4:49am

Mon May 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Patients Find Each Other Online To Jump-Start Medical Research

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 10:17 am

Katherine Leon says she spends up to 12 hours a day online interacting with others who share her rare heart condition.
Emily Bogle NPR

People with extremely rare diseases are often scattered across the world, and any one hospital has a hard time locating enough individuals to conduct meaningful research.

But one woman with an extremely rare heart condition managed to do what many hospitals couldn't. Katherine Leon connected with enough people online to interest the Mayo Clinic in a research trial.

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4:49am

Mon May 28, 2012
Election 2012

For A Billionaire, $2M Gets You Superdonor Status

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 9:25 am

Bill Koch (center) celebrates his team's 1992 America's Cup win. Koch, the brother of billionaire GOP donors Charles and David, has given $2 million to the superPAC backing Mitt Romney.
Vince Bucci AFP/Getty Images

In the world of high-dollar politics, the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch are famous for their lavish funding of conservative politicians and causes. But there's another Koch brother — William — who is passionate about many things, but only recently about politics.

Bill Koch is an avid yachtsman, and he set out to win the 1992 America's Cup. It would take four boats, more than 260 team members and single-minded determination.

David Rosow was the team's business manager and is a longtime friend of Koch's.

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5:56pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Interviews

Why Music Matters

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:47 am

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Every few weeks on the program, we've been running an occasional series called Why Music Matters, where we bring you the stories of music fans in their own words, about how certain songs or even bands have changed their lives. Today's story comes from a young artist in Seattle. Her name is Vivi Perez, and she almost gave up on high school, that is until a community activist group called El Centro de la Raza introduced her to the music business.

VIVI PEREZ: I felt kind of, like, I didn't know where I was going a lot in high school.

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5:56pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Interviews

Blacks, Gays And The Church

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Let's turn to another story we've been following in recent weeks: African-Americans and same-sex marriage. When President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, some African-American religious leaders protested. But according to new polling data, African-Americans are no less supportive or, for that matter, opposed to gay marriage than any other group in the country.

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5:46pm

Sun May 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Security Council Condemns Syrian Government For Killings

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 5:45 am

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the Syrian government for the massacre of scores of people, including children, in the town of Houla, a day after images of the mass killings shocked the world.

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4:46pm

Sun May 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Polls Show Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Influencing Blacks

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 10:27 am

President Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room May 9. In an interview with ABC, he said he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In this space earlier this month, I wrote about whether President Obama would face a backlash from African-Americans for his endorsement of same-sex marriage. (He hasn't.) I made mention of a random field experiment in which 285 black people in Cook County, Ill., were polled about gay marriage.

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4:04pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Interviews

Disability Claims Rise Among Veterans

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Returning now to veterans on this Memorial Day weekend. Close to one out of two veterans who've served in Iraq or Afghanistan have now filed disability claims for service-related injuries - everything from hearing loss and back problems to mental health claims like PTSD. The percentage of vets making claims now is more than double the rate of previous wars. The total cost could eventually come to close to a trillion dollars.

Marilynn Marchione of the Associated Press reported on the staggering increase and what might explain it.

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4:04pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Government Suspected Of Massacre

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 6:49 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

The United Nations Security Council has condemned Syria for an attack in the central part of the country yesterday that left at least 90 people dead, dozens of them children. The council once again called on Syria's government to halt further violence against its civilians. Here's NPR's Kelly McEvers with more from Beirut.

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4:04pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Interviews

Ahead Of Memorial Day, Veterans Remember

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

In a few minutes, the latest on the reports of a massacre in Syria that may have left at least 30 children dead. But first to our cover story today.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: OK, veterans. Veterans, look here for just a few minutes.

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1:15pm

Sun May 27, 2012
Pop Culture

Hey! You! The Unstoppable Rise Of Heckling

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 6:51 pm

An unidentified heckler lets loose as President Obama begins a speech at the Martin Luther King memorial dedication in Washington, D.C., in October 2011.
Mannie Garcia UPI/Landov

As summer nears, Great American Hecklers are being spotted all over the place.

You can see them — and hear their calls — at commencements, sporting events, political gatherings. Hecklers on the right and hecklers on the left.

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