4:10am

Wed September 19, 2012
Around the Nation

Good Samaritan's Car Averts Pedestrian Crash

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A flat tire could have been tragic for an Ohio man, but for a good Samaritan who stopped to help and whose own car was then struck by a drunk driver.

Gerald Gronowski told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he and his son would surely have been hit as they stood on the shoulder. All the more miraculous, the stranger, Christopher Manacci, had rescued Gronowski eight years earlier, pulling out a hook embedded in his hand while he was fishing.

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2:14am

Wed September 19, 2012
Sports

As NFL Labor Dispute Drags On, Fill-In Refs Criticized

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now to the NFL, where these days, it's tough to say where the harder hitting is happening right now; on the field, or off - where players, coaches and the media blasted this past weekend's performance by replacement officials. The regular officials were locked out by the league in June because of a labor dispute. Joining us is NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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2:03am

Wed September 19, 2012
Religion

Text Reignites Debate: Did Jesus Have A Wife?

A Harvard researcher says a "new gospel" written on a fragment of papyrus shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife. The fragment — which scholars believe was written in the fourth century — is creating a sensation among New Testament experts.

1:49am

Wed September 19, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:04 am

The most expensive work of art ever sold at auction is going on public display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. For six months starting in late October, museum-goers can stare into the abyss suggested by Munch's iconic image of a screaming man beneath a swirling orange sky.

1:49am

Wed September 19, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an adjustment to the oil supply.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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12:05am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Salt

So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:53 pm

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., talk to reporters about the farm bill at the U.S. Capitol in June.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Congress is set to make a brief appearance in Washington this week, then recess until after Election Day. That means a farm bill is likely to be left undone, just one of the many items on lawmakers' "to-do" lists that won't happen anytime soon.

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12:04am

Wed September 19, 2012
Law

ACLU Pushes For Answers On Drone Strikes

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:28 am

A U.S. Predator drone flies through the night sky over Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration have killed more than a dozen al-Qaida leaders around the world.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration have killed more than a dozen al-Qaida leaders around the world, in places ranging from Afghanistan to Somalia. In speeches and public appearances, U.S. officials say those attacks are legal and essential to protect the nation's security.

But when civil liberties groups asked for more information about targeted killing, the CIA told them it's a secret.

On Thursday, they'll square off in front of a federal appeals court in Washington.

Pushing For Records

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12:04am

Wed September 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Ebola's Other Victims: Health Care Workers

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:51 am

A medical worker from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works at the laboratory where Ebola specimens from the Congo were tested at the start of the latest outbreak.
Stephen Wandera AP

The Ebola virus continues to strike people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since May, the World Health Organization has counted 72 confirmed, probable or suspected cases and 32 deaths.

As usual, a disproportionate share of those cases are health care workers — 23 of them, almost a third.

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12:02am

Wed September 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists See Upside And Downside Of Sequencing Their Own Genes

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Dr. James Watson looks at a reproduction of the structure of DNA, which he helped discover, in this 1962 photograph. Decades later, Watson was one of the first people to have his entire genome sequenced.
Mondadori Mondadori via Getty Images

When scientists were looking for the first person to test a new, superfast way of deciphering someone's entire genetic blueprint, they turned to James Watson the guy who shared a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA.

"They had to sequence someone, so they got me," he says.

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12:00am

Wed September 19, 2012
FBI's war on Berkeley radicals

Today on Your Call: How and why did the FBI target radicals at UC Berkeley in the 60s?

On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Seth Rosenfeld, author of Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power.  “Ultimately,” says Rosenfeld, “this is a cautionary tale about the dangers of secrecy and power.”  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What are your memories of activism in Berkeley in the 60s?  Or if you’re involved today, have you experienced repression?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


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