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The Leonard Lopate Show

The "Apocalyptic Endgame" of Tar Sand Oil Extraction

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ted Genoways explains how tar sands mining is done and looks at its environmental and health consequences

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How Well Do Your Apps Protect Your Privacy?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The website PrivacyGrade rates Android apps based on the personal information they collect from you. It's another reminder that your data are constantly on the move, whether you know it or not.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Still Smokes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

While 18 to 20 percent of Americans still smoke, a professor of public health says it's considered embarrassing among more educated people, and the majority of smokers are lower income.

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Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

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A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.

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An NPR Photographer Looks Ebola In The Eye

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Baby Sesay was in a care center in a village in Sierra Leone, waiting to find out if she had Ebola. Our photographer took a picture. Two days later, she was gone.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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The Takeaway

West African Musicians Battle Ebola

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Musicians from some of the West African countries most ravaged by Ebola have been raising awareness about the deadly virus through their songs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Snowstorms; Smoking; and Science Meets Art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The wall of snow in Buffalo; the Nelson Mandela Foundation's CEO; a look at who still smokes; science and public art collide in Times Square; and optimism can make you unhappy.

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher comes from a Canadian company that got it by developing a drug for leishmaniasis, a disease long neglected by pharmaceutical companies.

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Me, Myself And The Loo: A Woman's Future Can Rest On A Toilet

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"My Toilet," a new photo exhibit in London, documents how commodes — or the lack of a proper one — affect the health, safety and education of girls and women around the world.

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Toilets 'R' Him: Jack Sim Wants A Potty In Every Pad

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Singapore activist created World Toilet Day in 2001, got U.N. sponsorship last year and posed for us on a toilet outdoors on a freezing day. That's how committed he is to bringing toilets to all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Liberian Nobel Prize Winner Tells Us About Ebola

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, says the battle against Ebola in Liberia has been being fought hardest by those in its crosshairs: women caregivers.

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You Can Monitor Your Baby's Vital Signs 24/7, But Should You?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A new generation of baby monitors lets new parents track their child's heartbeat and other vital signs. But they're not health devices, a pediatrician warns, and could give a false sense of security.

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6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Even if your health insurance is provided by an employer, your plan may be changing quite a bit in 2015. Here's a guide to the questions you should keep in mind when looking over your options.

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Take The Plunge Into World Toilet Day

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

They say every dog has its day. So does every toilet. And that day is today: World Toilet Day.

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Morning Edition

Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Researchers gear up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. This is part of a broader effort to test therapies in West Africa.

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WNYC News

Doing the Math for Obamacare, Year Two

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Three New Yorkers who signed up for coverage this past year will need to read the fine print if they want to maintain their coverage and contain costs.

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India Quarantines Ebola Survivor Because Of Infectious Semen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola can linger in semen for months after a person recovers from the disease. So survivors are typically given condoms and a stern warning. But India is being more cautious.

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All Things Considered

Aid Groups See A Drop-Off In U.S. Health Volunteers To Fight Ebola

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

International aid groups say the decline in volunteers is due to quarantine restrictions imposed by New York and New Jersey.

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