Talk of the Nation

Mon. - Thurs. from 11am to 1pm (not including Science Friday)
Hosted by: Neal Conan

Talk of the Nation® links the headlines with what's on people's minds, providing a springboard for listeners and experts to exchange ideas and pose critical questions about major events in the news and the world around them. 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.

Monday through Thursday, host Neal Conan invites callers to discuss areas of topical interest, including politics and public service, education, religion, music, and healthcare. Talk of the Nation goes behind the headlines with decision-makers, authors, thinkers, artists, and listeners around the world, who become part of the conversation by calling 1-800-989-TALK.

Talk of the Nation won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award in 1994-95 for "The Changing of the Guard: The Republican Revolution," as well as the 1993-94 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for part of NPR's coverage of the South African elections. The program also won the 1993 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award.

Below, you will find articles, transcripts, and clips of many of the stories heard on Talk of the Nation.

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Digital Life
11:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Facebook Users Should Expect Changes After IPO

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 11:40 am

Facebook hopes to raise more than $100 billion in its initial public stock offering. In a piece at Slate.com, tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that Facebook users can expect to see changes, including lots more ads. But he warns the company must balance profit seeking with the desires of users.

NPR Story
11:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Truvada And At-Home Test Join Fight Against HIV

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 11:23 am

Truvada is a pill that's already used to treat people with HIV. A daily dose can also significantly reduce the risk of new infection. And a panel recommended the FDA approve an over-the-counter HIV test, OraQuick. Users could test and interpret their results at home in as little as 20 minutes.

NPR Story
11:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Non-White Birth Rate May Inspire Policy Changes

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 11:33 am

The Census Bureau announced that for the first time non-whites now make up the majority of births in the U.S. The demographic shift raises questions about how this trend will affect policy in the country, particularly with regard to education and social programs.

Europe
11:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

If Greece Starts Dominoes Falling, What's Next?

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 1:33 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. New elections are now set for June 17 after a failure to form a government in Athens earlier this week, but some worry that Greece might be out of the eurozone before votes can be cast. While the great majority of Greeks say they want to keep the euro, opinions polls also show anti-austerity sentiment rising.

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Health
11:08 am
Wed May 16, 2012

'Life, Interrupted' By Cancer Diagnosis At 22

On the day before Suleika Jaouad's first chemotherapy treatment in June 2011, an oncology nurse shaved her head.
Seamus McKiernan

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:14 am

Just months after moving to Paris to start her first full-time job, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with cancer — acute myeloid leukemia. Like many who face life-threatening illnesses in their 20s, she is coping with a dwindling sense of independence — increasingly relying on her parents for care — while simultaneously dealing with the very adult issues of mortality, infertility and disease.

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NPR Story
10:45 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Hickenlooper And List On Pre-Election Atmosphere

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 10:58 am

The push for civil unions recently failed in Colorado, and Governor John Hickenlooper has some ideas about why. Also, former Nevada Governor Bob List talks about the influence of Ron Paul on the Republican Party. And NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin rounds up the news.

NPR Story
10:45 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Democrat 'Appalled' By Wisconsin Recall

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 11:01 am

Wisconsin Democrats hope to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker in a recall election. In the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Zimmerman, a lifelong Democrat, says he is "appalled." The recall, he writes, "epitomizes the petty, loser-take-all vindictiveness of contemporary American politics."

NPR Story
10:45 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Activist Bib Fu Helped Chen Call Congress

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 11:10 am

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From Our Listeners
11:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Letters: Losing Faith And Military Marriages

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:07 am

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Sports
11:31 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Fan Says Tear Down Wrigley To Save The Cubs

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 7:07 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Fans of the Chicago Cubs come up with all kinds of explanations for the team's epic ineptitude: the curse of the Billy Goat, Steve Bartman's 2003 foul ball catch, and generations of incompetent management. In the Wall Street Journal today, Rich Cohen comes to a different conclusion: Wrigley Field. Destroy it, annihilate it, he wrote. Implosion or explosion, get rid of it, not merely the structure but the ground on which it stands.

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