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The Protojournalist
11:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

News Letter: Swimming With 'The Fishy Fleet'

K-Sup, the Fishy Tomato, atop a car advocating stricter food labeling.
Daisy Alioto NPR

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:45 pm

Dear Protojournalist,

Traveled from D.C. to Missouri in mid-August with "The Fishy Fleet" (an offshoot of anti-GMO protest group Occupy Monsanto). It was a convoy of 17 activists piled into a 1960s-era RV and 5 "fishy" cars with friendly looking frankenfood sculptures on top ...

Near Pittsburgh the fleet held up traffic when a toll booth attendant took a pix with her iPhone. One Ohio woman, who followed "Fishy Sugarbeet" into a gas station, proclaimed: "That's the freakiest thing I've seen in Perry County — lately!"...

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Code Switch
11:24 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Twitter Sparks A Serious Discussion About Race And Feminism

The hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen became an unlikely trending topic on Twitter.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 2:02 pm

Twitter isn't always the best place for big, thorny philosophical conversations. But it's a great forum for catharsis and taking the temperature of a popular sentiment. Sometimes, rarely, it's actually both.

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Monkey See
11:23 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Voices And Changing Bands

NPR

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:42 am

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On this week's roundtable podcast, we open with Lake Bell's movie In A World, which takes place in the world of voiceovers. We chat about the movie itself, and about Bell, but also about where voiceovers stand right now. Are they still important? As important as they used to be?

Then, we take a reader suggestion and talk about reconstituted bands — replaced singers, replaced drummers, and sometimes entire new versions of bands you thought you knew. This takes us into the story of Journey, the matter of The Beach Boys, and much more.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Koreas Reportedly Agree To Resume Family Reunions

North Korean delegate Pak Yong-Il crosses the military demarcation line with South Korea for a meeting on family reunions as North Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 2:04 pm

North and South Korea have reportedly agreed to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, picking up from where the emotional meetings left off when they were suspended three years ago.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Rodeo Clown 'Would Be Honored' To Shake Obama's Hand

Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling in his first on-camera interview about the "Obama mask" incident, with Kansas City's KCTV.
KCTV

"I didn't do this to do any hating on anyone. I did this to be funny. I did it to be a joke," says Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown behind a skit at the Missouri State Fair earlier this month that sparked outrage when a masked "President Obama" was chased by a bull that Gessling said was "gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!"

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The Record
11:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Race And Country Music Then And Now

Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Jr. Charles Hughes quotes the songwriter and performer as saying, "Everything I write and sing comes out country, and that's why I have to take so much time in arrangements and instrumentation, because — if not — I'd just be cutting a bunch of country records with black people. And we know that black people are not makin' it in country."
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:17 am

In a recent book, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, editor Diane Pecknold rounds up some of the better music writers in academia in order to put a light on country's many black roots and the country's unease with said roots. It's not perfect, but what's good here makes the collection indispensable.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Obesity And The Toxic-Sugar Wars

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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:32 am

For the first time in 30 years, obesity rates in the United States have remained flat. Given the grim numbers, that finding hardly counts as uplifting news. I like the way this inelegant headline cuts to the heart of things: "U.S. adult obesity rates holding steady, but still bad."

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Book Reviews
11:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

A Little Onion Reveals Layers Of History In 'Good Lord Bird'

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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:03 am

"I was born a colored man and don't you forget it," announces Henry Shackleford in the opening pages of musician and author James McBride's novel, The Good Lord Bird. A manuscript, supposedly discovered after a church fire cleanup, offers the first person account of Henry, a young slave living in the Kansas Territories in 1857, as he becomes involved – reluctantly – with the anti-slavery forces led by John Brown.

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The Two-Way
11:01 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Amanda Knox Won't Attend New Italian Trial, Lawyer Says

In 2011, Amanda Knox spoke to the media after arriving in the U.S., following a years-long criminal case against her in the death of a roommate in Italy. A new trial for Knox is planned to begin in Florence, Italy, next month.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 11:27 am

Amanda Knox, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2011, will not travel to Italy for a new trial in the stabbing death of a fellow student. In May, Italy's supreme court ordered Knox to be tried again, along with her former boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito.

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Code Switch
10:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

A History Of 'Snake Oil Salesmen'

Made from the oil of the Chinese water snake, which is rich in the omega-3 acids that help reduce inflammation, snake oil in its original form was effective, especially when used to treat arthritis and bursitis.
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Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 1:01 pm

"Snake Oil Salesman." The phrase conjures up images of seedy profiteers trying to exploit an unsuspecting public by selling it fake cures. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary defines snake oil as "a quack remedy or panacea." What the OED does not note, however, is that the history of snake oil is linked to an often forgotten chapter of Asian-American history.

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