1:06pm

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Typhoon Roke Lashes Japan With 100 MPH Winds

Typhoon Roke made landfall early this morning, bringing 100 mph winds to central Japan and moving northeast to an area already devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck in March.

Reuters reports on the typhoon's impact:

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1:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
U.S.

Troy Davis Case Renews Death Penalty Debate

The state of Georgia is scheduled to execute Troy Davis on Wednesday, two decades after he was sentenced to death for killing police officer Mark MacPhail. The high-profile case has rekindled the debate over the death penalty in the United States.

1:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Maria Bello Leads 'Prime Suspect' To The US

Critics laud the British crime series Prime Suspect for paving the way for smart television roles for women. NBC's remake stars Maria Bello as the strong-willed detective Jame Timony. Bello talks about her role and what she hopes the remake will bring to American audiences.

1:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Politics

Pa. Republicans Weigh New Electoral College Plan

Some Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature have proposed changing how the state allocates its Electoral College votes. Critics argue the plan would benefit GOP candidates. NPR's Ken Rudin and political scientist Terry Madonna discuss the proposal and its implications.

12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Music

A Surprising Trip Through Bluegrass Country

Bill Monroe a legend of bluegrass music, which has been played on porches and in homes for generations. He would have been 100 years old this year. On the anniversary of his birth, writer Jason Cherkis journeyed through Kentucky to see how the musical genre has continued to evolve. He chronicles his trip in this week's Washington Post Magazine. He speaks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Author Interviews

Michael Jackson ... Through His Brother's Eyes

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:28 pm

In the 1960s, five brothers — from a family of nine children — formed a music group in their living room in Gary, Ind. Their voices soon gained world stardom with songs such as "ABC," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "Boogie Man" and "I'll Be There." They were the Jackson 5: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson.

Their lives took different directions, but many of them stayed in the entertainment business. They pursued solo music careers, ran record companies and produced television series.

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12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Film Sheds Light On Hate Crimes, Sparks Community Action

In 2008, seven white teens killed an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in Patchogue, New York for 13 years. The tragedy unearthed prolonged violence against Latinos in that town. Community members then came together to address immigration, hate crimes and safety. This is captured in the documentary 'Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness.' Director Patrice O'Neill speaks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Wed September 21, 2011
NPR Story

Jobs Take Focus At CBC Legislative Conference

The annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus kicks off Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Michel Martin speaks with CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) about African-Americans' 16.7 percent unemployment rate and why the CBC has not been more aggressive in criticizing President Obama.

11:58am

Wed September 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

How You Might Turn Your Health Cost Story Into A Little Cash

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Well, there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.

Not to be outdone by health care inflation itself, this year's contest sponsored by the nonprofit group Costs of Care is awarding four prizes, up from two last year.

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11:06am

Wed September 21, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

For Obese, Intimate Lives Often Suffer

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:02 pm

In the CBS series Mike & Molly, Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy) and Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) portray a healthy intimate relationship. While many obese people lead happy and healthy sex lives, therapists are seeing more obese people who say their intimate lives are suffering because of their weight.
Richard Cartwright AP/CBS

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America

It's well known that obesity can lead to a lot of health problems, but what's rarely talked about is the impact on people's sexual health. As the obesity rate has soared in the U.S., more and more marriage and family therapists are getting questions from obese clients about problems in the bedroom.

It's an issue that Dana Englehardt and her husband, Larry Boynton, of Belmont, Calif., know well.

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