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Young People Account For A Quarter Of Health Care Enrollees

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers on Monday for the government's health insurance exchange. The numbers address the demographics of enrollees in the exchange. Administration officials are encouraged that people under the age of 35 constitute approximately a quarter of enrollees.

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Egyptians To Vote On New Constitution For Troubled Nation

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Next week, Egypt holds yet another referendum on its constitution. We talk to political scientist Nathan Brown on what the likely outcome is, and if it could mean more stability in the country.

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New Iranian President Brings 'Resurgence Of Hope' For Some

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Reporting from inside Iran has been very difficult for Western reporters over the last several years. The disputed 2009 elections triggered massive anti-government protests. In response, Iran cracked down hard on protesters, and clamped down tightly on journalists' access. That has begun to change with Iran's newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani. Scott Peterson, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, was recently able to visit and report from Iran for the first time in more than four years. Peterson speaks with host Arun Rath about his trip.

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Ariel Sharon's Death Sparks Strong Emotions Across Middle East

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at the age of 85. Israelis mourned the death of the celebrated politician and army general. But Palestinians reacted differently to the death of the controversial leader, who pushed for Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories.

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When The Right To Religion Conflicts With A Changing Society

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Nuns sue to avoid contraceptive coverage. A baker refuses to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. These ongoing battles bring into question the scope of the right to religious liberty in America. Where do one person's rights end and another's begin?

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A Feminist Walks Into A Diet Clinic

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Samantha Schoech has struggled with weight for most of her life. As a feminist, she's also questioned society's expectations of beauty, while still wanting to be healthy and thin. The self-proclaimed "life-long yo-yo dieter" recently started taking diet pills.

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Flies Into Retirement

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday marked the end of an era for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The passenger jet first took flight in 1965 and was known for its relatively small size, which let it land on short runways and expand air travel across the nation.

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A New Rule For The Workplace: 'Hug Sparingly'

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Research psychologist Peggy Drexler is calling for an end to the "hugging arms race," particularly at work. She has ways for non-huggers to avoid an unwanted embrace without feeling awkward.

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American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer'

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

In her new book, The Trip To Echo Spring, Olivia Laing investigates the role of drinking in the lives of six great American writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Berryman, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver.

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Bringing 'Dead Authors' To Life For Book-Smart Comedy

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Every month, comedian Paul F. Tompkins plays the late science fiction author H.G. Wells in hosting different famed writers (played by some of comedy's hottest stars) for in-depth interviews about their work, their personal lives and their anger at critics.

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The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:45pm

Scientists say that the freezing weather can help reduce the population of a beetle that harms trees, as well as other invasive species. In Minnesota, up to 80 percent of the beetle's larvae may die off, buying some time for those who feared its negative effects on the ash tree population.

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As Zamata Joins 'SNL,' A Look At — And Beyond — The Prism Of Race

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:26pm

Saturday Night Live recently announced that they were hiring Sasheer Zamata, the first black woman to join the cast in six years. For our series This Week's Must Read, author Danielle Evans recommends a book that can give readers an idea of how Zamata might feel: Get Down, a short story collection by Asali Solomon.

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:54pm

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.

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Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:51pm

A potent, syrupy extract of marijuana has become a popular way to ingest pot among young people, particularly in places where pot use has been liberalized. That has public safety officials worried, in part because making the substance can have explosive side effects.

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A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:42pm

Figure skater Ross Miner hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the final competition starts Friday night in Boston, where Miner will perform his experience of last year's bombing, through moves and music.

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In NFL Playoffs, Excitement Does Little To Dim Injury Concerns

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Playoffs in the National Football League enter the divisional round with eight teams still vying to play for the Super Bowl. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis speaks to Audie Cornish about the dominant storylines of the weekend, including quarterback matchups and an unsettling upward trend in injuries.

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Tech Companies 'Gob-Smacked' To Find NSA Collecting Data

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Steven Levy, senior writer for Wired, has written an article called "How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet." He tells Audie Cornish about what he learned from security personnel at many of the top tech companies. They claim that they were surprised to learn of the National Security Agency's data gathering.

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For Target, Holiday Woes Are Worse Than Expected

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Target announced that the data breach late last year was even worse than originally reported. Personal information, including phone numbers and email addresses, from as many as 70 million customers may have been compromised. On top of that, Target says that the revelation of the data breach depressed fourth-quarter sales during the holiday season.

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Chemical Spill In West Virginia Leads To State Of Emergency

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in nine counties because of water contamination. Approximately 300,000 people have been affected as a chemical has leached into the water supply.

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U.S. Government Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage In Utah

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

The federal government announces that it will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah, despite state officials saying that they won't recognize them — at least for now. The same-sex marriages are under review in the federal court.

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