World
5:31 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Do Chinese Tech Firms Pose U.S. Security Threat?

Staff and visitors walk past the lobby at the Huawei office in Wuhan, China. Beijing has urged Washington to "set aside prejudices" after a draft congressional report said Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE were security threats that should be banned from business in the U.S.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

Over the past decade, Chinese companies have become major players in the global telecommunications market. This week the House Intelligence Committee issued a report that could interrupt that growth. The committee warned American companies not to do business with two of China's main telecom manufacturers, saying they posed a security threat.

Huawei Technologies is the miracle story of the Chinese high-tech industry, says telecommunications consultant Roger Entner.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:28 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Where You Live May Determine What Lives Inside Your Mouth

Scientists examined bacteria in the mouths of twins, and found that it's not as similar as they thought it would be.
Sharon Dominick iStockphoto

Lately, we've been learning more and more about the teeming masses of bacteria inside our bodies - essentially trillions of tiny organisms that make us sick and keep us healthy.

Now two scientists at the University of Colorado have dared to ask what kinds of bacteria lives inside our mouths. And they're finding some pretty surprising things in there.

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Embattled U.S. Speedskating Coach Responds To Resignation And Suspension

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 6:56 pm

A day after resigning under pressure from U.S. Speedskating, former head coach Jae Su Chun says he didn't report a tampering incident at an international meet last year to protect skater Simon Cho, who confessed to sabotaging a Canadian athlete's skate blade.

"I know I chose Simon over my own principles," Chun says in a written statement translated from Korean by a spokesman.

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This Is NPR
4:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

The Curious Listener: The Music of "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!"

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:18 pm

The director of each NPR program get to the pretty sweet job of selecting the songs that you hear between stories on air. We call them music buttons because they "fasten" the stories together.

Those buttons often generate interest among our listeners who love, hate or are just plain curious about how a particular song ended up on a program.

This week's Curious Listener is taking a turn to examine some of the ear-catching tracks selected by our Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! crew that left listeners (and our Listener Services team) scratching their heads:

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Law
4:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

MS-13 Gang Now A 'Transnational Criminal' Group

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

Audie Cornish talks with David S. Cohen, Treasury Department Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, for more about the gang MS-13's new designation as a transnational criminal organization.

Health Care
4:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Medicare Comments From VP Debate 'In Context'

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

When the vice presidential debate turned to health care Thursday night, it took the candidates into the factual minefield of Medicare. Audie Cornish talks with health policy correspondent Julie Rovner, who points out a few liberties that were taken during the debate.

Sports
4:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Baseball's Division Playoffs Down To Single Games

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

Robert Siegel talks with Mike Pesca about Major League Baseball's postseason.

Middle East
4:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

American Documented Syria's War From Inside

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Obaida Hitto is 25 years old. He's from Murphy, Texas, although he was born in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, Dallas. In May, Hitto put thoughts of attending law school on hold and he went to the country where his father was born, Syria. He went to the city of Deir al-Zour in the east of the country and he took up with a brigade of the Free Syrian Army, the rebel force opposing the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. He carried a camera, not a gun.

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Strange News
4:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Philadelphia Has A Brotherly Love Affair With Sweats

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:59 pm

Data from the consumer research group Experian Marketing Services has determined that Philadelphia leads the country in the per capita consumption of sweatshirts and sweatpants. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish explore the reasons why — is it the weather, college students, Rocky Balboa?

Space
4:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Martian Meteorite For Sale Is A 'Little Time Capsule'

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:31 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And now to one more rare thing that came from space: a meteorite. Some of the most unusual and prized meteorites fell to Earth from Mars. In a new journal article, scientists describe the latest one that was discovered, and this weekend, you can buy a piece of it. NPR's Christopher Joyce has this story of a journey from Mars to a Manhattan auction house.

CHRISTOPHER JOYCE, BYLINE: The meteorite is called Tissint, and it contains a unique story about Mars.

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