2:37am

Thu January 17, 2013
Mental Health

Mental Health Advocates Welcome Obama's Gun Orders

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 3:40 am

While many of the proposals President Obama unveiled Wednesday focused on toughening gun laws, they also included efforts to address the nation's fragmented and porous mental health system.

2:37am

Thu January 17, 2013
Politics

Obama Calls On Congress To Act To Reduce Gun Violence

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

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President Obama says he's done what he could on his own. Yesterday he signed 23 executive orders related to gun control. They will allow federal agencies to strengthen the existing background check system and improve the tracking of stolen guns. The big ticket items, like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity clips, will need congressional action.

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12:48am

Thu January 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bad Flu Season Overshadows Other Winter Miseries

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:11 am

People line up at a Duane Reade pharmacy in New York behind a sign announcing the recent flu outbreak.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Dr. Beth Zeeman says she can spot a case of influenza from 20 paces. It's not like a common cold.

"People think they've had the flu when they've had colds," Zeeman, an emergency room specialist at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., tells Shots. "People use the word 'flu' for everything. But having influenza is really a different thing. It hits you like a ton of bricks."

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12:46am

Thu January 17, 2013
Losing Our Religion

Making Marriage Work When Only One Spouse Believes In God

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:11 am

Peyer says that even though she and her husband believe different things when it comes to God, they have found ways to accept and support each other's beliefs.
Leah Nash for NPR

Maria Peyer and Mike Bixby are one of those couples who just seem made for each other. They hold hands when they sit and talk. They're happy to spend the morning cooking brunch with their children in their home in southern Washington.

Bixby and Peyer have known each other since they were young, but got married only a few years ago.

"It just hadn't been the right time, until it was. God bless Facebook," says Peyer.

"She Facebooked me, and asked if I remembered her, and then it just went from there," Bixby says.

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12:46am

Thu January 17, 2013
Losing Our Religion

On Religion, Some Young People Show Both Doubt And Respect

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:11 am

NPR's David Greene leads a discussion about religion with a group of young adults at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

This is the second of a two-part discussion. Read Part 1.

A third of young adults in this country say they don't identify with any organized religion. NPR's David Greene wanted to understand why, so he met with a group of men and women in their 20s and 30s, all of whom have struggled with the role of faith and religion in their lives.

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6:22pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Who passed the first drug laws in America?

"People often forget that at the turn of the last century, drugs were entirely legal," says Bay Area resident Dale Gieringer, coordinator of the California chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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5:57pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Your legal rights 1/16

The Americans with Disabilities Act in the workplace

Chuck Finney is joined by Employment Law attorneys, Lisa Lawson and Phil Horowitz.

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5:21pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

A 21st century approach to drug control

A note to readers and listeners: An earlier version of this transcript incorrectly identified the quotation above from Professor Rob MacCoun as being stated by Beau Kilmer, Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Institute's Drug Policy Research Center. The text has been edited to correct this error, but the audio has not been updated.

2013 marks one hundred years since California outlawed marijuana – and with the state supreme court poised to decide the fate of medical marijuana next month, the relationship between California and the drug could change yet again.

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5:11pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 16, 2013

An update on the legalization of marijuana in California, a history of illegal drugs in America, a play about a 12-year-old boy, listener feedback on San Francisco's legislation to approve TIny Apartments, and local musicians The Cyril Guiraud Trio.

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