11:40am

Fri January 11, 2013
Television

Lena Dunham Addresses Criticism Aimed At 'Girls'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 3:25 pm

Girls has been compared to Sex and the City. The characters, played by (from left) Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet, navigate the ups and downs of life in New York City.
HBO

This interview was originally broadcast on May 7, 2012.

Lena Dunham was just 23 years old when her second feature film, Tiny Furniture, won the best narrative feature prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The movie's success led to Dunham striking a deal with HBO for a comedy series about a group of 20-something girls navigating New York City.

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11:33am

Fri January 11, 2013
Economy

New Mortgage Rules Not A Fix All

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:55 am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new rules for mortgages this week. But neither the banking industry, nor consumer groups are completely happy. Host Michel Martin gets a sense of the current state of mortgages and foreclosures with real estate columnist Ilyce Glink and Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root.

11:33am

Fri January 11, 2013
Beauty Shop

Gun Control Reform Possible Without NRA Support?

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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11:33am

Fri January 11, 2013
Religion

The Buzz On Silent Retreats

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're almost two weeks into the new year. We're thinking about the resolutions that many people may have made, and you often hear people talking about getting their finances in order or eating better or getting in shape, but we also notice that many people are telling us that they are resolving to unplug more from the stress of our fast-paced lives. Some people are saying that they're going to spend more time in silence, so why don't we give it a try? Here it is. Let's go.

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11:25am

Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Military Research On Anthrax Could Lead To A Weapon Against Gluten

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 9:06 am

Students at the University of Washington used a protein-folding program initially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a treatment for celiac disease.
DARPA

Why would the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the people who helped bring the world stealth fighters and GPS — fund research into man-made proteins that could make it easier for some Americans to eat pizza?

That's what we wondered when we read that the Pentagon's gee-whiz research arm provided support for work on a drug to treat celiac disease, a condition that interferes with the digestion of gluten in wheat and other foods.

So we asked.

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11:21am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

'State Of The Union' Set For Feb. 12

President Obama, Vice President Biden (at left) and House speaker John Boehner at the 2012 State of the Union address.
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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has sent President Obama the invitation that precedes each year's State of the Union address:

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11:03am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Ai Weiwei: In China, Lack Of Truth 'Is Suffocating'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 12:15 pm

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in June 2012.
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  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on the suffocation of truth.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on being known despite censorship.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on life in prison.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been outspoken about the lack of freedom in his homeland and was imprisoned in what he and his supporters say was an effort to keep him quiet, told our colleagues at Boston's WBUR this week that the lack of truth in China is "suffocating ... like bad air all the time."

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10:44am

Fri January 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:29 am

Tredaptive, a booster of good cholesterol, is dead.
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Drugmaker Merck just stuck a fork in a vitamin-based drug to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The company is withdrawing Tredaptive, a long-acting pill combining niacin (No. 3 in the long list of B vitamins) and laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the unpleasant skin flushing caused by high doses of niacin.

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Fri January 11, 2013

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Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Feeling Miserable? You're Not Alone, And The Flu Epidemic Has Yet To Peak

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:50 am

Reaching for relief: A customer at a pharmacy in New York City was grabbing some medicine on Thursday.
Andrew Kelly Reuters /Landov

If you haven't caught the flu yet or don't know someone who has, you might want to buy a lottery ticket today. You're one lucky person.

As The Associated Press writes, "from the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms." More than 40 states report "widespread" outbreaks. The flu's been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 children, the AP adds.

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