12:27am

Fri February 22, 2013
Animals

Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:47 am

Adam Cole NPR

Flowers are nature's ad men. They'll do anything to attract the attention of the pollinators that help them reproduce. That means spending precious energy on bright pigments, enticing fragrances and dazzling patterns.

Now, scientists have found another element that contributes to flowers' brand: their distinct electric field.

Anne Leonard, who studies bees at the University of Nevada, says our understanding of pollinator-flower communication has been expanding for decades.

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12:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Treating HIV Patients Protects Whole Community

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:51 am

HIV drugs not only can keep patients healthy but also can stop the sexual transmission of the virus. Here an HIV-positive mother picks up medications at a hospital outside Johannesburg, South Africa.
Alexander Joe AFP/Getty Images

Over the past few decades, one of the most perplexing questions in global health is how to stop HIV.

There have been campaigns involving condoms, abstinence and even the circumcision of all men younger than 46. But one relatively new strategy, called treatment as prevention, is causing quite a buzz.

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12:24am

Fri February 22, 2013
Crisis In The Housing Market

In Miami, A New Condo Boom Revives Hopes Of Housing Recovery

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:07 am

Brickell CityCentre is a new project that includes retail, offices and two condo towers. In all, some 19 condo towers are going up in downtown Miami, just seven years after the housing market crash.
Greg Allen NPR

Here's a headline that may sound familiar: Miami is in the middle of a condo boom.

Just seven years ago, Miami had a similar surge in condo construction. But it all came crashing down. There was an international banking crisis, and the Florida real estate bubble burst — taking down investors and many developers.

But new towers are once again reshaping the city's skyline.

Peter Zalewski, a real estate consultant with Condo Vultures, says 19 condo towers are now in the works in Miami, with 7,000 total units.

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12:20am

Fri February 22, 2013
Asia

Ex-Inmates Speak Out About Labor Camps As China Considers 'Reforms'

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:59 pm

Some former prisoners of re-education through labor camps and their supporters hold signs in Beijing declaring, "No Re-education Through Labor." Popular opposition to the camps has grown as China's state-run media has highlighted particularly egregious cases.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Shen Lixiu's story is numbingly familiar.

Officials in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing knocked down her karaoke parlor for development. She says they then offered her compensation that was less than 20 percent of what she had invested in the place.

Shen complained to the central government. Local authorities responded by sentencing her to a "re-education through labor" camp for a year. Once inside, Shen says, camp workers tried to force her to accept the compensation.

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12:00am

Fri February 22, 2013
Politics

Today on Your Call: the War in Mali and President Obama's nominees

Benoit Tessier/Reuters

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and Sylvia Burwell, the expected nominee for the Office of Management and Budget. She’s currently president of the Walmart Foundation. We’ll also talk about the ongoing war in Mali. We’ll be joined by the Nation’s Lee Fang, Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald and independent journalist Anna Badkhen who is just back from Mali. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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9:03pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Hollywood Jobs

For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 8:14 am

Spielberg's Schindler's List will mark its 20th year in 2013. Levy was in charge of the publicity campaign for the film and still has his original press kit.
David Gilkey NPR

Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln has earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director. Another Spielberg film — the multi-Oscar winning Schindler's List — will be celebrating 20 years since its release. These films have at least two important things in common: Spielberg and publicist Marvin Levy.

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8:03pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Politics

Out In The Bay 2/21/13

Discussion on Defense of Marriage Act and its impact on LGBT bi-national couples.

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7:03pm

Thu February 21, 2013
StoryCorps

After Prison, A Second Chance To Be A Better Mother

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:42 am

Rowena Gore-Simmons and her daughter, Kenya, now 16, at StoryCorps in Baltimore.
StoryCorps

When Rowena Gore-Simmons went to prison, her daughter, Kenya, was just 4 years old. On her first night behind bars, Rowena recalls, her hands and feet were shackled.

"I was disappointed in myself, and I was scared for you guys," she told Kenya during a visit to StoryCorps in Baltimore.

During the year Rowena was incarcerated, people would often ask Kenya, 'Where's your mother?'

'I didn't tell them nothing," recalls Kenya, now 16. But all the questions, she says, made her feel like an outsider.

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6:23pm

Thu February 21, 2013

5:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Audiophiles

Audiophiles: The hidden musicality of the human voice

Sound designer Jeremiah Moore (right)
Erica Mu

If you had to design music for a performance called Chinese Whispers, you might jump to some pretty familiar sounds – mandolin, bamboo flute, maybe a gong or two. But artist Rene Yung’s Chinese Whispers isn’t that kind of a project. 

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