Talk of the Nation

Neil Conan

Each day, Talk of the Nation combines the award-winning resources of NPR News with the vital participation of listeners. The result is a spirited and productive exchange of knowledge and insight that delves deeply into the news and ideas of the day.

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Stem Cells Treat Lou Gehrig's Disease, In Mice

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 1:08 pm

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that neural stem cell implants were able to slow the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, in mice. Study author Evan Snyder discusses the stem cells' protective effect, and why human trials may not be far behind.

Asia
2:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A New Generation Takes Power In Northeast Asia

Within the past year, North Korea, China, Japan and South Korea have all elected new leadership. The shifting powers in Northeast Asia have major implications for a region the includes three of the world's major economies.

Around the Nation
2:19 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Secrets Of Making Time Fly While You Wait

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The holidays might summon images of the traditional family dinner or wool-clad carolers, but we might want to forget equally likely moments: that frustrating wait for the bus, the anxiety next to an immobile luggage carousel. So what do you do to keep calm and content while waiting out life's inevitable delays? Besides your smartphone, what do you use to fill waiting time? Give us a call, 800-989-8255. Email: talk@npr.org. You can also join the conversation on our website. That's at npr.org, click on TALK OF THE NATION.

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National Security
2:10 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Preparing For The World Of 2030

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. A new report for the National Intelligence Council describes the world of today as a transition point in world history, like 1815, 1919, 1945 and 1989, when the path forward was not clear-cut, the report says, and the world faced the possibility of different global futures.

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Digital Life
12:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

How The Internet Is Revolutionizing The Adoption Process

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:03 pm

Many pregnant women and potential adoptive parents are bypassing traditional adoption agencies and connecting online. This trend raises a number of ethical concerns about the regulation of the online process and interactions between birth mothers and hopeful adopters.

NPR Story
12:24 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

What The Media Got Wrong In The Newtown Story

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:03 pm

In the hours following the Newtown, Conn. shooting, several initial media reports provided false information. For example, the gunman's brother was originally identified as the shooter. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik explains how and why the media falsely reported key details.

NPR Story
12:24 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Politics Of Gun Control On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:03 pm

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. prompted new conversations about gun regulation in America. President Barack Obama has vowed to take "meaningful action," but the current political landscape poses challenges for the administration and members of Congress who want stricter gun legislation.

Law
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Pressures, Procedures Of Mass Murder Investigations

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 2:24 pm

Investigators have been slowly releasing information about the Newtown, Conn. shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children, six adults and the gunman. As the investigation unfolds, a number of questions are being raised about how law enforcement decides what information should be made public.

From Our Listeners
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Letters: Notorious Parents, Conflict In Mali

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 2:14 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics, including segments how children change when they learn about notorious parents and the growing conflict in Mali.

Remembrances
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Legacy Of War Hero And Pioneer Daniel Inouye

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 2:28 pm

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) was known for his military service during World War II and his work to improve Hawaii's infrastructure. When he died on Dec. 17, 2012, he was the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history. Bill Dorman, news director at Hawaii Public Radio, reflects on what made him so influential in Hawaii.

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