Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:01 pm
If you've got the sniffles or need a shot, do you go to the doctor or stop in at a clinic in a nearby drugstore?
Lots of people are opting for the clinics, which are springing up inside grocery stores, big-box retailers and chain drugstores across the country. There are already 1,388 clinics like these in the U.S., according to data from Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm.
Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:19 pm
Sugar skulls, tamales, and spirits (the alcoholic kind) — these are things you might find on homemade altars to entice those who've passed to the other side back for a visit. The altars, built in homes and around tombstones, are for Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, a tradition originating in central Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2.
Note: This story was originally published on Oct. 30. It was updated on Nov. 1 to include a radio version of the story.
The stock market, according to a popular narrative, is now just computers making superfast trades with other computers. Those pictures of traders getting emotional on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange are an anachronism. The real action flashes through fiber-optic cables headed for servers in places like Kansas City. It's algorithms all the way down.
Think of the smallest kitchen you can imagine, and then take away a few square feet. That's Deb Perelman's New York kitchen. It's so small that the blogger, and now author, literally has to wedge herself between the stove and the refrigerator to cook.
Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:59 am
Federal regulators have announced the results of a September inspection blitz targeting 13 coal mines in seven states "previously cited for violations regarding respirable dust sampling ... inadequate dust control ... and hazard complaints" involving excessive coal dust.
Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:25 pm
As trick-or-treaters put on their costumes and go from house-to-house tonight in search of treats, the goblins and fairy princesses might see some of these glowing gourds gracing front porches. With such a cheery message carved into their pumpkins, we are pretty sure these are the kind of houses that give out full-sized candy bars.
Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:44 pm
Next Tuesday, as polls close and votes are counted to determine our next president, NPR will have correspondents stationed in 19 locations (including Washington, D.C.) across the country (charted on the map above) to cover key races from Arizona to Indiana to North Dakota. We will be reporting live from both campaigns' headquarters: Ari Shapiro with the Romney Campaign in Boston and Scott Horsely with President Obama's team in Chicago.