June 21, 2004 The federal government may be paying too much money for a nutrition program known as WIC that serves nearly half the nation's infants. Across the country, stores have opened that cater to low-income women and children on the program, but they charge higher-than-market prices for milk, eggs and other staples. NPR's Laura Sydell reports.
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June 21, 2004 In Florida, education officials have been successful in getting more children to participate in the summer food program. During the school year, millions of children nationwide in grades pre-K through 12 eat free or discounted meals through the National School Lunch Program. But statistics show that number drops off dramatically in the summer. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.
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June 18, 2004 We wrap up our week-long series with a look at positive parenting. NPR's Tavis Smiley is joined by Phillip Jackson, executive director of the Black Star Project, an umbrella organization for several parenting and education focused groups. He also speaks with Africa Porter, president of the South Suburban Illinois Chapter of 100 Concerned Mothers.
June 17, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to Judge Glenda Hatchett about non-traditional parenting. She is the presiding judge of the nationally syndicated television show Judge Hatchett and author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say!: Seven Simple Strategies to Help Our Children Along the Path to Purpose and Possibility.
June 16, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley discusses child discipline with Dr. Anderson Franklin, director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at The City College and Graduate School at the City University of New York. He also speaks with pediatrician Dr. Den A. Trumbull.
June 15, 2004 Long-steeped in a Southern tradition of fried delights, the people of Arkansas are saying no more. The state, from its schoolrooms to the governor's mansion, is taking an honest look at its weight problem and coming up with innovative ways to cut the fat.
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June 14, 2004 A bill championed by a skin cancer survivor that would ban teenagers from tanning at indoor salons will come to a vote in California's state Senate Monday. Gloria Hillard reports.
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June 14, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to health commentator Dr. Ian Smith about whether genetic and environmental factors play key roles in why people suffer from asthma.
June 14, 2004 In the first of a week-long series on parenting in America, NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to Dr. Alvin Poussiant, a renowned psychiatrist and observer of the black family for many years, about some of the challenges of raising children.
June 12, 2004 Nearly 6,000 teenagers die each year in alcohol-related car accidents in the United States. A program aimed at high-school students forces participants to confront the consequences of drunk driving. Kathryn Baron of members station KQED reports from San Francisco.
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June 11, 2004 A panel of experts affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences says mercury in vaccines is not causing a rise in childhood autism. But many advocates for children's health aren't convinced. Commentator David Ropeik wonders if they've closed their minds to the facts.
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June 10, 2004 A new report indicates one in six older teens and young adults lacks the skills to take on adult responsibilities, has little family or community support and is not likely to succeed as an adult. Advocates often call these young people "disconnected," and some say their situation has taken a back seat to the needs of younger children. NPR's Rachel Jones reports.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Slate legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick about the legal questions involved when pregnant mothers reject medical advice, and doctors seek to override those decisions.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand reports on how two recent cases have tested how best to balance the rights of a pregnant woman to control her medical care, and a doctor's desire to protect the health of a fetus.
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May 25, 2004 America's foster-care system has produced heart-warming stories of finding loving homes for children whose parents at some time could not -- or would not -- care for them. Those stories, however, have been tempered by seemingly frequent stories of children abused by foster families and bounced from home to home. In the second day of our week-long look at the system charged with the oversight of 500,000 children on an average day, we focus specifically on the troubled agencies handling Florida's foster care, and those of the rapidly improving Illinois system. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with two reporters that have looked into foster care in their states, Carol Marbin Miller of The Miami Herald and Cornelia Grumman, an editorial writer with The Chicago Tribune.
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