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4:59pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Law

Justices Weigh IVF Technology Against 1939 Law

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:19 pm

Justices heard arguments Monday in a case that attempts to reconcile modern in vitro fertilization technology with a 1939 law.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case testing whether children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent are eligible for Social Security survivors benefits.

The case before the court began in 2001 when Robert Capato was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Before beginning treatments, he deposited sperm at a fertility clinic, and after he died, his wife, Karen, carried out the couple's plan to conceive using Robert's sperm.

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4:58pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Care In America: Follow The Money

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 9:25 pm

Julia Ro / NPR

The Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act next week, and NPR will be exploring the questions surrounding health care in America beforehand. Many of the publicly debated issues in the act hinge on money. How much is spent on our health? Who spends it? How?

Some know how much we pay for our own medical care, but many aren't aware of how immense an industry health care is in the U.S. Our trips to the doctor employ a lot of people, and our schools play an important role in preparing those people to take care of us.

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4:06pm

Mon March 19, 2012
All Tech Considered

Flush With Cash, Apple's Gains Show Few Signs Of Slowing

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:39 pm

Customers talk with Apple employees, in blue, inside a San Francisco Apple store on Friday, the first day of the launch of the new iPad.
Paul Sakuma AP

At the end of 2011, Apple had a very enviable problem. It's not too many companies that have more cash than they know what to do with, and for the electronics giant, that amounted to nearly $100 billion burning a hole in its pocket.

So it certainly pleased current and potential investors when Apple announced that, for the first time since the mid-1990s, the company will start paying a dividend.

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3:41pm

Mon March 19, 2012
All Tech Considered

Digital Technologies Give Dying Languages New Life

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 8:45 pm

In an undated photo, members of the Siletz tribe gather for the Siletz Feather Dance in Newport, Ore. The tribe is using digital tools to help preserve its native language.
Courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

There are some 7,000 spoken languages in the world, and linguists project that as many as half may disappear by the end of the century. That works out to one language going extinct about every two weeks. Now, digital technology is coming to the rescue of some of those ancient tongues.

Members of the Native American Siletz tribe in Oregon say their native language, also called "Siletz," "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Siletz Tribal Council Vice Chairman Bud Lane is one of them.

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3:40pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

One Nation, Two Health Care Extremes

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 10:59 am

A patient waits for a room to open up in the emergency room of Houston's Ben Taub General Hospital on July 27, 2009. Nationwide, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

The U.S. spent $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010 — more than the entire economy of France or Britain. But the amount spent and how it's used varies from state to state.

And no two states are more different than Texas and Massachusetts. At 25 percent, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation. Massachusetts, where a 2006 law made coverage mandatory, has the lowest rate — fewer than 2 percent of people are uninsured.

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3:30pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Brilliant Idea: More Than 80,000 Of Einstein's Documents Going Online

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 12:04 am

A detail from what is thought to be one of only three existing manuscripts containing Einstein's most famous formula about the relationship between energy, mass and the speed of light — in his handwriting.
Sean Carberry NPR

More than 80,000 of Albert Einstein's papers, including his most famous formula — E=mc² — and letters to and from his former mistresses, are going online at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says on All Things Considered, "what the trove uncovers is a picture of complex man who was concerned about the human condition" as well as the mysteries of science.

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3:07pm

Mon March 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan Stokes New Medicare Fight, This Time In Election Year

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

It seems like only yesterday when House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin introduced a federal budget that would change Medicare as we know it.

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2:56pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Salt

Meat Substitute Market Beefs Up

Meat substitutes like seitan made from wheat gluten are becoming more palatable.
Richard Waller iStockphoto.com

When Michael Weber gave up animal products in 2003, the packaged food industry didn't have much to sell him.

"That early vegan food was either really hippy-ish or really processed," Weber tells The Salt. "It wasn't that high quality."

Nowadays, a stroll through a grocery store might just lead you to a freezer or cooler jammed with dozens of flavors of veggie burgers, meatless buffalo wings, dairy-free cheese and ice cream, and maple bacon tempeh.

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2:37pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Kids Exposed To Meth In Womb Can Struggle With Behavior Problems

Children exposed to meth may have more problems with anxiety and depression.
iStockphoto.com

Children who are exposed to methamphetamine before birth can have behavior problems as young as age 3, a new study finds. But those problems are manageable, the researchers say, especially if the children and their parents get help early on.

