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New Guidelines on Pap Smears

There's more news about women's health today. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is saying most women don't need annual pap tests until they are 21 years old, instead of 18. The group is also recommending that women be screened every two years instead of every year and that women in their 30's can wait three years between screenings. We talk with gynecologist Doctor Cheryl Inglesia who chaired the panel that wrote the guidelines.

The Oxford Project

Kathy Tandy then and now in The Oxford Project. (Courtesy welcomebooks.com)
Kathy Tandy then and now in The Oxford Project. (Courtesy welcomebooks.com)

In April of 1984, a photographer began taking pictures of the 700 residents of the small, Iowa town of Oxford. He photographed housewives, truckers, the mayor, farmers and children and his colleague Stephen Bloom interviewed them about their lives, jobs and ambitions. In 2005, they photographed and interviewed the same residents, and the side-by-side then and now photos are the subject of a book, "The Oxford Project." Robin Young spoke to photographer Peter Feldstein, and longtime Oxford resident Kathy Tandy earlier this year.

Why We Overeat on Thanksgiving

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The Calorie Control Council, a trade group representing companies that sell low-calorie foods, estimates the average American eats around 4,500 calories and more than 200 grams of fat at Thanksgiving dinner. Our guest, Susan Roberts says there's a physiological reason we can't say "no" when we see and smell food. Roberts is Professor of Nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University.

Is China a Bright spot for the Auto Industry?

While car sales have plummeted by about 30% in the U.S. this year, they're booming in China. That country has surpassed the U.S. for the first time ever in car sales. At General Motors, Chinese sales doubled last month alone. The company is still struggling after going into bankruptcy after a government bail-out. So can the Chinese market save GM? We talk to Kevin Wale, president of GM China Group in Shanghai and Paul Eisenstein of the automotive news site, TheDetroitBureau.com.

The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's "Only A Game" joins us to talk about a few of the week's big sports stories.

The Sport of Picking Locks

"Locksport" is not about breaking and entering with criminal intent. It's a competitive sport with events like "The Gringo Warrior" held around the world. One of the fastest pickers lives in the Boston area. Here and Now's Andrea Shea caught up with Schuyler Towne, who explains why his hobby can be serious business.

Music from the show

  • Sun Kil Moon, "Carry Me Ohio"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
  • Tito Puente, "Royal T"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Fred Hirsch, "Desafinado"
  • Calexico, "Crumble"

This program aired on November 20, 2009.

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