11:07am

Thu September 27, 2012
Author Interviews

British Scientist Driven To Find 'Spark Of Life'

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 12:47 pm

W. W. Norton & Company

One night in 1984, British scientist Frances Ashcroft was studying electricity in the body and discovered the protein that causes neonatal diabetes. She says she felt so "over the moon" that she couldn't sleep.

By the next morning, she says, she thought it was a mistake.

But luckily, that feeling was wrong, and Ashcroft's revelation led to a medical breakthrough decades later, which now enables people born with diabetes to take pills instead of injecting insulin.

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10:25am

Thu September 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Abbas Repeats Accusation That Israel Is Waging 'Campaign Of Ethnic Cleansing'

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:47 am

Israel's government effectively rejects a "two-state solution" to its impasse with Palestinians and instead continues to wage a "campaign of ethnic cleansing" in the territories where his people live, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told delegates to the United Nations this afternoon.

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10:22am

Thu September 27, 2012
Movie Interviews

From Sweet To Steely: Amy Adams In 'The Master'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:58 am

Adams is also currently starring in Trouble with the Curve as a lawyer with the makings of a pro baseball scout.
Warner Brothers

When Amy Adams read the script for Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie, The Master, she saw an opportunity to play a character type she'd never played before.

"Somebody who on the surface was very, very mothering, almost genteel, and then underneath, there was this boiling almost rage," Adams tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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10:20am

Thu September 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Doctors Tell Patients They Shouldn't Drive

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 11:49 am

Fire department personnel, police officers and paramedics at the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 401 in Mississauga, Ontario, in July 2011.
Stacey Newman iStockphoto.com

In Ontario, doctors get paid $36.25 each time they warn patients who might be unfit to drive and report them to the provincial transportation department.

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9:05am

Thu September 27, 2012
The Two-Way

At U.N. Myanmar Leader Praises Suu Kyi, Highlights Changes

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:58 am

Myanmar President Thein Sein addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting on Sept. 27
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar President Thein Sein made his debut at the U.N. General Assembly today, using his speech (posted here) to enumerate the democratic reforms implemented so far during his 18 months in office.

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8:55am

Thu September 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 11:41 am

A closeup from the portrait that a Swiss foundation says is an early "Mona Lisa" by Leonard Da Vinci.
Denis Balibouse Landov
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The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci.

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8:43am

Thu September 27, 2012
Sports

Gabby Douglas: I Had A Job To Do In London

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:54 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

It was an iconic moment, really one of those amazing Olympic moments when a brilliantly smiling Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win a gold medal in the individual all-around. People were amazed as she twisted her petite frame and flew through the air with both power and grace. It was the second gold for Douglas. She and her teammates won the team gold medal as well, and since then Gabby Douglas and the rest of the Fabulous Five have become celebrities.

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8:43am

Thu September 27, 2012
Economy

Housing Prices Up, But Market Far From Recovered

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:54 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Eric LeGrand was a star college football player until a tackle left him paralyzed. We'll speak with him about his new memoir and his new life. That's in a moment.

But, first, let's turn to housing. The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index is one of the top measures of the U.S. housing market and the latest report just out this week says prices are on the rise.

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7:34am

Thu September 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Search For Jimmy Hoffa Leads To Driveway Near Detroit

Jimmy Hoffa on July 24, 1975. He disappeared six days later.
Tony Spina MCT /Landov

The 37-year-old search for Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa moves to a driveway in Roseville, Mich., on Friday.

"Police will be taking soil core samples," the Detroit Free Press reports, after receiving what they say is a "credible" tip that around the time of Hoffa's 1975 disappearance someone was buried under what's now a driveway in a Roseville residential neighborhood.

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7:24am

Thu September 27, 2012
It's All Politics

2012 Gender Gap Could Be Historic, But Maybe Not For The Reason You'd Think

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:26 am

Supporters of Planned Parenthood wave banners during a rally for President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, ahead of the opening of the Democratic National Convention.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

A slew of new presidential polls released this week not only confirm a long-established gender gap among voters, but also suggest that the male-female preference divide in this year's presidential contest could hit historic levels.

It may surprise that that divide appears not driven by social issues and arguments over reproductive care or choices, analysts say, but largely by the national conversation over the size of government.

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