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1:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
NPR Story

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Epilepsy'

Humans have long suffered from epilepsy, the neurological disorder hallmarked by sudden seizures. Medical historian Howard Markel discusses the condition's names through the millenia, from the "sacred disease" of ancient texts to its description as "the falling sickness" in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

1:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
NPR Story

The Real Virologist Behind "Contagion"

In the new movie "Contagion" virologist W. Ian Lipkin served as both a technical advisor for the film, and as the inspiration for one of its main characters (a virus hunter named "Ian"). Lipkin discusses his role in the film and his own work identifying real-life viruses.

1:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Movies

David Attenborough Takes Wing With Pterosaurs

David Attenborough has produced dozens of shows and books about how plants and animals live. But his latest, Flying Monsters 3D, takes a look at creatures that have been extinct for around 65 million years--pterosaurs, or flying reptiles--and examines why they may have evolved to fly.

1:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Space

Physicist Lisa Randall On Cosmology And The LHC

Harvard physicist Lisa Randall talks about her new book, Knocking On Heaven's Door, an examination of the latest findings in cosmology and the history of scientific thought, and discusses a report that suggests neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light.

1:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Humans

Living In A Geodesic Dome Home

Kevin Shea is a retired New York City firefighter with an unorthodox home. He lives in a 93,000 cubic-foot-geodesic dome, equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a geothermal system. The home is on the grid, but outside the box.

1:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Space

China Launches A Space Laboratory

China launched an experimental spacecraft from the Gobi desert this week. The unmanned Tiangong-1 (which means "Heavenly Palace-1") is expected to orbit Earth for two years. Journalist Miles O'Brien discusses planned docking missions for the craft and China's space program.

12:53pm

Fri September 30, 2011
It's All Politics

Florida's Move Means Primaries, Like Holiday Season, Start Ever Earlier

The decision by Florida's Republican officials to move the state's presidential primary into January from March will have a range of effects, some foreseeable, some not.

By advancing its primary date to Jan. 31, Florida makes it virtually certain the four traditional early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — will now move their caucuses and primaries to earlier in January to maintain their status as the earliest contests.

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12:26pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

University Of New Hampshire Reverses Course On Ban Of Energy Drinks

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 9:11 am

A can of Red Bull, cracked and ready for consumption, on a table at the student union building at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Holly Ramer AP

In New Hampshire, where the state motto is "Live Free Or Die," college students don't take kindly to restrictions on their energy drinks.

After the food services folks at the University of New Hampshire moved to ban energy drinks as part of the school's drive to become the "healthiest campus community in the country by 2020," the president stepped in to reverse the decision.

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12:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Remembrances

'Mother Of Hip-Hop' Dies At Age 75

Sylvia Robinson passed away Thursday. She was a notable producer at a time when few women were. She assembled the music group the Sugarhill Gang and released the 1979 hit, 'Rapper's Delight.' It was the first rap song to become a commercial success. Robinson also signed the famed band, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Michel Martin reflects on Robinson's life, legacy and music.

12:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Barbershop

Barbershop: Reactions To American-Born Terrorist's Death

Al Qaeda outpost leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in Yemen. The trial of Michael Jackson's physician began this week and testimony has intensified. Also, the Obama administration is hosting special events to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Weighing in are the Barbershop Guys: author Jimi Izrael, attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, columnist Ruben Navarrette and editor Kevin Williamson.

12:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Politics

For Obama, Strained Relationship With Blacks, Hispanics?

President Obama recently said "stop complaining" in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, and faced tough questions from Latino journalists about the lack of progress on comprehensive immigration reform. Meanwhile, GOP presidential candidates are confronting doubts and dissent within their own ranks. Michel Martin discusses the latest politics with journalism professor Cynthia Tucker, U.S. News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary and Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar.

12:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Presidential Race

In GOP White House Bid, Who's The Real Front Runner?

Michel Martin continues the political chat with journalism professor Cynthia Tucker, U.S. News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary and Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar. They discuss whether Latinos will prove to be a swing voting bloc in 2012, and whether Herman Cain can sustain his momentum in the Republican presidential race.

12:00pm

Fri September 30, 2011
Music Interviews

'Father Of Modern Gospel' Shares His 'Journey'

Throughout his 50-year career, Andrae Crouch has released 18 albums, earned eight Grammy Awards and worked with Michael Jackson, Elton John and Madonna. He speaks with Michel Martin about his latest album, 'The Journey,' and the enduring power of gospel.

11:59am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Ron Paul Condemns Al-Awlaki's Killing

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
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GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul had some tough words for President Obama over what he said was the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki.

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11:49am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Salt

Vilsack: Not Done With Potatoes And School Lunch

Would your kids eat potatoes if they looked like this?
Robyn Mackenzie iStockphoto.com

Recently, The Salt had a chance to chat with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He's held the top post at USDA since January 2009. As a former Iowa governor, he knows a thing or two about farm country and he's been open about his struggles with weight.

