Shots - Health Blog
9:52 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Feds Join Fight Against Whooping Cough In Washington

Nurse Susan Peel gives a whooping cough vaccination to a high school student in Sacramento, Calif. The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness by the time people reach their teens and early adulthood.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:09 am

Washington state is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak. The state has more than 1,100 confirmed cases so far this year — that's 10 times as many as this time last year, and health officials fear the number may rise.

The state is desperately trying to raise awareness of the epidemic. Take this public service announcement featuring a mother whose baby contracted the disease.

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8:55 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

House To Vote On GOP Bill Framed As Guns Vs. Butter

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 3:49 am

Republicans who control the House want to block some $55 billion worth of automatic cuts to the Pentagon budget next year. Instead, they want to cut funding for social programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Meals on Wheels. It's a choice that has been framed as guns versus butter, and this time, guns are expected to win.

The Obama administration has threatened to veto the legislation, which the House votes on Thursday. But the president is willing to leave the Pentagon cuts in place for now, in hopes of bringing Republicans back to the bargaining table.

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Living Room Concerts

HPPR's Living Room Concert series provides an intimate, live music experience for our listeners.  Through our commitment to supporting independent artists, we ...

... provide artists with exposure and a potential audience

... provide our listeners with music they are not hearing anywhere else in our region

The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Pew Study: Americans In The Northeast Have More Economic Mobility

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:48 pm

A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds economic mobility differs significantly across the United States. The report finds Americans are more likely to move up the economic ladder if they live in the northeast.

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Learning the Birds

Ruth Beasley shares what she's learned about the science, lore and literature of birds of the High Plains, adding hand-crafted soundscapes meant to help listeners learn and remember the songs and calls of featured birds.
Contact Ruth Beasley about the program.

High Plains Passport

High Plains Passport is your ticket to experience the world. Over several months, High Plains Passport host Valarie Smith documents her travel adventures through Central America and Asia. In each episode Valarie sends home an audio postcard, highlighting historical frameworks, serendipitous encounters, and interactions with grassroots endeavors for the greater good.

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High Plains History

Take a few minutes to step back in time and explore the historical events, places, persons, social movements, and humorous incidents from the centuries of human settlement on the High Plains.  High Plains History is written and produced by Skip Mancini with the assistance of historians, historical societies, and museums from across the region. 

Contact Skip Mancini about the program.

Finney County Historical Society
Music Interviews
2:19 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Paul Thorn: Music From The Margins

Paul Thorn's new, all-covers album is called What the Hell Is Goin' On?
Courtesy of the artist

Before Paul Thorn made his living as a singer, he was a professional boxer. He also spent 12 years working at a furniture factory in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss.

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2:19 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Andrew Sullivan On Obama's Support Of Gay Marriage



For reaction now, we turn to writer and political blogger Andrew Sullivan. He is gay and married, and for years has been a leading advocate of same-sex marriage. He's the editor of the blog "The Dish" at The Daily Beast website. And, Andrew, I take it from what I've seen on your blog this afternoon you have mixed feelings about this development.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:15 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

A Critic's Advice For Doctors In Search Of Industry Work

Over in the U.K. there's a set of principles being floated in support of collaboration between the drug industry and doctors.

A sample of the dos and don'ts for doctors reads a little like dating advice:

"Don't establish blanket policies denying interaction with industry or regard it merely as a source of funding.

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