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The Cost Of Saving Lives With Local Peanuts In Haiti

Fortified peanut paste saves lives in Haiti and other places where malnutrition is a problem, but producing it locally costs more than importing it from faraway factories in Europe because of labor and other costs. Still, feeding programs are willing to pay a little more, for now.
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Ca. Bans Therapy Meant To Turn Gay Kids Straight

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law landmark legislation that bans gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors. Host Michel Martin talks with California State Senator Ted Lieu, who wrote the legislation, and Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. That's a group hoping to overturn the law.
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A Conversation With Sandra Fluke

Diane talks with women's rights and social justice activist Sandra Fluke, who rose to prominence last spring when she testified at a congressional hearing on women's health.

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The Peanut Butter Cure Moves From Hospital To Snack Room

For over a decade, peanut butter paste supplements like Plumpy'Nut have saved children around the world from malnutrition. Now health officials want to use the packets not just to save starving kids, but to keep them healthy in the first place. But will it work?
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Admit It: Medicare Errs In Crackdown On Hospital Quality

Just before new penalties kicked in for hospitals that readmit too many Medicare patients, the government discovered that the data it used to were out of date. The changes from the error are tiny, amounting on average to a fraction of a percent for most of the affected hospitals.
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In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children

In northern Nigeria, some miners use crude methods to extract raw gold ore — a practice fueled by rising gold prices. But the gold here is embedded in lead, and the dust kicked up by this dirty and illegal mining has killed hundreds of children and sickened thousands more. Experts say this may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.

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