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5:45pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medical Panel Recommends No-Cost Birth Control

Health insurance plans may soon have to offer prescription contraception at no upfront cost to women.
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Will all health insurance plans soon have to offer all FDA-approved forms of prescription contraception at no upfront cost to women? They will if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accepts the recommendations released today from an expert panel of the Institute of Medicine.

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4:53pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Public Interest Group Slams Restaurants' Most Unhealthy Meals

NPR colleagues, including Peter Sagal, braved a taste-test of the Denny's Fried Cheese Melt last summer.
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One of the reasons why Americans are still getting fat is that we eat too much. And it doesn't help that the nation's restaurant chains promote their oversized and fattening food items, while at the same time touting their new healthier menu options for kids.

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4:48pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Sen. Warner: 'Gang Of Six' Budget Plan Could Gain Broad Support

As Mark reported earlier, President Obama threw his weight behind a budget plan that a bi-partisan group of senators knows as the "Gang of Six" crafted and presented today.

In an interview with NPR's Robert Siegel, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a member of the gang, said the plan could find support among Republican members of the House of Representatives, who have been adamant about supporting any kind of tax increase.

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4:26pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Science Of Japan's Nuclear Crisis

Commission: U.S. Must Make Nuclear Plants Safer

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says American nuclear plants need to be better prepared for the sudden and continued loss of electric power. Above, the Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Pottstown, Penn.
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America's nuclear reactors need new safeguards to ensure that the kind of accident that destroyed reactors in Japan last March doesn't happen here. That's the conclusion from a 90-day study of the accident undertaken by experts at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Fukushima accident in Japan damaged or destroyed four reactors and spread radiation for miles around the plant and it shook confidence in nuclear power around the world. Shortly afterwards, a task force of engineers at the NRC got their marching orders: figure out how to keep this from happening in the U.S.

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4:26pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Music News

Footmen, Mansions And Jazz: The Life Of 'Nica'

The Baroness and Thelonious Monk.
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She was married to a baron, flew airplanes and fought for the French Resistance in North Africa. She smoked cigarettes from a holder, drove a Rolls Royce and sipped Chivas from a silver flask. And, for the last three decades of her life, she dedicated herself to helping jazz musicians.

Known as "The Jazz Baroness," she was a patron to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey. Charlie Parker died in her hotel room. Now, a new biography called Nica's Dream tells the story of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.

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