5:14am

Sat June 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:11 pm

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, opposes Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Medicaid and controversy seem inseparable in many states lately. For the most part, the wrangling is about a new wrinkle in Medicaid — the expansion of the health program for the poor and disabled under Obamacare.

Mississippi, though, is raising the stakes. Democrats and Republicans in the state are in a fight, and the outcome could threaten the very existence of the entire Medicaid program there.

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7:23pm

Fri June 21, 2013
National Security

U.S. Charges NSA Leaker Snowden With Espionage

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

NPR has learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has prepared the documents to formally charge Edward Snowden with espionage. Snowden is the former contractor who has publicized details of two U.S. surveillance programs through the British newspaper The Guardian. NPR's Carrie Johnson joins us now with the latest, and Carrie, everyone's been waiting for this shoe to drop. What do we know about the government's plans to proceed?

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7:11pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Ghost Island Looms Large Among Displaced Inupiat Eskimos

King Island is only accessible via helicopter or chartered boat.
Rachel D'Oro AP

Out in Alaska's Bering Sea, about 90 miles from Nome, sits a small, rocky island that used to be home to a couple of hundred Inupiat Eskimos. They lived in houses built on stilts, perched on rocky cliffs.

Then, about 50 years ago, the threat of rock slides, the spread of tuberculosis and the loss of men to World War II forced residents to relocate to the mainland. King Island has been a ghost island ever since.

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5:20pm

Fri June 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

NSA Leak Could Be Bad Business For U.S. Tech Companies

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The disclosure of previously secret National Security Agency surveillance programs has left many Americans worried that the privacy of their personal data and communications is in jeopardy.

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5:20pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Around the Nation

At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island draws hundreds of thousands of revelers each June. After sustaining significant damage during Superstorm Sandy, the nonprofit that runs the parade was almost unable to host this year's event, scheduled for Saturday.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.

The Mermaid Parade is a nautically themed and occasionally naughty parade that draws close to a million people to Coney Island, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, each June. Sandy nearly drowned the organization that hosts the parade, but supporters donated more than $100,000 to get the parade back on its fins this year.

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5:20pm

Fri June 21, 2013
The Two-Way

After Quick-Fire Criticism, Paula Deen's Contract Is Toast

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 5:59 pm

Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes.
Chia Chong

Paula Deen's contract with The Food Network expires at the end of June — and it won't be renewed.

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4:56pm

Fri June 21, 2013
The Salt

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:09 pm

For octopus flesh to be tender enough to grill, it must be dried in the sun at least one full day.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, and it's still on the menu of the country's many psarotavernes, or fish taverns.

On the islands, where the catch is often fresh, octopus is grilled over charcoal, seasoned with fresh lemon and served with ouzo. Friends and families often share this special summer meze during a hot day at the beach.

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4:53pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

4:53pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Media

Is It Ethical? Universities Pay Newspaper For Coverage

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

Copies of The Orange County Register slide through the presses. The Register is the country's 20th most-read daily, with a circulation of about 285,000.
Grant Slater KPCC

This spring, readers of The Orange County Register in Southern California started seeing much more coverage of local universities. What they probably did not know is that the stories are paid for by the schools. Depending on whom you ask, it is either a smart way to bring in revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics.

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4:36pm

Fri June 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Octogenarian Heir To Astor Fortune Begins Prison Term

Anthony Marshall, the son of the late New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, leaves court in 2009 after his sentencing hearing.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Anthony Marshall, the 89-year-old heir to the Brooke Astor fortune, is heading to prison in New York after exhausting appeals in his 2009 conviction for defrauding his famous mother.

A judge in Manhattan ordered Marshall to begin serving the one- to three-year prison term on charges that he exploited his philanthropist mother's ailing mental health to loot her millions. She died in 2007 at the age of 105.

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