August 27, 2010 A federal judge has blocked President Obama's 2009 executive order expanding embryonic stem cell research. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGett (D-Colo.) and stem cell researcher Rudolph Jaenisch discuss the ruling's impact on scientists, and whether Congress can pass stem cell legislation.
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August 13, 2010 Listeners and readers have their say about whether First Lady Michelle Obama’s vacation was insensitive. And commenters share personal stories, following a conversation about elder care. Producer Lee Hill also offers updates on gay marriage in California and an official government response to a recent conversation about the U.S. "No Fly" list.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signs the Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act at the U.S. Capitol, August 10, 2010.
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August 11, 2010 In an unusual August session, House Democrats pushed through an aid package that will boost state Medicaid budgets. But, the lawmakers whiffed on extending a popular insurance subsidy for the unemployed.
August 2, 2010 The nation commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act last week. But a number of Americans have yet to fully benefit from the law. Individuals living with disabilities are disproportionally poor, many of whom live in low-income urban areas that sometimes lack necessary services or physical accommodations. Host Michel Martin talks with disabled rights activist Bobby Coward and Deidre Davis, the first director of ADA services for retail giant Walmart.
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July 28, 2010 The Americans with Disabilities Act required businesses, buildings, public transportation and other services to accommodate people with disabilities. It also outlawed workplace discrimination against disabled workers. Still, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is disproportionately high.
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July 27, 2010 It was twenty years ago this week that the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. It mandated that, for the first time in this country, public spaces accommodate people with disabilities. Host Michel Martin talks to University of Texas professor Lex Frieden, who helped craft that legislation, and the Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind, Melanie Brunson.
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July 26, 2010 Israeli researchers are developing a way for the severely disabled to communicate with their breathing.
Voice blindness, or phonagnosia, is a rare disorder that has to do with how the brain processes voices.
July 12, 2010 Steve Royster could never understand how those around him could pick up the phone and instantly recognize who was on the other end. By the time he figured out in his late 20s that he had a rare disorder, he had had his fair share of awkward encounters.
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July 9, 2010 Tell Me More host Michel Martin and Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations heard on the program. Hear one listener share his personal experiences with the challenges of caring for elderly loved ones. Also, a recent Tell Me More exploration of the popular house music subculture inspired listeners to share why, for some, the music is more than just a genre, it's a lifestyle. And as an update: a world famous female track star who was suspected of being a man has been vindicated. Hear the latest developments in this week's BackTalk.
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July 9, 2010 In 2007, Eric Jones became one of the first Americans to receive a bionic hand. To his children, it's like something out of science fiction -- and a big hit at show and tell. But Eric has a humble goal: to be able to throw a baseball again.
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July 6, 2010 Unlike cancer and heart disease, lower back pain doesn't have a specially organized interest group.
July 2, 2010 A simple technology called a magnetic hearing loop allows wearers of specially outfitted hearing aids to get a wireless signal transmitted directly to their ear. The technology transforms garbled PA sounds into clear announcements. Hearing-impaired user David Myers explains.
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June 21, 2010 Imagine you wake up and can't read. The letters on the page have turned into squiggles. They make no sense. Howard Engel, a writer of detective stories, has this condition, but amazingly, has found a way to trick his brain to almost read again.
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Tom DeBaggio, a herb and gardening expert, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 1999.
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June 16, 2010 In 1999, Tom DeBaggio was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. He was 57. Soon after the diagnosis, he began talking with NPR about his illness. He wanted to document his decline, to break through what he called the "shame and silence" of the disease. Now he can't talk, walk or feed himself.
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May 21, 2010 Scientists working with mice are reporting success in using stem cells to regrow cells related to hearing loss. Three researchers join host Ira Flatow to discuss the latest adult and embryonic stem cell research news, and explain how the research may be used in humans.
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