Fri July 8, 2011
The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

From The Movies, Lessons On Privatizing Outer Space

Hollywood history is littered with cautionary tales about corporate takeovers of outer space, but in 2001: A Space Odyssey, things looked oddly familiar: Interstellar travelers flew Pan Am and stayed in Hilton hotels.

During the space race in the 1960s, only governments had deep enough pockets to send humans into orbit. Now, with many of the world's governments in hock up to their eyeballs and NASA's space shuttle going into retirement, commercial ventures are poised to pick up where the shuttle leaves off.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Will There Be A New Venue For National Western Stock Show? CIO Debates

The Annual Denver Western Stock Show may be moving from its current venue in Denver. It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and "Colorado Inside Out" are taking about.


Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Women Likely To Wear 'Black Widow' Uniforms Against Brazil

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 4:31 pm

A Good Luck Charm? The U.S. women's team is undefeated when wearing all black since the uniforms were introduced on May 14. In that game against Japan, Ali Krieger battled for control of the ball.
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team will be looking for a spark when they play Brazil Sunday in an elimination match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. One source of inspiration could be their new all-black uniforms, which the U.S. team reportedly plans to wear for the first time in Germany.

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Fri July 8, 2011
Science And Medicine

A Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida Comes Of Age

Drs. Lee Sutton and Scott Adzick perform prenatal surgery on Sarah White's fetus. The fetus has spina bifida β€” a hole in the lower back that exposes the spinal cord.
Jane Greenhalgh NPR

When she was 19 weeks pregnant, Sarah White went for a routine ultrasound and got a shock.

"I could tell that something was wrong because the ultrasound tech got real quiet," White says.

White's male fetus had spina bifida β€” a hole in his lower back that exposed the vulnerable spinal cord.

"When they said, 'Your baby has spina bifida,' I knew it wasn't good," says Joe Hensley, White's husband. "But I didn't have a sense of what was involved."

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Fri July 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors May Misread Expressions When Seeing A Parkinson's Patient


Doctors and other health practitioners may need to pay more attention to their own biases when seeing people with Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that affects muscle control.

It's not always easy for those caring for people with Parkinson's to judge how the patients are coping with the condition because of the way it can interfere with how they express emotion.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Cameron Vows Full Probe Of Phone Hacking Scandal

Investigators carry bags of evidence from the home of Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor and Cameron aide, in London on Friday. Police arrested Coulson in the phone hacking scandal.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced two investigations into the phone hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid and led to the arrest Friday of the paper's former top editor, a former Cameron aide.

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Fri July 8, 2011
Science And Medicine

Why Black Women, Infants Lag In Birth Outcomes

Originally published on Wed July 20, 2011 1:52 pm

The overwhelming majority of babies in the U.S. are born healthy, and their growth brings joy and comfort to their parents.

But across the country, there is a whopping disparity in birth outcomes based on race. Black women fare worse than white women in almost every aspect of reproductive health.

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Fri July 8, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

Dreams And Danger: Notes From The Migrant Trail

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:40 am

NPR reporter Jason Beaubien walks on railroad tracks while reporting a story about the dangers that face Central American migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico.
David Rochkind for NPR

NPR's Jason Beaubien has traveled from Central America through Mexico in recent weeks, following a route that many migrants take trying to reach the U.S. It's a journey that has grown increasingly dangerous as some of Mexico's most brutal drug cartels strengthen their control over the smuggling and extortion of migrants. He sent these reflections from the migrant trail.

Flores, Guatemala

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Fri July 8, 2011

Obama Scrambles To Respond To Bleak Jobs Report

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 1:52 pm

Obama discusses the new monthly jobs report in a cloudy Rose Garden on July 8.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

After a terrible unemployment report in May, people hoped for a change of direction in the latest numbers. But the jobs report that came out Friday morning shows that the situation is even worse today. The economy created only 18,000 jobs in June. Unemployment rose for the second month in a row, hitting 9.2 percent. The Obama White House tried to put the best face on a dismal situation as the stalling recovery provided an opportunity for Republicans to continue hammering the president's economic policies.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Week In Politics: Unemployment Numbers; Debt Ceiling

Michele Norris reviews the week in politics with our regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.