2:14pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Governing

5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 8:57 am

Some countdowns, like the one for the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2006, are credible and some are not. But they all contribute to the Countdown Effect.
Pete Cosgrove AP

Only a few more hours until the sequestration is scheduled to kick in. You can feel the tension. The anxiety. The pre-panic attack.

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1:47pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Salt

Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating?

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 2:09 pm

Donta Jackson's snack of choice is a bag of Skittles.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

After school and evening are "crunch time" for most families. It's the time when crucial decisions get made that affect kids' fitness and weight. And that includes snacking.

To get an idea of what parents thought their kids were doing during this time, NPR conducted a poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Youth Radio's Chantell Williams talked about the findings with teens and their parents.

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1:44pm

Wed February 27, 2013
It's All Politics

On Message: What Boehner's Saying (And What He's Not) About Sequester

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 12:33 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, discusses the sequester Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

1:41pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Picture Show

A Photographer Remembers Wounded Knee, 40 Years Later

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:33 am

Vietnam veteran Sid Mills, a Yakima man, stands guard.
Owen Luck

Forty years ago, a caravan of more than 50 cars full of demonstrators pulled into Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. That day marked the beginning of a 71-day occupation led by members of the Oglala Lakota tribe and followers of the American Indian Movement, attempting to address long-standing grievances — not only with the U.S. government but also with tribal leaders.

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1:36pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Hearing On Gun Control Turns Emotional

Neil Heslin, father of six-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, holds a picture of him with Jesse as he testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Things on Capitol Hill today turned emotional, when Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son was killed in Sandy Hook, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Throughout, Heslin held a picture of him holding his son Jesse Lewis, who was 6 at the time of rampage, during his first Christmas. Two other oversized pictures of a smiling Jesse were place on easels beside him.

Heslin's voice cracked almost from the beginning, when he said Jesse was killed about 20 minutes after he dropped him off at school.

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12:50pm

Wed February 27, 2013
It's All Politics

On Message: What Obama's Saying (And What He's Not) About Sequester

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 12:34 pm

President Obama speaks Tuesday about the sequester in Newport News, Va.
Steve Helber AP

If you're confused about who owns the sequester, what it means and what it will do, you have lots of company.

In Washington, the key players can't even agree on what's at stake, much less find a way to stop the automatic government spending cuts set to begin Friday.

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12:25pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Millionaire Space Tourist Plans Manned Mission To Mars In 2018

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:43 pm

The proposed Earth to Mars trajectory.
Inspiration Mars

The American businessman who paid $20 million to visit the International Space Station in 2001, has presented an ambitious plan for a manned fly-by mission to Mars.

If all goes as planned, a couple would be on a rocket headed to the Red Planet in January of 2018.

Space Ref reports that Dennis Tito has created a non-profit organization called Inspiration Mars Foundation that will raise the funds for the mission through donations.

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12:18pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Sift For Clues On SARS-Like Virus

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 2:40 pm

A new coronavirus looks a lot like its cousin SARS under the microscope, but it appears they're quite different when it comes to contagiousness.
NIAID/RML

Ever since a previously unknown virus killed a Saudi Arabian man last summer, scientists from around the globe have been trying to figure it out.

On Wednesday, two of the researchers who helped identify the virus shared fresh details about recent cases, including some ideas about how people catch it.

The session was part of an annual research meeting on biodefense and emerging diseases put on by the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.

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11:53am

Wed February 27, 2013
Music Interviews

Richard Thompson: The Acoustics Behind 'Electric'

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:03 pm

Richard Thompson performs live at the All Things Considered studio.
Claire O'Neill NPR

Guitar players will hear the pure, ringing tones conjured by 10 fingers that seem to be doing the work of 20 and say, "Oh, for sure — that's Richard Thompson."

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11:22am

Wed February 27, 2013
Music Reviews

Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:01 pm

Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia.
Express Newspapers Getty Images

Aretha Franklin made her first record when she was 14, singing some gospel standards in the church of her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, an easygoing Detroit pastor who was friends with Martin Luther King and just about every gospel singer you could name. One of the stars who visited a lot was Sam Cooke, who convinced Aretha that she could be a hit singing popular music.

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