10:18am

Wed May 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Research Reveals Yeasty Beasts Living On Our Skin

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:20 am

Fungi (cyan) surround a human hair within the skin. A study in the journal Nature shows the population of fungi on human skin is more diverse that previously thought.
Alex Valm, Ph.D.

Scientists have completed an unusual survey: a census of the fungi that inhabit different places on our skin. It's part of a big scientific push to better understand the microbes that live in and on our bodies.

"This is the first study of our fungi, which are yeast and other molds that live on the human body," says Julie Segre, of the National Human Genome Research Institute, who led the survey.

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10:17am

Wed May 22, 2013
Parallels

China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 5:18 pm

The video for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's newly released song starts by re-creating the conditions of his captivity during the 81 days he was held in police detention in 2011, and later dissolves into a dystopian nightmare.
Courtesy Ai Weiwei

The man ArtReview magazine named the most powerful artist in the world is trying his hand at rock stardom. In 2011, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in detention. He was later let go and charged with tax evasion.

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10:08am

Wed May 22, 2013
Author Interviews

Fictional 'Mothers' Reveal Facts Of A Painful Adoption Process

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 1:38 pm

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After years of trying to conceive, novelist Jennifer Gilmore and her husband decided to pursue a domestic open adoption. They were told they'd be matched within a year; it took four. And along the way they faced complicated decisions and heartbreak.

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9:10am

Wed May 22, 2013
U.S.

Photos: Recovery Begins In Tornado-Hit Area

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:35 am

Debris litters a park adjacent to a neighborhood that was destroyed by Monday's tornado in Moore.
Brennan Linsley AP

The powerful tornado flattened entire blocks in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. The death toll remained at 24, with scores more people injured and displaced.

8:58am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Libya 'Talking Points' Emails Put Petraeus Back In Spotlight

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:59 am

Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus helped shape the first draft of "talking points" about the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks, according to emails released by the White House and analyzed by The Washington Post.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is under renewed scrutiny over the role he played in creating the discredited "talking points" about the attack that killed four Americans last year in Benghazi, Libya. The Washington Post has a front-page story Wednesday that suggests Petraeus sought to shape the resulting memo to favor his agency.

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8:44am

Wed May 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Joplin, Mo. Advice For Oklahomans: 'Hold On To Hope'

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:35 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, I'll talk about how that massive Powerball jackpot last weekend made me think about all the ways Americans are winners, even if they didn't buy the golden ticket. That's in my Can I Just Tell You essay, and that's later.

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8:44am

Wed May 22, 2013
Law

The Argument For Stop-And-Frisk

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:35 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Today, as you would expect, we are continuing to follow events in Moore, Okla., where residents are recovering from the impact of a deadly tornado. We decided to call on leaders from Joplin, Mo. Two years ago today, that town was also hit. So we thought this would be a good time to check in on Joplin's recovery, and see if there are any lessons Joplin residents can offer their neighbors.

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8:43am

Wed May 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Fifteen Years After A Vaccine Scare, A Measles Epidemic

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 2:39 pm

Luke Tanner, 7, gets vaccinated for measles at a clinic near Swansea, Wales, in April. Wales is at the center of a measles outbreak that has been linked to one death.
Geoff Caddick AFP/Getty Images

Great Britain is in the midst of a measles epidemic, one that public health officials say is the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children after a safety scare that was later proved to be fraudulent.

More than 1,200 people have come down with measles so far this year, following nearly 2,000 cases in 2012. Many of the cases have been in Wales.

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8:37am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Bernanke Hints That The Economy Still Needs Help

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during his Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday before the Joint Economic Committee.
Alex Wong Getty Images

In the nearly impenetrable language that comes with his job, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that even though the economy is doing better, the central bank needs to keep giving it a boost.

The key passage from his prepared testimony:

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8:33am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

'I Have Not Done Anything Wrong,' Key IRS Official Says

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:11 am

Internal Revenue Service Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner as she was sworn in at a hearing held Wednesday by the House Committee On Oversight & Government Reform.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations."

That was the word Wednesday morning from Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the political storm over the agency's targeting of some conservative groups that were given extra scrutiny from 2010 into 2012.

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