9:52am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Salt

Diet And Acne: For A Clearer Complexion, Cut The Empty Carbs

For better skin, maybe you should stick to the whole grain bagels.
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If you're prone to outbreaks of acne, you may want to try cutting back on empty carbs and sweets. Researchers are revisiting the connections between diet and pimples, and a growing body of evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in high glycemic index foods may be tied to flare-ups.

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9:39am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. John McCain Faces Angry Town Hall Over Immigration Platform

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a town hall on Tuesday, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
Matt York AP

In Washington, both parties seem to be in agreement that immigration reform is necessary.

Just this morning, NPR politics correspondent Mara Liasson said reform is in the "political interest of both sides to support it."

Surely Sen. John McCain, one of the Republican leaders working on bipartisan legislation, may feel differently after a town hall in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Tuesday.

Constituents grilled McCain over the issue and McCain vigorously defended his position.

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9:28am

Wed February 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Overdose Deaths From Narcotics Keep Climbing

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:12 pm

Hydrocodone pills, the generic version of Vicodin, shown at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
Toby Talbot AP

For the 11th year running, deaths from drug overdoses rose in the U.S in 2010.

Pharmaceuticals were involved in more than half of the 38,329 overdose deaths that year.

Opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone, or Vicodin, were the most common prescription drugs implicated. They were cited in 16,651 fatalities, or 44 percent of the total.

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9:07am

Wed February 20, 2013
National Security

How Could The U.S. Respond To Chinese Hacking?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 9:07 am

A Chinese soldier stands guard Tuesday in front of the Shanghai building that houses military Unit 61398. A U.S. cybersecurity company says the unit is behind nearly 150 computer attacks on U.S. and other Western companies and organizations in recent years. China denies the allegation.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

If the Chinese military is regularly hacking into the computers of U.S. organizations, as an American security firm says, it raises all sorts of questions about how the U.S. should respond.

Is this a job for the military or the intelligence agencies? What role should diplomats and trade officials be playing?

The report issued this week by the IT security consultancy Mandiant says it has traced the hacking activity to the People's Liberation Army's Unit 61398, which has "systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations."

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9:03am

Wed February 20, 2013
Pop Culture

Should Lena Dunham Be Playing Ping Pong Naked?

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:57 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Aristotle and Dante are the names of two important philosophers from history, but they're also the names of the principle characters in an award-winning new young adult novel about two Mexican-American boys and their journey of self-discovery. We'll hear from the author of "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe." That is just ahead.

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9:03am

Wed February 20, 2013
Politics

Same Old Standoff In Washington?

President Obama wants Congress to act fast to avoid massive government budget cuts that could hit in March. Washington is seeing more gridlock as Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest in politics.

8:52am

Wed February 20, 2013
City Visions: February 25, 2013

Foraging Fever

Booty, bounty, or both?
Credit reportageonline.com

For some, foraging is a way to opt out of the industrial food system and a fascinating hobby that's feeding the latest woods-to-table trend. But for others it’s also a way to foster bio-diversity, eco-literacy, community and creativity. We discuss wild edibles, invasives, ethics, access, and what materials can best be harvested in the urban environment.

Guests: 

  • Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin)
  • Sasha Duerr

Guest Host: Victoria Thorp

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

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8:46am

Wed February 20, 2013
Open Air ~ 2/21 at 1pm

Oboe Virtuosity ~ Robert Greenberg ~ Smuin Ballet

Update, 2/28/13:  Bill Bennett collapsed on stage during the final performance of the Strauss "Oboe Concerto" on Saturday.  It is with a heavy, heavy, heart that I now report his passing, as announced by the San Francisco Symphony. -David   (My talk with him happens at @45min into the linked audio of Open Air from 2/21/13.)

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8:04am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 10:33 am

The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.
Keith Draycott FlickrVision

Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:

In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.

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7:59am

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

OfficeMax, Office Depot Confirm Merger Deal

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The deal has been talked about for days. Now it's official:

"OfficeMax Incorporated and Office Depot, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement," reads a statement posted online by Office Depot.

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