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US-Russia Relations; Aging Parents; The Sports Gene

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

David Kramer, the president of Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S. – Russia relations since the Edward Snowden affair. Plus: a federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT is changing to an all-male facility; managing relationships between adult children and their older parents; and Sports Illustrated writer David Epstein on his new book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

What You Need To Know About Al-Qaeda Today

With this week's terror alerts bringing al-Qaeda back into the spotlight, Dina Temple-Raston, NPR Counterterrorism and National Security correspondent, discusses the state of the organization, and why Yemen continues to be a hotspot.

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The State of US-Russia Relations

This morning, President Obama canceled his Moscow one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid U.S. anger over Russia's asylum of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. David J. Kramer, president of the human-rights organization Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S.-Russia relations in light, post-Snowden, and the ongoing tension over the treatment of gays in that country.

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Danbury Women's Prison Turning to All-Male Facility

The Danbury women's prison in Connecticut will be turned into an all-male facility. Georgia Lerner, executive director of the Women's Prison Association explains the plan to relocate women to Alabama and other states, and what it would mean for the Northeast not to have a federal women's prison.

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China's New Rule for Mandatory Parent Visits

Bonnie Tsui, stories editor for The Atlantic, discusses the new Chinese law requiring adult children to visit their parents. Tsui talks about what this legislation tells us about the needs of a growing elderly population in the U.S., and takes your calls on how you manage a long-distance relationship with your parents.

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Bonnie Tsui, stories editor for The Atlantic, discusses the new Chinese law requiring adult children to visit their parents. Tsui talks about what this legislation tells us about the needs of a growing elderly population in the US, and takes your calls on how you manage a long-distance relationship with your parents.

 

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Having the Sports Gene

David Epstein, senior writer at Sports Illustrated and author of the new book, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, discusses the science behind the idea that athleticism is in your genes.

EVENT: David Epstein reads from and discusses his book at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan on Thursday, August 8 at an event hosted by Gelf Magazine

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Southpaw Struggles

We all know about scissors, smudge marks, and those awkward desks -- but what makes life in the 21st century hard for left-handed people? Chris McManus, professor of psychology and medical education at the University College London and the author of Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures, talks about the history of lefties, the science behind it and the modern-day inconveniences southpaws face.

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