Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Ai Weiwei: In China, Lack Of Truth 'Is Suffocating'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 9:15 am

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in June 2012.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on the suffocation of truth.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on being known despite censorship.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on life in prison.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been outspoken about the lack of freedom in his homeland and was imprisoned in what he and his supporters say was an effort to keep him quiet, told our colleagues at Boston's WBUR this week that the lack of truth in China is "suffocating ... like bad air all the time."

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Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:29 am

Tredaptive, a booster of good cholesterol, is dead.

Drugmaker Merck just stuck a fork in a vitamin-based drug to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The company is withdrawing Tredaptive, a long-acting pill combining niacin (No. 3 in the long list of B vitamins) and laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the unpleasant skin flushing caused by high doses of niacin.

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Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Feeling Miserable? You're Not Alone, And The Flu Epidemic Has Yet To Peak

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:50 am

Reaching for relief: A customer at a pharmacy in New York City was grabbing some medicine on Thursday.
Andrew Kelly Reuters /Landov

If you haven't caught the flu yet or don't know someone who has, you might want to buy a lottery ticket today. You're one lucky person.

As The Associated Press writes, "from the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms." More than 40 states report "widespread" outbreaks. The flu's been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 children, the AP adds.

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Fri January 11, 2013

Season Two Brings Changes For 'Girls'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Lena Dunham's series Girls, which follows the lives of a group of young women in New York City, returns to HBO this month.
Jessica Miglio HBO

Of all the cable comedies returning with new episodes Sunday, Girls is the most ambitious — as well as the most unpredictable, and occasionally unsettling.

When thirtysomething premiered on ABC more than 25 years ago — yes, it's been that long — that drama series was both embraced and attacked for focusing so intently on the problems of self-obsessed people in their 30s. What that drama did for that generation, Girls does for a new one — and for an even younger demographic, by presenting a quartet of young women in their mid-20s.

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Fri January 11, 2013
KALW Almanac

Friday January 11, 2013

  • 11th Day of 2013 / 354 Remaining
  • 68 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:24
  • Sunset:5:11
  • 9 Hours  47 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:7:03am
  • Moon Set:5:35pm
  • New Moon @ 11:45am
  • The Next Full Moon
  • January 26 @ 8:40pm
  • Full Wolf Moon
  • Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon.
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Fri January 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Lost Duffel Bag Returned To World War II Vet

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:35 am



Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Nearly seven decades ago, a young soldier from Indiana left his green duffel bag on a French battlefield in World War II. This week, William Kadar's granddaughter, also an Army veteran, presented him with the bag still stenciled with his name and serial number. A teenager in France had found it in his own grandfather's house. Kadar was captured by the Germans, and has said: It's a miracle I came home.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.


Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: FAA To Order Review Of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:05 am

The interior of a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Update at 9:42 a.m. ET. Review Ordered:

Saying that "we are confident about the safety of this aircraft, but we are concerned about these incidents," Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta confirmed Friday morning that his agency has ordered a review of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner after a series of problems in recent days, including fuel leaks and an electrical fire.

The planes are not being grounded. Boeing says it welcomes the review and is confident in the aircraft's safety.

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Fri January 11, 2013
Around the Nation

After Pot Skit, School Invites Jimmy Kimmel To Visit

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:35 am



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Humboldt State University invited Jimmy Kimmel to come see for himself. The TV host mocked the university for its marijuana research program. He ran a fake commercial, saying graduates could enjoy careers like dog walking or Occupying Wall Street. The university and student body presidents wrote a letter saying the skit was funny, but unfair. And now the school has invited Kimmel to deliver its commencement address. No word if he'll bring a match.

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Fri January 11, 2013

Major League Baseball Enacts Anti-Doping Policies

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:35 am



Major League Baseball has enacted new anti-doping policies that are being described as unprecedented in American professional sports. Yesterday, Major League Baseball and its Players Union said that starting next year they will be fighting the use of human growth hormone and testosterone - two allegedly popular banned substances.

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman has been covering this story. Tom, good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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