12:36am

Fri September 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Swedes Perform Pioneering Uterine Transplants; Americans Not Far Behind

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:39 am

A surgical team with Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, performs the first mother-to-daughter uterine transplant.
Johan Wingborg University of Gothenburg

A Swedish medical team has transplanted uteruses from two women in their 50s to their daughters. Meanwhile, Shots has learned that an Indiana group is recruiting women willing to undergo womb transplants in this country.

"We could go ahead tomorrow if we found the perfect candidate," Dr. Giuseppe Del Priore told Shots.

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12:35am

Fri September 21, 2012
Europe

A Stiletto, A Lamppost And The Soul Of Berlin

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 7:09 pm

Berlin's lampposts bristle with fliers and notices, and Berliners read them avidly. For one resident, the lamps were a natural place to turn when she lost a beloved shoe.
Esme Nicholson NPR

Something horrible has happened in Berlin.

You won't see it on TV or in the newspaper, but I know about it. So do my neighbors.

That's because there's a lamppost on our street, festooned with a note that reads, "A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT HAS HAPPENED." And naturally, once you see a note like that, you have to find out more.

As it turns out, the note was written by 29-year-old Maira Becke. But before I reveal her calamity, I must first explain the significance of lamp posts here in Berlin.

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12:34am

Fri September 21, 2012
It's All Politics

You've Got Mail: Campaigns Still Rely On Snail Mail

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 2:08 pm

A collection of political direct-mail pamphlets produced by the Mammen Group.
Lauren Rock NPR

For those of you who feel you've had quite enough of the political ads airing every night on your TV screens, well, get ready for another sort of deluge.

In the coming weeks, candidates will bombard your mailboxes with ads. It may seem old-fashioned, but the consultants who devise direct-mail campaigns have become sophisticated about knowing whom to reach and what to say.

"It's almost because of the changing media landscape that direct mail remains relevant," says Anil Mammen, who runs a small direct-mail shop in Washington, D.C.

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12:00am

Fri September 21, 2012
Education

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Mohamed Omar

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss the media coverage of Chicago teachers strike. How did media cover the education crisis in Chicago? We’ll also talk about widespread labor protests in Egypt. We’ll be joined by Truthout’s Yana Kunichoff, In These Times Mike Elk, and freelance journalist Ahmad Shokr joins us from Cairo. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 or send and email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

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11:16pm

Thu September 20, 2012
StoryCorps

College Student Recalls High School Homelessness

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 3:04 am

John Horan was dean at the charter school where Tierra Jackson was a struggling student. Part of the reason she struggled: Jackson was homeless.
StoryCorps

When Tierra Jackson was in high school, she was struggling. She kept getting yelled at for being late to school.

What most of her teachers and administrators didn't know was the reason for her tardiness: Jackson was homeless. Her mother was in and out of prison. She and her brother were living with her aunt and cousins. All seven of them shared a single room in one of Chicago's homeless shelters, a long bus ride from her school.

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6:24pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 20, 2012

Hear Here: Meet DaJuan Simpson; Hear Here: Serendipity on the airwaves; Misophonia: the hatred of sound;  Storycorps: A child's struggle with dyslexia; Audiophiles: Cellist Zoe Keating Takes to the Woods.

5:54pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Eyes on the skies

http://www.nasa.gov/

Surprise! These days the space shuttle Endeavor flies 747 like the rest of us.

The retired NASA ship is hitching a piggyback ride from Sacramento to its new home in Los Angeles this Friday. This is the last – and for many of us the only – chance to see Endeavor in the air. The convoy, which started in Houston on Wednesday, will make several low passes at Bay Area landmarks, including the state capitol in Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Nasa Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

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4:24pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Serendipity on the airwaves

East Oakland fifth grader Lita Hernandez shows off the ID badge given to her by her new mentors at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
Audrey Dilling

The 81st Avenue Library is connected to two small elementary schools. So you can imagine how this place is abuzz with loud voices and tiny feet.

“I’ve been able to meet all these wonderful children and fifth graders, and I don’t have children of my own, so it’s a pleasure for me to be able to be a part of a child’s life and to meet kids and to just experience how wonderful they can be, especially the fifth graders,” says Senior Library Assistant, Anthony Propernick.

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4:17pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Storycorps: A child's struggle with dyslexia

Ida Cortez and her mother, Kim Wargo at the Storycorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco.

Ida Cortez is eight years old, and she has already had to overcome a tough challenge in her life. She has the developmental reading disorder dyslexia. She and her mom, Kim Wargo, stepped into the StoryCorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum to discuss how they’re handling it.

Click the player above to listen to the story.

3:59pm

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands In California

Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop the shuttle aircraft carrier, flies over downtown Austin, Texas early Thursday.
Marco Hanson AP

The Space Shuttle Endeavour landed in the Mojave Desert today. In truth, tomorrow will be the spectacular day, when it flies across the California coast, and across the landmarks of San Francisco and Los Angeles, where it will find its new, permanent home at the California Science Center.

Still, the retired shuttle had a poignant day today, taking off from Houston, flying low through Austin and making a special flyover in Tucson, Arizona in honor of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose husband Mark Kelly was in command during its last mission in May 2011.

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