12:01am

Sat March 10, 2012
Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book...

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 11:06 pm

Luis Alberto Urrea was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction in 2005.
Nicole Waite Little, Brown & Co.

Ready for some creative competition? Weekends on All Things Considered is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. Here's what we look for: original, short fiction that can be read in less than three minutes — that's no more than 600 words.

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11:27pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Animals

Stubborn As A Mule's Knot: Chiropractor Eases Pain

Mules have carried people and supplies in Grand Canyon National Park for more than a century. Now they have a chiropractor to soothe their aching muscles.
John Moore Getty Images

The famous pack mules that carry supplies and people in and out of the Grand Canyon have back pain, as you might imagine. One man is on a mission to make the lives of these beasts of burden a little less painful.

When Rene Noriega retired a few years ago after a long career as a Border Patrol agent, he took what — for him — was the next natural step.

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6:47pm

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Chilling New View Of The 1986 Challenger Explosion

Challenger explosion.
Huffington Post

Today, The Huffington Post released what it says is a never-before-seen video of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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5:50pm

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Doomsday Prophet Camping Says Predictions Were 'Incorrect And Sinful'

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 5:51 pm

Harold Camping inside the Family Radio compound in Oakland, Calif.
Brandon Tauszik

Famously, Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio, blanketed the country last year with warnings on bilboards and pamphlets that the world would end on May 21.

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5:32pm

Fri March 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Mocks Pro-Obama 'Infomercial" And Its Celebrated Filmmaker

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 6:26 pm

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Friday. He had more than a couple of negative things to say about President Obama.
Rogelio Solis AP

Campaigning in Mississippi on Friday, Mitt Romney took a pre-emptive swipe at a new 17-minute video about President Obama to be distributed next week by Obama's re-election campaign.

"The Road We've Traveled" was created by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who won an Academy Award for the 2006 Al Gore climate-change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

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5:09pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Performing Arts

Mike Nichols: 'Salesman' By Day, Artist Always

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 6:13 pm

In the course of his career, director Mike Nichols has won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, an Oscar and a Grammy.
Matt Sayles AP

Film and theater director Mike Nichols doesn't talk — he sells.

"The producers want us to sell, sell, sell," Nichols tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "That's my little joke. That's what we do by day; by night, we're artists."

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4:49pm

Fri March 9, 2012
National Security

Experts: A Strike On Iran Poses Many Challenges

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 9:12 am

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addresses a meeting in Tehran on Thursday. Khamenei is a staunch defender of Iran's nuclear program.
AFP/Getty Images

The question hanging over Washington for months has been this: Will Israel strike the Iranian nuclear program?

The Obama administration seems to have bought some time this week after rounds of meetings and speeches with Israeli officials in Washington.

Still, the president assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. will do all in its power to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

So the military option is still on the table.

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4:48pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 4:30 pm

LSD might provide a life-changing experience for people struggling with alcohol, a provocative analysis suggests.
iStockphoto.com

You might be tempted to chuckle about some Norwegian researchers peering back at experiments done during the '60s and '70s with LSD as a treatment for alcoholism.

But don't.

Their rigorous analysis, combining data from six different studies, concludes that one dose of the hallucinogenic drug might just help.

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4:45pm

Fri March 9, 2012
The Salt

Is It Safe To Eat 'Pink Slime'?

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:48 am

"Lean, finely textured meat" made from beef trimmings is often added to ground beef as a cheap filler
Daniel Acker Landov

"Pink slime" has been oozing back into headlines in recent weeks after McDonalds, followed by other fast food chains, announced it had stopped using beef trimmings to fill out its hamburgers.

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4:44pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Music Interviews

Anthony Hopkins Lives Out A Long-Deferred Musical Dream

Composer is an album of original classical music by Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins.
Courtesy of the artist

Anthony Hopkins has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and has played Richard I, Richard Nixon, monarchs, statesmen, geniuses and heroes. He won an Academy Award playing one of the most notorious movie villains in history: Hannibal Lecter, the criminal cannibal with an affinity for Bach. Now, Hopkins is making his own music.

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