Congress returns Monday to take up what looks like a year's worth of unfinished business: unemployment benefits, gays in the military, expiring tax cuts and funding to keep the government running. Out of the gate, the Senate will vote on banning earmarks and making a fix to the health care bill. NPR's David Welna tells all to host Liane Hansen.
Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger of the National Institutes of Health looked into a microscope this summer and saw something unexpected. He had been looking for evidence of a flu virus. Instead, he found the earliest known proof of sickle-cell anemia. Host Liane Hansen interviews Maryn McKenna of Wired magazine about the chance discovery of the first tissue sample of sickle-cell anemia.
As Congress heads into its lame-duck session to face remaining business, now may be as good a time as any to note some of the legislation that it passed this year. Host Liane Hansen rattles off a few of the legislative items that have passed muster during the tenure of the 111th Congress.
Children who have siblings with chronic illnesses or disabilities often find their lives are constantly interrupted by medical emergencies that trump regular kid cares like birthday parties and soccer games. These children learn at an early age to put another person's needs first and are often better adjusted in the long run.
International negotiations on how to deal with climate change resume Monday in of Cancun, Mexico, though expectations for this meeting have been reduced dramatically. Host Liane Hansen talks about the state of international climate diplomacy with NPR's Christopher Joyce.