CDC To Urge Swine Flu Vaccine For Pregnant Women
CDC advisers want pregnant women and their doctors now more than ever to heed guidelines to get vaccinated. A new study of the first two months of the swine flu outbreak shows that if infected, pregnant women are more likely to get severe flu.
Books Set On Beaches Capture Seaside Scene
What makes a great beach read? The producer of our book series, Ellen Silva, thinks it's a book set where you're vacationing. She has picked four spots — Venice Beach, Calif.; Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts; and South Beach in Florida — with great surf and even better books.
The Posies: How Do Bands Make Money Now?
The members of The Posies were barely out of their teens when they got a record deal with a major label. Their power pop stormed commercial radio 15 years ago, but it's been a while since one of their songs hit the charts. The band keeps playing, though, and its members still make money from music.
A Few Words With 'Hurt Locker' Star Jeremy Renner
Like some soldiers, the actor doesn't like to talk a lot. But he tells NPR's Madeleine Brand plenty — about acting, about preparing for his role, and about the toll of making even a fictional war.
House Dems, Blue Dogs Reach Health Care Deal
Both houses of Congress reported significant progress on plans to overhaul health care. Fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats reached an agreement with House leaders. In the Senate, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report saying the bill would come in at $900 billion over 10 years — well under the White House's $1 trillion target.
A Teachable Moment For The President
Perhaps President Obama need not wade into every racially charged conflict. Daniel Schorr says Obama should remember he is the president, and when faced with an emotionally laden encounter, he cannot afford to act on his visceral reactions.
Sam Adams' Founder Lauds White House Beer Meet
At the White House Thursday, President Obama will share a beer with police Sgt. Jim Crowley and the Harvard University professor Crowley recently arrested, Henry Louis Gates Jr. The meeting is meant to diffuse tensions surround the arrest, but some want to know: What kind of beer will they be drinking? Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company, offers his insight.
Cash-Strapped Food Agency Struggles To Feed Poor
World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran says there are more than 1 billion hungry people, and her agency is struggling to reach just 10 percent of them. She warns of food riots in the developing world if rich countries don't help soon.
Rail Disruption Brings Berlin To Halt
Nearly two-thirds of the passenger rail cars on Berlin's famous "S-Bahn" urban rail system have been withdrawn from service, creating chaos for Berliners trying to move about the city. Officials say they have to run safety checks on the cars after some were found to have cracked wheels.