Science & Health

The Two-Way
10:09 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New Allegations Surface Of Secret Service Misbehavior In El Salvador

U.S. Secret Service

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 12:24 pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pledged on Wednesday the investigation into Secret Service agents who allegedly hired prostitutes this month in Cartagena, Colombia, "will be complete and thorough and we will leave no stone unturned."

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Bluegrass/Americana
10:05 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

Punch Brothers' members perform in WFUV's Studio A in New York.
Tim Teeling WFUV

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:12 am

The term "string band" tends to conjure up images of rustic simplicity, but Punch Brothers' music is anything but simple. Challenging to play, it offers many subtle pleasures, from strange musical structures to opaque lyrics. (I wouldn't have known that "Movement and Location," from the band's new album Who's Feeling Young Now?, had anything to do with baseball if Chris Thile hadn't explained it to me himself.)

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Book Reviews
9:57 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Lillian Hellman: A 'Difficult,' Vilified Woman

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:17 am

"Difficult" is probably the most tactful word one could use in characterizing Lillian Hellman. If ever there were an author safer to meet through her art rather than in real life, she was the one. Born in New Orleans into a Jewish family, Hellman came of age in the Roaring '20s, liberated by flappers and Freud. Hellman drank like a fish, swore like a sailor and slept around like, well, like most of the men in her literary circle, chief among them Dashiell Hammett, with whom she had an open relationship spanning three decades. She was, recalled one observer, a "tough broad ...

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Planet Money
9:57 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Why The Postal Service Doesn't Want To Be Rescued

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:02 am

A bill passed by the Senate yesterday would help U.S. Postal Service keep post offices around the country open, NPR reports.

The Postal Service is not pleased.

The key issue: The Postal Service, which loses $25 million every single day, wants to save money by closing hundreds or thousands of post offices and shifting services to places like grocery stores.

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JazzSet
9:53 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Toots Thielemans On JazzSet, With Kenny Werner

Toots Thielemans.

Jos Knaepen

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:39 am

More than 90 years ago, on April 29, 1922, Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans was born in Brussels. An organization formed to celebrate his landmark birthday, TOOTS90 is presenting a series of eight concerts, featuring Thielemans' quartet and special guests Kenny Werner on piano and Oscar Castro-Neves and Philip Catherine on guitar. All take place in Belgium, tracing a route from Antwerp to Gent, Brussels, Hasselt, Brugge, Liège and Dinant.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:30 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Culture, Not Biology, Shapes Language

The Pirahã people live along the Maici River in Brazil's Amazon region.
Courtesy of Dan Everett

There's no language gene.

There's no innate language organ or module in the human brain dedicated to the production of grammatical language.

There are no meaningful human universals when it comes to how people construct sentences to communicate with each other. Across the languages of the world (estimated to number 6,000-8,000), nouns, verbs, and objects are arranged in sentences in different ways as people express their thoughts. The powerful force behind this variability is culture.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:12 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The Delights Of Reading Upside Down

ambigram.com

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:25 am

Publius Paquius Proculus, they say, invented pizza almost 2,000 years ago. I don't think he did, and anyway, that's not the coolest thing about Proculus, a very successful baker and sometime politician, who was living in Pompeii the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted. He, his house and his family were buried. Then, centuries later, when archeologists unearthed his home they discovered a message, etched onto one of his household walls. It looked like this:

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Shots - Health Blog
9:10 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Evidence Mounts That Diet, Exercise Help Survivors Cut Cancer Risk

Staying fit and eating well can help cancer survivors, too, a review of the latest evidence shows.
Lucy Pemoni AP

Eat right and exercise is about as basic as medical advice gets.

Follow it, and you'll benefit from better overall fitness, improved quality of life, and a reduced risk for chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The American Cancer Society now says the evidence has piled up that diet and exercise can help cancer survivors manage, beat, and stay free of their disease, too.

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Opinion
8:56 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Weekly Standard: Waiting For The U.N.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn upon returning at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2012 from a two-day trip.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

John Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Opinion
8:55 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The Nation: Wars Of Attrition

Marine One with President Barack Obama onboard prepares to land on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 2012.
Brendan Smialoski AFP/Getty Images

Nick Turse is the associate editor and research director of Tomdispatch.com.

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