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Polio-Like AFM Confirmed in Oklahoma

Health officials in Arkansas and Oklahoma say a rare illness that's being compared to polio may have reached the states as it spreads across the U.S. Officials call the condition acute flaccid myelitis. It attacks the spinal cord and nervous system and causes weakness or temporary paralysis in the arms and legs. Most cases of weakness and paralysis have been in children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 127 patients with symptoms of the disease this...

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Oklahomans Aid in Florida Repair

Linemen with the Public Service Company of Oklahoma are working to get power restored to parts of Florida affected by Hurricane Michael. “We are so blessed to have them, we are so blessed. Never ever forget them.” Mary Lundy is glad to have power restored, but she fears her uninsured home is unsalvageable. “Even though we have major damage, we are totally blessed. And we are alive, so what more can you ask for?” Public Service Company of Oklahoma has sent more than 120 people to help restore...

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Norway Apologizes To Women Who Faced Reprisals For Wartime Relations With Nazis

Norway issued an apology on Wednesday to women who faced retaliation and public disgrace for having relationships with occupying German forces during World War II. Up to 50,000 Norwegian women are thought to have had intimate relationships with German soldiers, the BBC reports . Many of them faced government retaliation after the war's end, including illegal arrests, job firings and being stripped of their nationality. Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg issued a formal apology to these ...

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Our guest is Jill Bialosky, a writer based in NYC who's published several collections of poetry as well as the bestselling memoir, "History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life." She joins us to discuss her latest book, an engaging memoir/anthology titled "Poetry Will Save Your Life." Per The Chicago Tribune: "A delightfully hybrid book: part anthology, part critical study, part autobiography.... Candid and canny.... Bialosky's erudite and instructive approach to poetry [is] itself a refreshing tonic." Please note that Ms. Bialosky, who is also an editor at W. W.

The Early Childhood Education Institute (or ECEI) at OU-Tulsa last month received a $2.7 million grant from NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to extend its work with researchers from Georgetown University.

The nonprofit Clarehouse -- a home in Tulsa offering loving care for people in the last month of life -- is now presenting its annual Community Conversation Series. This series, per the Clarehouse website, is a multi-venue line-up that "advances the discussion about end-of-life care and wishes, opening our minds and hearts to dialogue about death and dying.

Originally formed at The Juilliard School, Tesla Quartet won 2nd Prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2016. And their very first CD is just being released this month. Chamber Music Tulsa is pleased to bring this special collective back to our community; they were last in town in 2013. Tesla will offer a pair of exciting concerts this weekend: tonight (the 12th) at the Renaissance Square Event Center on 11th Street, and then Sunday afternoon (the 14th) at the Williams Theatre in the Tulsa PAC.

Our guest is Shane Bauer, a senior reporter for Mother Jones. He joins us to discuss a sobering new book that grew out of his outstanding reporting for that magazine.

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They Call Her 'Queen Of Dung' — And She Doesn't Mind

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Early one morning in the spring of 2017, Claire McCarthy started her day as many don't: rolling dried rhinoceros dung into cigarettes and packing them into a machine that smoked them.

Although it might seem bizarre, McCarthy's purpose was serious: She wanted to know what happens when people breathe in dung smoke.

Dung smoke is no joke. Animal dung is used by millions globally for heating and cooking.

We all knew vocalist Rubén Blades knew his way around the clave, the rhythmic pattern that propels the Afro-Cuban dance music he's known for.

But I bet you didn't know he could swing a big band jazz tune with an easy flair that recalls past masters like Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra.

After more than four years as the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura is leaving his post. He says that in his final month, he'll make a major push to try to lay the groundwork for a new constitution in Syria.

De Mistura told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that he was departing for "purely personal reasons," and would wrap up the last week of November. He said that has always been his plan.

Still, he added: "A month can be a century in politics."

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Gen. Abdul Raziq, a police leader and key U.S. ally, was killed in an attack on senior officials meeting at the governor's palace in Kandahar on Thursday to discuss how to maintain security during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections this weekend. The commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, escaped unharmed.

Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors

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Even before Florence Nightingale advised that hospitals be designed to let daylight in, people observed that sunshine helps keep you healthy. But there was not much research to explain why that's the case, especially inside buildings.

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The U.K. and the EU might "create an option to extend the [Brexit] implementation period for a matter of months," U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday, after talks with European Union leaders stalled in Brussels.

The Brexit timetable currently calls for a 21-month transition to begin next March. But that could be in jeopardy, as negotiators have been unable to get past sticking points in laying out the terms of the U.K.'s departure from the EU.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, the subject of two movies in 2018 alone — and an opera and a workout book, among other things.

She is the Notorious R.B.G., emblazoned on T-shirts, made into memes, and parodied on Saturday Night Live. There's even an action figure of her.

Jane Sherron De Hart reminds us in her new scholarly biography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life, just what got the ball rolling on all of this: Ginsburg is a true-blue legal icon.

Research published this week predicting that beer prices could double as rising global temperatures and more volatile weather cause shortages of barley created a big splash. Twitter users and major news outlets widely circulated the dire headlines. But brewers and barley growers say you shouldn't drown your sorrows just yet: They have a plan.

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