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12:49 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Ohio Man Gets Life Term In Kidnapping Of 3 Women

Ariel Castro, center, listens to the judge during court proceedings Friday, July 26, 2013, in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/AP)

One of three women kidnapped and repeatedly raped for a decade before their escape told her abductor Thursday that her life is just beginning while his is over now that he’s about to be sentenced to life in prison.

Michelle Knight stood just feet away from Ariel Castro in a Cleveland courtroom, the first time she’s been seen publicly since her rescue from the house where she was held captive.

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11:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

E-Cigarettes Enjoy Perks Of Being Unregulated

Electronic cigarettes are no regulated by the FDA. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:38 am

Electronic cigarettes are a nicotine delivery system that has a small but growing share of the tobacco industry.

However, unlike chewing tobacco and traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA or any other body. That means that electronic cigarettes can advertise on television.

John Carroll, Here & Nows media analyst, fills us in on the growing trend.

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11:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Suicide Haunts New Generation Of Veterans

(sjbresnahan/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:49 pm

It’s estimated that more than 20 veterans kill themselves every day. A new survey of men and women who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shows that mental health is the most important issue they face.

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11:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Ohio Abortion Clinics Blame New Law For Closures

Toledo’s Center for Choice. (Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN)

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:49 pm

Abortion rights advocates in Ohio say a line item in the state budget passed in June is forcing abortion clinics to shut down.

The new regulation bans publicly-supported hospitals from having contracts known as “transfer agreements” with abortion clinics. But, without a “transfer agreement” the abortion clinics can’t do business with the hospital.

Two of Ohio’s 13 licensed abortion clinics have closed in recent weeks, and a third may have to shut down soon.

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11:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Gogol Bordello Goes Beyond Boundaries

Eugene Hütz is frontman of the band Gogol Bordello. (Gogol Bordello)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:54 pm

The band Gogol Bordello has long been known for its high-energy live performances of their particular brand of gypsy punk rock in shows around the world.

On the band’s new album, “Pura Vida Conspiracy,” frontman Eugene Hütz declares that “borders are scars on the face of the planet.”

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11:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Rep. Amash On Reining In NSA Surveillance

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., comments about the vote on the defense spending bill and his failed amendment that would have cut funding to the National Security Agency's program that collects the phone records of U.S. citizens and residents, at the Capitol, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Republican Congressman Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd district, is often called “the most defiant Republican in the House.”

He recently proposed and led the charge on the amendment that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s program of domestic surveillance.

That program was brought to light when Edward Snowden — the former N.S.A. contractor — leaked government documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post.

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11:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

U.S. Economy Grew At Sluggish 1.7 Percent Pace In Q2

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:54 pm

The U.S. economy grew from April through June at an annual rate of 1.7 percent – a sluggish pace but stronger than in the previous quarter. Businesses spent more, and the federal government cut less, offsetting weaker spending by consumers.

The government on Wednesday sharply revised down its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.1 percent annual rate from a previously estimated 1.8 percent rate.

NPR’s Yuki Noguchi looks at how a low growth rate affects the entire economy, from the job market to home buying.

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10:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Jay-Z And Harry Belafonte's Intergenerational Feud

Jay-Z, left, and Harry Belefonte. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:54 pm

Perhaps you’ve been following the feud — if you can call it that — between civil rights icon Harry Belafonte and megastar Jay-Z.

Last year, Bellafonte was asked if he was happy with the image of minorities in Hollywood. Not at all, Belafonte said, and then went on to call out high-profile artists and celebrities who he said “have turned their backs on social responsibility.”

Belafonte went on to name Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, as prime examples.

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10:51 am
Wed July 31, 2013

How Subtle Factors Influence Our Eating

Your food choices may be influenced by what your mom ate when you were in the womb. (This Year's Love/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 11:55 am

A growing body of evidence suggests that subtle factors — things we’re not even aware of — influence our food choices. Everything from how our mothers ate when we we were in the womb, to what sorts of smells or noises are in the background while we dine.

NPR food and health correspondent Allison Aubrey joins us to discuss some of the latest research in this field.

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10:51 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Peace Talks To Resume Amid Skepticism

Secretary of State John Kerry stands between Israel's Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, right, and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, as they shake hands after the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the State Department in Washington. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:54 pm

This week, Israeli and Palestinian officials met for the first time in years to try and jump start the Middle East peace process.

The sessions in Washington followed four months of shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said yesterday that negotiators from both sides have agreed that all the difficult issues will be on the table when the talks resume in two weeks.

