NPR Story
1:35 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

A New Stage Play Tackles Athletes And Concussions

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:44 pm

Can the repeated brain injuries suffered by some athletes cause problems with brain function later in life? A new play, Headstrong, opening next week in New York, looks at athletes and head trauma, and the high price some athletes end up paying for playing the game.

NPR Story
1:35 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Idea Factory: How Bell Labs Created The Future

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 1:52 pm

In The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, Jon Gertner writes of the legendary innovations developed at AT&T's Bell Labs, from lasers and transistors to solar cells and cell phones, and discusses how the lab became a hotbed for new ideas.

Asia
1:33 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Blind Chinese Activist Flees House Arrest

Yuan Weijing, the wife of activist Chen Guangcheng, is shown with the couple's daughter in a 2007 interview in Beijing. The girl, now 6, is followed to school every day by Chinese security agents, who always check her schoolbag, according to Chen.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 4:56 am

A blind Chinese activist, one of the country's most prominent, has made an audacious escape from house arrest and is safe from Chinese authorities, according to his supporters.

Yet days after Chen Guangchen fled his home, it's not clear exactly where he is. A diplomatic source indicates that he is inside the U.S. embassy, but this has not been confirmed officially.

Chen has attracted international attention with his efforts to prevent forced illegal abortions in China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken out in support of him.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Obama Administration Backs Down From New Child-Labor Rules On Farms

After tough criticism from Republicans, the Obama administration withdrew its proposal for new rules to limit child labor on farms.

The AP reports that yesterday, the Labor Department withdrew the proposed rules "that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards."

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Major College Football Edges Closer To Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
12:19 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

It's All Politics, April 26, 2012

Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 4:12 pm

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Mitt Romney sweeps five primaries and all but locks up the GOP nomination. Even Newt Gingrich agrees Romney is the presumptive nominee. More veepstakes speculation on Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Two centrist House Democrats bite the dust in Pennsylvnaia, while Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch lives to fight another day.

NPR's Ken Rudin and guest host Mara Liasson have the latest political news in this week's roundup.

Pop Culture
11:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Shakira Shuts Out J-Lo At Latin Billboard

The hottest stars of Latin music strutted down the red carpet last night in South Florida, for the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards. Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR Music's Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd to take a look at the winners, the losers, and the surprising snubs.

Barbershop
11:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Shop Talk: 20 Years On, Do We Now All Get Along?

Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys about the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots and whether a "post-racial" America is possible. They also weigh in on controversy in the National Hockey League.

Arts & Life
11:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

School Teacher Tweets On Cycle Of Life

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from Jessica Mogis of Omaha, Nebraska. She's a Montessori school teacher and a recording studio manager. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

Shots - Health Blog
11:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

How Work Is Messing Up Your Sleep

One-third of workers say they're seriously short on sleep.
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Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:24 pm

It's no secret that Americans are short on sleep. But there's been disagreement as to why. A new study says here's one big reason: work.

An analysis from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health asked people where they're working, and how much they sleep. The more people work, the less sleep they're likely to get. And some jobs are much less sleep-friendly than others. Sort of saw those coming, even through our bleary eyes.

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