2:14pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Salt

California Dairy Farmers Split Over Milk Payments In Farm Bill

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 5:27 pm

A dairy cow peeks out of its stall at Case van Steyn's dairy in Galt, Calif.
Kathleen Masterson NPR

California is known as the land of fruits and nuts, but it also happens to be the country's largest milk-producing state. So it's no surprise that its dairy farmers are front and center in the debate over reforming the milk marketing system, which hasn't really changed much in 30 years.

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2:10pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 4:30 pm

Santigold's latest album, Master of My Make-Believe, came out in April.
Sean Thomas

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with singer Santi White, who's best known by her stage name, Santigold.

White says her father steered her artistic development by introducing her to the music of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti at a young age.

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2:09pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Law

The Grim Realities Of Life In Supermax Prisons

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 2:24 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the past 25 years, the number and percentage of prisoners held in isolation has exploded at both state and federal penitentiaries. At a Senate subcommittee hearing this, Senator Richard Durbin argued that the dramatic expansion of the use of solitary confinement is a human rights issue we can't ignore.

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2:02pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Investigator: U.S. Drone Program May Challenge International Law

President Obama's use of drones, and his direct involvement in who they target, has both U.S. and international communities questioning the administration's secret drone policy.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

A United Nations investigator on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions says the United States drone strikes may challenge international law.

The Guardian reports that Christof Heyns made the comments in a meeting organized by the American Civil Liberties Union in Geneva.

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2:01pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Law

Why Operation Fast And Furious Failed

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 2:32 pm

The operation was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009-10. NPR's Ted Robbins and Michel Marizco of the Fronteras Desk talk about the intent of Fast and Furious, why the operation failed, and solutions to curb gun-running on the U.S.-Mexican border.

2:01pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Call Me Kuchu': Uganda's Secret Gay Community

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 2:29 pm

One of the front page stories published by Ugandan newspaper The Rolling Stone, which terrorized the LGBT community.
Katherine Fairfax Wright Courtesy of 'Call Me Kuchu'

When Ugandan lawmakers introduced an anti-homosexuality bill in 2009, it called for the death penalty for "serial offenders." That legislation failed, but a new version was reintroduced in 2012 in an effort to further criminalize same-sex relations in a country where homosexuality is already illegal. The bills have drawn loud and widespread condemnation from much of the international community, particularly after the brutal death of openly gay activist Davdi Kato.

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1:57pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

After Knitters Get In A Twist, USOC Apologizes For 'Cease And Desist' Letter

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 2:48 pm

Note to the USOC: Those are balls of yarn, not puts.
Michael Brandy AP

It wouldn't seem to be a good idea to get 2 million people with pointy sticks angry at you, but the U.S. Olympic Committee did just that.

So it has just apologized for sending a "cease and desist" letter to a social networking site for knitters that is holding its own sort-of Olympic games.

Here's what the knotty legal dispute is about:

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1:33pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Life Over 50 Can Include An Eating Disorder

Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Eating disorders aren't just a problem for teens and young women.

Many women over 50 grapple with issues related to body image and food, a new study finds.

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1:08pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Science

5 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:49 pm

Taking a shower may help inspire big ideas. Working in a blue room may help, too.
Ayodha Ouditt NPR

Innovation is the name of the game these days — in business, in science and technology, even in art. We all want to get those big ideas, but most of us really have no idea what sets off those sparks of insight. Science can help! In the past few years, neuroscientists and psychologists have started to gain a better understanding of the creative process. Some triggers of innovation may be surprisingly simple. Here are five things that may well increase the odds of having an "Aha!" moment.

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1:03pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How To Spot A 'Neglected Tropical Disease'

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 10:34 am

A female mosquito acquires a blood meal. This species, Aedes aegypti, carries and transmits the dengue fever virus.
James Gathany CDC

There's an easy way to spot diseases that aren't getting much attention.

You don't even have to leave your chair, if you've got a computer and access to databases of scientific papers published around the world. Just compare the number of papers on a disease with the number of people affected by it.

Simple, right?

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