1:09pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Heat Kills: Global Warming As Public Health Threat

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:26 am

A man stands in a fountain in Washington Square Park on July 18, in New York City. Temperatures were expected in the upper 90's during another heat wave in the city.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The current poster child for global warming is a polar bear, sitting on a melting iceberg. Some health officials argue the symbol should, instead, be a child.

That's because emerging science shows that people respond more favorably to warnings about climate change when it's portrayed as a health issue rather than as an environmental problem.

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1:03pm

Mon September 10, 2012
The Salt

Canada's Food Insecure Find Help, Community Through Facebook

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:09 pm

A mural in the isolated city of Iqaluit, in Canada, where food insecurity is tied up with native culture, poverty, and high food prices.
ascappatura Flickr.com

We've been giving a lot of virtual ink to the problem of food insecurity lately — the challenges people face when they frequently can't put enough food on the table. And sometimes it seems like an insurmountable problem.

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12:38pm

Mon September 10, 2012
The Two-Way

AIG Stocks Drop, After U.S. Announces Sell-Off Plans

Over the weekend, the United States Treasury said it has plans to sell $18 billion worth of American International Group stocks. During the financial crisis in 2008, the government pumped $182 billion into AIG stock to keep it from collapsing.

Reuters reports, this morning, that AIG shares fell 1.5 percent because of the news. Reuters adds:

"AIG itself will buy back $5 billion of its own shares in the upcoming stock sale, with the rest of the shares going to the broader public.

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12:01pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Let Sleepless Babies Cry (For A While), If They Want To

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 3:18 pm

Getting to no more tears.
iStockphoto.com

When cranky babies won't sleep, is it OK to let them cry it out?

The short answer: Yes, within limits.

Many parents these days try to help their babies learn to sleep better by letting them cry a little.

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11:41am

Mon September 10, 2012
Television

Andrew Rannells: Gay And Serious In 'New Normal'

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:23 am

Andrew Rannells plays Bryan Buckley, a successful TV show producer and writer, in the new comedy The New Normal.
Frederick M Brown/Getty Images

After Andrew Rannells pitched himself for a starring role in NBC's The New Normal, the show's creator didn't call for a month.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, I've completely overstepped — I've over-Oprah-ed this,' " Rannells tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I've ruined my chances of working with this man because I was too bold."

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Activists Take On New And Riskier Roles

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 5:58 pm

Rebel fighters take up position near the military airport outside the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria on Aug. 21. In rebel-held towns like Azaz, activists are taking on new, risky roles as the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad continues.
Youssef Boudlal Reuters/Landov

On a recent day in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, there's an edgy energy when a pickup truck armed with a heavy machine gun screeches to a halt.

Wild-eyed and high-flving, the young rebels in the truck are happy to be alive after they hit a government helicopter landing at an air base 8 miles outside Azaz.

This rebel-held town is under nightly attack. This lightly armed rebel crew races out to the air base every day to target regime aircraft from hidden sites in the olive groves.

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11:02am

Mon September 10, 2012
The Two-Way

FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor Over Corruption Probe

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, left, is driven in custody into the federal courthouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday.
Mel Evans AP

The FBI arrested the mayor of New Jersey's capital city today, accusing him of corruption related to a bribery scandal.

The FBI alleges Tony Mack, the mayor of Trenton, accepted thousands of dollars in exchange for influence over a parking garage project. Federal authorities also arrested Mack's brother and a supporter.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Federal prosecutors accuse all three men of taking part in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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10:42am

Mon September 10, 2012
Music Reviews

The Forgotten Story Of Memphis' American Studios

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:41 am

"Son of a Preacher Man" was Dusty Springfield's debut on Atlantic. The entire album that spawned it, Dusty in Memphis, was recorded at American Studios.
Stan Meagher Getty Images

Memphis has been a music town since anyone can remember, and it's had places to record that music since there have been records. Some of its studios — Sun, Stax and Hi — are well-known, but American Studios produced its share of hits, and yet it remains obscure. But that's all likely to change with Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios, both a book and a CD out now.

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9:49am

Mon September 10, 2012
The Two-Way

On The Campaign Trail: The Picture Of Joe Biden You Have To See

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:29 am

Vice President Joe Biden's talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

This past weekend was an odd one on the campaign trail. First, as NPR's Don Gonyea reported on Morning Edition, a muscled pizza man was so excited to see President Obama, he hugged him and picked him up a full foot off the ground.

Then there's Vice President Joe Biden who, um, canoodled with a biker lady at a Seaman, Ohio diner.

The picture captured by Carolyn Kaster of the Associated Press is priceless:

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9:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
U.S.

Rep. Chu: Everyone Is Ignoring Military Hazing

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time to go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about difficult issues that are often kept hidden.

And in this election season we've been hearing a lot about why candidates take on the issues they've chosen to address. Sometimes it's because an issue is popular, but sometimes it's just too important to ignore, and sometimes it's also personal.

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