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Do You Not Get Pleasure From Music? Maybe You Have Musical Anhedonia

Monday, March 17, 2014

A recent study shows that some people don’t feel any emotional response when listening to music. We find out why music might not have an impact on some brains.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

On the Father of the Sandy Hook Killer; Life in a Cape Town Township; Poverty in America; How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Monday, March 17, 2014

On today’s show: New Yorker contributor Andrew Solomon talks about his conversations with Peter Lanza, father of Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Harper’s contributor Justine van der Leun tells us about spending two years getting to know the people living in a township outside Cape Town, South Africa. For our new series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Sasha Abramsky and Chris Wimer talk about about how we have defined poverty over time. And Mohsin Hamid discusses his novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

All Things Considered

Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

With tablet technology still relatively new, pediatricians are trying to understand how interactive media affects children.

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Wife And Mother: 'You'd Never Suspect My Junkie Past'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I feel no shame when I say I'm a recovering addict. The battle has made me a warrior. As someone lucky to have survived, I want to tell others not to give up.

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Inside The Barely Legal World Of Designer Drugs

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Designer drugs are altered at the molecular level to mimic illegal drugs, while staying inside the law. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with author Mike Power about how these drugs are made and sold.

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All Things Considered

When Loved Ones Go Missing, Ambiguity Can Hold Grief Captive

Saturday, March 15, 2014

As families of those on the missing jetliner struggle to get answers, one grief counselor says moving forward requires accepting the unknown. But right now, she says, they're in survival mode.

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Gay Couples Entitled To Equal Family Health Coverage, Fed Says

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Insurers must give spouses in same-sex marriages identical coverage offered to those in traditional marriages, the government says. The rule applies to all married couples, no matter where they live.

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House Passes Payment Fix For Medicare Docs, But At What Cost?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A bipartisan compromise years in the making came apart this week when House GOP leaders inserted into a Medicare bill language that would delay part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Looks like the old adage about when it's safe to eat dropped foods may actually be effective for wet, sticky stuff like candies. For carpet-dusted snacks, you can take your sweet time, a study finds.

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Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover

Friday, March 14, 2014

If mom can't nudge kids to eat veggies, Maybe Disney teen stars will be more effective. Increasingly, companies are marketing healthy food to kids. Turns out, it's good for their bottom line, too.

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All Things Considered

Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug.

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The Takeaway

Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Friday, March 14, 2014

As science enables humans in today's world to live longer, how do we assess the value of years we weren't otherwise prepared to live out?

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Can Congress Put An End To Annual Medicare Payment Ritual?

Friday, March 14, 2014

House Republicans passed a bill that would change Medicare's pay formula for doctors. To fund it, the measure would delay penalties for people who don't buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

Friday, March 14, 2014

The more fast food you encounter where you live and work, the likelier you are to be obese, research shows. That suggests policies limiting fast-food outlets in neighborhoods may be onto something.

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TED Radio Hour

What If Our Health Care System Kept Us Healthy?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Health advocate Rebecca Onie describes how our health care system can be restructured to prevent — and not just treat — illness.

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Young Women Increasingly Turn To ADHD Drugs

Friday, March 14, 2014

Teenage boys are still the primary users of stimulant medications to treat ADHD, but increased use by adults, particularly young women, has fueled a 36 percent rise in prescriptions in five years.

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New Jersey News

Deductibles, Co-Pays & Costs, Oh My!

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's not just the glitchy federal website. In New Jersey, the Affordable Care Act has left workers struggling over complicated choices.

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The Takeaway

Can Obama Get Young People to Enroll in the ACA? | Inside the Paralympics: Ice Sled Hockey | Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Collides With Domestic Politics in the U.S. | Is Venezuela on The Road to Civil War? | As Deadline Looms, Can Obama Get Young People to Enroll in the ACA? | Rapper 'PI Diddy' Looks to Make Math Fun | U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Ready to Take Home Gold | New Movie Releases of The Week | Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Morning Edition

States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Congress planned to shave $8.6 billion from the food stamps program by closing a loophole, cutting benefits to 850,000 households. But it left states an out to avoid the cuts, and many are taking it.

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WNYC News

Should City Hospitals' Dialysis Be Privatized?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Outgoing hospitals' chief says there may be no choice.

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