9:06am

Thu August 16, 2012
Music Reviews

Autosalvage: The Psychedelic Band That Vanished

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:14 pm

Autosalvage, a New York quartet, made one album and then stopped playing.
Courtesy of the artist

A little over 10 years ago, a friend with a small record company in England called me and asked if I wanted to do liner notes for an album he was re-releasing. When he told me it was the Autosalvage album, I flipped. Of course I did!

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8:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Africa

Growing DRC Tensions Threaten Regional Stability

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is struggling to deal with rebels operating in the eastern part of the country. It's alleged that some rebels are being backed by the Rwandan government. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks to Reuter's Kinshasa correspondent, Jonny Hogg, about tensions that can threaten regional stability and renew an old rivalry.

8:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Undocumented Youth Line Up For A Chance To Stay

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we go to the Democratic Republic of Congo where a rebellion has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Could it lead to a wider regional war? We'll ask.

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7:52am

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Grappling With The Uncertainty Of Alzheimer's Testing

When does it make sense to test a person for the risk of an incurable illness?
Andrei Tchernov iStockphoto.com

Counselors have long cautioned about the downsides of genetic testing for Alzheimer's disease.

For one thing, the current genetic tests for late-onset Alzheimer's — the type that develops after age 60 and is responsible for more than 90 percent of cases — only indicate a probability of getting the disease. It's not definitive. And consumers' ability to buy life insurance or long-term care coverage could be jeopardized by the results.

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7:43am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Salt

Peaches, Beautiful And Fleeting, Thanks To Fuzzy Thin Skin

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:25 am

Shopper reaches for donut peaches at the Penn Quarter farmers' market in Washington, D.C.
Maggie Starbard NPR

If lately you've noticed the farmers' market flooded with signs that say "donut," "cling," "whiteflesh" and "freestone," you won't be surprised to learn that August is National Peach Month. Though the juicy fruits pack the produce aisles now, in a few short months a good peach might be hard to find.

Many fruits, though harvested in other parts of the world, are available in the United States all year long. So why are peaches so seasonal, and in the winter, either difficult to find or hard as a rock?

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7:33am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Cut Diplomatic Ties? Hide Him In A Crate? How Might Assange Standoff End?

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 9:27 am

Metropolitan Police Officers outside the main door of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is inside.
Will Oliver AFP/Getty Images

Now that Ecuador has said it will give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum as he seeks to avoid being extradited from Great Britain to Sweden by hiding out in Ecuador's London embassy, news outlets are looking at the complicated legal issues involved in cases such as his.

Here are some things we've found fascinating in the coverage:

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6:01am

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Should Lack Of Exercise Be Considered A Medical Condition?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:46 am

Doctors need to prescribe exercise to patients who don't get enough exercise, a Mayo Clinic expert says.
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"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.

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5:51am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Gives WikiLeaks' Assange Asylum

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 7:39 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño just announced in Quito.

Now, the question becomes whether Great Britain will allow Assange to leave Ecuador's embassy in London so that he can travel to the South American nation that is offering him refuge.

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5:48am

Thu August 16, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Thursday August 16, 2012

1955 - Paul Robeson's passport revoked (highlighted story below)
  • 229th Day of 2012 / 137 Remaining
  • 37 Days Until Autumn Begins
  • Sunrise:6:27
  • Sunset:8:01
  • 13 Hours 24 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:5:32am
  • Moon Set:7:14pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 1 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • August 31st @ 6:57am
  • Blue Moon

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5:40am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Held Steady At 366,000 Last Week

There were 366,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 2,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

So what we said last week applies again:

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