2:48pm

Tue July 10, 2012
NPR Story

Bad Book Review Sparks Fictional Friendship

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:38 am

Patrick Somerville set up a real email address for his character, Ben, who he describes as "kind of a wayfaring pothead version of Will Shortz."
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On July 2, The New York Times ran a review of author Patrick Somerville's book This Bright River. It was not a flattering assessment. Film and literary critic Janet Maslin described the starting point as "generic" and the destination as "soggy."

When Somerville read the review, he realized the whole thing hinged on a factual error: Maslin mixed up two characters from the very beginning, confusing which one got hit in the head.

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2:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: Health Care Law And Extreme Anxiety

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:59 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments.

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2:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Middle East

Fighting In Syria Takes Harsh Human Toll

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:57 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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2:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Economy

Downward Mobility A Modern Economic Reality

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:54 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Last week's disappointing jobs numbers offer little hope of change anytime soon for the millions of long-term unemployed and underemployed Americans. For too many, this crisis has extended so long that cherished plans have been set aside and sights lowered: owning a home maybe, a college fund for the kids, family vacations.

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2:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Salt

The Importance Of Making Sushi And Mozzarella On Mars

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:31 pm

Rupert Spies, Senior Lecturer in Food and Beverage Management at Cornell, gives a hands-on workshop on bread making with the NASA team.
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You might be surprised at how powdered milk, dehydrated kelp and shelf-stable chorizo can come together in ways that taste good — especially if you've been cooped up for a few months on a mission with five strangers on a desolate lava crater in Hawaii.

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1:39pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Is Kim Jong Un's Mystery Woman The 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady?'

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 11:31 am

In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Monday, July 9, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and a woman clap with others on Friday as they watch a performance by North Korea's new Moranbong band in Pyongyang. Observers think she is Hyon Song-wol.
AP

It seems that North Korea's young leader may have reconnected with an old love.

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1:23pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

3 Former Armstrong Associates Receive Lifetime Bans For Doping Violations

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:48 pm

Lance Armstrong, rear left in yellow jersey, rides in the pack flanked by his US Postal Service teammates during the 18th stage of the Tour de France in 2004.
Christophe Ena AP

Two doctors and a trainer affiliated with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong have received lifetime bans from the sport because they failed to contest allegations that they violated doping bans.

The former members of the U.S. Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team — Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, cycling team doctor, Dr. Michele Ferrari, cycling team consulting doctor, and Jose "Pepe" Martí, cycling team trainer — were charged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency at the same time they announced charges against Armstrong.

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1:05pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Now Has Tips For Surviving A Wedding

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:31 pm

"Bridezilla" or tornado?
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If you're planning a wedding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some advice for you. Really.

Leave it to the public health gurus to turn a day that's supposed to be one of the happiest in people's lives into a lesson in preparing for a real-life nightmare.

Just check out the "CDC's Wedding Day Survival Guide," featuring tips like this:

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12:46pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

School Is 'Too Easy' Say American Students

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Many American students say school is too easy.
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Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the Washington think tank American Progress.

The organization, which promotes "progressive ideas and action," came to that conclusion when it analyzed surveys given to students by the Department of Education for its National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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