12:01pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Animals

How Dogs Evolved Into 'Our Best Friends'

Dogs today evolved from wolves who first developed a relationship with humans on the hunting trail.
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Dogs have aided humans for thousands of years. Man's best friend has provided protection, companionship and hunting assistance since the days of the earliest human settlements.

But how and when dogs evolved from wolves is a matter of debate. Naturalist Mark Derr says there are two main schools of thought: Some researchers believe that humans domesticated wolves who were scrounging around their villages for trash. Others think that humans were taking care of wolves from the time they were puppies — until enough puppies were tamed and they somehow then evolved into dogs.

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12:00pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Parenting

Judge Beats His Daughter ... Abuse Or Discipline?

Texas family law judge William Adams was recently caught on video beating his then 16-year-old daughter. Some applaud Adams while others are horrified. Host Michel Martin hears from regular parenting contributors Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dani Tucker and Jolene Ivey, as well as SpareTheKids.com creator Stacey Patton. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Remembrances

Sugar Ray Leonard Remembers Joe Frazier

Fraizer, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, was known for his crushing left hook, a career of 32 wins and four losses, and his rivalry with Muhammad Ali. Frazier recently died after a fight with liver cancer. Host Michel Martin discusses his life and legacy with Stiffjab.net editor Gautham Nagesh and boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard.

12:00pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Justice Served Through Conrad Murray Verdict?

Dr. Murray, personal physician to the late Michael Jackson, was recently found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Host Michel Martin discusses the verdict and lessons learned with Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson and music and culture journalist Steven Ivory.

12:00pm

Tue November 8, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. Joins Hunt For Brutal Warlord In Africa

The Obama administration recently dispatched 100 special forces to Uganda to help pursue Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army. Throughout the last three decades, Kony and LRA fighters have been accused of torturing civilians and recruiting child soldiers. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer.

11:55am

Tue November 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Unhappiest Hospital Patients Are In New York City, Chicago And Florida

Not all hospital patients are alike. Some are harder to satisfy. Especially those who are admitted to hospitals in and around New York City, Chicago and parts of Florida.

Patients in those places gave some of the lowest evaluations of their hospital stays, Medicare data show. The surveys asked patients how well their doctors and nurses communicated, whether their pain was always handled welland whether their rooms were clean and quiet.

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11:09am

Tue November 8, 2011
The Salt

Mississippi Leads U.S. In Reliance On Food Stamps

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 2:06 pm

Garrett Grant works inside a store in the impoverished town of Glendora, Miss. Some 24 percent of Mississippians receive on government food assistance, the highest percentage in the country.
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The number of Americans who use food stamps is now close to 46 million, or 15 percent of the population. The government program that provides food stamps is formally known as SNAP, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And the number of people who depend on it to buy groceries has grown substantially, even since the recession was officially declared over, back in June of 2009.

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11:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Regional Coverage

Concussion series pt 2: How concussions affect children

Doctor Brian Reiger sees kids suffering from concussions every day. He’s Director of the Concussion and Sports Concussion Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. 

“A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or a jolt to the head,” said Dr. Reiger. “It disrupts the brains function.  In most cases, the brain looks normal and we see no evidence of injury but we know it’s been injured because it’s not working properly.”

Reiger says while there is no test that determine whether someone has a concussion, there are signs and symptoms.

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10:56am

Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Berlusconi Loses Majority In Key Vote

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 4:38 pm

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, holds the hand of Reforms Minister Umberto Bossi during a must-watched vote at the Lower Chamber, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
Andrew Medichini AP

Update at 2:26 p.m. ET. In a meeting with Italy's president, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered to resign after Parliament approved a budget filled with new austerity measures.

The Guardian reports that President Giorgio Napolitano broke the news in a statement that read in part:

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10:47am

Tue November 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Herman Cain's Kimmel Show Allred Joke Was Odd Crisis Management

Herman Cain definitely doesn't seem to have this crisis-management thing down yet.

He presumably went on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday evening to fight the latest charge of sexual misbehavior, this one from Sharon Bialek that he made a vulgar and unwanted sexual come-on to her in 1997 when she was seeking his help for reemployment at the National Restaurant Association.

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