5:42pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Is Your Medicine Vegan? Probably Not

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:25 pm

Heparin is an anticoagulant and the prescription version is made from pig, raising concerns for vegans.
Rob Kim Landov

Go looking for animal products, and apparently you will find them everywhere.

That's the takeaway from the book Veganissimo A to Z, recently translated into English for the first time. What's veganissimo? It's veganism of the highest order, according to the German authors Reuben Proctor and Lars Thomsen, who call themselves "professional vegans." (Is veganism a healthful way to eat? Sorry, we're not going there in this post.)

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5:29pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI's 'National Security Letters' Demands Ruled Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Win McNamee Getty Images

A federal judge in California ruled today that the FBI cannot secretly demand data from banks and phone companies in national security cases. The judge said orders that keep those requests secret violate the First Amendment.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The demands known as 'national security letters' became a quick and popular tool for the FBI to gather information without a judge's pre-approval in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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5:27pm

Fri March 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

'Keep Google Reader Running' Petition Hits 100K; Fans Audition Replacements

Google's announcement this week that it would discontinue its Reader after the end of June has left loyal users angry — and scrambling for replacements.
NPR

Google's announcement this week that it will kill its Reader product on July 1 prompted moans of despair from those who rely on the free RSS service to monitor headlines. To illustrate the level of dependency they've come to feel, some are comparing the move to Google abandoning search.

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4:39pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'Where Tigers Are At Home'

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:05 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has just traveled to Brazil and back in an 800-page novel. The book is called "Where Tigers Are At Home." It's by a French novelist named Jean-Marie Blas de Robles and it's just out in English. Here's Alan's review.

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4:19pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Music News

The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:31 pm

Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.
Dorothy Darr ECM Records

Charles Lloyd has a way of talking that sounds a lot like the notes from his saxophone: full of youthful energy, yet packed with experiences reserved for grownups.

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4:19pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

The Man Who Coined 'The God Particle' Explains: It Was A Joke!

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 5:02 pm

This is what researchers at the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider expect a Higgs boson to look like. The Higgs boson is the subatomic particle that scientists say gives everything in the universe mass.
ATLAS Experiment/CERN

We've explained it many times: Physicists are irked when we in the media call the Higgs Boson, "The God Particle."

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3:59pm

Fri March 15, 2013
It's All Politics

Analyst: Portman's Gay Marriage Shift May Be 'Tip Of The Spear' In GOP

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:42 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It is a theme that has become increasingly familiar during the rapid evolution of American political attitudes toward same-sex marriage: People who learn that a friend or loved one is gay are far more likely to support same-sex marriage, even if they were once adamantly opposed.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who became the first Republican in the U.S. Senate to openly endorse same-sex marriage, is simply the latest.

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3:34pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Matchmaker, Er, Match Week, Make Me A Doctor

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 5:16 pm

Match day at Georgetown University School of Medicine on March 15.
Eric Stern for NPR

Match week is the nail-biting time of year that haunts and tantalizes fourth-year medical students with dreams of residency programs. It culminates with the students learning at Friday at 1 p.m. if — and where — a hospital wants to train them to become full-fledged doctors.

Kristin Huntoon, 34, at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Shots the past few months have been nerve-wracking. The fourth-year medical student would notice herself thinking about residency programs while she was in class, or during clinical rotations.

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2:36pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Asia

From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:15 pm

The 12th National People's Congress holds the election for its new president at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.
Wang Zhao AFP/Getty Images

China's new president, Xi Jinping, who was formally elected Thursday, is already engaged in his own anti-corruption campaign, threatening to go after the key players — the tigers as well as the flies.

Confronting the issue is a matter of political self-interest and survival for China's new leaders. The problem is how to root out corrupt officials when so many are quite literally invested in the system.

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2:31pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Record $614 Million In Penalties Levied As Insider Trading Cases Are Settled

Connecticut-based hedge fund CR Intrinsic Investors "has agreed to pay more than $600 million to settle SEC charges that it participated in an insider trading scheme involving a clinical trial for an Alzheimer's drug," the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday.

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