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12:04 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth On World Cafe

The Tallest Man on Earth.
Melody Chiang

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 7:03 am

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is a modern-day troubadour whose crooning voice and acoustic folk songs often get him compared to Bob Dylan. Matsson recently released his third full-length solo album, There's No Leaving Now, under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth.

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The Salt
11:59 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Arty students, not party students, are champs of late-night food delivery

Art students rule the campus late-night delivery field. Maybe they're studying the packages.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:55 am

Millions of college students are heading back to campus soon, and as any parent footing the bill knows, they're hungry for more than just knowledge — they want food, and lots of it, at all hours.

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Planet Money - Agriculture
10:18 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Why do taxpayers subsidize farmers' insurance?

Grandpa Traub — corn former and millionaire.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 9:16 am

This summer's drought has hit more than half the states in the country. Crops are suffering, but farmers might not be. Most farmers have crop insurance.

U.S. taxpayers spend about $7 billion a year on crop insurance. It's our largest farm subsidy.

And this subsidy goes in part to farmers — who will tell you themselves they aren't so sure about the whole idea. "I have an aversion to it," says Jim Traub, a corn and bean farmer in Fairbury, Illinois. "But you're not going to turn it down."

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It's All Politics
5:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Cut Off From Party's Purse Strings, Rep. Akin Plans Next Move

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., says Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP vice presidential candidate, asked him to end his Senate bid after recent comments he made referring to "legitimate rape."
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:59 pm

Republican Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri is likely to leave him with support from the state's evangelical community, but not much more, says a political scientist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Home brew petitioners to POTUS: Release the beer recipe

President Barack Obama enjoys a beer at The Pump House in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this month, but would you like to know what's in his homebrew? There's a petition for that.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:02 am

There's a little-known part of the White House website that allows average citizens to create online petitions. And in amongst the weighty requests to end police brutality and allow prescription drugs to be imported, a little item caught our eye: "Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House."

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am

  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:21 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Should lack of exercise be considered a medical condition?

Doctors need to prescribe exercise to patients who don't get enough exercise, a Mayo Clinic expert says.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 12:46 pm

"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.

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The Salt
12:57 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Reach for the fries? Apple slices recalled for possible listeria contamination

This apple-topped salad is one of several products being recalled for potential contamination with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes
Ready Pac, Inc.

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:29 am

If you've been applauding yourself recently for choosing the apple slices over the french fries for your kid's fast food meal, or an apple-laden prepackaged salad for your own dinner, you might want to hit the pause button.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Tue August 14, 2012

'F-Bomb,' 'earworm,' others added to dictionary

March 23, 2010: Vice President Biden famously drops an f-bomb.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:45 am

  • Vice President Biden's March 23, 2010, f-bomb (we've bleeped it)

We expect that most folks won't need to look up the definition. But just in case, "f-bomb" now has its own entry in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

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The Picture Show
12:42 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A new species discovered ... on Flickr

Guek Hock Ping ZooKeys

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 6:05 am

One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye.

It was a close shot of a green lacewing — an insect he knew well — but on its wing was an unfamiliar network of black lines and a few flecks of blue.

Winterton, a senior entomologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has seen a lot of bugs. But he hadn't seen this species before.

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