NPR News

Cost of health care
11:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator

No envelope backs required for this health care calculation.
iStockphoto.com

On Tuesday, if all goes according to plan, the federal health law's marketplaces for individual health insurance are scheduled to open for business.

Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, or else they'll be liable for a tax penalty.

Read more
sequester
11:16 am
Mon April 22, 2013

FAA furloughs snarl air travel on the West Coast

An American Airlines plane takes off at LAX International airport in Los Angeles Monday, April 22, 2013.
Damian Dovarganes Associated Press

Air travelers, especially those on the West Coast, are facing major delays this week due to sequester-mandated employee furloughs.

As much as 10 percent of the 47,000 flight controllers and other Federal Aviation Administration workers were placed on leave Sunday, grounding a number of planes and delaying flights to and from Los Angeles, including at least six Alaska Airlines flights. 

Read more
manhunt in boston
12:42 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Surreal photos of empty streets of Boston, Cambridge

marathon bombing
11:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Police, feds: No arrest made in marathon bombing

Associated Press

There were conflicting reports early Wednesday afternoon about whether a suspect was or was not in custody. As of 11:15 a.m. PST, sources with knowledge of the investigation were telling NPR's Tom Gjelten that an arrest had not yet been made.

Read more
Obituary
12:46 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert dies at age 70

In this Jan. 12, 2011 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast Associated Press

Roger Ebert, the nation's best-known film reviewer who with fellow critic Gene Siskel created the template for succinct thumbs-up or thumbs-down movie reviews, died Thursday. He was 70.

The news came just two days after Ebert announced he will be writing fewer of his famed movie reviews because of a recurrence of cancer.

The Pulitzer Prize winner announced on his blog this week that he was undergoing radiation treatment for cancer that was discovered after he fractured his hip last year, and therefore would be taking a "leave of presence."

Read more
health care
4:45 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Group gives Wash. state F in disclosure of health care costs

hci3.org

Can’t get a straight answer on how much your medical treatment will cost? State laws may be partly to blame.

Washington state has earned an F in disclosure of health care costs, according to a new report card on price transparency. But one economist says what we don't know hasn't  — and won't — hurt us. 

Read more
Diversions
12:32 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

NPR diversions: Time for penguins

Live stream videos at Ustream

By Linda Holmes / NPR

Discovery's series Frozen Planet, the latest BBC co-production in the same series as Planet Earth and Life, premieres on March 18. But they've already found the best promotional tool imaginable.

Penguins.

Read more
healthcare controversy
2:13 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

NW Planned Parenthood loses Komen grants, vows to keep program

Susan G. Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker from her "Straight Talk" video.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest lamented the loss of grants from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Last year those grants amounted to of more than $75,000.

“Like so many of you, we are saddened by the Komen Foundation caving to anti-choice extremeists and letting politics interfere with health care. Local Komen affiliates provided close to $75,000 for life-saving breast cancer screenings at PPGNW health centers in WA and ID last year,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.

However, the regional Planned Parenthood group also said its breast health program would continue, “and it will be stronger than ever thanks to supporters coming forward to stand with our patients.”

Read more
Global Health
2:32 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

More than a million condoms recalled in South Africa

Condoms like this one were given out during the African National Congress party's centenary celebrations in early Now a South African health official says that 1.35 million of them are being recalled amid charges some broke during sex.
Denis Farrell The Associated Press

The party may be over, but the trouble may just be starting in South Africa.

The health department in Free State province is recalling 1.35 million condoms that may not be up to snuff.

The affected condoms — a government brand called Choice — were distributed early this month as part of the festivities marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the African National Congress.

Read more on Humanosphere.

A Blog Supreme
1:28 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Winter Jazzfest 2012: Drums, droves and different visions

Curtis Hasselbring (right) leads the New Mellow Edwards at Winter Jazzfest 2012, including saxophonist Chris Speed.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:09 am

For the last eight years, New York has played host to a glorious, highly-concentrated overload of improvised music called Winter Jazzfest. In recent years, the early-January festival has expanded to five nearby Greenwich Village venues, two long nights and over 4,000 attendees.

Read more
Blues
10:34 am
Tue August 30, 2011

David Honeyboy Edwards, an original Delta bluesman, has died

Legendary blues artist David "Honeyboy" Edwards is shown during a performance at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York in 2005. Edwards died Monday.
Associated Press

Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards, one of the few living links to the mythic bluesman Robert Johnson, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, reports The New York Times. Edwards was 96.

Read more
Education
9:53 am
Tue June 7, 2011

WSU Regents hike tuition 16 percent

The Regents of Washington State University have approved a sixteen percent increase in in-state undergraduate tuition on the same day that Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law legislation giving Washington state’s four-year universities authority to set their own tuition.

Read more