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8:41 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Secrets: Cook's Tips From Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball uses "secret" ingredients to make his Thanksgiving dishes special, including herb roasted turkey, green beans, corn-flake stuffing and multigrain rolls. And for dessert, he made a spiced pumpkin cheesecake.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 1:40 pm

A cook's secrets are meant to stay in the kitchen. An off-recipe substitution, a unique addition, an improvised technique — they often come from inspiration, or just a sense of craft, that can make a home chef both proud and protective. Luckily for us, Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen is happy to share the secrets he's picked up in more than 30 years of cooking.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

'Casually Pepper Spraying Cop' Meme Takes Off

Spraying the Declaration of Independence (John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence").
jockohomo.tumblr.com

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 6:56 am

When he walked down a line of seated Occupy protesters Friday at the University of California Davis and shot pepper spray directly at them, campus police Lt. John Pike likely never thought that video of the incident would go viral on the Web, that there would be outrage not only at the school but around the nation, or that "casually pepper spraying cop" would quickly become one of the year's top memes.

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Planet Money
11:35 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Can inflation kickstart the economy without killing it? (Part I)

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 9:06 am

Note: This is the FIRST of two posts on this question

In his latest New York Times Magazine column, Adam Davidson writes, "Like a defibrillator, inflation is a blunt tool that, used exceedingly sparingly, can sometimes save the patient."

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Planet Money
11:30 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Can inflation kickstart the economy without killing it? (Part II)

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 9:08 am

Note: This is the SECOND of two related posts

In his latest New York Times Magazine column, Adam Davidson writes, "Like a defibrillator, inflation is a blunt tool that, used exceedingly sparingly, can sometimes save the patient."

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Planet Money
5:47 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

The Friday podcast: A financial adviser bets the house

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 8:17 am

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On today's show, we talk to Carl Richards. His job is to give people financial advice, yet he got sucked into the housing boom and spit out the other end, just like millions of other people.

He tells us his story, and explains how his experience has changed the way he thinks about money, and about risk.

For more, read Carl's recent New York Times article.

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Cool photo: Scientists present 'lightest material on Earth'

Researchers created a "micro-lattice" structure of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness of 100 nanometers, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.
Dan Little HRL Laboratories

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:43 pm

We were stunned when we saw this image:

According to HRL Laboratories that is an "ultralight metallic microlattice" sitting atop a dandelion. The material was developed by scientists at HRL, The California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Irvine.

The material is 99.99 percent air and 100 times lighter than styrofoam.

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A Blog Supreme
3:51 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 18, 2011

The skyline of Doha, Qatar. The city will welcome a new jazz club, operated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Christof Koepsel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:21 pm

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Shots - Health Blog
12:57 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

When to worry about smart kids and drugs

Make sure she has dinner with the rest of the family.
Jan van den Brink iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 7:09 am

All parents hope their children will be smart. But no parents want their children to grow up to have problems with drugs like cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines.

So it's no surprise that a study out this week linking high IQ in children with illegal drug use as adults has been giving parents the willies. "I think it's kind of scary that this article is out there," says Lisa Boesky, a mom in San Diego.

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Politics
11:46 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Oregon Revenues Take Another Hit

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 3:32 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers say the latest round of economic bad news for the state won't mean more cuts, at least for now. But the revenue forecast issued by state economists Thursday leaves very little wiggle room over the next year and a half.

And state economic analysts are keeping a wary eye on Europe's financial turmoil.

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News
11:43 am
Fri November 18, 2011

White House Shooting Suspect Had Idaho Arrest Record, End-Of-World Theories

This Sept. 13 mugshot of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was taken at the Bonneville County Jail in Idaho Falls. Courtesy of the Bonneville County Sheriff Dept.

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 7:54 pm

The Idaho man accused of trying to assassinate the president had a history of minor arrests in his home state and recently developed conspiracy theories about the end of the world. Those are some of the details that are beginning to emerge about Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez.

Ortega-Hernandez's arrest record includes petty theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor domestic violence. He also appeared in court in 2010 for a child support hearing.

The Associated Press reports Ortega-Hernandez has a 2-year-old son with his ex-fiance.

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Fri November 18, 2011

New tests support claim that speed of light's been broken

A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 6:17 am

It's not the final word, but scientists at the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics report today that "new tests conducted at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of INFN by the OPERA Collaboration, with a specially set up neutrino beam from CERN, confirm so far the previous results on the measurement of the neutrino velocity."

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Protesting Wall Street
3:43 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: A lesson on an 'organic movement'

A large gathering of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street Movement attend a rally in Union Square in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 1:59 pm

When you ask a lot of the Occupiers questions about their ideal government, they tell you then want an "organic" government or a "true democracy." Something a lot like what they created at Zuccotti Park, they say.

That's probably why there's been so much press coverage about the confusion of the movement's message. But, walking around and talking to many of the protesters today, it's obvious that it's a movement that has brought together a lot of people with very different ideologies.

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Energy
9:36 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Controversial coastal wind farm development cancelled

Wind turbines spin above Grayland Beach State Park. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:52 pm

A group of four public utilities has cancelled a wind farm development that would have been one of the first and the biggest on the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The Radar Ridge Wind Project would've had as many as 32 turbine towers on state forestland near the southwest Washington coast. The partners in the project quietly scuttled the wind farm last week before a single foundation was dug.

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News
5:17 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

ACLU: Idaho conceals execution procedure from witnesses

Idaho renovated a cell block at the state's maximum security prison to serve as the execution chamber for Paul Ezra Rhoades. Photo courtesy of Idaho Department of Correction

The American Civil Liberties Union says Idaho is violating a federal court's ruling on execution procedures. The state is set to execute convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades by lethal injection on Friday morning.

The Idaho Department of Correction allows witnesses at executions, including members of the press. But only after the execution team has secured the inmate to the table and inserted two IV lines.

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