2:58pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

For Athletes, Dealing With Pain May Be A Big Gain

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 6:19 pm

If you run more, you may hurt less.
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Ever wonder why some people can run a 50-mile ultramarathon while for others even the thought of such endurance sports borders on torture?

Exceptional physical fitness, of course, sets the ultramarathoners apart from the rest of us. But scientists say what might be more important is athletes' excellent ability — both psychologically and physically — to cope with pain.

It turns out that most athletes' high tolerance for pain while exercising may also help them deal with it when they're at rest.

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2:33pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Around the Nation

Non-White Birth Rate May Inspire Policy Changes

The Census Bureau announced that for the first time non-whites now make up the majority of births in the U.S. The demographic shift raises questions about how this trend will affect policy in the country, particularly with regard to education and social programs.

2:16pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Remembrances

One 'Last Dance' With Disco Queen Donna Summer

Donna Summer, who sang some of the most memorable anthems of the disco era from "Love to Love You Baby" to "Bad Girls," has died after a long battle with cancer. She had a top 40 hit every year from 1976 to 1984, including the song she once told NPR she'd perform till the very end, "Last Dance."

2:00pm

Thu May 17, 2012
NPR Story

Truvada And At-Home Test Join Fight Against HIV

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 2:23 pm

Truvada is a pill that's already used to treat people with HIV. A daily dose can also significantly reduce the risk of new infection. And a panel recommended the FDA approve an over-the-counter HIV test, OraQuick. Users could test and interpret their results at home in as little as 20 minutes.

2:00pm

Thu May 17, 2012
NPR Story

Facebook Users Should Expect Changes After IPO

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 2:40 pm

Facebook hopes to raise more than $100 billion in its initial public stock offering. In a piece at Slate.com, tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that Facebook users can expect to see changes, including lots more ads. But he warns the company must balance profit seeking with the desires of users.

2:00pm

Thu May 17, 2012
NPR Story

If Greece Starts Dominoes Falling, What's Next?

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. New elections are now set for June 17 after a failure to form a government in Athens earlier this week, but some worry that Greece might be out of the eurozone before votes can be cast. While the great majority of Greeks say they want to keep the euro, opinions polls also show anti-austerity sentiment rising.

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1:37pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Senators Propose Barring Those Who Drop Citizenship From Reentering U.S.

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:39 pm

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook.
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Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who renounced his U.S. citizenship, is now facing backlash from politicians: Two U.S. senators are proposing a plan that would prevent people like Saverin from reentering the country.

As we reported yesterday, by some estimates Saverin may save $67 million in taxes by giving up his citizenship.

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12:51pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Around the Nation

After Tornado Devastates, Joplin High Bounces Back

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

The main entrance of Joplin High School was severely damaged in a May 2011 tornado.
Mark Schiefelbein AP

Nearly one year ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo. The tornado was the deadliest in the U.S in almost 60 years, killing 161 people and injuring more than 900. But life for Joplin's residents is finally starting to return to normal.

That includes life for students at Joplin High School. The school was destroyed by the tornado just hours after last year's commencement ceremony. Although the school's old location is still in ruins, the city has found a temporary solution to keep classes going.

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12:48pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Remembrances

Go-Go Godfather Created Distinct DC Soundtrack

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally today we want to pause to remember the Godfather - the Godfather of Go-Go, that is, Chuck Brown. He died Wednesday in Baltimore at the age of 75. His distinct take on funk music was the soundtrack of Washington, D.C. for decades. It struck a chord with fans of all ages and across genres.

This past August, Chuck Brown joined us in the studio to celebrate his 75th birthday and to talk about his life and work. Here's a little bit of that conversation.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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12:41pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Donna Summer, The Queen Of Disco, Dies At 63

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 7:46 am

Disco singer Donna Summer singing on stage around 1975.
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