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1:32 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Tiny Magnetic Beads Help Tame Severe Reflux For Some People

Ralph Thomas plays the harp at his house in Arlington, Vt. His reflux symptoms weren't controlled by medication, so he decided to have surgery to install a LINX device.
Herb Swanson for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:48 am

Call it what you will — acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or just plain heartburn. About 1 in 5 Americans suffer symptoms each week. They spend $10 billion a year on medication to relieve those symptoms, including indigestion, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Some even get major surgery to cure this digestive disorder.

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Code Switch
10:51 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Yuri Kochiyama, Activist And Former World War II Internee, Dies At 93

Yuri Kochiyama looks at a memorial for World War II Japanese-American internees at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Rohwer, Ark., in 2004.
Mike Wintroath AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 4:50 pm

  • Listen to NPR's interview with Yuri Kochiyama in 2004

Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama has died of natural causes in Berkeley, Calif., at age 93. The lifelong champion of civil rights causes in the black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American communities died peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, according to her family.

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Around the Nation
5:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

When A Bullet Misses Its Target, It Can Still Kill

Chicago police detectives investigate the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park in Chicago in 2013.
Paul Beaty AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:08 am

In May, multiple people were struck or even killed by stray bullets in cities across the country, including Sacramento, Calif., and Des Moines, Iowa. In Washington, D.C., a 6-year-old is recovering from getting shot on a playground.

Thursday, Betty Howard, a 58-year-old special education teacher, was talking with friends inside a real-estate office in Chicago's South Side when she was killed by a stray bullet.

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Around the Nation
3:13 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

'Freedom Is Yours': American POW Is On His Way Home

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 5:04 pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jessica Robinson, correspondent with the Northwest News Network, about American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, and how his hometown in Idaho is reacting to the news of his release.

Middle East
3:13 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Political Division Over Effect Of Swapping 5 Detainees For POW

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 5:04 pm

In exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. transferred five detainees from Guantanamo to Qatar. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry about the swap.

The Two-Way
10:59 am
Sun June 1, 2014

In The Midst Of A Historic Lull, Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off

Barbara Cassidy stands in front of her Davie, Fla., mobile home one month after Hurricane Wilma destroyed her home in 2005. Wilma was the last major storm to make landfall in the U.S.
J. Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:57 am

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is now officially upon us. And it comes in the midst of a historic lull.

Time explains that it's been 3,142 days since a Category 3 hurricane or stronger made landfall in the United States. The last one was Hurricane Wilma, which at its peak had winds of 185 mph and made landfall in Florida in 2005.

"That's an unprecedented streak, going back to 1900—the longest drought before the current one was nearly 1,000 days shorter," Time goes on.

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National Security
10:10 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Was Negotiating With The Taliban The Only Way To Free Bergdahl?

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 10:47 am

Rep. Mike Rogers is critical of negotiating with the Taliban, but an exchange took place to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The Two-Way
7:56 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Co-Owner Of 'Philadelphia Inquirer' Among 7 Killed In Plane Crash

Businessman Lewis Katz was among the seven people killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts on Saturday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 10:57 am

The co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among seven people killed in a plane crash on Saturday in Massachusetts.

Inquirer editor Bill Marimow told his newspaper that 72-year-old Lewis Katz was on board the Gulfstream IV private jet headed for Atlantic City.

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Around the Nation
5:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

POW's Hometown Worked For Years To Bring Him Home

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:52 pm

Stefanie O'Neill has been leading the "Bring Bowe Back" campaign in Hailey, Idaho. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to O'Neill about the hometown reaction to POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release.

Education
5:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:43 pm

Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.

National Security
5:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Did Suicide Bomber Catch The 'Virus Of Jihadism' In Florida?

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:42 pm

A U.S. citizen who blew himself up in a suicide attack in Syria last week grew up in Florida, according to U.S. officials. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to former FBI Intelligence adviser Philip Mudd.

Environment
5:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Obama To Wield Executive Power To Limit Carbon Emissions

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 10:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

As we just heard, tomorrow, the Environmental Protection Agency will announce new regulations aimed at cutting carbon pollution. To hear more about that, we're joined by Michael Oppenheimer. He's a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University. These regulations are the president's most ambitious plan yet to combat climate change. Professor Oppenheimer, from your vantage point, how significant is this announcement?

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Europe
5:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Obama's Europe Trip To Mark Poland, D-Day Anniversaries

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 10:47 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. President Obama wrapped up a big week full of highs and lows - from his foreign policy speech at West Point to the resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki, and the news that the sole American POW from the Afghan war has been released.

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Shots - Health News
5:31 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

Lots of basic science leads to some clinical trials and, if all goes well, new cancer treatments.
thelinke/iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:31 am

News about cancer therapies usually comes out in medical journals with the regular rhythm of an IV drip. But every now and then information comes out in a flood.

That's the case this weekend. The American Society of Clinical Oncology is holding its 50th annual meeting in Chicago. The convention typically attracts 30,000 attendees, making it one of the biggest cancer meetings of the year. And the amount of new information must be bewildering for even the most intrepid doctors.

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Movie Interviews
4:20 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

What Is Courage?: 'Korengal' Breaks Down War In Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Patterson checks his men at Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan, as documented in the new film Korengal.
Outpost Films

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:42 pm

In the new documentary Korengal, journalist and director Sebastian Junger again takes viewers into Afghanistan's Korengal Valley — once considered one of the military's most dangerous postings.

The film uses footage shot by Junger and the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington. Between 2007 and 2008, Junger and Hetherington spent 10 months with a platoon of about 30 men at an outpost called Restrepo.

