.S. Senate when it tried (and acquitted) Clinton on the impeachment charges early in 1999.
AP

Before there was George, there was Sid.

George Stephanopoulos is, of course, the ABC news anchor whose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton foundation have reminded the world of his longtime ties to Bill Clinton, for whom he worked from 1991 to 1997.

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12:47pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Big Banks Pay $5.6 Billion, Plead Guilty To Felonies Over Currency And Rate-Fixing

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 1:43 pm

Clockwise from top left: Barclays, Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland will pay billions in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007. The bank UBS AG (not pictured) has also agreed to plead guilty.
Lefteris Pitarakis/Nick Ut/Kathy Willens/Matt Dunham AP

Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS AG have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay billions in criminal fines, the Department of Justice says. The offenses range from manipulating the market price of U.S. dollars and euros to rigging interest rates.

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12:21pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:28 pm

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, seen in Afghanistan in this undated photo, was killed in 2011 during a U.S. raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
AP

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

Intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of newly declassified documents, books and magazines found during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. They're calling it "Bin Laden's Bookshelf."

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12:00pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Grassley To Justice Department: Crack Down On Medicare Advantage Overbilling

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 8:31 am

Sen. Chuck Grassley has questions about what the feds are doing to investigate allegations of Medicare Advantage fraud.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to tighten scrutiny of Medicare Advantage health plans suspected of overcharging the government, saying billions of tax dollars are at risk as the popular senior care program grows.

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11:15am

Wed May 20, 2015
Law

'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Four major banks — Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland — have agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say that traders from the banks, who allegedly called themselves "the cartel," used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has taken the unusual step of tossing out what's called a deferred prosecution agreement against a fifth bank.

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11:10am

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Rare Black Rhino Killed By U.S. Hunter Who Won Controversial Auction

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 5:03 pm

An endangered black rhino is seen in this file photo from the Etosha National Park in norhern Namibia last year. An American hunter has killed one of the animals, under a special permit he bought for $350,000. While the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from shades of brown to gray.
Barbara Scheer DPA /LANDOV

A Texas hunter who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt a rare black rhino in Namibia has killed the animal. The hunt has drawn controversy and spurred debate over the best way to manage endangered wildlife.

Corey Knowlton won an auction last January for a hunting permit that would allow him to kill a black rhino weighing around 3,000 pounds.

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9:15am

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara Fouls California Coastline

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:51 pm

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, people walk on a beach with an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
Mike Eliason AP

Updated at 6:49 p.m. ET

A nine-mile slick of spilled crude has fouled parts of the California coastline near Santa Barbara, officials say.

Mark Crossland, a captain with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said some wildlife will likely be affected because of the spill.

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7:53am

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Indonesia, Malaysia Agree To Take In Stranded Rohingyas

A sick migrant is helped by friends to board a truck that is taking them to a local hospital upon arrival in Simpang Tiga, Indonesia on Wednesday.
Binsar Bakkara AP

Bringing an end to a two-week saga, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to take in thousands of Rohingya "boat people" who had been stranded at sea in Southeast Asia.

The Muslim Rohingyas fled prosecution from the Buddhist-majority in Myanmar. The problem has been that Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have often turned many boats away, leaving the migrants adrift.

The New York Times reports that today there was finally some good news:

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6:47am

Wed May 20, 2015
Around the Nation

It's David Letterman Day In Indianapolis

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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6:36am

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

In Speech, Obama Will Cast Climate Change As 'Immediate Risk' To U.S. Security

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:43 am

President Barack Obama speaks at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Monday in Camden, N.J.
Chris LaChall AP

During a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today, President Obama will cast climate change as posing an "immediate risk to our national security."

NPR's Scott Horsley reports Obama is expected to tell graduates that the Coast Guard itself will have to adjust to the effects of rising sea levels. Scott filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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6:18am

Wed May 20, 2015
Around the Nation

That's One Way To Deal With A Loose Tooth

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Eight-year-old Calvin Stanley of Montana was desperate to get rid of a loose tooth.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

CALVIN STANLEY: My name is Calvin, and this is the Montana tooth pull.

