2:51pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Middle East

In A Ravaged Syrian Village, Planning For The Future

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Rebels of the Free Syrian Army sit on top of a military truck captured from the Syrian army in the village of Khirbet al-Joz along the Turkish border in northern Syria on Oct. 7, in this photo provided by the Edlib News Network, ENN. The rebels hope to put a civilian council in charge and believe such moves could help pave the way for a secular, democratic Syria.
AP

The rebels of the Free Syrian Army recently retook the small farming village of Khirbet al-Joz, just across the border from Turkey. Soon after, Syrian men who had been in Turkish refugee camps returned to the village to see what had happened to their homes.

Activists from a group called the Syrian Emergency Task Force also visited Khirbet al-Joz and filmed video of villagers as they toured the charred ruins.

One man points to a hole in the wall: "Look, this is where the rocket entered. These are Bashar's reforms," he says, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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2:34pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Television

Jessica Lange, Back In Black For 'Horror Story'

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:09 pm

Jessica Lange plays Sister Jude, a stern nun running an insane asylum, in the second season of American Horror Story.
FX

To speak with Ryan Murphy about his show American Horror Story is to hear this declaration repeatedly: "She classes up the joint."

Murphy is referring to his star, Jessica Lange, who recently won an Emmy for her role in the show's first season. If you've been a fan of Lange's film career, from Tootsie to Frances to Blue Sky, you might wonder why this treasure of the American theater, this two-time Oscar winner, is slumming in a lurid cable TV horror show.

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2:32pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Loss Of Balance Is Leading Cause Of Elderly Falls

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:19 pm

A recent study of people in a nursing home found that only 20 percent of falls occurred while the patient was using a walker or wheelchair.
iStockphoto.com

Accidental falls are one of the leading causes of injury death in people over 65 worldwide, but for a long time researchers have struggled to understand just how they happen.

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2:07pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Livestrong CEO: 'We're Proud' Lance Armstrong Founded Organization

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:09 pm

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images
  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on being proud of Armstrong
  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on the charity's mission

The CEO of the Lance Armstrong-founded cancer charity Livestrong tells NPR his organization remains proud that the cyclist and cancer survivor founded Livestrong in 1997 and wants him to remain involved in its work.

"He's our founder. He's been the inspiration for our work for so many years," Doug Ulman told All Things Considered host Melissa Block this afternoon.

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1:57pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Author Interviews

'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:49 pm

Michael Feinstein (right) worked for six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist.
Simon & Schuster

Long before singer and pianist Michael Feinstein became famous in his own right, he had the privilege of working closely with legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin, as his archivist and cataloger. In his new book, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs, Feinstein writes firsthand about the musical world of the American composers and brothers, George and Ira Gershwin.

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1:57pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Australian PM's Fiery Speech, Prompts Change In Definition Of 'Misogyny'

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivering her verbal takedown of the opposition.
ABCNews (of Australia)

Mark pointed out the fiery, unrelenting verbal beat down that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered to the leader of the opposition on the floor of Parliament.

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1:28pm

Wed October 17, 2012
World Cafe

Janka Nabay And The Bubu Gang On World Cafe

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.
Courtesy of the artist

Ahmed Janka Nabay was one of the first musicians to take 500-year-old bubu music outside of his homeland of Sierra Leone, where he'd been a rock star. Nabay was forced to flee the country in the midst of that country's civil war, and eventually wound up in Philadelphia in 2003. Nine years later, Nabay's band has released its first album, En Yay Sah, which blends bubu and electronic dance music.

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1:16pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Take Shots With You, Please

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:24 am

Scott Hensley, Shots host.
NPR

Does Shots look a little different today? You bet.

We've streamlined the design, building on what we learned from the last makeover in early 2011.

The Shots landing page will get a few more tweaks over the next couple of weeks, but the key change is that you'll be able see many more stories at a glance when you visit.

We've got more room for graphics and photos for stories, and there will be less clutter around them, too.

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1:05pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Envoy To Syria Heads To Damascus To Discuss Cease-Fire

Syrian rebels head towards the frontline in Albab, 30 kilometres from the northeastern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Wednesday.
Tauseef Mustafa AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations' special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is on his way to Syria's capital, Damascus, where he will hold talks with Syrian leaders about a proposal to call a cease-fire between government troops and rebel fighters. Brahimi has said he hopes the cease-fire will start next week, for the Eid al Adha holiday.

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1:00pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Solve This

Climate Politics: It's Laugh Lines Vs. 'Not A Joke'

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:11 am

This Sept. 16 image released by NASA shows the amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic, at center in white, and the 1979 to 2000 average extent for the day shown, with the yellow line. Scientists say sea ice in the Arctic shrank to an all-time low of 1.32 million square miles on Sept. 16, smashing old records for the critical climate indicator.
NASA AP

Scientists view climate change as one of the world's most pressing long-term problems. But the issue has barely surfaced in the U.S. presidential race. President Obama has taken steps to address climate change during his time in office. Republican challenger Mitt Romney would not make it a priority in his administration.

In fact, as Romney stood on the stage to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, he used global warming as a laugh line.

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