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11:45am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Bank Of America Is 'Sticking It' To Customers, Senator Says

A customer uses a Bank of America ATM in Los Angeles. The bank plans to start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers who use their debit card for purchases starting early in 2012. ATM transactions would still be free.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

There's no doubt how the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate feels about Bank of America's plan to charge most of its debit card users $5 a month if they use the cards to make purchases. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has issued a statement that reads, in part:

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11:25am

Fri September 30, 2011
National Security

Awlaki: From San Diego Cleric To Wanted Terrorist

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 6:13 pm

U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years.
Anonymous AP

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, educated in Colorado and spent years as a cleric in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C. But in the past several years, he became a master al-Qaida propagandist whose sermons inspired jihadists worldwide before his death Friday by a U.S. missile on a desert road in northern Yemen.

Awlaki's journey from a childhood in Las Cruces, N.M., to the Arabian Peninsula placed him in the cross hairs of U.S. intelligence after he was linked to the failed "underwear bomber," the Fort Hood shooter and the foiled plot to bomb New York's Times Square.

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10:25am

Fri September 30, 2011
Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years

Facebook Fans Share Their Plans For Retirement

NPR's Facebook fans weigh in on how (and whether) they plan to retire.
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How are you preparing for retirement? If you're already retired, what kind of changes have you had to make? Do you think you'll ever be able to afford to retire?

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10:10am

Fri September 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Drug Reverses Effects Of Toxic Wild Mushrooms

Poisonous mushrooms in the Amanita genus have been sprouting up all over the East Coast thanks to the recent wet weather.
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Maybe it's something about this funky, rainy weather that has people chowing down on strange mushrooms. Regardless, for unlucky foragers who have consumed a poisonous mushroom, a drug still in clinical trials may avert potentially deadly consequences.

Doctors at Georgetown University Hospital have treated four people in the last month with the experimental drug silibinin after they ate toxic mushrooms picked in Virginia and Maryland. The first two men to check in for poisoning have recovered.

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10:05am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Red Sox And Manager Francona Are Parting Ways

"The Boston Red Sox and manager Terry Francona "have decided to part ways after eight seasons and two World Series titles," Sports Illustrated is reporting.

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8:54am

Fri September 30, 2011
Middle East

American Cleric Killed By U.S. Airstrike In Yemen

David Greene talks to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about reports of the death of Anwar al-Awaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida's arm in Yemen.

8:45am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Personal Income Slipped In August, Consumer Spending Basically Flat

There was a 0.1 percent dip in personal income in August vs. July, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported. The Associated Press says that's the "poorest showing since a similar 0.1 percent drop in October 2009."

In addition, "disposable personal income" actually fell 0.3 percent after inflation.

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8:10am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

NBA Star Kobe Bryant To Play In Italy, Club Owner Says

If hoops fans need any more evidence that the NBA lockout means there likely won't be any games anytime soon, here it is:

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7:55am

Fri September 30, 2011
NPR Story

Details Emerge After Reports Of Awlaki's Death

Yemeni officials are saying Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida's arm in Yemen, was killed while traveling between two provinces in Yemen. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about reports of the death of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida's arm in Yemen.

7:35am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Al-Awlaki, Immigration, 'Operation Twist'

Good morning.

The top story so far, as we've been reporting, is that authorities in Yemen say U.S.-born anti-American al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is dead. We'll keep following that story as it develops.

Other top stories:

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7:22am

Fri September 30, 2011
Strange News

'Onion' Takes Heat From D.C. Police For Hostage Story

The satirical newspaper The Onion is in trouble with the U.S. Capitol Police. The Onion reported gunshots at the capitol Thursday, saying Congressional leaders took schoolchildren hostage and demanding $12 trillion in cash. Police felt obliged to issue a denial. A spokesman says, "There is no credibility" to the stories in the fake newspaper.

7:15am

Fri September 30, 2011
Strange News

Casino Offers Plastic Surgery Sweepstakes

Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal is offering a new kind of shopping spree. One lucky winner will get $25,000 to spend on plastic surgery. Reaching for humor, the Taj announced that its "Nip, Tuck and Lift" sweepstakes will "change the face" of casino promotions. The winner can get lyposuction, a facelift — or take the cash instead.

6:15am

Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Al-Awlaki, U.S.-Born Cleric Linked To Al-Qaida, Is Dead, U.S. And Yemen Say

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 7:39 pm

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

6:04am

Fri September 30, 2011
Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years

What Is Retirement, Anyway?

Planning for retirement isn't just about mutual funds, 401(k)s and reverse mortgages anymore. With the traditional notions of retirement changing, figuring out how to spend our later years requires a different approach.

4:06am

Fri September 30, 2011
Around the Nation

In Wood Pulp Country, A New Plan For Conservation

Roxanne Quimby, here with Millinocket Lake guide Matt Polstein, wants to donate 70,000 acres of land to the National Park Service along with an endowment to manage what would be a national park in Maine's North Woods.
Susan Sharon for NPR

For more than a decade, there's been talk of creating a new national park in the heart of the Maine woods. Most locals were opposed from the start, but as the economy here changes, opposition is softening.

For generations, Maine's North Woods have provided pulp for the state's paper mills and created plenty of good jobs in an area with little other economic activity. But now the paper industry is struggling and a mill job is no longer a guarantee.

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