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5:20am

Wed May 20, 2015
Asia

U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:15 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

5:19am

Wed May 20, 2015
Iraq

Ramadi's Fall To ISIS Revives Questions About U.S. Strategy

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 5:36 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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5:18am

Wed May 20, 2015
Law

FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

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3:31am

Wed May 20, 2015
NPR Ed

Biology Professor's Calling: Teach Deaf Students They Can Do Anything

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:04 pm

Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

To get a really good sense of why Caroline Solomon is a great teacher, you have to go into the field with her. On this particular morning, that means a boat on the Anacostia River.

We're about 4 miles from the campus of Gallaudet University, where Solomon is a professor of biology. She and a student — Anna McCall — are heading in a small boat to take water samples.

The Anacostia is no more than 8 miles long, but it meanders through and around Washington, D.C., past a naval yard, a golf course and I-95, the busiest interstate highway on the Eastern Seaboard.

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3:30am

Wed May 20, 2015
The Salt

Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

The White House announced an action plan Tuesday aimed at reversing dramatic declines in pollinators like honeybees, which play a vital role in agriculture, pollinating everything from apples and almonds to squash.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The buzz around bees has been bad lately. As we've reported, beekeepers say they lost 42 percent of honeybee colonies last summer.

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3:29am

Wed May 20, 2015
Sweetness And Light

The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline during this year's Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Sport may be dismissed as inconsequential child's play, but there is, in counterpoint, the ideal that sport is our best model for human fairness and equality — a Garden of Eden with competition. But, of course, there are snakes in this athletic garden. Rules will be broken.

To my mind there are, in ascending order, three kinds of transgressions. The first is the most simple: transgressions committed in the heat of the action, instinctively, because of frustration, failure or anger. There are referees to tend to that misconduct.

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3:28am

Wed May 20, 2015
Planet Money

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Ariel Zambelich/NPR, Justin Cook for NPR

Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine — tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

A company called Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith that generates simple news stories based on things like sporting events and financial news. The stories are published on Yahoo! and via the Associated Press, among other outlets.

We wanted to know: How would NPR's best stack up against the machine?

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3:25am

Wed May 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:44 pm

Jenny Tenorio Gallegos, 35, in Lima, Peru, is being treated for drug-resistant TB. The treatment lasts two years and may rob her of her hearing.
Jason Beaubien/NPR

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is not only airborne and lethal; it's one of the most difficult diseases in the world to cure.

In Peru, 35-year-old Jenny Tenorio Gallegos wheezes even when she's sitting still. That's because of the damage tuberculosis has done to her lungs. The antibiotics she's taking to treat extensively drug-resistant TB nauseate her, give her headaches, leave her exhausted and are destroying her hearing.

"At times I don't hear well," she says. "You have to speak loud for me to be able to understand."

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3:25am

Wed May 20, 2015
Parallels

Live On Pakistani TV: A Call-In Show About Sex

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Dr. Nadim Uddin Siddiqui hosts a weekly call-in show about sexual issues on a Pakistani cable television channel. The program, Clinic Online, is a rarity for a conservative Muslim nation, but has proved popular, particularly among women.
Abdul Sattar NPR

It's long been assumed that, in conservative Islamic societies, sex is a subject to be spoken about, if it's discussed at all, in guilty whispers.

Yet, for many months now, women in Pakistan have been dialing in to a TV show to ask about profoundly personal issues — live on air.

"I have to talk about my husband," said a woman who gave her name as Sonia on one of the show's recent editions. "His sperm count is very low ..."

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3:24am

Wed May 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:09 pm

A view of the central area of Atlassian's office in San Francisco. The software company found that desks were used only 20 percent of the workday — half as much as conference rooms were used.
Atlassian

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.

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