1:09pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Can Kidney Transplants Ease Strain On Gaza's Health System?

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 7:54 am

A Palestinian dialysis patient is treated at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City in 2010. Many kidney patients in Gaza struggle to get proper dialysis therapy because machines are often overbooked.
Khalil Hamra AP

It's no picnic being a kidney patient even in the best conditions. But coming in for dialysis in a place like the Gaza Strip calls for a special kind of patience.

Years of war have placed a constant stress on the health system there. Thanks to a host of factors, Gaza's main hospital, Shifa Hospital, regularly faces supply shortages of medications that kidney patients need to manage nausea and other symptoms.

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12:41pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Planet Money

4.2 Million Americans Were Hired In January (And 4.1 Million Quit Or Got Fired)

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:42 pm

Calculated Risk

One jobs number gets all the attention: The number of jobs lost or gained in the previous month.

That number is important. But focusing too much on the net change in jobs can be misleading. It gives the impression that a job is like a widget — it's something that gets made in a factory somewhere, and that we hope exists forever.

That's not how it works. Even in good economic times ,new jobs are constantly being created and old jobs are constantly being destroyed. (Of course, you do want the number of jobs created to exceed the number of jobs destroyed.)

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12:36pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA: Rover Data Indicates Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:50 pm

This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The group of scientists working with NASA's Curiosity rover made a big announcement during a press conference today: "We have found a habitable environment that is so benign" if there was water there, "you be able to drink it," John P. Grotzinger, professor of geology at Caltech, said summing up the rover's latest findings.

That is, at one point Mars had the right conditions to support living microbes.

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12:23pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Music Interviews

Adrian Younge: Looking Back To Move Hip-Hop Forward

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:13 pm

Courtesy of the artist

12:09pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Google Will Pay $7 Million To Settle Street View Data Capturing Case

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:37 pm

The camera mounted on a Google Street View car used to photograph whole streets obscures part of the U.S. Internet giant's logo.
Daniel Mihailescu AFP/Getty Images

Google has agreed to pay a $7 million fine to settle claims from 37 states and the District of Columbia that the search giant improperly collected data from unsecured wireless networks across the United States using its "Street View" vehicles.

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12:01pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Book Reviews

'Lean In': Not Much Of A Manifesto, But Still A Win For Women

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:19 pm

AP

Sheryl Sandberg tells an anecdote in her new book, Lean In, about sitting down with her boss, Mark Zuckerberg, for her first performance review as chief operating officer at Facebook. Zuckerberg told her that her "desire to be liked by everybody would hold [her] back." I hope she's worked on that problem because over the past few weeks, there sure have been a lot of people hating on Sheryl Sandberg.

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11:00am

Tue March 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

When It Comes To Health Care, Patients Don't Want To Weigh Costs

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 3:06 pm

Patients say they feel little personal responsibility for keeping health costs lower.
Andrei Tchernov iStockphoto.com

People willingly drive across town to save 50 cents on a carton of milk. But when it comes to health care, they don't want to think about how much it costs, and they don't want their doctors to think about it either, according to a recent study in the journal Health Affairs.

That's not good news for those who hope to nudge people into being more cost-conscious health care consumers.

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10:57am

Tue March 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Why Obama (And Any President) Fails To Meet Expectations

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 1:06 pm

As with other recent presidents, Barack Obama is disliked and distrusted by roughly half the public. But some of his perceived failings may be the result of an inflated expectations game that all modern presidents must play.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Whether President Obama attacks members of Congress, takes them out to dinner or pays them visits on Capitol Hill, he needs their support in order to achieve major parts of his agenda.

That presidents are at the mercy of Congress when it comes to budgets and legislation is an obvious point, and one deeply embedded in the U.S. constitutional system.

But it's a truism that often gets overlooked in the rush to assume that what a president wants, a president can get.

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10:37am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Palestinian Rocket Likely Killed 11-Month Old In Gaza, UN Report Says

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 7:54 am

Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad.
Majed Hamdan AP

It became the iconic photograph of Israel's military strikes in Gaza last November:

It showed Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic journalist, carrying the body of his 11-month-old son, Ahmad. Misharawi is wailing, asking "What did my son do to die like this?"

An easy inference to make from the photograph was that the boy died because of an Israeli airstrike.

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10:21am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Accused Colorado Theater Shooter

After his attorneys said they need more time to prepare to respond to the 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes he faces, a Colorado judge on Tuesday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of accused movie theater gunman James Holmes.

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