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The Salt
12:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Make Room For Mushrooms: Fungi Compete With Meat In Burgers

Richard Blais' Earth & Turf Burger, served at the Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta, is 50 percent beef, 50 percent mushroom.
Courtesy of Flip Burger Boutique

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:00 pm

With so many people reconsidering their meat consumption, the mushroom industry is hoping their product can become the next "other" white meat.

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Shots - Health News
12:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Wondering If You Need A Strep Test? Crowdsourcing Might Help

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to skip the strep test sometimes?
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Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:35 am

Most sore throats aren't strep. But because strep bacteria can in rare cases cause rheumatic fever, people often feel like they should get tested for possible strep infection.

It might be possible to skip that step someday by checking whether your neighbors have been getting strep throat, researchers say. Aside from reducing the cost and inconvenience of needless clinic visits, the neighborhood strep check could reduce the risk of being needlessly treated with antibiotics.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Why India's Mars Mission Is So Much Cheaper Than NASA's

The PSLV-C25, with India's Mars orbiter aboard, prior to Tuesday's launch at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 1:33 pm

Former NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin pioneered a "faster, better, cheaper" approach to America's space program, but he would have been hard-pressed to deliver a Mars mission for the bargain-basement price of India's first probe to the red planet, which blasted off Tuesday.

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All Songs Considered
12:04 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New Mix: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, More

Clockwise from top: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, Marisa Anderson
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:53 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton travel through the decades for an eclectic mix of rock, folk, and, wait for it... disco.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Charlie Trotter, Famous Chicago Chef, Has Died At 54

Chef Charlie Trotter, who helped revitalize Chicago's culinary reputation, has died at age 54. He's seen here at the 2006 International Gastronomy Summit in Madrid.
Pierre-Philippe Marcou AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:04 pm

Charlie Trotter, whose eponymous Chicago restaurant became an institution and helped pave the way for innovative small dishes that featured fresh and unique food, has died at age 54.

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Shots - Health News
12:03 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Insurance Cancellations: The Price Of Mending A Broken System?

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Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 9:36 am

Lisa Dieckman, a retired psychologist in Los Angeles, likes the Affordable Care Act's promise that everybody can get health insurance. But she's not happy about being told she can't keep her own coverage and will have to pay considerably more for a policy she doesn't consider any better.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Brazil Admits It Has Spied On U.S. Diplomats

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff takes part in the meeting of the Economic and Social Development Council, at Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, on February 27, 2013.
Pedro Ladeira AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 7:46 am

When a Brazilian newspaper published a report that the U.S. had spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, the country complained bitterly. Rouseff even postponed a state visit with President Obama.

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All Tech Considered
10:31 am
Tue November 5, 2013

One Reason Twitter's Confident About Its Ad Possibilities

Twitter announced that it has set a price range for its initial public offering between $17 and $20 per share and hopes to sell 70 million shares.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 9:56 am

One of the big questions facing social media giant Twitter ahead of its New York Stock Exchange debut this week is how much money it could actually make for investors.

"We have incurred significant operating losses in the past, and we may not be able to achieve or subsequently maintain profitability," the company writes, in its business prospectus.

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Book Reviews
10:30 am
Tue November 5, 2013

'Boy Detective' Walks Down Memory Lane, But Doesn't Get Anywhere

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:03 am

There's a difference between ruminating and rambling, and Roger Rosenblatt crosses the line in The Boy Detective, his dilatory, meandering new memoir about his New York boyhood. I was a big fan of Kayak Morning, Rosenblatt's meditation on the tenaciousness of grief published in early 2012, four years after the sudden death of his 38-year-old daughter, a pediatrician and mother of three small children. But his latest, while less melancholic, more playful, and occasionally endearingly quirky, ambles at a pace that makes rush hour traffic down Second Avenue seem speedy.

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It's All Politics
10:29 am
Tue November 5, 2013

9 Elections To Watch

Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:19 pm

Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:29 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Dark Matter Eludes Capture: Science And The Unseen

A section of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment's detector during construction. The LUX detector sits a mile underneath the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Carlos H. Faham

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 9:58 am

We live in a world of shadows. We live amidst unseen forces that influence the universe even as we are blind to their presence. In other words, we live amidst ghosts.

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Shots - Health News
10:28 am
Tue November 5, 2013

For Many Workers, It's Time To Consider Insurance Options

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:17 am

It's open enrollment time again, the autumn period when many people with job-based health insurance ante up for another year.

Although news reports have fixated on the problems with the online health marketplaces that launched Oct. 1, for the vast majority of people that's a nonissue. If they get insurance through a job at a company that has at least 50 employees, they probably won't be using the marketplaces, also called exchanges.

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The Two-Way
8:05 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Gunman Found Dead At N.J. Mall; No One Believed Hurt

Two people hug early Tuesday after reaching safety outside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J. A gunman fired several shots there Monday night, sending shoppers and employees scrambling. No one was hurt. Hours later, the suspected gunman's body was found. Police believe he shot himself.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:24 am

We updated the top of this post at 6 a.m. ET Tuesday.

A harrowing scene at a popular shopping mall in Paramus, N.J., ended early Tuesday when police found the body of the man who they believe had fired at least several shots Monday evening. The sound of that gunfire sent shoppers and employees scrambling for safety, brought hundreds of law enforcement officers to the scene and led to a lockdown and search that lasted for hours.

As of early Tuesday, there were no reports of any injuries at the Garden State Plaza Mall.

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Shots - Health News
4:25 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Girls are particularly vulnerable to brain changes caused by stress or trauma, researchers say.
Allen Johnson iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 9:21 am

Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on.

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It's All Politics
4:22 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What If A Congressman Comes Out And Nobody Cares?

Rep. Mike Michaud talks to an Associated Press reporter Monday in Portland, Maine, about his public announcement that he is gay.
Clarke Canfield AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:43 pm

The final chapter in the history of bombshells of the closeted gay politician variety may have been written Monday by Rep. Mike Michaud, a Maine Democrat running for governor.

Michaud, 58, announced in a column published in two state newspapers and by The Associated Press that he is a gay man, and followed it with the question: "But why should it matter?"

Judging from immediate reaction in Maine, where Michaud next year will be competing to become the first governor in U.S. history elected as an openly gay man, the answer seemed to be that it probably won't.

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