Medical Treatments
6:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

The Facts About The HPV Vaccine

There was a bit of a dust-up at last week's Republican candidate debate. It had to do with Texas governor Rick Perry's 2007 mandate that middle school girls in his state receive the HPV vaccine. Host Audie Cornish gets the facts on that vaccine from Dr. Jessica Kahn of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Politics
4:05 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Can Michele Bachmann Get Her Groove Back?

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann arrives for a rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Friday.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Sun September 18, 2011 8:26 pm

The presidential campaign has been a roller coaster for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

From a back-of-the-pack start, the Tea Party favorite won an upset victory in the Iowa straw poll. Then, Texas Gov. Rick Perry got in the race and eclipsed her as a media headliner, and Bachmann's star fell. After a feisty debate appearance last week that put her back on an upswing, Bachmann headed to southern California to try and get her groove back.

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Environment
3:32 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Documenting The Sound Of Fallen Trees (And Planes)

Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.
Amelia Templeton for NPR

Researchers at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon have spent the past two years documenting the park's natural sound. Often, microphones will pick up the sound of falling trees, elks snacking and coyotes howling.

In even the most remote parts of the park, however, researchers are also hearing airplane noise 15 percent of the time.

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Making Babies: 21st Century Families
2:01 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Donor-Conceived Children Seek Missing Identities

Kathleen LaBounty, here with her daughter, Lexi, has been searching for her biological father.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Second in a two-part report.

Sperm donation has long been shrouded in secrecy, and that seemed in the best interest of both the donors and the couples who used their sperm. But now a generation of donor-conceived children has come of age, and many believe they should have the right to know who their biological parents are.

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U.S.
1:06 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Palestinian Statehood Bid Pits Obama Against Allies

President Obama addresses the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations headquarters in 2010.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 11:30 am

President Obama flies to New York on Monday for an annual presidential tradition that this year could become a diplomatic disaster.

It's the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, when world leaders gather to address the world's problems. The Palestinians plan to ask the U.N. to recognize them as an independent state this week, which puts Obama on a collision course with some of America's closest allies.

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Around the Nation
4:10 pm
Sat September 17, 2011

Nine Die, Dozens Injured After Nevada Air Crash

The death toll rises to 9 in Friday's plane crash at a Reno, Nevada, air show. The pilot and at least eight other people died when a World War II-era plane crashed into the crowd. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz gets the latest from Brian Duggan, a reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal, who's at the site of the crash.

U.S.
2:37 pm
Sat September 17, 2011

Do New Voting Laws Suppress Fraud? Or Democrats?

While campaigning to become Kansas' secretary of state, Kris Kobach held a press conference to make the case for a photo ID requirement at the polls. In his argument, he noted that a man named Alfred K. Brewer, who died in 1996, had voted in the 2010 primary.

There was just one problem with that: Brewer wasn't dead.

Shortly after the press conference, Brewer's wife received a call regarding her husband's "passing."

"And she says, 'Well, why do you want to talk to me? He's out raking leaves,'" Brewer says.

New Crackdowns

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Politics
1:00 pm
Sat September 17, 2011

What Can Obama Do Improve His Approval Rating?

A new New York Times-CBS News poll shows President Obama with an approval rating of 43 percent. That, and other tough news for the president have prompted at least one major Democratic voice, James Carville, to call for a round of White House firings. Weekends on All Things Considered Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about what Obama needs to do to right the ship.

Around the Nation
10:40 am
Sat September 17, 2011

Daughter Of Late Sen. Edward Kennedy Dies

Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, has died. She was 51.

Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, said his sister died Friday while at a Washington, D.C.-area health club.

Kara Kennedy, the oldest of three children, was a lung cancer survivor. Doctors removed a malignant tumor in 2003.

"She's with dad," Patrick Kennedy said. Their father died in 2009.

Patrick Kennedy said his sister loved to exercise but that her cancer treatment "took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically."

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