Shots - Health News
2:57 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Nigeria Pressured To Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Villages

A boy works at an illegal gold mine in northern Nigeria. Lead from these mines has sickened thousands of children in the region.
David Gilkey NPR

The Nigerian government has been slow to fulfill a promise it made last spring. And, its sluggishness is putting kids at risk for lead poisoning, the advocacy group Humans Rights Watch says.

Last May, the Nigerian government pledged roughly $5 million to clean up lead contamination around illegal gold mines in northwest Nigeria. But so far, that money hasn't been released.

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Channel 5
2:51 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles perform "Your Mother Should Know" for the Magical Mystery Tour film finale.
Courtesy of Apple Films Ltd.

Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination. The film is a showcase for six classic tracks including like “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves.

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Channel 5
2:41 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

NOVA: Secrets of Stonehenge

Courtesy of Keith Rodgerson/Courtesy of WGBH

Dated to the late Stone Age, Stonehenge may be the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory. Every year, a million visitors are drawn to England to gaze upon the famous circle of stones, but the monument’s meaning has continued to elude us. Now investigations inside and around Stonehenge have kicked off a dramatic new era of discovery and debate over who built Stonehenge and for what purpose. How did prehistoric people quarry, transport, sculpt and erect these giant stones?

Channel 5
2:34 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Nature: Revealing the Leopard

Courtesy of © Mark Fletcher

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous and, until recently, one of the least understood. They hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen and secretive. Leopards are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film will accumulate the evidence and put together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat.

Airs Wednesday, December 12, at 7pm on Channel 5.

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Channel 5
2:05 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Frontline: The Undertaking

Ken Kutzli of Lynch & Sons prepares a body for viewing.
Photo courtesy of FRONTLINE

In this moving and powerful film, FRONTLINE enters the world of Thomas Lynch, a poet and undertaker whose family has cared for the dead in a small Michigan town for three generations. Through the intimate stories of families coming to terms with grief, mortality and a funeral's rituals, the film illuminates the heartbreak and beauty in the journey taken between the living and the dead when someone dies.

Airs Tuesday, December 11, at 9pm on Channel 5.

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Channel 5
2:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Saving the Titanic

Courtesy of Tile Films Ltd.

Follow a dramatic interpretation of the Titanic’s final hours, told from the point of view of the engineers below deck as they struggle to maintain power and keep the ship afloat to save as many lives as possible.

Airs Tuesday, December 11, at 7pm on Channel 5.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Protests Erupt In Michigan Capitol, After Governor Unveils Right-To-Work Bill

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:22 pm

Police arrested several protesters and they sprayed irritants at a crowd gathered at the Michigan State House today.

As the Detroit Free Press reports, State Police used "chemical munitions" when the crowd tried to rush the Senate floor.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:32 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Anaïs Mitchell: Tiny Desk Concert

Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:49 pm

Her voice is soft and sweet, her guitar work deft and evocative, but Anaïs Mitchell is a songwriting storyteller first and foremost. Robbed of a gift for melody and poetry, Mitchell would probably (and may yet) write some tremendous novels.

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1:05 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Washington Legalizes Pot: What's Changed?



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12:58 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Fixing The Budget, While Protecting The Middle Class

House Republicans and the White House are at a stalemate over how best to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. As the deficit deadline approaches, the priority for Senate Budget Committee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), is to protect the middle class.