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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Weekly Innovation: A Mattress That Makes It Easier To Cuddle

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Cuddle Mattress is designed to let you spoon or hug your better half more comfortably. It's the latest product in our Weekly Innovation series.

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A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.

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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.

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Goodie Mob: Building New Leaders From The Elders

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cee-Lo Green says the group's reunion provides an opportunity to bring something new and deep to hip-hop. Goodie Mob's new album, Age Against the Machine, aims to challenge the genre's mainstream powerhouses.

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Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child's advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.

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Race And Country Music Then And Now

Friday, August 23, 2013

A new book provides evidence of racial mixing in country music as far back as the 1930s, but today is the red Solo cup (to quote a Toby Keith lyric) half full or half empty?

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The Charity That Just Gives Money To Poor People

Friday, August 23, 2013

There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.

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