More dads than ever before—roughly 550,000 in the past decade and counting—are staying home full-time with their children.
Read more from NPR’s Jennifer Ludden on stay-at-home dads and breadwinner moms.
Ever wonder what it’s like in the studio of a radio show? Well, here you go. We wanted to share this excellent story with you and recognize Bill Siemering, who revolutionized NPR and is a major reason why Fresh Air became a national program in 1987.
This podcast takes you into the studio and explains the radio clock:
There’s a term that epitomizes what we radio producers aspire to create: the “driveway moment.” It’s when a story is so good that you can’t leave your car. Inside of a driveway moment, time becomes elastic–you could be staring straight at a clock for the entire duration of the story, but for that length of time, the clock has no power over you.
In 1951, an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. She was treated at Johns Hopkins University, where a doctor named George Gey snipped cells from her cervix without telling her. Gey discovered that Lacks’ cells could not only be kept alive, but would also grow indefinitely.
For the past 60 years Lacks’ cells have been cultured and used in experiments ranging from determining the long-term effects of radiation to testing the live polio vaccine. Her cells were commercialized and have generated millions of dollars in profit for the medical researchers who patented her tissue.
Lacks’ family, however, didn’t know the cell cultures existed until more than 20 years after her death.
In 2010 we spoke to Medical writer Rebecca Skloot who examines the legacy of Lacks’ contribution to science — and effect that has had on her family — in her bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,
Now, 62 years later the Lacks family has given consent to this controversial medical contribution. Researchers who wish to use “HeLa” cells now have to submit a request and proposal that will be reviewed by the Lacks family. This new agreement is in the interest of respecting the family’s privacy, though, they still will not profit financially from any medical study.
This is a remarkable story, both medically and ethically, about the rights we have to our bodies, even beyond the grave.
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Behind the scenes at Fresh Air.
Because it’s Monday and we chimps have two words on the brains: "More coffee."
Back in 2009, Terry and Danny sent our friends at NPR.org the plant above to congratulate them on winning a Peabody. It has since flourished, even been repotted and given a small, green friend. Given the trauma a big move could have on a small, innocent plant, Fresh Air's Gal In DC, Beth Novey, has kindly updated us as to how our green friend weathered the transition:
The Fresh Air Plant is finally settled in at NPR’s brand new HQ. It is growing very nicely in its new home.
Phew. We can now all sleep easy.
Photo by and courtesy of Beth Novey
We must try to contribute joy to the world. … That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
— From Scott Simon’s tribute "Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy."
Friends, ‘The Chronic’ is 20.
In January 1993, there were still burned-out buildings in South Central Los Angeles. It hadn’t been a year since the acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King. Anger at the verdict had not cooled, and you could hear it in the music on the radio, in songs like “Nuthin’ but a G Thang" and "Dre Day," singles off Dr. Dre’s solo debut, released mid-December, 1992.
Dr. Dre’s The Chronic was in part a response to the riots, but its incendiary sound began long before the first match was lit. Five years earlier, his previous group, NWA, put out “F- - - tha Police.” Dre made the beat, and Ice Cube took the first verse.
Image of Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg via thebrooklynzoo
Is this what the future holds?
‘Toilet Bike Neo’ goes where no john has gone before
Japanese toilet maker TOTO rolled out a “Toilet Bike Neo” to raise awareness about bathroom emissions and water savings. The eco-friendly three-wheel 250cc motorcycle with a specially customized toilet-shaped seat runs on bio-fuel from the discharge of livestock or waste water. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
The coolest NPR quilt you will see today.
Our works are very much pro-life. We would question, however, any policy that is more pro-fetus than actually pro-life. If the rights of the unborn trump all of the rights of all of those who are already born, that is a distortion too — if there’s such an emphasis on that. However, we have sisters who work in right to life issues. We also have many, many ministries that support life. We dedicate to our lives to those on the margins of society, many of whom are considered throw-away people: the impaired, the chronically mentally ill, the elderly, the incarcerated, to the people on death row. We have strongly spoken out against the death penalty, against war, hunger. All of those are right to life issues. There’s so much being said about abortion that is often phrased in such extreme and such polarizing terms that to choose not to enter into a debate that is so widely covered by other sectors of the Catholic Church — and we have been giving voice to other issues that are less covered but are equally as important.
— Sister Pat Farrell, on today’s Fresh Air
I do think John Roberts takes himself very seriously and he should, as the custodian of the prestige and legitimacy of the branch of government that he heads. How much that entered his calculations in [the healthcare case], only he knows. But it’s a perfectly appropriate consideration to make sure your branch, which is meant to be disinterested and apolitical and judicial, should not be perceived as yet a third political branch of government. And in the wake of ideological 5-4 decisions like Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, the Court has let itself open to that interpretation and had it struck down the healthcare law 5-4 along ideological lines, there would have been some substantial attack on the credibility of the Court.
— Adam Liptak on Chief Justice Robert’s legacy