12:54pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Salt

Why It Matters That California Teens Eat Less Than Their Peers

California teens are getting fewer calories because of restrictions on school snacks, a study says
Darko Radanovic iStockphoto.com

The California sunshine can't hurt. It may help keep teens outdoors where they're less likely to snack, and more likely to move around.

But this isn't the explanation for why teens in the Golden State eat 158 fewer calories a day than kids in other states.

California teens, it turns out, are eating less at school, according to a new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. And that little bit less per kid can add up to big calorie savings over time, nutrition experts say.

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12:46pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Latin America

Haiti Aid Worker Reflects On The Limits Of Help

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 4:20 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Aid workers often win applause for their courage and selflessness, for leaving often comfortable lives to help out in wars, famines and catastrophes. But in a recent post on his blog, Quinn Zimmerman, an aid worker in Haiti, gives us a different understanding of the experience. He vented his frustrations, including resentment from some Haitians' incessant begging, and the unwillingness or inability of people to help themselves. Of course, he adds, the need is real, the cause important. Much remains to be done.

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12:46pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Impact of War

Faris Family Fights For Their Military Marriage

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:45 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. To all appearances, Chris and Lisa Faris seemed to have it all together. He rose through the ranks of the U.S. Special Operations Command to become its top enlisted man, command sergeant major, and his wife tended to their family and many others on his long deployments.

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12:46pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Politics

Country Reacts To Obama's Approval Of Gay Marriage

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Three days after Vice President Joe Biden voiced his own support, President Barack Obama described his "evolution" on the issue and became the first sitting president in U.S. history to declare himself in favor of same-sex marriage. Listeners react to the news.

12:42pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Around the Nation

Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 3:16 pm

Eight Belles (far left) broke both of her front ankles after finishing second in the 134th Kentucky Derby in May 2008. She was later euthanized.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

In 2008, a horse named Eight Belles collapsed with two broken ankles just after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. She was euthanized directly on the track. After her death, the thoroughbred industry organized safety and drug testing committees to make the sport safer.

But industry practices continue to put both horses and riders in harm's way. On average, 24 horses a week die at racetracks in the United States. Many horses that break down run with injuries masked by injected painkillers.

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12:37pm

Thu May 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Heads To Hollywood; Conservative Group Mocks 'Celebrity President'

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:39 pm

President Obama meets with actor George Clooney, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton N. Lyman, and human rights activist John Prendergast (far left) at the White House on March 15.
Pete Souza White House

12:36pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Dark Shadows': A Vampire Returns, Without His Bite

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:22 am

After Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) rises from the grave in the 1970s, 200 years after he was imprisoned, he returns to his ancestral home and befriends his descendants, including David Collins (Gully McGrath).
Peter Mountain Warner Brothers Pictures

Two score and four years ago, I'd fly home from fourth grade for the 4 p.m. broadcast of Dark Shadows. In 1968, vampires and werewolves weren't mainstream — the era's horror films mostly played drive-ins — yet here on TV was a daily horror soap opera.

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12:24pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

And Now For The Weather, Let's Go To Prince Charles

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:39 pm

Prince Charles presented the weather report on a BBC Scotland newscast, surprising many viewers.
BBC Scotland

12:17pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Department Will Sue Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2011.
Ross D. Franklin AP

America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff is facing a lawsuit from the federal government.

Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, became a controversial national figure for his tough stance on immigrants. The Justice Department had previously warned Arpaio that his department had engaged in a pattern of misconduct, violating the civil rights of the Latino community in his district.

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12:16pm

Thu May 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney: 'Back In High School, I Did Some Dumb Things'

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:41 pm

Mitt Romney, then 14, with his father, George, and mother, Lenore, in 1962.
AP

In a hastily arranged radio interview, Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for pranks he played in high school that "might have gone too far."

The interview came a few hours after The Washington Post published a detailed story recounting incidents from Romney's years at Michigan's prestigious Cranbrook prep school in the 1960s.

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