Morning Edition for January 17, 2014
Jan 17, 2014 — Cigarettes can cause erectile dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The surgeon general's latest report says these newly recognized harms aren't limited to smokers. Secondhand smoke carries the risks to others and raises the risk of stroke by up to 30 percent.
Jan 17, 2014 — For decades, the Supreme Court ruled that laws regulating things like wages and working conditions were unconstitutional. That changed during the Great Depression, when one of the justices switched sides, paving the way for the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Jan 17, 2014 — David Greene talks to Daniel Majok Gai, a former so-called Lost Boy who was in the new nation of South Sudan when violence erupted last month. He and his family spent a week hiding out in bushes and eventually escaped to Kenya. In 1987 when Gai was a boy, he was separated from his family during Sudan's civil war.
Jan 17, 2014 — The trademark was officially registered this week to describe the cross between a croissant and a donut that's lured New Yorkers into long lines for months now.
Jan 17, 2014 — Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is the latest to announce he's leaving. Renee Montagne talks to NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian about what implications the retirements may have for the midterm elections.
Jan 17, 2014 — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey says the U.S. public, and even its leaders, know little about how military power can be used. He says the disconnect is most glaring when comes to this: What can the U.S. military achieve in places like Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria?
Jan 17, 2014 — If the name of the title character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sounds familiar, it should. Ryan has been the focus of numerous Tom Clancy novels and also been the protagonist of five previous films.
Jan 17, 2014 — The NBA team will accept Bitcoins as payment for just about everything — from court-side seats to team souvenirs. The Kings are the first major professional sports team to accept the virtual currency.
Jan 17, 2014 — Lawmakers in the Spanish province of Catalonia have voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding a November referendum on independence from Spain. Madrid says it won't allow that to happen but it's unclear if it can stop the vote from taking place.
Jan 17, 2014 — The Weather Channel and DirecTV are in a contract dispute. At midnight on Monday, DirecTV dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with a smaller producer of weather programming. The move raises the question: How much weather information do TV viewers need when they can get it from other sources?