All Things Considered for June 27, 2012
Jun 27, 2012 — A woman over 40 who uses eggs donated by a younger woman has essentially the same chance of having a baby as she would have had in her 20s. That's according to a large new study that looked at the success rates of multiple IVF treatments for nearly 250,000 women across age groups.
Jun 27, 2012 — This year's Democratic National Convention has already shrunk by a day. Now it appears the attendance for the event is shrinking, too. At least a dozen prominent Democrats say they won't be able to make it. All are facing tough election campaigns in places where President Obama's popularity lags.
Jun 27, 2012 — Specifically, the court has been asked whether the part of the Affordable Care Act that would expand Medicaid to an estimated 17 million more people over the next 10 years is an unconstitutional infringement of states' rights. The court's decision on the health care law is expected Thursday.
Jun 27, 2012 — There are now almost as many Puerto Ricans in Florida as Cubans. And around Orlando, there are far more. Puerto Ricans tend to vote Democratic, but local Republicans are doing what they can to cut into the Democrats' margin.
Jun 27, 2012 — The mandolin virtuoso, best known for his bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, says he was sitting on the floor in a diaper the first time he heard "The Girl from Ipanema."
Jun 27, 2012 — A piece of fruit can be a terrific stand-in for a patient during doctors' surgical training. And while there are high-tech simulators on the market, one researcher believes skills crucial to minimally invasive surgery might be better taught with something as simple as a clementine.
Jun 27, 2012 — The astronomer Carl Sagan made it his life's work to engage the public in the world of science and exploration. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that it's acquired his personal papers. Host Audie Cornish talks with Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow.
Jun 27, 2012 — The film Beasts of the Southern Wild won top honors at Sundance and took a prize for best first film at Cannes. NPR's Melissa Block talks to director Benh Zeitlin about the isolated community he's imagined — and the extraordinary girl who narrates the picture.
Jun 27, 2012 — Europe's leaders are gathering in Brussels to salvage the euro and work toward a tighter fiscal union. But coming together also requires a tough trade-off for each country: surrendering significant control of the national budget for greater economic stability.