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All Tech Considered
3:52 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Scott Simon On Sharing His Mother's Final Moments On Twitter

Simon's parents on their wedding day.
Courtesy of Scott Simon

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:33 pm

If you are among NPR host Scott Simon's 1.3 million Twitter followers, you likely know the news. Simon's mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman, entered a Chicago hospital on July 21 and died Monday night. She was 84 years old.

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Shots - Health News
3:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

A Bit Of Thought Makes Finding Out Medical Risks Less Scary

Angelina Jolie took a genetic test to find out her risk of breast cancer, and had a preventive double mastectomy.
Alastair Grant PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:39 pm

Would you want to know your risk of getting heart disease? Diabetes? Or an inherited form of breast cancer?

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All Tech Considered
1:12 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Report: MIT Didn't Target Swartz; Missed 'Wider Background'

Internet activist Aaron Swartz at a rally in January 2012.
Daniel J. Sieradski Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:42 pm

In a long-awaited chronicle of its involvement in the prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials released a 180-page report saying administrators never "targeted" the programmer and committed no wrongdoing. But the report raises questions about existing university policies and whether MIT should have stepped in to actively support Swartz, rather than take its "position of neutrality."

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The Salt
12:45 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Is The Way To Tech Workers' Loyalty Through Their Stomachs?

Ari Dvorin was hired in May as the first corporate chef at SpareFoot, a startup in Austin, Texas. Here, Dvorin cuts suckling pig for a mockumentary SpareFoot made.
Jenny Zhang Courtesy of SpareFoot

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:01 pm

The dazzling array of food options at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, Calif. — 25 cafes at last count — is the much-cited example of tech world food perks. And you can peruse the menus at Airbnb and Facebook to get a taste of an equally high bar for not just free food, but worldly food that is designed to delight and fuel employees to work better and harder.

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Around the Nation
12:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Widows: Getting Your Kids On Board With The Dating Game

Dating after losing a spouse can come with a world of complications. And if you're a parent, it can be especially hard to explain new relationships to children. Two moms who lost their husbands share how they ventured back into dating and how their children reacted.

U.S.
12:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Cities On The Brink: Lessons From Detroit

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn now to the debate about Detroit. It's been almost two weeks since Detroit became the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy in this country, but the debate on why it happened and what lessons, if any, other cities in the country can learn from it are still going on.

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Law
12:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

What's Behind Falling Incarceration Rates?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, we'll talk about elections set for Zimbabwe, where 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe is hoping to win yet another term despite - or maybe because of - what many people call an increasingly abusive dictatorial style of government. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes. But first, we want to talk about an issue that's become a central focus of activists in this country - it's the incarceration rate.

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Obama Meets With Mideast Negotiators

Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the West Wing of the White House with chief negotiators, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (back to camera), Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (right) and others, after a meeting with President Obama on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 8:48 am

President Obama personally met with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, this morning, a White House official tells NPR's Ari Shapiro.

The official called it a "quick check-in," but this is significant because Obama — at least publicly — has largely stayed out of the process, instead letting Secretary of State John Kerry take the lead.

Haaretz reports that Obama called on the negotiators to "exhibit good will and to remain focused and steadfast throughout the talks."

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Defense Workers' Furlough Days May Be Cut

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:36 am

The number of furlough days for civilian workers at the Department of Defense may be cut nearly in half, according to The Associated Press, a result of Pentagon officials finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings within their current budgets.

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Shots - Health News
9:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Unfortunately, that CT scan probably won't help.
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Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 12:18 pm

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

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