2:10pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Link Between BPA And Childhood Obesity Is Unclear

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:23 pm

Canned food is a source of BPA exposure, but researchers aren't sure whether it causes childhood obesity. Above, the soup isle at a grocery store in Washington, D.C.
Maggie Starbard NPR

BPA could be making kids fat. Or not.

That's the unsatisfying takeaway from the latest study on bisphenol A — the plastic additive that environmental groups have blamed for everything from ADHD to prostate disease.

Unfortunately, the science behind those allegations isn't so clear. And the new study on obesity in children and teens is no exception.

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2:02pm

Tue September 18, 2012
It's All Politics

'Mother Jones' Journalist: Video Not An Attempt To 'Catch Mitt Romney'

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 6:43 am

The Mother Jones journalist behind the release of a surreptitiously shot fundraising video says the source "did not go there looking to catch Mitt Romney in the act."

David Corn, the magazine's Washington bureau chief, tells NPR's Michel Martin on Tell Me More:

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2:00pm

Tue September 18, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

With Hats And Umbrellas, Senegalese Fill A City Niche

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:09 pm

Senegalese vendor Cheikh Fall prepares his stall in front of Brooks Brothers on 51st Street, just off the Avenue of the Americas in New York City. Fall runs an association of Senegalese vendors that deals with the city over licensing and regulations.
Art Silverman NPR

Careful planning can transform the shape and life of a city. But sometimes, a city's features develop spontaneously — like the immigrant enclaves that grow around certain jobs and trades in urban centers like New York.

Occupational cliches have been a fact of life in the Big Apple for generations. Historically, New Yorkers thought of Jewish tailors, Italian greengrocers or Irish policemen, says Philip Kasinitz, a sociologist with the City University of New York.

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1:42pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Fox Interview, Romney Doubles Down On '47 Percent' Comments

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:31 pm

"This is a message I'm carrying day in and day out and will carry over the coming months."

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12:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

Dr Pepper's Evolution Ad Strikes A Nerve With Some Christians

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:22 am

Dr Pepper's Facebook ad is the latest riff on a 1965 evolutionary graphic, which apparently still has the power to provoke.
Dr Pepper/Facebook

I'm a Pepper, You're a Pepper, but clearly, some people are not Peppers.

Dr Pepper's new Facebook ad campaign featuring an ape moving from all-fours, to seeing a soda on a rock, to an upright man, enjoying a Pepper, is apparently red meat to some creationists who are loudly expressing outrage at the idea that humans evolved from soda-discovering apes.

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12:57pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

What Did Jimmy Carter's Grandson Have To Do With The Romney Video?

There is a partisan side to the video that is giving Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney headaches. The man who found the video online and then negotiated its full release was James Carter IV, President Jimmy Carter's grandson.

If you haven't heard by now, the video was released by Mother Jones and it shows Romney talking bluntly about 47 percent of the country, whom he says pay no taxes and think themselves "victims."

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12:24pm

Tue September 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's '47 Percent' Comments Complicate Swing-State Fortunes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:42 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks to reporters Monday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Charles Dharapak AP

The question of whether Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will be hurt by his characterization of 47 percent of Americans as people who believe they are victims, entitled to health care, food, housing, "you name it," is fairly settled.

Yes, it will — at least in the short run. Romney's problem? There's not much more campaign left than a short run.

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12:01pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Middle East

Journalist Examines Chaotic Fighting In Syria

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:23 pm

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is a correspondent for The Guardian reporting for PBS Frontline.
Martin Argles/The Guardian AP

The battle in Syria is being fought by rebel fighters who lack many of the basics typically associated with warfare: helmets, a large supply of ammo, and military planning.

"I was with one fighter who had 11 bullets, and he was, like, roaming as a freelance fighter along the front line trying to pick up a fight somewhere," journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad tells Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies.

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11:48am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

'Mother Jones' Releases Full, Unedited Romney Video

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:57 pm

11:07am

Tue September 18, 2012
COmmunity voices

Passion Profile: Todd David

In the past few weeks, we’ve asked you to tell us about the most passionate people you know in the Bay Area so that we can share their stories with our listeners. Listener Ellen Schatz nominated Todd David of EdMatch, a program of the San Francisco School Alliance. KALW’s Nina Nicole Morente went out to speak with David and brought back this profile.

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