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Nigeria Pressured To Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Villages

Last spring, the Nigerian government pledged millions of dollars to decontaminate a region where hundreds of kids have died from severe lead poisoning. So far, none of the money has been released. The delay in the cleanup puts thousands of kids at risk of getting sick, public health advocates say.
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Maryland Pregnancy Center Case Reconsidered In Federal Court

A federal appeals court has heard arguments from an anti-abortion Maryland pregnancy center which objects to a law requiring them to post notifications about their stance on abortions and birth control.


Fruit Fly Nose Says Steer Clear Of Deadly Food; Human Nose Not So Reliable

Although we can usually smell when food goes bad, humans just don't have the fruit fly's direct path from nose to brain that alerts it to food poison. But the detection of this pathway could someday lead to more research that could help us develop better bug repellants.

Baby Bust: Why The U.S. Birth Rate Is Declining

The U.S. birth rate is at the lowest level ever recorded, according to the Pew Research Center. One contributing factor is a sharp drop in the number of immigrant women having babies. Host Michel Martin discusses the trend with Pew researcher Gretchen Livingston and with Maria Gomez of Mary's Center, an immigrant social services organization.

Trying To Understand Murder And Suicide

The sports world was shocked when Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then took his own life last weekend. His death is raising many questions, and has people wondering what leads someone to take such extreme measures. Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Thomas Joiner, author of the book Myths About Suicide.

Hours After A Meal, It's The Memory That Matters

What a person remembers of a meal hours later, not the actual calories consumed, matters more when it comes to hunger. Eating while watching TV sets us up to eat more food than we should, but a new experiment shows how manipulating our memories of a meal can change how hungry we feel.

Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

New research suggests older adults may have less activity in the area of the brain that processes risk and subtle danger. Another possible reason older adults don't pick up on warning signs is an increasing bias against negativity.