Wed January 18, 2012
Movie Interviews

Dolly Parton Makes A 'Joyful Noise' On Big Screen

Oscar nominees Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah star in the new film Joyful Noise. Parton wrote a dozen songs for the movie. "Well, I love to write," she says. "Especially when I've got a challenge."
Courtesy of Van Redin

What would you do if the little town you lived in — and loved — was slowly dying, with no jobs and little hope?

In the new film Joyful Noise, a small-town Georgia church faces hard times with hallelujahs when a national competition offers their financially strapped choir its only chance at survival.

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Wed January 18, 2012
Author Interviews

The Man Who Studies The Fungus Among Us

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 5:39 pm

The Shroom With A View: Mushrooms are fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting bodies found all over the world. They can grow in practically any environment with moisture.

For the past 30 years, botanist Nicholas Money has studied the microorganisms that most people associate with bad smells, itchy toes, damp basements and rotten food. A renowned fungal researcher at Miami University in Ohio, Money has devoted his career to studying indoor molds, fungal movements and the mysterious world of mycology.

Why mold and mushrooms?

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Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Homeless Teen Who's Up For Science Prize To Be At State Of The Union

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 11:39 am

Intel semifinalist Samantha Garvey, 17.
John Dunn AP

The good news story of Samantha Garvey, a New York high school student who has been living with her family in a homeless shelter and recently found out she's a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition, keeps getting better.

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Wed January 18, 2012
Movie Interviews

Michael Fassbender: Portraying An Addict's 'Shame'

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 5:39 pm

In Shame, Brandon (Michael Fassbender) pursues sex not for pleasure but to fulfill a driving compulsion.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

In the past year, actor Michael Fassbender has played a mutant villain in X-Men: First Class, psychoanalyst Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre and a sex addict in Shame.

It was his role in Shame that recently earned Fassbender a string of accolades, including Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes and a variety of critics associations.

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Wed January 18, 2012
The Salt

Virtual Victuals: A Gamer Turns Video Game Food Into Real Food

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:07 am

Mushrooms are a staple in the Super Mario Bros. games.
Courtesy of Nintendo

Food can be transformative, especially if you're a character in a video game. When Mario ate mushrooms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ate pizza and CJ from Grand Theft Auto ate fast food, they became better, stronger, sometimes even bigger.

But now one gamer has made that food even more enticing by putting the virtual food of video games onto her very real dinner table. That's right: Daniella Zelli, a 23-year-old gamer in Edinburgh, Scotland, cooks up dishes inspired by games and shares them on her blog.

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Wed January 18, 2012
Around the Nation

FBI Arrests 3 In Insider Trading Case

FBI agents arrested three hedge fund executives early Wednesday in connection with a massive ongoing insider trading investigation that has involved some of Wall Street's most prominent money managers.

Todd Newman, who formerly oversaw technology investments at Diamondback Capital Management, was arrested at about 6 a.m. in the Boston suburb of Needham on charges "related to stock fraud," according to a spokesman for the FBI's Boston office.

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Wed January 18, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

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#489 - Horror: Fantasies From Lights Out "Reunion In Death" 7/21/45, Hermit's Cave "House On Lost Lands Bluff" 1945



Wed January 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Snow-Weary Alaskan Towns, Sun And Smiles Emerge

Jan. 9: An Alaska National Guardsman clears a roof in Cordova.
Spc. Balinda O'Neal Alaska National Guard Public Affairs

"Life is back to normal for two towns deeply buried in snow along Alaska's Prince William Sound," The Associated Press says. "The National Weather Service said Tuesday the weather is supposed to remain clear in both Valdez and Cordova this week."

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Wed January 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Internet Blackout Puts Washington Online Piracy In Limelight

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 11:06 am

Screenshot of Wikipedia landing page.
Wikipedia screenshot

SOPA and PIPA (no, they're not the Duchess of Cambridge's sisters) will be on the minds of a lot more people Wednesday because of the online protests by Wikipedia, Google and other popular websites over the anti-piracy legislation with the catchy acronyms currently under consideration in Congress.

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Wed January 18, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo's Entrepreneurial Government Model

As Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2012 budget proposal in Albany, he talked a lot about what he calls "entrepreneurial government" - a model in which the state sets the stage for private investment.

The question now is whether that private money will materialize: