2:00pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Gabrielle Giffords Stars In First Ad Paid By Her Gun Control Super PAC

A screen shot of a new ad calling for stricter gun-control laws.
YouTube

The Super PAC founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, the former astronaut Mark Kelly, has released its first television ad.

It features Giffords, who was shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., front and center.

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1:56pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Need A Price For A Hip Operation? Good Luck With That

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 6:44 am

If you bought this 1954 Buick when it was new, the price was just about as mysterious as it is today for hip replacement surgery.
Hugo90 Flickr

Let's say your 62-year-old granny is feeling creaky. One of her hips has been giving her trouble, and her doctor tells her it's time to get it replaced with an implant.

There's a catch. Grandma isn't old enough for Medicare and she doesn't have health insurance. She does, however, have a stack of cash in the bank and is willing to pay for surgery right away.

So how much will it cost her?

Who knows. Seriously.

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1:30pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Pig Manure Reveals More Reason To Worry About Antibiotics

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 11:52 am

Pigs at a farm in Beijing peer out at visitors. Half of all the pigs in the world live in China.
Ng Han Guan AP

There's a global campaign to force meat producers to rein in their use of antibiotics on pigs, chickens and cattle. European countries, especially Denmark and the Netherlands, have taken the lead. The U.S. is moving, haltingly, toward similar restrictions.

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12:27pm

Mon February 11, 2013
KALW Almanac

Monday, February 11, 2013

 

San Francisco  sunrise:   7:04 a.m.                Sunset 5:45 p.m.    

Day Length:   10 hours, 41 minutes

Moonrise:   7:34 am.                                       Moonset:  7:45 p.m.

On this date in history ...

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12:27pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

How To Pick A Pope (With Latin Subtitles)

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 6:27 am

Black smoke rises from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on April 18, 2005. Black smoke signaled that the cardinals sequestered inside had failed to elect a new pope, after the death of Pope John Paul II.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

For lovers of the lapsed language Latin, the selection of a new pope is an ecstasyfest.

The Roman Catholic Church is so steeped in centuries-old traditions, Pope Benedict XVI announced his surprise retirement on Monday the old-fashioned way — in Latin.

"Fratres carissimi," the Pope's retirement announcement began. Beloved brothers ...

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12:14pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Papal Resignation: Sifting Through Theology And The Effect On The Office

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:10 pm

A Statue of St Peter outside St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican.
Vicenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

As The National Catholic Reporter points out, one of the reasons Pope Benedict XVI's resignation is so surprising is because "most modern popes have felt resignation is unacceptable. As Paul VI said, paternity cannot be resigned."

Indeed, as Mark noted earlier, a papal resignation hasn't happened for nearly 600 years.

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11:33am

Mon February 11, 2013
Author Interviews

An 'Autopsy' Of Detroit Finds Resilience In A Struggling City

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 7:36 am

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Detroit native Charlie LeDuff says that the city must forget the future and instead focus on the present. His new book is called Detroit: An American Autopsy.
Carlos Osorio AP

For some, Detroit may be a symbol of urban decay; but to Charlie LeDuff, it's home. LeDuff, a veteran print and TV journalist who spent 12 years at The New York Times, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, returned home to the city after the birth of his daughter left him and his wife — also a Detroit native — wanting to be closer to family.

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11:07am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Vote On Names For Pluto's Little Moons; 'Nemo' Not Among Nominees

An artist's illustration, which Hubble Site says shows the Pluto system from the surface of one of its moons.
NASA.gov

Most Two-Way readers who answered our question weren't big fans of calling this past weekend's blizzard by the name "Nemo."

So, many may be relieved to know that Nemo is not among the 12 choices on the SETI Institute's list of nominated names for Pluto's two smallest moons.

The list:

  • Acheron
  • Alecto
  • Cerberus
  • Erebus
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11:00am

Mon February 11, 2013
Middle East

Violence In Syria's Capital Escalates, Along With Refugee Crisis

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 6:40 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. The numbers from Syria can leave you numb: nearly 700,000 refugees now in neighboring countries, and the U.N. says their numbers grow by 5,000 every day, maybe two million internally displaced, 60,000 dead again according to the U.N., and that estimate came before the most recent intensification of combat in and around Damascus.

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11:00am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

After Pope's Surprise Resignation, A Flood Of Speculation

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:40 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Monday and time now for the Opinion Page. And after today's stunning news from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign, we want to hear your opinion on his legacy. 800-989-8255 is our phone number. Email us: talk@npr.org. You can also join the conversation at our website. That's at npr.org, click on TALK OF THE NATION.

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