4:04pm

Thu July 19, 2012
The Two-Way

$20K For Drumsticks? GSA Back In Limelight For Conference Spending

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 5:56 pm

The General Services Administration, which is tasked with developing the rules followed by other government agencies, is back in the limelight for the money it spent on a one-day event in the Washington, D.C. area.

In a letter to House members, the agency's inspector general says it has launched an investigation after its initial findings showed the GSA spent $268,732 on the event.

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3:57pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Middle East

Russia, China Block Another U.N. Resolution On Syria

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 5:38 pm

Transcript

JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: I'm Jackie Northam in Washington. Today at the U.N., Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution that warned of sanctions against the Syrian regime unless it complies with a peace plan.

This is the third time those two countries have used their veto power to block a resolution on Syria. Britain's U.N. ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, called the decision by Russia and China appalling, and said it would lead to further bloodshed in Syria.

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3:51pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Station News & Events

Children’s Lit for 21st-Century Issues to be Discussed on ‘MTSU On the Record’

An MTSU director whose first children’s book has received the Betty Ford Center’s seal of approval will be Gina Logue’s guest on the next edition of “MTSU On the Record” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, and 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

Elaine Mitchell Palmore, the head of MTSU’s Child Development Center, is the author of “The Dragon Who Lives at Our House.” It’s one of only 14 books about addiction recommended for children by the famed alcohol and drug-abuse treatment center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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3:47pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How You Move Your Arm Says Something About Who You Are

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 12:47 pm

Researchers studying brains want to know what's happening in an area called the premotor cortex — the place in the brain that gears up for something the body is about to do, like swimming. Above, Michael Phelps dives off the starting blocks in the final heat of the men's 400-meter individual medley during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., on June 25.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

When Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps steps onto a starting block a few days from now, a Stanford scientist named Krishna Shenoy will be asking himself a question: "What's going on in Michael Phelps' brain?"

Specifically, Shenoy would like to know what's happening in an area called the premotor cortex. This area doesn't directly tell muscles what to do. But it's the place where the brain gears up for something the body is about to do, like swimming.

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3:24pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

South African Doctors Uneasy About HIV Prevention Pill

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Longtime AIDS activist Dr. Ashraf Grimwood says South Africa has made huge strides in confronting HIV. But he worries that giving anti-retroviral drugs to healthy people could have negative consequences in the long term.
Jason Beaubien NPR

The news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved the use of Truvada, an AIDS drug, to prevent infections in people who are HIV-negative is being greeted with skepticism, derision and even worry by some doctors in South Africa.

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3:20pm

Thu July 19, 2012
The Two-Way

As Fighting In Syria Intensifies, U.S. Worries About Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 3:49 pm

Syrian President Bashar Assad waves at supporters during a rare public appearance in Damascus on Jan. 11.
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"Deathly afraid."

That's what one U.S. official says about the prospect that Syria's vast stockpile of chemical weapons might be used against rebel forces. From a U.S. national security standpoint, an even worse outcome would be for those weapons to fall into the hands of terrorists.

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3:01pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Books

Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 5:38 pm

Here's your vocabulary word for the week: zoonosis. It describes an infection that is transmitted between species. For example, the disease that the husband and wife team of Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy have written about in their new book, Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus.

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2:56pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Opinion

Wish You Were Here: Sunrise In Laos

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 5:38 pm

A sunrise ritual draws Pam Houston to Luang Prabang, Laos.
Allie Caulfield

Pam Houston directs the Creative Writing Program at U.C. Davis. Her most recent novel is Contents May Have Shifted.

Luang Prabang, Laos, is so close to the equator that daybreak happens at the same time each day. Also each day, a few dozen women set up rice cookers on small collapsible tables on street corners next to the more than 30 monasteries that grace this riverside town. If you get up with them and walk the silent streets in the misty Mekong predawn, you smell, under the sweetness of the frangipani blossoms, the thick odor of cooked starch.

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2:39pm

Thu July 19, 2012
The Salt

High-Tech Shortcut To Greek Yogurt Leaves Purists Fuming

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:30 am

A supermarket's dairy case with shelves of yogurt.
Benjamin Morris NPR

America's food companies are masters of technology. They massage tastes and textures to tickle our palates. They find ways to imitate expensive foods with cheaper ingredients.

And sometimes, that technological genius leads to controversy.

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1:53pm

Thu July 19, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Your American Dreams: Family, Friends And The Freedom To Roam

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 4:43 pm

NPR listener Matt Anderson defines the American dream as "having the time, money, health and resources to get to enjoy such simple and whimsical pleasures with my family at our local state fair."
Courtesy of Matt Anderson

While the concept of the American dream has been a part of our national consciousness for generations, you'd be hard-pressed to find two people who define it precisely the same way. We can say that with some authority, because, as part of our series, American Dreams: Then And Now, we asked you to share your own take on the dream. Sure enough, no two responses were the same.

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