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'Breaking Bad' Lands Its Finale A Little Too Cleanly

Monday, September 30, 2013

The finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night gave Walter White a great degree of closure and control over the unfolding of events. While that may have been satisfying to those who rooted for him, it causes problems for those who didn't.

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To Get The Benefits of Olive Oil, Fresh May Be Best

Monday, September 30, 2013

Increasingly, high quality oils have a harvest date stamped on the label. Why? Olive oil goes rancid and loses many of the beneficial compounds in just a few months. If the oil stings the back of your throat, the beneficial compounds are there, experts say.

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Latest MacArthur Geniuses Include Sound Savior

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Experimental physicist Carl Haber is among 24 people receiving $625,000 awards for their work. He heard on NPR that historic recordings were in danger of being lost. Using techniques that allow scientists to track atomic particles, he developed a way to preserve those sounds.

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A Sloppy Emmy Telecast Does The Wrong Song And Dance

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Emmy Awards on Sunday night honored some deserving winners, both surprising and not. But more than that, it was a ceremony that was slack, uninspired and sometimes insulting to the talent it was supposedly saluting.

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'Mountain Dew Mouth' Is Destroying Appalachia's Teeth, Critics Say

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The region has an alarmingly high incidence of rotted teeth, and heavy soda consumption is a big reason why, dentists and health advocates say. So they're beginning to target the food stamp program to ban recipients from buying soda with their vouchers.

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Dean Norris, Breaking Out Of That Good-Guy Mold

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The actor plays — played? — DEA Agent Hank Schrader on the soon-to-end drama Breaking Bad, as well as local politician Big Jim Rennie on Under the Dome. He chatted with NPR's Steve Inskeep about Hank's disposition, playing these two very different roles, and singing onstage when he was 5.

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No Guns Please, Starbucks Tells Customers

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The coffee giant has been wrongly portrayed, it says, as being a champion of "open carry" laws. Now it's asking customers not to bring weapons to its shops.

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Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Layers of wax in the marine mammals' ears can be read like tree rings, scientists say, recording a whale's age and also information about pollutants in the water the whale swam through. Wax from a blue whale that washed ashore in 2007 contained surprisingly high levels of DDT.

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Taking Down Big Food Is The Name Of Chipotle's New Game

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chipotle is betting that it can sell even more burritos by lambasting Big Food companies that drug animals in the name of profit. That's the message of a new short film and game the company launched Thursday that takes a cue from advocacy films like The Meatrix.

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Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Marc Hirsh explains why, even though he loves good television and good writing, he's ignoring the avalanche of Breaking Bad coverage until the show ends.

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Hannibal Buress And The Comedy Of The Unexpected

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A former Saturday Night Live writer and an alumnus of 30 Rock, the comic hosts a weekly stand-up night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, where surprise guests have included Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman. When he's on his game, you're sometimes not at all sure why you're laughing.

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Tired Of Inequality? One Economist Says It'll Only Get Worse

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In his new book, Average Is Over, Tyler Cowen predicts that America will become a new, more creative meritocracy. Though he believes a rise in income inequality is inevitable, he hopes that "happiness inequality isn't going up in the same way."

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Four-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

People who lack special needs but simply want to keep their pets with them all the time can easily find fake "service animal" certifications on the Web. But those phony credentials can create problems for people with disabilities who legitimately need trained service dogs.

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Neko Case: 'I Couldn't Really Listen To Music'

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While making her new album, Case went through a series of deaths and a bout of depression. But once she stopped fighting it, "it's like a bottleneck broke open, and everything started to flow again and my circulation came back," she says.

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A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Earth's average annual temperature has been rising for decades, but not in the last 15 years — colder winters and hotter summers notwithstanding. Now scientists offer evidence that this "pause" in average warming is because a cooler Pacific is temporarily taking up more heat than usual.

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For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.

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Area Man Realizes He's Been Reading Fake News For 25 Years

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Onion, which turns 25 on Thursday, was founded by two Madison, Wis., college students as a local satirical newspaper "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons," says its editor-in-chief. But the self-proclaimed "America's Finest News Source" became much more than that.

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Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Even though the March on Washington was nonviolent, many braced for riots. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch about the story behind the march.

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Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.

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For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

After days of worry, Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was relieved to stand at the Lincoln Memorial and watch the event unfold without a hitch. While there's been great progress in the decades since, Jones says, he also feels King's dream still remains unfulfilled.

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