But in the Middle East, there’s skepticism that any real agreements will be reached this time.

The BBC’s Bethany Bell reports from Jerusalem.

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11:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Writing And Living On Martha's Vineyard

Lambert's Cove Beach in West Tisbury, on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (vbecker/Flickr)

This weekend, the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival takes place in the island towns of Edgartown and Chilmark, Massachusetts.

Here & Now co-host Jeremy Hobson sits down with two writers, Ward Just and Laura Wainwright, who both make the Vineyard their home year-round.

They talk about the distractions of being in a place that’s a tourist haven three months of the year, as well as the beauties of living on the island.

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11:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Obama Proposes Cuts In Corporate Tax Rates

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 12:44 pm

U.S. home prices continue to surge. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index out today shows a 12 percent increase in May compared to a year ago.

Low interest rates and an improving job market are boosting demand for homes and driving prices up.

President Obama is out with a plan that he says will improve the job market even more. The president is touring an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn. to announce a so-called “grand bargain” to overhaul the corporate tax system.

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11:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Valley Fever Strikes Hard In California Towns

Arthroconidia of Coccidioides immitis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 4:21 am

Often considered a “silent epidemic,” valley fever officially infected 22,000 Americans in 2011 — most of them in California and Arizona — but some think the numbers are much higher.

It’s an infection that can wreak havoc on the lungs, heart, bones and in some cases the brain. At its worst, its fatal.

Valley fever is prevalent in hot, dry climates and it’s thought to spread through contact with soil.

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11:11 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Tropical Depression Flossie Hits Hawaii

Tom Evans, acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, shows satellite images of Hurricane Flossie in Honolulu on Monday, July 29, 2013. (Oskar Garcia/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 12:44 pm

A storm called Flossie has been forcing schools and government buildings to close across Hawaii.

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation on Sunday that gives him the power to use state disaster funds and call up the National Guard if needed.

Flossie has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, and it continues to weaken. But high winds and heavy rains have knocked out power to thousands of homes on several islands, and there are worries about flooding.

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11:11 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Prison Raid Frees Dozens Of Militants In Pakistan

A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants attacked, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. (Ishtiaq Mahsud/AP)

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a sophisticated attack on a prison in Pakistan that freed more than 200 inmates, many of them described as dangerous terrorists.

A few of the inmates were recaptured and authorities are searching for the others.

Many of the attackers were dressed as Pakistani police officers and were riding motorcycles decorated with Taliban flags.

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11:11 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Data-Driven Parenting: A Mom Who Tracks Everything

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Many parents look to parenting books and blogs for tips on raising their children. Amy Webb prefers to collect and analyze her own data to direct her parenting style.

“I measure everything my kid does,” reads her recent column in Slate. “And I track it on spreadsheets. Really — every single thing. Even every poop. And it makes me a better parent.”

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12:30 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Woman Behind 'Orange Is The New Black'

Promotional image from the new Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black." (Netflix)

Netflix’s new original series “Orange Is the New Black” is based on the life of Piper Kerman, a Smith graduate and self-described WASP who must go to prison for 13 months when her past catches up with her.

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12:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Jewelry Heist In Cannes Is Third In 3 Months

A view of the Carlton hotel, in Cannes, southern France, the scene of a daylight raid, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Lionel Cironneau/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:10 pm

A lone man wearing gloves, a cap, and a scarf to mask his face sneaked into a diamond show in a luxury Cannes hotel and made off with some $136 million of loot, a French state prosecutor said Monday – more than twice the initial estimated take from the weekend hold-up.

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12:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Home Construction Roars Back in Colorado

A home under construction by New Town Builders in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood. The company is building 78 homes, and all but one have already sold. (Ben Markus/Colorado Public Radio)

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:10 pm

After years of lackluster growth, single-family home construction is finally making a comeback in many parts of the country.

One of the states leading the way is Colorado.

Permits to build homes there are at their highest level in six years, according to numbers released by the U.S. Census Department last week.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Ben Marcus of Colorado Public Radio reports on what’s driving the increase.

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11:36 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Gay Priest Calls Pope's Comments 'Step In Right Direction'

Pope Francis speaks during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (Luca Zennaro/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:10 pm

Pope Francis spoke with reporters this morning in an extraordinary, impromptu press conference on board his plane on the way back to Italy from Brazil.

The National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen Jr. writes that the 76-year-old Pope stood the whole time and never refused a question, even thanking a reporter who asked about charges of homosexual conduct against his appointee to reform the Vatican bank.

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