10:33am

Fri January 11, 2013
Economy

New Mortgage Rules Not A Fix All

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:55 am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new rules for mortgages this week. But neither the banking industry, nor consumer groups are completely happy. Host Michel Martin gets a sense of the current state of mortgages and foreclosures with real estate columnist Ilyce Glink and Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root.

10:33am

Fri January 11, 2013
Religion

The Buzz On Silent Retreats

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 11:56 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're almost two weeks into the new year. We're thinking about the resolutions that many people may have made, and you often hear people talking about getting their finances in order or eating better or getting in shape, but we also notice that many people are telling us that they are resolving to unplug more from the stress of our fast-paced lives. Some people are saying that they're going to spend more time in silence, so why don't we give it a try? Here it is. Let's go.

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10:21am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

'State Of The Union' Set For Feb. 12

President Obama, Vice President Biden (at left) and House speaker John Boehner at the 2012 State of the Union address.
Saul Loeb DPA /Landov

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has sent President Obama the invitation that precedes each year's State of the Union address:

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10:03am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Ai Weiwei: In China, Lack Of Truth 'Is Suffocating'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:15 am

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in June 2012.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on the suffocation of truth.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on being known despite censorship.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on life in prison.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been outspoken about the lack of freedom in his homeland and was imprisoned in what he and his supporters say was an effort to keep him quiet, told our colleagues at Boston's WBUR this week that the lack of truth in China is "suffocating ... like bad air all the time."

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9:44am

Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:29 am

Tredaptive, a booster of good cholesterol, is dead.
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Drugmaker Merck just stuck a fork in a vitamin-based drug to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The company is withdrawing Tredaptive, a long-acting pill combining niacin (No. 3 in the long list of B vitamins) and laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the unpleasant skin flushing caused by high doses of niacin.

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9:25am

Fri January 11, 2013
Arts

SFA students fine-tune annual film project

Spring semester begins Monday at Stephen F. Austin State University, and at many other colleges in the region. Some students have spent their holiday break fine-tuning a film that will premiere in April. SFA music lecturer Herbert Midgley wrote the sci-fi film, “The Rise of the Robots.” He’s currently assisting students in the cinematography program on post-production. He says more than 100 students have had a hand in producing the feature-length film.

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8:18am

Fri January 11, 2013

7:38am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Feeling Miserable? You're Not Alone, And The Flu Epidemic Has Yet To Peak

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:50 am

Reaching for relief: A customer at a pharmacy in New York City was grabbing some medicine on Thursday.
Andrew Kelly Reuters /Landov

If you haven't caught the flu yet or don't know someone who has, you might want to buy a lottery ticket today. You're one lucky person.

As The Associated Press writes, "from the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms." More than 40 states report "widespread" outbreaks. The flu's been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 children, the AP adds.

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7:35am

Fri January 11, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Let the crape myrtles grow, please

Credit Southern Living

Commentator Gary Borders takes on a troublesome landscaping tradition in the Deep South, the winter pruning of crape myrtles.

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7:33am

Fri January 11, 2013
Television

Season Two Brings Changes For 'Girls'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 2:25 pm

Lena Dunham's series Girls, which follows the lives of a group of young women in New York City, returns to HBO this month.
Jessica Miglio HBO

Of all the cable comedies returning with new episodes Sunday, Girls is the most ambitious — as well as the most unpredictable, and occasionally unsettling.

When thirtysomething premiered on ABC more than 25 years ago — yes, it's been that long — that drama series was both embraced and attacked for focusing so intently on the problems of self-obsessed people in their 30s. What that drama did for that generation, Girls does for a new one — and for an even younger demographic, by presenting a quartet of young women in their mid-20s.

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