March 3rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of Nation, Defense of Marriage Act, and pulmonary embolisms. In the second hour, social media medicine and Libyan-Americans react to what's happening in Libya.
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March 3rd Show

The Presidential podium on the White House lawn. The Obama administration says it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. The law bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. Charles Dharapak/AP Photo hide caption

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No Defense Of 'Defense Of Marriage'
Anti-gay protesters at military funerals are protected under First Amendment rights. An inmate's rehabilitation should be considered when re-sentencing. And President Obama says the Justice Department will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Host Neal Conan checks in with NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

Pulmonary Embolisms
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, at least 100,000 cases of pulmonary embolism occur in the United States each year. It's caused by the sudden blockage of a lung artery, usually due to a blood clot traveling to the lung from a vein in the leg. While they're the third most common cause of death in hospitalized patients, otherwise healthy people can get pulmonary embolisms, too. Our guest talks about how common pulmonary embolisms are, how you can try to avoid them and ways to treat them.

Social Media Medicine
After getting a diagnosis, especially for a rare disease, the Internet can provide a community of comfort and comradery that can't be found in the doctor's office. A new survey from the Pew Research Center reports that one in five Internet users say they have gone online to find others with similar health concerns. Host Neal Conan talks with Susannah Fox, the associate director of digital strategy for the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about the spread of online peer-to-peer healthcare.

The Libyan-American community has been watching events in its native country with concern and some confusion. It's been difficult for many to reach family still living in Libya. And for some who spent the early part of their lives living under the Ghadafi regime, the concern is heightened. Neal Conan talks with Hafed Al-Ghwell of Libyan Outreach and Sarah Abdurrahman, a producer for WNYC and NPR's On The Media, who have been organizing their fellow Libyan-Americans and working to communicate with loved ones in their homeland.