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8:58 am
Tue February 7, 2012

'Miseducation': A cowgirl coming-out story for teens

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 4:00 am

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Shots - Health Blog
8:54 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Screening kids for cholesterol can raise awareness and anxiety

The latest subject in standardized tests for kids: cholesterol.

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 7:26 am

Does it help or hurt children to know they have high cholesterol? We're about to find out.

New guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute say every child should be screened for high cholesterol once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Mon February 6, 2012

M.I.A.'s Flip Of The Finger: Big Deal Or Not?

M.I.A.'s now famous finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 8:05 am

(Note: If seeing someone "flip the bird" greatly offends you, this might not be the post for you.)

If it's the morning after a Super Bowl then that must mean everybody's talking not just about the game but about the ads and the halftime show as well.

The game? OK, but not the greatest. (If you haven't heard, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17.)

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8:29 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Stopping the 'brain drain' of the U.S. economy

Recent surveys show that a large percentage of graduates from the nation's top schools are taking jobs in consulting or financial sector.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 2:39 pm

Yale University student Marina Keegan received an email last May from Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, offering her $100 if she said why she didn't apply for a summer internship.

Keegan, an English major, decided to take Bridgewater up on its offer.

"It was only sort of once I was inside the room when I realized ... maybe I'm helping them perfect their recruiting machine, which is exactly what we were doing," Keegan tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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8:26 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Fewer autopsies mean crucial info goes to the grave

Colleagues of Renee Royak-Schaler at the University of Maryland School of Medicine paid for and conducted an autopsy that revealed that cancer had ravaged her body. Today, autopsies are conducted on just 5 percent of patients.
Jenna Isaacson Pfueller ProPublica

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 12:52 pm

A half-century ago, autopsies — sometimes called the ultimate medical audit — were an integral part of American health care, performed on roughly half of all patients who died in hospitals. But today, autopsies are conducted on roughly 5 percent of such patients, and experts say that is a troubling trend.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Russia's Hottest Protest Song, Courtesy Of The Military Elite

A screen grab from the YouTube video, "Putin and the Paratroopers."

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 9:09 am

An Internet hit is becoming the anthem for Russian protesters as they march against Vladimir Putin's rule.

In the few days since it was posted, more than 1 million people have watched the YouTube video for the song, catapulting its band into sudden stardom. Yet this is no ordinary story of the latest Web sensation.

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Music Interviews
9:03 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Joe Cocker: The 'Hard Knock' Life Of A Singular Singer

Joe Cocker's new album is Hard Knocks.
Olaf Heine

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 8:03 pm

Joe Cocker has one of the most recognizable voices in rock — anyone who's heard his version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" can attest to that. The British singer has been belting out hits for more than 40 years, the biggest of which include "Feelin' Alright," "Up Where We Belong" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

But with all that success also came some hard times. Cocker has struggled with drugs, alcohol and financial debt, all of which he's discussed openly.

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9:03 am
Sun February 5, 2012

A Tale Of Two Centuries: Charles Dickens Turns 200

English novelist Charles Dickens was born on Feb. 7, 1812. He was the second of eight children, and had little formal education.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 3:04 am

Charles Dickens — one of the most beloved storytellers in the English language — was born 200 years ago Tuesday. He was a comic genius and a social reformer whose novels made him famous in his own time, and continue as classics in ours.

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Around the Nation
8:59 am
Sun February 5, 2012

'Driving America': A cultural road trip through time

This 1957 DeSoto Fireflite is on display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.
Courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:03 am

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., is to automobiles what the National Gallery is to art.

The museum has just opened a new exhibit called "Driving America" that looks at the automobile from the point of view of the driver. Curators say they hope the new exhibit will encourage visitors to consider — and maybe reconsider — their own cars and driving habits.

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Blog Of The Nation
8:56 am
Sun February 5, 2012

The 'other' thing you may not know about Facebook

Did you know Facebook had this "Other" folder?

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 3:57 am

Now that Facebook has filed to go public, there's a lot of reflection on how the social media site became the mammoth it is today. The site has gone through a lot of changes in its eight years. Remember when you had to have a college email address to join? Remember when you had to type ""?

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:57 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Bjork As Music Teacher At The New York Hall Of Science

Bjork performs during the Biophilia Live Show at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2012.
Julieta Cervantes

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 10:52 am

Bjork told a journalist recently that she'd always wanted to be a music teacher. And so she was, in her own dazzling style, during the first show of a six-night residency at the New York Hall of Science. A variation on her innovative performance at the Manchester Festival in England last summer, it presented the music from her 2011 LP Biophilia for the first time in the U.S.

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Around the Nation
5:55 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Lost Malcolm X speech heard again 50 years later

Richard Holbrooke and Katharine Pierce as students in 1961 at Brown University.
Katharine Pierce

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 2:57 pm

Last semester, Brown senior Malcolm Burnley took a narrative writing course. One of the assignments was to write a fictional story based on something true — and that true event had to be found inside the university archives.

"So I went to the archives and started flipping through dusty compilations of student newspapers, and there was this old black-and-white photo of when Malcolm X came to speak," Burnley says. "There was one short article that corresponded to it, and very little else."

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Author Interviews
7:57 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Media 'miracle': The 'big' story of three whales in Barrow, Alaska

Big Miracle by Tom Rose

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 3:08 am

In October 1988, the big news was presidential politics — the race between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis was in its final weeks — but a dramatic whale rescue was about to captivate the world. This story is the focus of a movie now in theaters starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.

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The Picture Show
7:53 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Vintage view: 1920s Pacific Northwest in color

Mt. Saint Helens from Spirit Lake
Asahel Curtis Washington State Archives

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:03 am

When Johnson and Ellen Sheriff Curtis moved their family from Minnesota to Seattle in 1887, two of their teenage sons developed a burgeoning interest in photography.

One of them, Edward Curtis, would go on to become famous for his photographs of Native Americans. But his brother, Asahel Curtis, who worked to less acclaim as a commercial photographer in Seattle, also left behind a remarkable body of work.

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The Salt
1:32 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

The surprising story of a Super Bowl snack

Presented on a gourmet plate or eaten out of the bag the chips came in, Frito Pie is an American standard.

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 6:12 am

This Super Bowl Sunday, millions of Americans will watch the game with bowls of corn-based snacks at their side. Whether you prefer Doritos, Cheetos, or even Funyuns, you owe the pleasure of that crunchy munchy to the humble corn curl that started it all: the Frito.

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