1:39am

Fri January 3, 2014
Sports

NFL Playoffs To Start With Wild Card Teams In Action

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:51 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. We've gotten through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's. But if you're an NFL fan, the next holiday up is Wild Card Weekend. There is football on Saturday and Sunday. Four wild card teams facing four teams that won their divisions. And there are some pretty interesting storylines to cover. Let's cover them with NPR's Mike Pesca. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Storyline number one - not all the teams playing are wild cards. It is called that but they get to play divisional leaders, don't they?

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1:39am

Fri January 3, 2014
NPR Story

Want To Make Your Life Better? Keep Track Of It

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:51 am

The Quantified Self movement promotes something called life logging. That means tracking all kinds of details of your life in order to improve it. To find out more about the topic, David Greene talks to two people involved with life logging: Kitty Ireland, who works for a life logging app called Saga, and to David Goldstein, who turned to life logging with the help of a coach.

1:39am

Fri January 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Medicaid Expansion Boosted Emergency Room Visits In Oregon

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:51 am

Does having health insurance make it less likely that people will come to the ER? No, says a study in Oregon.
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Giving poor people health insurance, the belief was, would decrease their dependence on hospital emergency rooms by providing them access to more appropriate, lower-cost primary care.

But a study published in the journal Science on Thursday finds that's not the case. When you give people Medicaid, it seems they use both more primary care and more emergency room services.

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12:26am

Fri January 3, 2014
Theater

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 6:23 am

Reeve Carney (right) handed off the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to successor Justin Matthew Sargent in September 2013. The show closes Jan. 4, and the Smithsonian Institution announced today that it's acquiring Carney's costume.
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Regardless of how critics and audiences eventually responded, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was always going to be one of the most-discussed shows in Broadway history. It had songs by U2's Bono and the Edge; it was directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor; it was based on a hit Marvel franchise; there were going to be flying stunts right over the audience's heads.

And then somehow it all went very wrong, from injured actors to huge cost overruns.

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12:25am

Fri January 3, 2014
Architecture

Bjarke Ingels: An Architect For A Moment Or An Era?

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 5:25 am

Ingels stands in the middle of what will become a giant, twisted wedge of an apartment building in New York City.
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In a business that's often poorly paid and anonymous, 39-year-old Bjarke Ingels has become something rare, especially at his age: a "starchitect" in demand.

Now, the Danish architect, who has museums, apartment buildings and parks around the world, is taking his talents to New York City.

'Cracks In The Asphalt'

Models fill his firm's New York City office, including a design for a public pier in Brooklyn that looks like a sea creature.

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12:24am

Fri January 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:16 am

Yonta, 6, rests with her brother Leakhena, 4 months, under a mosquito bed net in the Pailin province of Cambodia, where deaths from malaria have decreased sharply in the past two decades.
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Wiping out malaria is a top goal for many leaders in global health.

Fewer people are dying now from the mosquito-borne disease than at any other time in history. "And there's a very, very strong belief now that malaria can be eliminated," says Joy Phumaphi, who chairs the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.

But when you look at the overall numbers on malaria, eradication almost seems like a pipe dream.

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11:30pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Law

DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 6:08 am

The health care law's requirement that workplace insurance policies include free birth control has been controversial from the get-go.
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The Justice Department will answer a challenge Friday morning to a controversial provision in the new health care law. It requires most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost.

A group of Catholic nuns has objected to that, and this week they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It's an unusual test case, but it won't be the last one.

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11:13pm

Thu January 2, 2014

2:54pm

Thu January 2, 2014
It's All Politics

Partisan Evolution Gap? Politically Insignificant, GOP Says

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:45 pm

A display of a series of skeletons showing the evolution of humans at the Peabody Museum, New Haven, Conn., circa 1935.
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A new national survey showing that the share of Republicans who believe in evolution has tumbled from 54 to 43 percent over the past four years comes at an inopportune time.

The Pew Research poll suggests that the GOP, already struggling with an identity crisis and facing ferocious internal battles, is out of sync on the issue with independents and young voters, who are far more likely to believe in the science of evolution than their forebears.

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2:52pm

Thu January 2, 2014
It's All Politics

Defying GOP Leaders, Rep. Trey Radel Won't Resign After Rehab

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:32 am

U.S. Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., at a Capitol news conference on July 9.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It was November when Republican Trey Radel, a first-term congressman from Fort Myers, Fla., was charged with cocaine possession — a misdemeanor in Washington, D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation.

A few days before Christmas, fresh from a month in rehab, Radel held a news conference with his wife by his side. He apologized and said that alcohol, not cocaine, is his main problem, and that's what he was treated for.

But the main point of his news conference was to say that he would not step down from Congress.

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