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Afghanistan
3:43 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

American POW Released From Taliban After 5 Years

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:42 pm

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National Security
3:43 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

A Weapon Without A Mission: U.S. Developing Boost-Glide Missile

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:20 pm

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Technology
3:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Is There A Driverless Car In Your Future?

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:20 pm

Earlier this week, Google debuted a fully functional driverless car — one built without a steering wheel or brake pedals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Brad Templeton, who's advised Google on its car program, about what a future without drivers might look like.

U.S.
3:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Catching Up: What The VA Secretary's Resignation Means

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:20 pm

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Afghanistan
3:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Who Won The War In Afghanistan? Perhaps No One

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:20 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

The release of the Sgt. Bergdahl neatly capped off a week in which President Obama laid out the plan for the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan. At the end of this year, just under 10,000 troops will remain in a support role. By the end of 2016, they'll also be gone. The president did not declare victory. He just said that it was time to turn the page. So in the end, who won?

HASSAN ABBAS: I guess no one, but we'll not know for the next five to ten years, I would guess.

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Business
11:22 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Regulators And Airlines Fight Over Fares, Fees And Fairness

The government wants airlines to be more up front with passengers about the total cost of tickets.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

This week, the Department of Transportation hit Southwest Airlines with a $200,000 fine for touting a fare that did not exist. The carrier had said in a TV ad that customers in Atlanta could fly to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles for just $59. But the bargain fare turned out to be too good to be true.

Southwest, which paid a fine for a similar problem last year, says the ad was a mistake. The airline pulled it as soon as the error was discovered.

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History
9:38 am
Sat May 31, 2014

If D-Day Failed, Eisenhower Was Ready To Take The Blame

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:28 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Seventy years ago next week, about 2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen - many of them not much older than schoolboys - masked in the south of England to undertake the largest invasion of all time.

Each soldier received an order of the day from the Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, that said, the eyes of the world are upon you, the hope and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.

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Around the Nation
7:35 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Abortion Services Return To Town Where George Tiller Was Murdered

Executive Director Julie Burkhart stands next to a portrait of Dr. George Tiller at the South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, Kan. Burkhart runs the center, which recently opened in the same building where Tiller's clinic once operated.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:24 am

Five years ago, Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed at the Wichita, Kans., church where he was an usher. Tiller was widely known for performing abortions in late pregnancy and had become a target for protests.

It was the morning of May 31, 2009, and fellow usher Gary Hoepner remembers they had finished their greeting duties and had walked out into the waiting area to get a doughnut.

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The Two-Way
6:54 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Border Patrol Releases New Use-Of-Force Guidelines, Critical Report

A Border Patrol agent looks to the north near where the border wall ends as it separates Tijuana, Mexico, (left) and San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 10:00 am

After first balking at the suggestion, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has now released a critical report of how its officers use deadly force in the case of rock-throwers and moving vehicles. The agency also unveiled an updated handbook that incorporates many of the recommendations issued by the law-enforcement panel.

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The Impact of War
5:40 am
Sat May 31, 2014

With VA Hospitals Overtaxed, Vets May Have To Go Private

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Following General Shinseki's resignation is as head of Veterans Affairs came the questions - the big questions about how to fix the VA and who's best to lead it. NPR's Tom Bowman covers the Pentagon. He's been speaking with veterans' groups and VA watchers and joins us in our studios.

Tom, thanks so much for being with us.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: You're welcome, Scott.

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The Impact of War
5:40 am
Sat May 31, 2014

New Acting VA Secretary Faces Cultural Challenges

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:38 am

Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned over the growing health care scandal. He said remaining in office would only distract from carrying out needed reforms.

Mental Health
5:40 am
Sat May 31, 2014

One Wealthy Couple's Mission To Save Marriages, En Masse

Self-help guru Harville Hendrix and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt are offering free relationship therapy workshops to Dallas-area couples. Many of the couples who attend have never gone to relationship counseling.
Courtesy of Darren Rollinson

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 4:29 pm

At a church in South Dallas, in one of the poorest parts of town, the room is packed with hundreds of couples. They're sitting, holding hands and staring into each other's eyes.

Their hosts, multi-millionaire couple Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, are on a mission: to save marriages. They're trying to saturate the city with relationship counseling at workshops like this one, aiming to reach couples who wouldn't or couldn't otherwise afford to attend conventional marriage counseling.

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Around the Nation
5:40 am
Sat May 31, 2014

In Pizza Kitchens And On Assembly Lines, Temp Workers Face Abuse

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

More than 50 years after "Harvest Of Shame" aired, a new kind of migrant worker still toils in America. That's according to Michael Grabell, an investigative reporter with propublica.org. He says that temporary workers - according to U.S. labor department figures - are one of one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy. And the nature of their work makes it ripe for abuse. Michael Grabell joins us from New York. Thanks very much for being with us.

MICHAEL GRABELL: Thank you for having me.

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Health
5:40 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Measles Hits 20-Year High In U.S.

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Measles was eliminated in the year 2000 from the United States, but a lot can change in a few years. Today, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says the infection rate is at a 20-year high for measles. There have been 288 cases reported for the first five months of 2014. A couple of weeks ago we spoke to William Schaffner, who teaches preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University, about this very issue and he told us the huge factor in the outbreak is a lack of vaccinations.

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The Two-Way
7:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Investor Carl Icahn Reportedly At Center Of Insider Trading Probe

Billionaire financier Carl Icahn is reportedly at the center of an insider trading probe being conducted by the FBI and SEC.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:23 am

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas sports gambler "Billy" Walters are reportedly the target of an investigation by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged insider trading.

The Wall Street Journal says the agencies "are examining whether Mr. Mickelson and Mr. Walters traded illicitly on nonpublic information from Mr. Icahn about his investments in public companies, people briefed on the probe said."

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