11:00am

Tue December 18, 2012
Politics

Can Lawmakers Prevent Mass Shootings?

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:11 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, now that a couple of states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, can parents still tell their kids to just say no? We'll hear from a pediatrician who works with substance-addicted teens about why it's still important to have the talk about drug use, and to pay attention to what you as a parent are modeling with your own behavior. That's coming up.

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11:00am

Tue December 18, 2012
Remembrances

War Hero, Trailblazer: Remembering Sen. Inouye

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:11 am

Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii passed away Monday at the age of 88. Inouye was one of the longest-serving members of the Senate and a veteran of World War II. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to the senator, reprising a conversation they had on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

11:00am

Tue December 18, 2012
Children's Health

Kids And Teens: Is Pot Bad If It's Legal?

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:56 pm

There are some warnings parents drill into their kids: don't drink, don't smoke, and don't do drugs. Now that Washington state and Colorado have legalized marijuana, those conversations just got more complicated. Host Michel Martin speaks with pediatrician Dr. Leslie Walker for advice on how to talk with young children and teens about marijuana.

11:00am

Tue December 18, 2012
Education

Catching Up With Remedial Courses In College

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:11 am

There's a lot of talk about students struggling in K through 12 classrooms. But once they get to college, many students fall even further behind. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sarah Gonzalez, NPR's StateImpact Florida reporter, about the high number of college students enrolling in remedial classes.

11:00am

Tue December 18, 2012
Music

Danica McKellar: Billy Joel Helped Teen Stress

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:11 am

You may remember Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years. Today, the actress is also a math advocate and the author of Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. In Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, McKellar talks about the songs that helped her beat stress as a teen and inspire her as an adult.

10:34am

Tue December 18, 2012
Global Health

States Dreading Fiscal Cliff Outcome — But Indecision May Be Worse

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:35 am

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says uncertainty about a federal budget deal in Washington played a big part in his recent announcement of cuts to his state's budget by $500 million.
Steven Senne AP

It's not the cutting, it's the uncertainty.

That's the lament these days from governors and mayors awaiting the outcome of federal budget negotiations.

They know they're likely to take a hit; they just don't know how bad it's going to be.

"How do you budget for the unknown?" wonders Ed Long, the county executive in Fairfax County, Va. "Our worst fear is that by [the federal government] not acting, the economy is going to get worse going forward."

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10:04am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Nancy Lanza, Gunman's Mother: From 'Charmed Upbringing' To First Victim

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:34 pm

Nancy J. Lanza, mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza, was one of the 26 victims of the mass shooting on Friday.
Handout Courtesy of family of Nancy Lanza via Getty Images

Before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and began a rampage that would leave 20 children and six adults dead, police say, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home in Newtown, Conn.

Who was Nancy Lanza, 52?

A picture is emerging.

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9:59am

Tue December 18, 2012
Europe

In France, Free Birth Control For Girls At Age 15

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

An employee tidies boxes of medicines displayed in a pharmacy in the city of Caen in western France last month. Beginning in 2013, girls between the ages of 15 and 18 will be able to get birth control free of charge, and without parental notification.
Charly Triballeau AFP/Getty Images

Beginning next year, young women in France between the ages of 15 and 18 will have access to birth control free of charge, and without parental notification. The French government says the new measure is intended to reduce pregnancies in this age group that result from a mixture of ignorance, taboo and lack of access to contraception.

One place where information is available on birth control, abortion and sexual abuse is a family planning clinic in a gritty neighborhood in the east of Paris.

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9:50am

Tue December 18, 2012
Shots - Health News

Seniors Looking To Quit Smoking Get More Help From Medicare

Medicare is making it easier for beneficiaries to stamp out cigarettes for good.
larding Flickr

Everyone knows that quitting smoking is one of the surest ways to reduce the risk of dying.

But it has taken a long time for some Medicare beneficiaries to get the same kind of help with quitting that's routinely available to people with private health insurance.

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8:37am

Tue December 18, 2012
Top Stories

Nissan Subcontractor at Murfreesboro Job Fair Wednesday

Credit calsonic.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Nissan subcontractor will be in Murfreesboro tomorrow to interview job candidates.

CalsonicKansei North America will have representatives at a job fair being hosted by Goodwill’s Career Solutions division. The company says it has immediate openings for production technicians at its Smyrna location.

The job fair will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning at Career Solutions on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro. The Goodwill career placement agency says that it has placed more than 2600 clients in jobs.

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