Science & Health

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

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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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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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

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Thu April 26, 2012

'I Failed,' Says Rupert Murdoch; But He Points At Others For Cover-Up

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, as they were being driven away from the Royal Courts of Justice following his testimony today in London.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:26 am

  • NPR's Philip Reeves and Steve Inskeep

While conceding that "I failed" because some of his News Corp. tabloids in the U.K. were guilty of hacking into the phones of murder victims, celebrities and politicians, media mogul Rupert Murdoch also testified today that lower-level executives were the ones behind a "cover-up" that kept him from knowing about what had happened.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Thu April 26, 2012

TSA Agents Accused Of Taking Drug Money To Look The Other Way

The expedited security line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

Easy, isn't it? Get a note from the TSA officer who screens you at the airport so you know which lane to pick for your security check. Then stroll through with your suitcase jammed with kilos of cocaine. Your screener won't utter a peep, even if it's marijuana or methamphetamines instead. In exchange, pay your screener hundreds of dollars in a bribe.

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8:22 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Foreign Policy: How Not To Write About Africa

Jacob Acaye, a former Lords Resistance Army abductee whose story was highlighted in the recent KONY 2012 video produced by the charity Invisible Children, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee African Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill on April 24, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Laura Seay is assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

It's hard out here for us old Africa hands. We are desperate to see more coverage of important stories from the continent and for our neighbors to become more educated about the places where we study and work. Yet when we get that coverage, it tends to make us cringe.

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7:57 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New Republic: The Misuse Of The German Example

Demonstrators march from Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament to protest against austerity measures as the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne prepares to leave 11 Downing Street on Budget Day March 21, 2012 in London, England. Great Britain has re-entered a recession.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:44 am

Alec MacGillis is a senior editor for The New Republic.

I don't usually wade into global economic policy here on the Stump, but as Mitt Romney reminded us in his speech last night, the 2012 presidential race is "still about the economy — and we're not stupid." So after coming across a particular pet peeve of mine just now, I'm going to wade on in.

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