Military Veterans Take On Zombies In 'Range 15'

May 27, 2016

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If your child is taking medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), their doctor may soon offer a new option: fruit-flavored chewables.

The new drug, Adzenys XR-ODT, got FDA approval in January, and went on the market last week. But some psychiatrists are concerned that making amphetamines in a candy-like form will make people more likely to abuse them, and also contribute to what some see as a trend of overmedicating children.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Meghana Keshavan, biotech correspondent at STAT.

This week in campaign news, Donald Trump became the presumed Republican Party presidential nominee, after clinching the support of unbound delegates in North Dakota.

Democrat Hillary Clinton rejected the idea of having another debate with primary rival Bernie Sanders, but Sanders and Trump both said they’d like to debate each other. And a State Department audit came out that was critical of Clinton’s personal email use when she was Secretary of State.

The 1990s are back.

For months Donald Trump has been saying that he planned to attack Hillary Clinton for the sex scandals that embroiled her husband's presidency in the '90s. He has said she "enabled" her husband's infidelities and "hurt" the women who were his accusers, although he hasn't offered any evidence of how she did that.

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima today, the first American president to do so. Several months after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki an American military film crew shot color footage of the devastated cities.

The film was classified top secret and critics say it was suppressed for decades because it so graphically documented the horror of nuclear war.

Reporter Jon Kalish reports for Here & Now about the man who directed the filming, and the impact it had on him and his family.

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A drug-resistant strain of E.coli bacteria has been found for the first time in the United States.

The bacteria was discovered when a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman showed up at a local clinic seeking treatment for a urinary tract infection. Samples of the bacteria were sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for testing, where it was confirmed that the E. coli carried a resistance gene known as Mcr-1.

New York Considers A Ban On Declawing Cats

May 27, 2016

For years, some pet owners have routinely had their cats declawed to keep them from scratching furniture or people. But the State of New York is considering a bill that would ban the procedure.

Opponents of declawing point out that it is not a simple cosmetic procedure, but a surgery that amputates a segment of bone, ligaments and nerves in the paw.

New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal sponsored the legislation, and tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young it’s time to outlaw the procedure.


An intentional attack on a police officer can now be prosecuted as a hate crime in Louisiana. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards signed the so-called “blue lives matter” bill into law on Thursday. It makes Louisiana the first state in the nation to include police and other emergency responders under its hate crime laws, which usually protect people based on race, gender or religion.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Associated Press reporter Megan Trimble about the law.

One of the most talked about politicians this election year is a woman who is not even on the ballot — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. As her name is being thrown around as a possible VP pick for Hillary Clinton, there's an argument to be made that Warren doesn't even need the job. Plenty of her colleagues say she already exerts enormous influence from her perch in the Senate.

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If you've been following the Democratic presidential contest, you might be wondering how it is possible that Bernie Sanders seems to have all the energy and enthusiasm and, yet, Hillary Clinton is way ahead in the race to the nomination.

A listener named Gerard Allen wrote into the NPR Politics Podcast with an observation:

Some people may only remember Vice Adm. James Stockdale as independent presidential candidate Ross Perot's running mate in 1992. His opening statement of a disastrous performance during the vice presidential debate — "Who am I? Why am I here?" — made him a punchline on late night TV.

But Stockdale's legacy far surpasses any failed political endeavors. In 1965, his plane was shot down over North Vietnam and he was taken as a prisoner of war at Hoa Lo. He would be a POW for nearly eight years.

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Examining Obama's Nuclear Legacy

May 27, 2016

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It’s hard to imagine an upside to the opioid overdose crisis in the United States. But some families are saying they’ve found one.

Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs becoming available from donors who have died of overdoses. The New England Organ Bank notes that in 2010 there were eight overdose victims donated organs in the region; in 2015 there were 54. Nationally, 848 organs became available from overdose victims in 2015.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said sexual misconduct remains a destructive force in the armed forces and military communities. With a bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday, she called on the Senate to pass a measure that she says targets the inherent conflicts of interest that exist in the military justice system and the way it prosecutes sexual assault cases.

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Before the mortgage crisis, real estate seemed like a sure bet. Pretty much anyone could buy a house: no money down, thousands of square feet, second and third vacation homes were not out of the question. Then the bubble burst.

Homeowners across the U.S. confronted the reality that their houses were worth a fraction of what they had paid for them. Now, a decade later, even though the recession is over, more than 6 million homeowners are still upside down on their mortgages.

Forget Talent, Success Comes From 'Grit'

May 22, 2016

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Nigerians got a lift this week. The rescue of former Boko Haram teenage schoolgirl captive, Amina Ali Nkeki, has raised hopes and expectations. It's also put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to secure the freedom of 218 of her schoolmates who are still missing, as well as possibly thousands more captives.

Adia Victoria Reckons With The South

May 21, 2016

Adia Victoria Paul spent a good bit of her South Carolina childhood in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but you won't hear the songwriter wax nostalgic for a pastoral paradise. The South we used to hear about in songs was a land of shade trees, sweet tea and southern belles. Victoria makes it abundantly clear on her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, that that's not the South she knows. Instead, she remembers an unforgiving landscape.

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Morley Safer, who reported from around the world for nearly five decades on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, has died. He was 84.

Safer was the longest-serving correspondent on the show, and had just announced his retirement last week during a special that recapped his career.

Here's how CBS News describes his work:

While a downpour pounded Seoul on a recent morning, Kwon Byong Hyon had a different sort of storm on his mind.

It was fourteen years earlier, on the day he first landed in Beijing, as Korea’s ambassador to China.

“The first thing that met me was a thick yellow sand storm,” Kwon remembered.

The storm had blotted out the sun, and the air was thick and stinging. The next day, Kwon got a call from his young daughter back in Seoul.

“Daddy, Seoul is covered in a terrible dust storm,” she said. “I can’t stand (it).”