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A Public Radio Listener Walks Into A Bar: Your Stories About Drinking Alcohol (Rebroadcast)

More than 70 percent of American adults drink alcohol. Its a rite of passage that can become a life-long habit. And even for those who choose not to imbibe, drinking can feel like a quintessential part of adulthood. But for some Americans, those habits can slip from occasional and innocuous to frequent and potentially fatal. USA Today s Jayne O’Donnell has reported on the dangers of alcohol consumption for years. For her, its not just a health policy story. Here’s part of what she wrote last year about her early struggles with alcoholism: For me, fortunately, dashing my dreams of an on-air television and print journalism career became my bottom. It surprised even me that I would drink all through Super Bowl Sunday, stopping only to sleep about an hour before showing up for a 6 a.m. TV spot the next day, Jan. 27, 1992. And thats despite the fact I was drinking about two bottles of wine a night in the 10 years since college. [] Until I started researching the dramatically increasing

When Fertility Doctors Betray Trust

Both Matt White and Heather Woock grew up thinking they knew who their respective parents were. Then, in their mid-thirties, both discovered that fertility doctors that their respective mothers had visited had secretly used their own semen while conducting treatments. They each had many, many half-siblings that they had never met. Their lives were changed forever. A new podcast, entitled Sick, from WFYI in Indianapolis explores stories like those of Woock and White. What happens when medical professionals that we trust to keep us safe betray our trust? We talk with the hosts of the podcast about the ramifications of these stories and more. Produced by Kathryn Fink. GUESTS Lauren Bavis , Health reporter, WFYI / Side Effects News; co-host, Sick; @lauren_bavis Jake Harper , Health reporter, WFYI / Side Effects News; co-host, Sick; @jkhrpr For more, visit . 2019 WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5 .

The View From Ukraine

Why does Ukranian journalist Nastya Stanko want to continue being a journalist? Well, she says one reason is because when you live in Ukraine, its never boring. Shes not wrong. As you may have heard, the Ukranian government is in the news thanks to a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukranian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky. While on the line, President Trump asked Zelensky for a few favors regarding a political rival. Mick Mulvaney, the presidents acting chief of staff, held a press conference last week. He said that he understood Trump to be asking for a quid pro quo with his Ukrainian counterpart — only to attempt to retract those comments in a bellicose statement six hours later, The Washington Post reported. We talk with Stanko about what Ukrainians are thinking and feeling as their country finds itself at the center of an American impeachment inquiry. Produced by Kathryn Fink. GUESTS Nastya Stanko , Broadcast journalist, Hromadske; recipient, International Womens

Opioid Trial: 4 Companies Reach Tentative Settlement With Ohio Counties

Four defendants have reached a tentative settlement in a landmark opioid trial in Ohio. News of the last-minute deal emerged just hours before the first federal trial on liability for the opioid crisis was set to begin Monday morning. The deal involves three drug distributors and one drugmaker that are accused of contributing to the opioid crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. The tentative settlement was first reported by The Wall Street Journal; a source then confirmed the news to NPR. Teva, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson all reached an agreement in principle to compensate communities hit by the opioid epidemic. However, this deal only involves two Ohio counties, Summit and Cuyahoga, that were being used as a test case. It doesn’t resolve thousands of other lawsuits filed against the firms around the country. The Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation issued a statement about the proposed settlement

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You’re Pregnant

October marks the start of a new flu season, with a rise in likely cases already showing up in Louisiana and other spots , federal statistics show. The advice from federal health officials remains clear and consistent: Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible, especially if you’re pregnant or have asthma or another underlying condition that makes you more likely to catch a bad case. Make no mistake: Complications from the flu are scary, says Dr. William Schaffner , an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., who is part of a committee that advises federal health officials on immunization practices. “As we get older, more of us get heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, asthma,” Schaffner says. “Those diseases predispose us to complications of flu — pneumonia, hospitalization or death. We need to make vaccination a routine part of chronic health management.” Federal recommendations , he says, are that “anyone and everyone 6 months old and

Save The …. McDonald’s? One Franchise In France Has Become A Social Justice Cause

