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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.

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Not So Offal: Why Bone Soup, A 'Perfect Food,' Tastes So Meaty

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After a taste of Singaporean sup tulang, we felt compelled to unpack what makes marrow so profoundly delicious. A biochemist says its unique combination of volatile compounds create a wallop of umami.

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Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Socializing topped the list of stress reducers for those dealing with a great deal of stress, according to an NPR poll. Prayer, meditation, exercise and playing with pets were also common responses.

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Nepalis Treat This Peace Corps Volunteer Like Justin Bieber

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

And that's not necessarily a good thing. Our blogger reveals the darkly funny side of being a local celebrity who's trying (and not always succeeding) to improve health, nutrition and income.

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Death, Sex And A Glimmer Of Hope: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How does a town cope with Ebola? One man tries to honor his mother's burial wishes, despite objections. People are afraid to touch. Despite the gloom, there's a hopeful note: Five patients are cured.

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Morning Edition

West African Villagers Fear Ebola Will Escape From The Grave

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Since the outbreak began last March, more than 600 people have died. This mounting death toll is presenting families and health authorities with a grim new problem: What do you do with the bodies?

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Morning Edition

Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Being the parent of a teenager can be uniquely stressful even in the best of times. But seeking advice from other parents can help, as can spending one-on-one time with that button-pushing kid.

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Morning Edition

Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.

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The Takeaway

Report Shows Disturbing Findings at CDC

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An new investigation led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises new questions about the culture of safety in government laboratories.The USDA found anthrax stored in unlocked refrigerators, and missing containers of anthrax that had to be tracked down by the inspectors.

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New Tech City

Treating Bipolar with a Microphone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amber Smith is bipolar. Her mood swings are dangerous. But she's testing new technology that could spot trouble early by detecting patterns in the sound of her voice.

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Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Deaths from stroke are dropping too, a study suggests. But don't celebrate just yet. Diabetes, a big risk factor for these "brain attacks," is still on the rise.

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What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's not easy to scan a baby brain, so scientists used a kind of scanner that lets the infants wiggle at will. They could see how speech sounds activate motor regions in babies' brains.

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WNYC News

Uncertain Fate for Children Covered by CHIP

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nearly a half million of New York's low-income children stand to lose their federally-funded health coverage, unless Congress re-authorizes the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, a longstanding insurance program that is set to expire.

Some of those covered by CHIP could instead get coverage from Medicaid, according to Joan ...

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Why A Village Leader Ordered The Rape Of A 14-Year-Old In India

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rape is illegal in India. But history and tradition make it hard to enforce the law. And in remote parts, rape of a female relative is still considered fair punishment for a man's crimes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The CEO Sleep Experiment

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Have you ever set an alarm clock to remind you to go to sleep? Arianna Huffington has. She joins WNYC's Laura Walker and other top managers to talk about how some of NYC's most bleary-eyed CEO's are taking the WNYC Clock Your Sleep challenge.

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Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Camu camu will soon dethrone açai — an Amazonian berry that's made its mark in the crowded health food market. Or so its promoters are claiming. We asked NPR's Brazil bureau to investigate.

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Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.

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No School, No Handshakes: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NPR's Jason Beaubien is covering the outbreak that began in March and is still going strong. En route to the burial of a 70-year-old Ebola victim, he talked about the impact on the town of Kailahun.

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Morning Edition

When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Drones, Crime, and Sleepy CEOs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What happens when corporate and nonprofit executives actively encourage their employees to get more rest? Four CEOs who launched an experiment after WNYC's "Clock Your Sleep" Project share their results so far. Plus: Tracking Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's money; an update on Israel and Palestine; the legality of flying drones in New York City; and assessing Mayor de Blasio on crime six months into his administration.