12:25pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

How To Find Out If Your Doctor And Drugmakers Are In A Relationship

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There's a hoary bit of advice in journalism that still gets passed from old-school editors to newbies: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

So what about your doctor? The nonprofit investigative journalism outfit ProPublica has a tool you can use to see how much money your doctor has received from drug companies. ProPublica is kind enough to share it for all to use, so I've embedded it in this post. Have at it.

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Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career, "hired to write for every small paper in Washington, D.C., just as it was about to fold," saw that jink broken in 1984, when he came to NPR.

For more than a quarter-century, Mondello has reviewed movies and covered the arts for NPR News, seeing at least 250 films and 100 plays annually, then sharing critiques and commentaries about the most intriguing on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered. In 2005, he conceived and co-produced NPR's eight-part series "American Stages," exploring the history, reach, and accomplishments of the regional theater movement.

12:00pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Attorney General: How Sept. 11 Changed America

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Eric Holder. They discuss how the terrorist attacks have changed America and informed the way he does his job as the nation's top lawyer. He says Sept. 11 continues to be "chilling" and remains on his mind even when he goes to sleep.

12:00pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Attorney General Reflects On Sept. 11, 2001

After the terrorist attacks, the Bush administration set up a legal framework for national security such as surveillance tactics and treatment of terror suspects. Eric Holder became the U.S. Attorney General in 2009, and wanted to close Guantanamo Bay and try terror suspects in civilian courts rather than military courts. Holder speaks with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Fri September 9, 2011
NPR Story

'Shop Talk': Jobs Plan, 'Credible' Threat, GOP Debate

President Obama unveiled a new jobs plan to Congress Thursday. U.S. officials are looking into what they call a "credible" potential terrorist threat, coinciding with the Sept. 11 anniversary. And Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his debate debut during the GOP debate Wednesday. The Barbershop guys weigh in with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

American Jobs Act Holds Promise?

President Obama presented his jobs plan to Congress Thursday evening. It proposes tax cuts to businesses that hire new employees, reforms to the unemployment insurance system and investments in schools and infrastructure. Host Michel Martin discusses the plan with National Urban League President Marc Morial and small business owner Andy Shallal.

11:43am

Fri September 9, 2011
Movie Reviews

Battles For Survival, Small-Scale And Huge

Tommy (Tom Hardy, left) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) are battling brothers in Warrior — a domestic drama that feels surprisingly epic.
Chuck Zlotnick Lionsgate

Contagion is about a flu epidemic that causes millions of deaths, Warrior about sibling rivalry in a working-class family. The former is a disaster epic writ surprisingly small, the latter a domestic drama writ larger than you'd think. Both prove effective, both have intriguing structures; it's a good week for movie nuts.

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11:30am

Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Security Since Sept. 11: Worth The Cost?

A U.S. Capitol policeman performs a security sweep of the Capitol Dome and roof ahead of President Obama's speech to Congress on Thursday. The U.S. is spending more than $70 billion on homeland security this year, up from $20 billion a decade ago.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Is America safer today than it was a decade ago?

That question has been raised repeatedly in the discussions surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

But authors John Mueller and Mark S. Stewart feel it's the wrong question. They pose a different one: are the vast increases in security spending justified by the threat of future attacks?

U.S. spending on homeland security and domestic intelligence has consumed nearly a half-trillion dollars over the past decade. It was just over $20 billion in 2001, this year it will top $72 billion.

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11:25am

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: NFL's First Player Born In '90s Scores On 108-Yard Return

Because we all can use a quick break from the day's serious stories:

Not only did the Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb last night become the first guy born in the 1990s to play in an NFL regular season game, he also tied a league record when he ran a kickoff back 108 yards to score a touchdown.

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10:55am

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Fighter Pilots Were Prepared To Die On Sept. 11

An F-16 fighter jet.
Michael Williams Getty Images

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks draws closer, we're pointing to some of the stories being told about that day and the days since.

"We wouldn't be shooting it down. We'd be ramming the aircraft. ... I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot."

That's what Maj. Heather "Lucky" Penney tells The Washington Post in a remarkable story today.

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