2:17pm

Mon October 24, 2011
NPR Story

Guillermo Del Toro's 'Eternal' Monster Obsession

Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth won three Oscars, for Art Direction, Cinematography and Makeup.

Karolina Webb

Few have as intense a relationship with monsters as filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

His award-winning film, Pan's Labyrinth, depicted monsters both fantastical and human, and his best-selling The Strain novels re-imagine vampires as anything but romantic.

The Night Eternal is the trilogy's final book. Del Toro talks with NPR's Neal Conan about his monster-filled career on film and on the page.

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1:58pm

Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

McDonald's Elusive McRib Makes A Comeback

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 2:02 pm

Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

At this point the McRib has become American folklore. The boneless pork sandwich slathered in barbeque sauce is only sold whenever each individual McDonald's franchise feels like selling it. So — probably because of elusiveness — it's developed a cult-like following.

The AP reports that McRib hunters will be very happy, because the fast-food behemoth is doing what it did last year and asking its restaurants nationwide to sell the sandwich through Nov. 14.

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1:14pm

Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Larry Page Now More Popular Than Facebook's Zuckerberg On Google+

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 10:50 am

Larry Page.

Nati Harnik AP

That headline may seem insignificant — you know that Larry Page, Google's CEO, now has more followers on Google+ than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but in the tech world it's seen as tea leaves that hint at the future of the social network.

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1:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
NPR Story

Op-Ed: 'Ugly' Safety Measures Kill Public Spaces

In cities like New York and Washington, D.C., Julia Vitullo-Martin complains, law enforcement and city planners have installed jersey barriers, concrete planters and other "ugly measures that evoke fear rather than safety." In her op-ed for USA Today she calls it "militarized urbanism."

1:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
NPR Story

Iraq Withdrawal: About Time, Or Looming Disaster?

President Obama has said all U.S. troops will come home by year's end. Critics call the move a disaster, arguing Iraq is still far from stable, and move will leave the country vulnerable to sectarian violence and to influence from Iran. Others insist the announcement is long overdue.

12:38pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Latin America

Google To Deliver The Amazon Jungle In 3-D

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 7:00 pm

A boat navigates along the Black River near the village of Tumbira, in the Amazon, northern Brazil, on Aug. 18. In a few weeks, Google will post a 3-D, on-the-ground view of Tumbira on Google Earth Outreach.

Evaristo SA AFP/Getty Images

Google has long offered anyone with an Internet connection a street-level view of cities and landmarks around the world, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Roman Coliseum.

Now, it's teaming up with a Brazilian environmental group to offer a 3-D, on-the-ground view of one of the planet's most remote areas: the hamlet of Tumbira in the center of the Brazilian Amazon. The goal is to show how people in the Amazon live — and educate the public about their effort to protect the forest.

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12:36pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Law

'Deadly Monopolies'? Patenting The Human Body

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 3:52 pm

Drugs or pills against a background of dollar bills.

Aron Hsiao iStockphoto.com

In 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that living, human-made microorganisms could be patented by their developers. The ruling opened the gateway for cells, tissues, genetically modified plants and animals, and genes to be patented.

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12:29pm

Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

#WeCantWait: Obama's Fans And Foes Take The Argument To Twitter

twitter.com

The news that President Obama and his team are going to make the case that "we can't wait" any longer for Congress (and in particular, his Republican opponents) to take action on his ideas about how to boost job growth has inspired much discussion on Twitter today.

"#WeCantWait" is, it seems, an almost perfect hashtag no matter which side you're on.

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12:09pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Politics

A Push To Register New Voters Reaches Behind Bars

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 6:50 am

Dr. Brenda Williams, right, with her husband, Dr. Joe Williams, in their Sumter, S.C. medical clinic. The two routinely register their patients to vote. Brenda also seeks out new voters at the county jail.

Pam Fessler NPR

Tens of millions of Americans who are eligible to vote are not registered. So before every big election there's a flurry of activity to sign them up.

One South Carolina woman is passionate about registering those who others might ignore. Dr. Brenda Williams, a physician in Sumter, S.C., regularly visits the county jail to sign up inmates.

Williams says it's important for them to become part of the community after they're released. She thinks this will make them less likely to end up back behind bars.

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12:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
World Health

Haiti Grapples With Highest Cholera Rate In World

Just one year after the cholera epidemic emerged in Haiti, nearly half a million Haitians have contracted the disease and more than 6,000 have died form it. Michel Martin explores what cholera is, and how Haiti's government is making new efforts to tackle the crisis. She speaks with Miami Herald Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles and Dr. Louise Ivers, who lives in Haiti and works for Partners in Health.

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