4:55pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Aspirin, Colon Cancer And You

Roel Smart iStockphoto.com

For some people at especially high risk of developing colon cancer, taking a couple aspirin a day appears to help protect them from the disease.

A study in The Lancet finds that people with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary predisposition to cancer of the digestive tract, who took aspirin twice a day for a up to 4 years were about 60 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer than those who got a placebo.

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4:42pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Planet Money

Why GDP Is Like GPA

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 10:53 am

GDP contains multitudes. Everything we manufacture. Every plumber who fixed a sink, every accountant who carried the one and divided by five — all the goods and services we produced.

It was invented by a guy named Simon Kuznets during the the Great Depression, when everybody wanted to know just how bad things were.

Now the number is put out by Steve Landefeld at the government's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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4:33pm

Fri October 28, 2011
NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

Kids' Book Club: A 'Graveyard' Tour With Neil Gaiman

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 6:27 pm

Emily Davis for NPR

Welcome to the first installment of NPR's Backseat Book Club! We've invited all of our younger listeners to join us for conversations with authors of kids' books. We kicked off the club with The Graveyard Book, a thrilling Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman that won the Newbery Medal in 2009. Gaiman loves Halloween and all the creepy fun that goes along with it.

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4:20pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Studio Sessions

Tony Bennett's Art Of Intimacy

Michael Katzif NPR

When you think of American classics, you might think of baseball, Abe Lincoln, apple pie ... and Anthony Dominick Benedetto. That's Tony Bennett to you.

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4:06pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Orders Independent Review Of Solyndra Loans

The White House today ordered an independent review of the Energy Department loans that were made under a clean-energy loan program to companies like Solyndra.

The AP reports:

The announcement of an independent review came as House Republicans prepared to meet next week for a possible vote on a subpoena of White House documents related to Solyndra Inc.

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4:03pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Music

A Musical Style That Unites Mexican-Americans

Originally published on Sun October 30, 2011 1:10 pm

Mono Blanco, a veteran Son Jarocho band from Veracruz, performs in Los Angeles.

Betto Arcos

Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist, penning the "Ask Amy" column, which appears in over 100 newspapers. She is a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Her commentaries and radio stories also have been featured on All Things Considered.

She grew up on a small dairy farm in the Finger Lakes district of New York. Her father wanted his three daughters to be farmers but gave up on them when they refused to compete in the local Dairy Princess pageant. Her large family has lived in and around her hometown (pop. 450) continuously since the Revolutionary War. She has described them as "hilarious, short-waisted Methodists."

3:45pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Opinion

For Witty, Warm, Wonderful Advice, We Asked Beth

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Amy Dickinson writes the Ask Amy advice column for the Chicago Tribune. Her column appears in 150 newspapers across the country.

I think the best advice is simply good advice.

It's helpful, useful and delivered with respect.

Ask Beth's specialty was advising young people about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. This is a tricky business because kids and teens are often misinformed — or simply uninformed.

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3:42pm

Fri October 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Criticized For Slow Motion, Climate-Change 'Flip Flop'

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Mitt Romney.

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Mitt Romney drew barbs Friday for his continued shift to the ideological right on the climate change issue.

Actually, the criticism for Romney that blew in from both the political right and left came as critics accused him of a full flip flop on global warming.

Romney's political foes jumped on comments he made in Pittsburgh Thursday at a campaign appearance.

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3:39pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Could Gingrich Be Next GOP Challenger To Surge?

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 9:36 pm

Newt Gingrich is introduced before the start of a Republican presidential debate earlier this month in Las Vegas.The former House speaker is hoping for a surge after a highly anticipated Iowa caucus poll is released this weekend.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination.

He's been polling a distant fourth in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as in pivotal, winner-take-all Florida — all contests that will play out in January.

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