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Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playgrounds are much safer and calmer in today's age of concerned parents and lawsuit-fearing school districts, and when kids want to play outside their options are sometimes limited. Architect David Rockwell weighs in on the future of playgrounds. 

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Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

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Morning Edition

California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Dangers in The Sky, A Mysterious Death, and The Future of Play

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1. When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly | 2. Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko? | 3. Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets | 4. Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

The Brian Lehrer Show

Mixed Rulings on the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Within hours yesterday, two circuit courts ruled in opposite directions on the legality of health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. We discuss which ruling will have the most lasting impact, and how Obamacare is doing in general with Sarah Kliff, senior editor at Vox.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Battling Over Your Health

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two separate courts issued opposing rulings on the Affordable Care Act yesterday. We figure out which one will stick. Plus: The debate over the HIV drug Truvada; exposing those ubiquitous charity donations bins that aren't run by charities; and discussing your favorite neighborhood celebrities.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Cheating Teachers and Failing Hospitals

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv investigates a widespread, long-term culture of cheating among educators in Atlanta’s public-school district—and the pressure that test score targets put on schools. Director Adam Kahan discusses his documentary about the one-of-a-kind instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Edan Lepucki talks about her debut novel, California, which imagines a frighteningly realistic dystopian future. Plus, we’ll examine the distressed healthcare system in Brooklyn and find out why so many of the borough’s hospitals are struggling.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Can Anything Resuscitate Brooklyn’s Ailing Hospitals?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Long Island College Hospital was closed this year, emergency funding has kept Interfaith from closing, and a 2011 state report has identified at least three other Brooklyn hospitals on the brink of financial collapse.

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Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The recall applies to "certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots" from a California packing company, the FDA says.

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WNYC News

Court Decisions on Health Care Law Could Ripple in NJ

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Garden State is among states that declined to create an exchange, forcing the federal government to do it, and exposing it to court actions against Obamacare.

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All Things Considered

Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions.

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All Things Considered

Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One U.S. appeals court panel tossed out federal subsidies for low-income insurance buyers, while another three-judge panel affirmed them. The issue has the potential to gut the health care overhaul.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's a lot of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.

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All Things Considered

Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The largest outbreak in history is giving birth to what may be the largest outbreak of Ebola rumors. It's a curse! It's carried by mosquitoes. Or ... a snake. Here's a look at what people are saying.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We Hang on to Too Much Stuff – and How to Stop

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and that can be a problem. The psychology behind why it’s hard (but often necessary) to let go of our excess things.

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How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

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The Takeaway

Within Hours, Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Obamacare

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A federal appeals court issued a huge blow to the Affordable Care Act by invalidating insurance subsidies in 36 states. Then a different circuit offered its own decision, upholding the Obama subsidies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Balm

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Can you handle the heat? On Tuesday's show, we devoted much of the show to a mini-series of conversations around the theme of HEAT. Listen and download the full special above, or individual segments below.

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Morning Edition

Federal Court Throws Out Health Care Subsidies In 36 States

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges.

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