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Transgender Man Leads 'Men's Health' Cover Model Contest

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aydian Dowling is leading the popular vote by a landslide in the magazine's annual "Ultimate Guy" contest. If he wins the judges' round, he'd be the first trans man ever on the magazine's cover.

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WNYC News

Stringer: City Shelters Harming Animals

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Although some long-term management problems have been fixed, the City Comptroller finds municipal shelters still rife with poor record-keeping — and ripe with odors.

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All Things Considered

Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Michelle L'Heureux was among the hundreds injured during the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Then she was just a spectator. Now, she's readying to run the marathon for the first time.

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See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

Sunday, April 19, 2015

In almost every corner of the world, women are either completely written out of school books, or they're portrayed in stereotypical, subservient roles, a report says. What will it take to fix this?

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All Things Considered

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The new head of the World Health Organization's Africa region predicts the Ebola outbreak will end by this fall. But the world must remain vigilant until transmission has completely stopped, she says.

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How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Friday, April 17, 2015

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.

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As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

Friday, April 17, 2015

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

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Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

Friday, April 17, 2015

There's only so much fuel you can store before a big race. A performance nutrition expert gives us the rub on how to optimize carb-loading to avoid the miserable experience of running out of fuel.

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All Things Considered

Physicians Urge Columbia To Fire Dr. Oz For Promoting 'Quack Treatments'

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz.

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All Things Considered

Kansas Becomes First State To Ban Second Trimester Abortion Procedure

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kansas is the first state to ban "dismemberment abortions," the common second trimester procedure. This is the first medically-endorsed procedure to be banned since 2007.

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Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

Entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to make the world better without relying on charity. It's called social entrepreneurship, and its rising stars showed us how it works at a conference in Oxford.

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The State Of The Cancer Nation

Friday, April 17, 2015

The prevalence of smoking and other major cancer risk factors varies widely by state. So does the uptake for preventive screening tests.

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Top Hospital Ratings Prove Scarce In Medicare's Latest Tally

Friday, April 17, 2015

Only 7 percent of the nation's hospitals assessed by Medicare were good enough to win 5-star ratings. The government used patient reviews to come up with the grades.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Need Sleep?

Friday, April 17, 2015

What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.

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TED Radio Hour

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

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TED Radio Hour

What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Caroline Casey was 17 years old when she first learned she was visually impaired. Embracing her disability helped nourish her need for self-esteem.

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Morning Edition

E-Cigarettes Grow In Popularity Among Teen Students, Survey Says

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual youth tobacco survey. Among the findings: The use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among U.S. teenagers in the last year.

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Morning Edition

When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Friday, April 17, 2015

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Wrongful Imprisonment

Thursday, April 16, 2015

“So many of the exonerees I met were offered various kinds of plea bargains or deals that they didn’t take because they just were not able to bring themselves to admit to a crime that they didn’t commit,” the New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy says on this week's Political Scene podcast. Levy joins her fellow staff writer Jennifer Gonnerman and the host Dorothy Wickenden to talk about wrongful imprisonment and prison abuse in the United States. They discuss New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to prevent people from being held for years without trial, the top-down culture of violence in correctional facilities, and the difference between how the criminal-justice system is supposed to work and how it works in practice. “There is a central tension in the job of a prosecutor," Gonnerman says. "Some people would say it is their job to seek justice for the victim, and some people would say the job is to get convictions and hit some sort of unofficial quota. That central tension is what you see at play in these cases.”

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.

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