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2:00am

Fri July 22, 2011
Politics

Support Grows For 'Gang Of Six' Deficit Proposal

Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) talk to Steve Inskeep about the bipartisan deficit reduction plan proposed by the "Gang of Six." The White House and Congress are hoping to move on a deficit reduction plan alongside efforts to raise the debt limit. Many lawmakers say they won't vote to raise the debt limit without a plan to reduce the deficit.

10:01pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Music News

Enterprising Young Musicians On The Road To Interlochen

Cellist Sara Page (center, right) rehearses with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp. Page is among the campers who made an exceptional effort to raise funds to attend the camp this year.
Sam Oldenburg for NPR

For young people who want a career in the arts, a handful of prestigious summer camps are a vital early step. Interlochen, in northern Michigan, is one of them.

Jessye Norman, Josh Groban, Norah Jones and Lorin Maazel all spent summers at Interlochen when they were younger. But with tuition ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the campers' age and discipline, does it mean that only rich kids get to follow in their footsteps? It turns out that some extra-resourceful young people are paving their own way. I went to camp to meet them.

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8:38pm

Thu July 21, 2011
StoryCorps

Surviving A Double-Lung Transplant: 'Life Is Good'

Nan Graham spoke with her son, Howell, about his recovery from lung-transplant surgery in Wilmington, N.C.
StoryCorps

As a child, Howell Graham was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that often impairs lung function. By his late 20s, Howell would lose his breath doing things as routine as brushing his teeth.

So he underwent a risky operation — in 1990, he had a double lung transplant. And today, Howell, 49, is one of the longest-surviving recipients of that surgery. Recently, Howell and his mother, Nan, talked about a few moments when it seemed like he might not make it.

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4:23pm

Thu July 21, 2011
West Nile Virus

The Costs of Mosquito Control

Jessica Schurich collects mosquito samples near Boyd Lake in Loveland.
Melanie DeVries

Across many parts of Colorado, recent rains and flooding have left behind ample breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and health concerns are growing after Boulder County officials reported the first human case of West Nile virus this week. Many cities and counties are trying to strike a balance between protecting the public and their bottom line.

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1:06pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Transportation

Seat Belt Usage is the Target of Week-long Crackdown

Deanna Garcia KUNC

For the next week law enforcement officials in 11 Colorado counties will be stepping up enforcement of vehicle restraint laws; the overall goal is to get more people to buckle up.

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