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Ready To Get The COVID Vaccine? Here's How To Book It In Your State

Permalink - Posted on 2021-02-18 10:00, modified on 2021-05-04 17:22

Vaccine eligibility has been expanded to all adults. Use NPR's tool to find out how to book an appointment. Plus, helpful advice about how to navigate the system.


Washington State fires its football coach over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-19 07:15, modified on 2021-05-04 17:22

Head football coach Nick Rolovich and four assistants were fired for defying the state's vaccine mandate. School officials said a small number of university workers chose not to get vaccinated.


Beyond delivery: How a birth plan can prepare you for all four trimesters

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-19 04:03, modified on 2021-05-04 17:22

For expectant parents, navigating pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum can raise a range of emotions. There are so many things to think about and prepare for, and knowing where to start can feel daunting. But a birth plan can help!

In this episode, Martina Abrahams Ilunga and Gabrielle Horton of NATAL, offer guidance on creating a birth plan that works for you, and makes it simple for your support system to pitch in.


Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-18 15:28, modified at 18:33

An NPR poll finds that while a large majority of people using telehealth during the pandemic were satisfied, nearly two-thirds prefer in-person visits. That may foretell telehealth's future.


Applying for health insurance doesn't have to be confusing. Here's a handy glossary

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-18 04:03, modified at 18:07

Picking health insurance takes a lot of work. It's not a one-size-fits-all type of situation, and there are a lot of confusing terms that come up every year. You also need to consider your general health and finances. So how can you make sense of it all?

That's where we come in. In this episode of Life Kit, we'll have experts guide you on where to look for coverage, how to narrow down plans — and how to get trustworthy help if you need it.


Kentucky's backroad churches may be key to saving hospitals overwhelmed by COVID

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-17 11:00, modified on 2021-10-18 18:07

Public health workers are going church to church and house to house in the state's secluded valleys to dispel COVID myths, ease isolation, bring aid, and convince wary residents to get vaccinated.


What 'Squid Game' gets right and wrong about Pakistani migrant workers

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-17 11:00, modified on 2021-10-18 21:28

One of the characters in the global Netflix hit is Ali Abdul, a Pakistani migrant working (and exploited) in South Korea. Pakistanis are weighing in on the character — and the casting.


The political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectiveness

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-17 11:00, modified on 2021-10-18 21:28

Republicans in Texas and Florida are combatting COVID-19 mandates as a matter of personal liberty, even as the data show just how crucial vaccination — and mandates — are to beating the virus.


Sitting too much drags down your mental health. Here's how to get moving

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-16 11:06, modified at 15:46

A lot of us have been sitting too much, and it's hard on us mentally as well as physically. Research shows breaking up that couch or desk time with short stints of movement can help lift your mood.


A refugee at 4, he felt like a lost star. Now his voice shines in a graphic memoir

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-16 11:00, modified at 15:46

When Stars Are Scattered is the story of Omar Mohamed's years at a refugee camp in Kenya. He cared for his brother and found the courage to dream big. The book was a National Book Awards finalist.


A two-tier wage system roiled the auto industry. Workers today say no way

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-16 11:00, modified on 2021-10-18 20:28

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente and cereal workers at Kellogg are among those protesting their companies' proposals for a two-tier wage system under which new hires would earn less for the same work.


The CDC emphasizes COVID vaccinations as a key to safe holiday gatherings

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-16 01:54, modified on 2021-10-18 20:28

The CDC says that having every person in attendance vaccinated is important for protecting those who can't get a shot. And it recommends that those who aren't fully vaccinated delay travel.


An FDA panel of experts backs J&J COVID vaccine booster

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-15 17:34, modified at 19:14

A panel of experts voted to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration authorize a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine at least two months after the first shot.


The Justice Department is heading back to the Supreme Court over Texas' abortion law

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-15 16:35, modified at 20:43

The Justice Department wants the high court to put the restrictive law on hold during ongoing legal challenges. The U.S. government says the legislation is unconstitutional.


Vaccinated foreign travelers will be allowed into the U.S. starting Nov. 8

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-15 14:54, modified at 15:56

The White House says airline travelers will have to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test.


The federal government pledges $100 million to address health care worker shortages

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-15 14:48, modified at 16:47

As health care workers face increased levels of pandemic burnout, the Biden administration is looking to help states recruit and retain clinicians in underserved areas.


Global TB deaths are rising — and COVID gets the blame

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-15 13:11, modified on 2021-10-18 16:48

After years of progress in reducing the number of annual deaths from tuberculosis, the number of cases of the infectious respiratory disease went up in 2020.


Coronavirus FAQ: I'm vaccinated. Is it OK to sing into a karaoke mic again?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-15 12:00, modified on 2021-10-18 11:00

During the pandemic, karaoke has been kayoed due to fears of viral spread. If you've got a song in your heart and a vaccine in your arm, is it safe to pick up a karaoke mic in public?


United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-14 23:23, modified on 2021-10-18 11:00

The U.S. donation from its domestic supplies comes on top of the 50 million doses previously donated to Africa, which world health officials say is 500 million doses short of its goal.


Remembering an Abortion Rights Activist Who Spurned the Spotlight

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-14 21:00, modified on 2021-10-18 11:00

Patricia Maginnis, who was 93 when she died on August 30, may have been the first person to publicly call for abortion to be completely decriminalized in America. Despite her insistence on direct action on abortion-rights at a time when many were uncomfortable even saying the word "abortion," Maginnis is not a bold letter name of the movement. That may be because she didn't seek the limelight and she cared more for action then self-presentation.

Guests include Lili Loofborow, who profiled Maginnis for Slate; Professor Leslie J. Regan, who wrote the book When Abortion Was a Crime; and the artist Andrea Bowers whose video piece, Letters to An Army of Three recreated the messages people would send Maginnis when they were desperate to access abortion services.

Special thanks to the Schlesinger Library, where the 1975 oral history of Pat Maginnis is housed.

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Email us at considerthis@npr.org.


Floods threaten to shut down a quarter of U.S. roads and critical buildings

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-14 20:34, modified on 2021-10-15 16:53

A new report says floods could shut down a quarter of the country's critical facilities like airports, hospitals, government buildings, and schools — and the roads that take you there.


'Sex Education's' Eric Effiong is inspiration to Nigeria's gays, says activist

Permalink - Posted on 2021-10-14 20:14, modified on 2021-10-15 21:28

We asked Bisi Alimi, who came out on TV in Nigeria and is an advocate for LGBTQ rights in his homeland, to weigh in on the plotline of the popular Netflix series.