12:33pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Wisdom Watch

Life's Traumas Won't Stop Kenyan Author Ngugi

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:40 pm

Daniel A. Anderson/University Co Random House

"When whatever forces put you down, you don't stay down."

Kenyan writer and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o tells NPR's Michel Martin that this is something he constantly tells his children.

It is advice that has kept him going since he was born in 1938, at a time when his nation was still a British colony.

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12:33pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Marine Stewardship Council Responds To NPR Series On Sustainable Seafood

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:32 pm

Swordfish from Canada feature a label from the Marine Stewardship Council at a Whole Foods in Washington, D.C.
Margot Williams NPR

Earlier this week, NPR aired a three-part investigation of the Marine Stewardship Council on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams reported, the MSC certifies seafood that is supposed to be good for the environment. But some environmental groups argue that the label is misleading, and that as more retailers promise to sell only sustainable-labeled seafood, the program is certifying fisheries that don't deserve it.

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12:07pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Your Money

Can Social Security Make The Leap To E-Banking?

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:01 pm

Beginning March 1st, many people who receive social security and other federal benefits will no longer receive paper checks. The Treasury Department says sending payments electronically will save nearly a billion dollars. But some experts say it could affect the "un-banked." Host Michel Martin talks with The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy.

12:07pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Did State Of The Union Hit The Mark — Or Not?

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:01 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will talk about why the government doesn't want to send you a Social Security or veterans' benefits check anymore. Don't panic. They're going to send you the money. They just don't want to send you a check. We'll tell you why in just a few minutes.

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12:07pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Kitchen Table Reactions To State Of The Union

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:01 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. First of all, you might be noticing that the program sounds a little bit different today. We are having some technical difficulties that are not allowing us to play some of the music and other elements you're used to hearing. But we're still going to have great conversations.

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11:21am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:32 pm

Popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko
Haraz Ghanbari AP

Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.

The changes are part of a final settlement announced Tuesday between the Federal Trade Commission and Phusion Projects, whose products have been blamed for hospitalizations and deaths among young people.

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10:36am

Wed February 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Born First And Headed For Health Trouble?

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:35 am

Firstborns have it good in many ways. But health may not be on the list.
iStockphoto.com

Firstborn children end up a little taller, smarter and richer than their younger siblings, on average.

But are the eldest kids more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease when they grow up, too?

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10:04am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

The State Of The Union In 10 Headlines

President Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Behind him: Vice President Biden (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Pete Marovich EPA /LANDOV

Since what's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered about such speeches, let's look at Wednesday's headlines:

-- NPR's It's All Politics: "Obama To Congress: With Or Without You."

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10:03am

Wed February 13, 2013
Books

'Dry Bones'? Hardly — There's Still Life In Detroit

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An image from "Detroit Disassembled," an exhibit on display at the National Building Museum. (Andrew Moore, The Aurora, Brush Park neighborhood, 2008)
Andrew Moore National Building Museum

"Girdles and red nail polish and intestinal cleansing and bar fights and sewer pipes and wiretaps and eternal life and decay all around. It was insanity. It was outrageous. It was a reporter's wet dream. Where the hell was I?

"I paid the bill and left.

"The sign outside said DETROIT CITY LIMITS."

The corrupt, crime-addled Detroit of Charlie LeDuff's new memoir, Detroit: An American Autopsy, isn't the same city that I left a month ago.

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10:01am

Wed February 13, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Members of Alabama's Congressional delegation either praised or criticized President Obama following his State of the Union address last night.  Mr. Obama spoke about jobs, guns, Afghanistan and other national interests GOP Congresswoman Martha Roby of Montgomery said the President is not serious about solving the nation's debt.  But Democrat Terri Sewell liked the President's call for bipartisanship.  Republican Senator Richard Shelby said Obama's plan would expand government and the creation of jobs. 

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