In France, McDonald’s is often a symbol of everything that’s despised about American capitalism and fast-food culture. One Paris neighborhood battled for years to keep the golden arches from settling in between its traditional butchers and bakers (it eventually lost). And the actions of an anti-globalization farmer named José Bové, who tried to dismantle a McDonald’s 20 years ago, are legendary. But for the last year, a group of McDonald’s employees in the southern French city of Marseille has been fighting to save its McDonald’s restaurant. The French fighting for Ronald? I had to go find out why. The McDonald’s in question is a 20-minute cab ride from the Mediterranean city’s historic port, in a neighborhood in the city’s north that’s known for crime and drug gangs. These golden arches sit in the middle of public high-rises, built to house workers and their families who came to France from places like Algeria and Morocco during the economic boom years of the 1970s. But the jobs have

Crash Victim’s Family Pushes To Keep Boeing 737 Max From Flying Again Too Soon

The last time Samya Stumo’s family heard from her, she had sent a text letting them know she was about to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. She would write again when she got there, she promised. But the 24-year-old from western Massachusetts was among 157 people who were killed when the flight crashed last March. For her family, it was the start of a painful, grief-choked odyssey that has turned them and dozens of other families into reluctant activists, taking on federal regulators and Boeing over the crashes of two 737 Max airplanes. “We’re traumatized. We don’t want to be doing this,” says Michael Stumo, Samya’s father. “But we want to avoid a third crash. If someone had been more active after [the first crash] in Indonesia, maybe this crash wouldn’t have happened.” The flight Samya Stumo had boarded crashed in a remote part of Ethiopia on March 10, killing all on board . It was the second air disaster involving a Boeing 737 Max in less than five

A Reporter’s Story About Slavery Leads To A Shocking Discovery About Her Roots

In 1619, the first Africans are believed to have arrived in America. Destined for a life of slavery in the New World, 350 people were taken from Angola and stuffed onto a ship named the San Juan Bautista. Phoenix resident Wanda Tucker believes her family may have been descended from the survivors of that journey. So when USA Today reporter Deborah Barfield Berry learned about Tucker as part of the newspaper’s coverage of the 400th anniversary of slavery’s beginnings in America, she thought she’d be telling a story about one family’s roots in Africa. She never expected to become a part of the story herself. Berry’s reporting led her to take DNA tests that revealed she was not only related to Tucker, but that she, too, could be descended from the first Africans in America. It’s a discovery that Berry says she is still processing. “I’m still kind of overwhelmed by just the whole story,” she said in an interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition . The Tuckers, she said, “lived with their belief

‘Tis In Season: A Harvest Of New VeggieTales, In Time For Christmas

Hugely popular in the 1990s, the computer-animated Christian series — featuring Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber retelling Bible stories — has been rebooted on Trinity Broadcasting Network. KUER’s Preach podcast has the full story of the return of VeggieTales . Copyright 2019 KUER 90.1. To see more, visit KUER 90.1 . VeggieTales re-launches on the Trinity Broadcasting Network with new episodes this month, starting with a Christmas special called The Best Christmas Gift. Big Idea Content Group

Sunday Puzzle: Hotel Room Essentials

On-air challenge: Every answer today is something you see in a hotel room — always, or at least often. Name these things from their anagrams, minus one letter. Example: BOXER – X — ROBE 1. DEBT – T 2. MAPLE – E 3. OPALS – L 4. FEAST – T 5. ROBIN – B 6. ACHIER – E 7. LOWEST – S 8. NIBBLE – N 9. HOWLERS – L 10. MIDBRAIN – D 11. TEAMSTERS – E 12. LONGEVITIES – G Last week’s challenge: Last week’s challenge came from Dominick Talvacchio of Chicago. Think of an informal term for a beverage. Now say it in Pig Latin, and you’ll have an informal term for another beverage. What two beverages are these? Challenge answer: Joe, OJ Winner: Victor Urrea of Kirkland, Wash. This week’s challenge: This challenge comes from listener Sandy Kutin of Princeton, N.J. Think of a 7-letter past tense verb for something good you might have done in a football game. Move each letter one space later in the alphabet (so A becomes B, B becomes C, etc.), and rearrange the result. You’ll get a past tense verb for