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Shots - Health News
2:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Using Bacteria To Swat Malaria Inside Mosquitoes

More than a hundred different species of Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit malaria to people.
Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:10 am

It's a bit like probiotics for mosquitoes.

When scientists infect mosquitoes with a specific bacterium, the insects become resistant to the malaria parasite.

Sounds like an easy way to stamp out malaria, right? Just introduce the infected mosquitoes into an area and let the bugs take over the natural population.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:28 pm

Google has released a stunning cache of satellite images that show how the globe has changed in recent decades. Thursday's announcement came from the search giant's official blog:

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:49 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Cultural Sexism: What If Amanda Knox Had Been Andrew Knox?

Amanda Knox listens to questions during her trial in Perugia, Italy, on June 12, 2009.
Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Sexual thrill-seeker. Sex-mad flatmate.

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NPR Story
1:40 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Buzz Aldrin's Case For A 'Mission To Mars'

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on July 20, 1969.
NASA/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 2:40 pm

Sixty-six years after the Wright Brothers made history at Kitty Hawk, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the moon. From that pivotal moment on, Aldrin has advocated for continued and expanded space exploration. Now, he argues that 66 years after the Eagle landed at Tranquility Base, Americans should establish a presence on Mars.

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NPR Story
1:40 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Syrian Conflict Raises Thorny Issues Beyond The Mideast

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:28 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. At the beginning of this week, as we absorb news of Israeli air strikes outside Damascus and questions about nerve gas and red lines, there was a report that a Shiite shrine near the Syrian capital had been ransacked by Sunni extremists and the body of a Shia holy man exhumed and hidden away.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge

Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:43 pm

We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.

This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But operatic moms seem to be disproportionately portrayed as murderers, harpies or generally women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Your Normas, Medeas, Butterflies, Queens of the Night and Clytemnestras.

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Need A Lift? See Japan's New 'Branomics Bra'

Models from Triumph International display the new "Branomics Bra" on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AP

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focuses on boosting his country's bottom line, a lingerie company is hoping to give Japan a different type of lift.

The "Branomics Bra" from Triumph International is a play on Abe's economic policy known as "Abenomics." The company says the garment has a "growth strategy" to help bust Japan's persistent inflation problem, according to Reuters.

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All Songs Considered
12:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

We Get Mail: How Can A Vinyl Lover Start Over From Scratch?

For fans of vinyl records who regret discarding their collections, it's not too hard to start over.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:03 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the ironic promotional cassingles is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how a regretful fan of vinyl records can re-create her discarded collection.

Kirsten Elbourne Mathieson writes: "I'm big-time regretting getting rid of all of my record albums years ago. Any advice for someone starting from scratch with vinyl after all these years? What albums must be heard on vinyl rather than CD/digital?"

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Politics
12:17 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Who Will Hurt The Most From Immigration Bill?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, we will talk more about the story that's riveted the country, about those three women who were missing for a decade who were recently found alive. In a few minutes, we'll speak with a local columnist who stayed in touch with the mother of one of the missing women, who never gave up hope, but, sadly, did not live to see her daughter free. We'll hear more from columnist Regina Brett.

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Movies
12:17 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'Peeples' Movie Shows Sparks In Hamptons

Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington, from left), Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) and Virgil Peeples (David Alan Grier) in Peeples.
Nicole Rivelli Lionsgate

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:36 pm

Tina Gordon Chism began her career as an intern in the writing department of The Cosby Show. She went on to write the films Drumline and ATL. Now she makes her directorial debut with the new comedy feature Peeples. The film stars Craig Robinson (The Office) as Wade Walker, the longtime boyfriend of Grace Peeples, played by Kerry Washington. Wade crashes Grace's posh family reunion in the Hamptons, only to find that she never even told them he existed.

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NPR Story
12:17 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Insider Escapes Politics With Gospel And Eminem

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to a segment we call In Your Ear. Sometimes, after we've asked our guest about their work, we ask them about the music they listen to while they relax or play. Today, we hear from Ambassador Ron Kirk. He recently stepped down as United States Trade representative. But we caught up with him shortly before he left his post, and here's what he had to say about the music that kept him moving.

RON KIRK: Right now on now I'm enjoying "Once In A Lifetime" by Smokie Norful.

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Code Switch
12:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

On Behalf Of [BLANK] People Everywhere ...

Cleveland prosecutor Victor Perez stepped into the familiar ethnic spokesman role when he distanced the city's Puerto Rican population from Ariel Castro, who is accused of kidnapping several women.
David Duprey AP

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:23 pm

When Cleveland officials announced charges against Ariel Castro — the suspected kidnapper of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — prosecutor Victor Perez wanted to make sure people knew where the city's "Puerto Rican community" stood.

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Ask Me Another
11:51 am
Thu May 9, 2013

I Left My Heart In Boston

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 10:07 am

Jonathan Coulton is wicked stoked to pay tribute to Boston in the best way he knows how: by substituting the names of Boston neighborhoods into the lyrics of well-known songs about other cities. For example, if Elvis had spent more time in a certain Boston neighborhood, he might have written a song called "Viva Dorchester!" Can you name the original towns? Or do you prefer a "Roslindale State of Mind"?

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Ask Me Another
11:51 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Name Brand Names

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 10:07 am

It may take a lifetime to develop your fashion sense or signature flourish, but only a few trendsetters can boast clothing items actually named in their honor.

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Ask Me Another
11:51 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Banned In Boston

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 10:07 am

It's been a great time in Boston, but we've reached the Ask Me One More final round. Puzzle guru Art Chung leads the final five contestants in a game comprised of words, phrases and names that begin with the letters B-A-N. For example, the triangular patterned cloth you might wear around your head or neck would be a "bandana," and if it doesn't bear the Red Sox logo, then you're in the wrong town.

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Ask Me Another
11:51 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Hahd-Cawr Pun

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 10:07 am

We kick off our road show with a game dedicated to the stereotypical Boston dialect--you know, the one that tells you to "Pahk your cah in Hahvahd Yahd"? Host Ophira Eisenberg has a little punny fun with phrases and names that take on whole new meanings when you drop the "r's" in certain words. And for the record, "Hahd-Cawr Pun" is just Boston-speak for "Hard-Core Pun."

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Shots - Health News
11:44 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Price Break For Cervical Cancer Shots In Developing World

WHO/IARC

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 11:10 am

Cervical cancer takes its greatest toll in the countries whose economies and health systems are poorest.

Women in those places are less likely than those in rich countries to get regular Pap tests to detect the cancers when it can be treated effectively.

Of the 275,000 women who die of cervical cancer each year, more than 85 percent, or at least 234,000, are in low-income countries.

But a vaccine that can prevent cervical cancer could go a long way toward lowering the risk in those less developed countries. Problem is, the shots are pretty expensive.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Jobless Claims Stay Near 5-Year Low

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 10:16 am

There were 323,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 4,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Note: As often happens, the previous week's figure is a slight revision from what was reported earlier. Initially, the ETA said there had been 324,000 first-time claims during the week ending April 27. Now, it says there were 327,000 that week.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Book News: Hacker Leaks Part Of 'Sex And The City' Author's New Book

Author Candace Bushnell attends the March 2010 DVF Awards at the United Nations in New York City.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park

Cover of Class A

Is there room for another book about America's favorite pastime? Lucas Mann's Class A earns a position in a lineup that already includes Bang the Drum Slowly, The Natural, The Boys of Summer, Moneyball and The Art of Fielding because, remarkably, it offers a fresh, unexpected angle on this well-trodden game.

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