"These kids are not cracked and broken," says Linda LaGasse, an associate professor of pediatrics and Brown University Medical School, and lead author of the study. "But they do have problems that are worthy of note."

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2:37pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Zieti: Music As An Act Of Resistance

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 11:24 am

Zieti member Tiende Djos Laurent with drum.
Courtesy of the artist

From its start in the late '90s, Zieti faced tough odds. Arranging gigs in Abidjan, Ivory Coast was a high-risk, do-it-yourself affair for the band. And that was before the country underwent a military coup, a rigged election and a brush with civil war. Zemelewa was recorded by 15 musicians in four studios on two continents. For all that, you can sense the band's solidarity, as if merely making this record was an act of resistance.

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2:29pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

As Pope Visit Nears, Cuba Detains Dissidents, Mexican Cartel Calls For Truce

In this Feb. 29, 2012 photo, people riding on a bus pass a banner of Pope Benedict XVI on the wall of a church in Leon, Mexico.
Dario Lopez-Mills AP

Pope Benedict XVI is set to begin his tour to Mexico and Cuba on Friday. It will mark the pope's first visit to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.

With his visit, there have been two interesting developments:

-- First comes news that over the weekend, the Knights Templars Cartel in Mexico called for a temporary halt in the violence while the pope is in town.

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1:45pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Ahead Of Another 'Key' Primary, Romney Leads Illinois Polls

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Springfield, Ill., today.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

This week the action in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is in Illinois, which holds its primary Tuesday.

In advance of that contest, Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey that it says shows "Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory." It has the former Massachusetts governor ahead of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 45 percent to 30 percent (with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul trailing far behind).

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1:39pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Middle East

New Sanction Severely Limits Iran's Global Commerce

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 3:16 pm

Iran has been denied access to the worldwide messaging system used to arrange money transfers, a move that is expected to affect Iran's oil exports and economy. The South Pars gas field in Assalouyeh, Iran, is shown here in 2010.
Vahid Salemi AP

Iran has faced international sanctions for more than three decades, which have hurt, but never crippled its economy.

Now, a new move by a relatively obscure financial institution in Europe could make it much more difficult for Iran to do basic things crucial to its economy, such as selling oil and obtaining hard currency.

As of Saturday, many Iranian banks, including the Central Bank, have been refused access to a worldwide financial messaging system that's used to arrange transfers of money.

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1:05pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Peyton Manning Headed To The Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning, who may soon trade that Colts blue for Broncos red.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Peyton Manning, one of the two or three best quarterbacks in recent years and one of the greatest ever, is close to signing a contract to play for the NFL's Denver Broncos, according to multiple reports.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter say the deal is done "barring a snag during intensified contract negotiations" between the team and Manning's agent, Tom Condon. They cite "multiple sources."

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1:03pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Europe

Young Russian Politician Fights From The Bottom Up

Maxim Motin, 28, was elected to a municipal council in Pechatniki, his working class district in Moscow.
Martha Wexler NPR

Russians continue to take to the streets to air their grievances against the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. But now, after Putin's election this month to a six-year term as president, the crowds number only in the hundreds — not the tens of thousands that turned out before the vote.

In the words of writer Boris Akunin, a popular speaker at the earlier rallies: "The civic movement has entered a new phase. The first phase, romantic and euphoric, is over."

Now is the time, Akunin says, for power to develop from the bottom up.

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1:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
History

Women Once Again In Crossfire Of Culture Wars

In recent months, a swarm of controversies have erupted over issues of women's health — from the split in the Catholic church over employer coverage of contraceptives to the proposed ultrasound laws in Virginia and Texas to the uproar over funding for Planned Parenthood.

1:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Opinion

Op-Ed: Shooting Of Black Teen Reveals 'Blindness'

Three weeks after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, no arrests have been made in what critics are calling a case of racial profiling. Columnist Leonard Pitts says the incident exposes society's "blindness" to African-Americans.

1:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Law

How Do You Define A Hate Crime?

Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi could face 10 years in prison and deportation to his native India after being convicted of bias intimidation. Ravi used a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having an intimate encounter with another man. Clementi killed himself several days later.

12:57pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Winter's Last Stand: Arizona Is Pummeled By Snow

While most of the country has been enjoying spring-like temperatures for weeks now, parts of Arizona got a pretty significant visit from a waning winter: CNN reports that "the city of Flagstaff is still digging out of 10 to 14 inches of snow from the weekend, which prompted school closings in the city for Monday. The city of Prescott received 8 to 12 inches."

