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Presidential Race
12:23 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Why Race Could Color The Vote Against Obama

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If the polls are a good indicator, the economy, jobs, the deficit, health care and education are likely to be the issues that weigh heavily on voters' minds when they head to the polls in November. But researchers say there may be another factor that influences the presidential vote this election cycle, and that's racial attitudes.

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NPR Story
12:15 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Sizing Up Americans In 'The Weight Of The Nation'

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 12:43 pm

A new four-part documentary airing on HBO next week looks at America's growing weight problem. John Hoffman, vice president of HBO Documentary Films and executive producer of The Weight Of The Nation, describes his three year-project to document the causes and effects of being overweight and obese in America.

NPR Story
12:15 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Tracking The Spread Of A Nasty Virus

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 12:47 pm

When members of a travel soccer team in Oregon fell ill last year, the details of how the disease spread through the team were mysterious. Kimberly Repp, an epidemiologist in Washington County, Oregon, describes the medical detective work that led epidemiologists through the chain of transmission of the norovirus.

The Impact of War
11:46 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Faris Family Fights For Their Military Marriage

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 8:45 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. To all appearances, Chris and Lisa Faris seemed to have it all together. He rose through the ranks of the U.S. Special Operations Command to become its top enlisted man, command sergeant major, and his wife tended to their family and many others on his long deployments.

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Latin America
11:46 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Haiti Aid Worker Reflects On The Limits Of Help

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 3:20 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Aid workers often win applause for their courage and selflessness, for leaving often comfortable lives to help out in wars, famines and catastrophes. But in a recent post on his blog, Quinn Zimmerman, an aid worker in Haiti, gives us a different understanding of the experience. He vented his frustrations, including resentment from some Haitians' incessant begging, and the unwillingness or inability of people to help themselves. Of course, he adds, the need is real, the cause important. Much remains to be done.

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