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9:40 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Supreme Court Gene Ruling Splits Hairs Over What's 'Natural'

A technician loads patient samples into a machine for testing at Myriad Genetics in Salt Lake City in 2002. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Myriad cannot patent the BRCA genes, which are tested to check a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 5:03 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that human genes cannot be patented, upending 30 years of patent awards granted by the U.S. Patent Office. The court's unanimous decision has enormous implications for the future of personalized medicine and in many ways is likely to shape the future of science and technology.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:39 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

What Hunter-Gatherers May Tell Us About Modern Obesity

Engineered deliciousness: more of a problem than sedentary lifestyles?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:47 pm

In the wake of the 439 comments on my last post about obesity and weight-bias in our society, I've been thinking about issues of comparative health around the world and, as I have before, about the Paleo diet.

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Alt.Latino
9:39 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Baila Conmigo: 9 New Latin Songs That Rock

Bosnian Rainbows, left to right: Deantoni Parks, Teri Gender Bender, Nicci Kasper, Omar Rodriguez Lopez.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 1:50 pm

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World Cafe
9:39 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Latin Roots: Timba, Cuba's Funky Dance Music

The timba collective Giraldo Piloto y Klimiax.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:51 pm

The Cuban music form known as timba developed in the 1980s, but exploded in popularity throughout the '90s. While training in jazz and classical conservatories, many Cuban musicians were looking for a new musical form that would challenge their skills. By combining rumba with funk and other dance music, timba became a new Cuban genre of synthesized styles.

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The Picture Show
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Via Instagram, Insight Into Turkey's Protests

Demonstrators sleep in a burnt-out bus in Taksim Square.
Engin Iriz

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:47 pm

Serkan Bac is not a professional photographer, but he enjoys posting photos to Instagram, many showing places he's visited in his hometown of Istanbul and throughout Turkey.

Two weeks ago, for example, during a work trip to Izmir, Bac posted a photo of people watching the sunset.

"A lover couple, friends sitting by the sea and sundown, enjoying their lives," he says in an email interview with NPR, "just like a happy ending of a Hollywood movie."

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Planet Money
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Pop Stars And The Rise Of Inequality In America, In 2 Graphs

Alan Krueger White House

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:52 pm

"The music industry is a microcosm of what is happening in the U.S. economy at large," Alan Krueger, on of President Obama's top economic advisers, said yesterday. "We are increasingly becoming a 'winner-take-all economy' ..."

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All Songs Considered
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

The Good Listener: For Music-Festival Rookies, A Survival Guide

If you're going to Bonnaroo this weekend, as these folks did back in 2010, you could use a few tips.
NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:26 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the American Girl catalogs we never ordered is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how first-time music-festival attendees can survive and thrive in an overwhelming setting.

Kendall Levinson writes: "Any advice for a young person going to his or her first music festival this summer? Any tips for preparation or survival would be appreciated."

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Music Interviews
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

India.Arie Returns, With An Eye Toward A New 'SongVersation'

India.Arie reinvents herself on her new album, SongVersation.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:25 pm

When singer-songwriter India.Arie broke through in 2001, her debut album Acoustic Soul went double platinum, and her music and influence continued to gain momentum in the years that followed. Since her debut, she's been nominated for 21 Grammys — and won four — while selling 10 million albums worldwide.

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The Two-Way
9:38 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Positive Signs: Jobless Claims Drop, Retail Sales Rise

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:59 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance has dropped back down to one of its lowest levels since January 2008, the Employment and Training Administration says.

According to that agency, there were 334,000 initial claims filed last week, down 12,000 from the week before.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:32 am

What is it about dolphins? They have very, very big brains, and that makes we humans, whose brains are nothing to sniff at, nervous. We don't know what to make of them.

The latest example: On May 17 in India, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued an order to all Indian states banning dolphin amusement parks. No leaping out of pools to catch balls, no jumping through hoops. Forcing dolphins to entertain humans, the ministry said, was morally unacceptable.

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