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12:04pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Blurring The Line Between Life And Death

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:24 pm

Doctors perform a kidney transplant operation in Spain in 2010.
Xurxo Lobato Cover/Getty Images

Dick Teresi wanted to write about how science determines the point between life and death. After a decade of research, Teresi says he still doesn't know what death is, but that the breadth of his ignorance has been widely expanded. Teresi's findings have been published in his new book, The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers — How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death.

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12:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Law

In Rutgers Verdict, Even Judge Found "Muddled" Law

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 11:57 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a few minutes, we are going to hear about this year's offerings at the Israel Film Festival, which is being held in Los Angeles. There seems to be something for just about every taste, from political dramas to romantic comedies to documentaries. We'll hear from the founder of the festival, which is in its 26th year, in just a few minutes.

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12:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
News

Retraction: This American Life Audio

Last month, Tell Me More used audio of storyteller Mike Daisey, who had been featured in a public radio story on the show This American Life. Last Friday, This American Life host Ira Glass retracted the story, saying it "contained numerous fabrications." Host Michel Martin notes the use of part of the retracted story on Tell Me More.

12:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Movies

From Israel: Politics And Romance At The Movies

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you like your TV programs with complex characters, tightly written scripts with one foot firmly planted in the real world, then you are probably a fan of "Homeland."

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEVISION SERIES, "HOMELAND")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Unintelligible) at 2300, two (unintelligible) black hawk (unintelligible) lit the target with over 8,000 rounds.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: During the sweep, one of the deltas found something else.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3 ACTOR: I'm an American.

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12:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Health

Raising Voices Against HIV On The Reservation

The Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico has seen a rise in the number of new HIV cases among Navajo in the last decade. Some Navajo say that talking about HIV means wishing it upon the people. Host Michel Martin speaks with The Navajo AIDS Network's Melvin Harrison and Dr. Jonathan Iralu, who works at the Medical Center.

12:00pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Politics

Candidates Find New Battleground In Illinois

After Mitt Romney's weekend victory in Puerto Rico, Republican presidential candidates are setting their sights on Illinois. Also in that state, congressional primary battles are heating up. Host Michel Martin speaks with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington, and Washington Post political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson.

11:12am

Mon March 19, 2012
Europe

Russian Court Case Underscores Corruption Concerns

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 2:51 pm

Russian Businessman Alexei Kozlov had spent two years in jail after being convicted of fraud. He was released in September after the Supreme Court overturned the verdict but was retried and sentenced to five years in prison on Mach 15. His case has been embraced by anti-Kremlin protesters.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

A high-profile court case in Moscow has again put the spotlight on Russia's judiciary — an issue that opposition protesters often cite as one reason they've taken to the streets.

The Presnenski District Court handed down a five-year prison sentence last Thursday to prominent businessman Alexei Kozlov on charges of fraud and money laundering. The case has attracted wide attention as it has worked its way through Russia's court system for four years. Kozlov was accused of wrongdoing by his former business partner, Vladimir Slutzker, a wealthy ex-member of the Russian Senate.

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10:35am

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Kate Speaks; Duchess Gives First Public Speech

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge during her speech today at a children's hospice in Ipswich, England.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

This one's for all you royal watchers and fans of The King's Speech.

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10:10am

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Teams That Could Be This Year's George Mason

D.J. Cooper of the Ohio Bobcats during Sunday's victory over South Florida, in Nashville.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

There's somebody like him in every workplace.

The know-it-all who just has to show how smart he is about the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

So, if you're like us and don't have a lot of time to pay attention to March Madness, might we suggest a proactive approach now that the field is down to the "Sweet 16?"

Pick one of these teams — North Carolina State, Ohio or Xavier.

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9:25am

Mon March 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Monday Political Grab Bag: Romney Wins In PR; Race Heads To Illinois

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 12:45 pm

Mitt Romney at Charlie Parker's Diner in Springfield, IL, March 19, 2012.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary Sunday, adding the commonwealth's 20 delegates to his commanding lead over the other candidates as they compete to reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination. Rick Santorum hurt himself with the island's voters by saying English had to become its official language before it could achieve statehood.

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9:10am

Mon March 19, 2012

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