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Mental Health
12:04 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kids As Caregivers Face Special Challenges

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Taking care of an ailing parent or grandparent can be an emotional and physical drain on anyone. Of course, millions of us take on those family responsibilities, but it's never easy, and there's a subset of family caregivers that often gets overlooked.

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From Our Listeners
11:52 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Letters: Elderly Drivers And Lance Armstrong

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Around the Nation
11:49 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Often, For-Profit Firms, Not FDA, Inspects Food

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses kill some 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. Often, the job of keeping America's food supply safe falls to for-profit companies with connections to the food producers they're supposed to inspect.

Opinion
10:27 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Op-Ed: Students Don't Learn From Lectures

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:09 pm

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Presidential Race
10:27 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Myths And Facts About The Osama Bin Laden Raid

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 11:52 am

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Mental Health
11:37 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Psychiatrists Shift Focus To Drugs, Not Talk Therapy

The American Psychiatric Association defines a psychiatrist as a medical doctor who conducts psychotherapy and prescribes medications and other medical treatments. With recent developments in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, the definition of the practice appears to be shifting.

Politics
11:26 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Life After Running For President, And Losing

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern died Sunday at the age of 90. A liberal icon, he made two failed bids for president, but remained active and worked for several organizations battling world hunger. NPR's Ron Elving and Jill Callison of The Argus Leader discuss McGovern's politics and legacy.

Presidential Race
11:22 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Iran Looms Over Candidates' Foreign Policy Debate

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 6:46 am

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. The Middle East presents a series of challenges for whomever wins on November 6th: immediate problems in Libya and Syria, a seemingly eternal problem with Israel and the Palestinians, but maybe the biggest problem: the looming crisis with Iran.

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Pop Culture
10:59 am
Mon October 22, 2012

From 'Groovy' To 'Slacks,' The Words That Date You

When jeans are too heavy and shorts are too, well, short, do you reach for pants, or for slacks?
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Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 10:22 am

When Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich used the word "slacks" in a recent column, a reader commented: "Slacks? How old are you?"

"I was describing a young man, a college guy," Schmich tells NPR's Neal Conan. "I was trying to point out that he wasn't wearing jeans, that he wasn't sloppy, that he wasn't inordinately well-dressed for a guy in college," she says. "And so I used the word 'slacks.' "

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Space
10:03 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Spacecraft Records 'Chorus' of Space Sounds

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:55 pm

A NASA spacecraft captured the clearest recording yet of what space sounds like inside Earth's radiation belts. Craig Kletzing, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, explains what causes these eerie chirping noises, and what we can learn from them.

Research News
10:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Learning From the Things That Annoy Us

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:55 pm

A professor spends his off-time tracking the little things in life that bother us. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, tells us what poor parking, long waits in the doctor's office, and the controversial brussel sprout tell us about science.

NPR Story
9:12 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Scientists In The Dark Over Birth Of The Moon

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:55 pm

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Flora Lichtman, filling in for Ira Flatow today. The moon, it's our nearest neighbor, but we don't know much about where our companion came from. In the 1800s, Charles Darwin's son, Sir George Darwin, proposed that maybe the moon just popped off from the Earth when the Earth was spinning much faster than it is today.

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NPR Story
9:12 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Making Sense Of Presidential Polls

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:55 pm

In less than a month, the 2012 presidential election turned from an almost certain victory for President Obama to a neck-and-neck race. New York Times blogger and statistician Nate Silver and Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang talk about making sense of the polls--and why not all votes are created equal.

Environment
11:32 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Athena To Zeus: Weather Channel Names Winter Storms

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Sports
11:29 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Lessons Learned From The Lance Armstrong Scandal

Lance Armstrong has resigned from his charity and lost millions of dollars in endorsements, days after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its report alleging a widespread doping conspiracy inside his cycling team. In the court of public opinion, at least, the verdict seems to be in on Armstrong.

Movies
11:25 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Former White House Aide Reviews 'Argo'

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Almost exactly 33 years ago, Iranian activists stormed the American Embassy in Tehran and held 52 U.S. citizens hostage for well over a year. But six American diplomats escaped the embassy at the last minute and took refuge in the home of Canada's ambassador. A new movie called "Argo" tells the story of a CIA agent, played by Ben Affleck, who dreams up a plan to get them out of Iran, disguised as a film crew scouting locations for a science fiction movie. Here, he presents his idea to the secretary of state.

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Law
11:20 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Lawyers Release Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files'

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:46 am

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. After a two-year battle in court, lawyers in Portland, Oregon, said - last hour - that they'd release hundreds of confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America, on men they suspected of sexual abuse. The files went public online, within the last few minutes.

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Presidential Race
11:14 am
Wed October 17, 2012

The Town Hall Debate's Best Moments And Memes

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Binders full of women, Benghazi blame and ancient history now, there was a vice presidential debate last week. It's Wednesday and time for a...

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Bunch of malarkey...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Digital Life
11:03 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Going Online To Outsource Your Chores

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:25 am

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Election 2012
11:03 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Ballot Measures Put Hot-Button Issues To A Vote

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:22 am

In many states, the tight presidential race isn't the only thing on people's minds: Ballot measures are putting some controversial social and political issues up for popular vote. Same-sex marriage and the death penalty are just two of the measures voters will weigh in on come election day.

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