1:16pm

Wed August 22, 2012
NPR Story

Social Workers Help Navigate Path To Transplant

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:28 pm

Each year, some 2,000 heart transplants are performed in the U.S., and the number of people on the waiting list is even larger. Between finding the perfect donor to worrying about insurance, the wait can be grueling, but heart transplant social workers are here to help.

1:16pm

Wed August 22, 2012
NPR Story

Drought Forces Ranchers Into Difficult Decisions

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:29 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Parts of the country have suffered from record heat and drought for several years in a row now, and this summer, it's been just brutal. In past programs, we talked with farmers about their crops. Today, we focus on difficult choices facing ranchers and dairy farmers.

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1:16pm

Wed August 22, 2012
NPR Story

Political Junkie: Todd Akin And Negative Campaigning

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:29 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. A congressman skinny dips in holy water and still can't buy a headline because another congressman redefines rape and biology, defies his own party and stands up Piers Morgan. It's Wednesday and time for a...

PIERS MORGAN: Gutless little twerp...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF POLITICAL JUNKIE INTRO)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

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12:49pm

Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Check It Out, Yo: 'Hot Cheetohs & Takis,' This Summer's 'Truly Great Jam'

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 9:14 am

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12:32pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Could Antibiotics Be A Factor In Childhood Obesity?

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 1:34 pm

Childhood obesity is on the rise in many countries and overuse of antibiotics is now on the radar as a possible factor in the epidemic. Here 18-month-old twins are weighed in a nutritionist's office in Colombia.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

There's growing evidence that the bacteria in our gut influence our health, including how much we weigh. So what happens when antibiotics knock out some of the microbes that help us?

A study, published online today in the journal Nature, finds that antibiotics make young mice fatter by changing the mix of their gut bacteria.

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12:29pm

Wed August 22, 2012
It's All Politics

In Ad Battle, Obama Banking On Wind-Power Message In Key Swing States

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 8:00 am

Windmills in a corn field in Colo, Iowa.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In Colorado and Iowa, two states considered up for grabs in the presidential race, a battle over alternative energy policy is playing a growing role in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Both states have important wind-energy sectors, and Obama's campaign is rolling out new radio ads this week highlighting the president's support for — and Romney's opposition to — extending a tax credit on wind-energy production.

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12:12pm

Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

AT&T Defends Itself From Criticism Over Limits To Video-Call App

Emilie Weideman and her father, Marc Weideman, of Fremont, Calif., use FaceTime after purchasing the new device in June 2010.
Paul Sakuma AP

AT&T is on the defensive today, saying that its decision to limit the use of Apple's video-call app Facetime does not violate the FCC's net neutrality rules.

Ever since Apple introduced the application, AT&T has limited its use to Wi-fi. In other words, customers who were using the AT&T network could not make video calls using the built-in app. Last week, AT&T changed that policy, saying it would allow customers on its new "shared data plans" to use the app but that did not apply to those who are on unlimited or tiered plans.

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10:58am

Wed August 22, 2012
Top Stories

Elizabeth Smart In Tenn. to Support Holly Bobo Family

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Elizabeth Smart, who survived a nine-month-long kidnapping as a teenager, will appear at an event for a missing young Tennessee woman.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The Jackson Sun is reporting today that the Smart family has been in contact with the family of Holly Bobo. Bobo disappeared from her West Tennessee home in April of last year.

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10:54am

Wed August 22, 2012
Top Stories

Another Record Year for Tennessee Tourism?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report from the U.S. Department  of Commerce is likely good news for the Tennessee economy. Spending by international travelers visiting the U.S. jumped by 11 percent in the first half of the year.

The federal report says international visitors poured more than $82 billion into the U.S. economy through the end of June, putting the tourism industry on track for another record year. Commerce says international visitors could spend nearly $170 billion in the U.S. by year’s end.

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10:51am

Wed August 22, 2012
Top Stories

Tennessee ACT Scores Up, but Still Among Lowest in Nation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — In Tennessee, ACT scores for the high school class of 2012 show a slight improvement in all subject areas, but the state’s scores are still among the lowest in the nation.

All public school students in Tennessee take the ACT in their senior year. That amounts to more than 68,000 students statewide, according to ACT results released today.

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