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5:14pm

Thu May 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

If you thought the presidential primaries were extraordinarily negative, now there's statistical evidence that you were right.

A new analysis of TV ads finds that 70 percent of the messages were negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.

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5:02pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Do Bike-Share Riders Skip Helmets?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:50 am

Bartender Matt Carucci says he rarely feels safe biking in the city but often rides without a helmet anyway. "There are a lot of other ways to hurt yourself," he says.
John Rose NPR

If you've ever shaken your head over urban bicyclists' apparent unanimous decision to forgo helmets, you're not far off the mark.

Among users of bike-sharing programs, like Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., the problem is obvious.

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4:50pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Business

Corn Farmers Hope, Cautiously, For A Bumper Crop

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

This year, U.S. corn farmers have planted more acres of the crop than at any time since the Great Depression.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It's still too early to predict whether the 2012 corn harvest will set a record, but many corn farmers say the prognosis for a bumper crop is looking pretty good right now.

U.S. farmers are planting more acres of corn this year than they have in any year since the Great Depression. And with a mild spring across much of the nation's Corn Belt, many are hoping this autumn's yield will be one for the record books.

A Crop That 'Will Knock Your Socks Off'

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4:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Europe

Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Tens of thousands of people in Paris used the annual May Day workers' events this year to denounce the world of finance amid the Europe-wide debt crisis. If elected, France's Socialist presidential challenger, Francois Hollande, says he will pursue a growth-oriented strategy.
Guillaume Baptiste AFP/Getty Images

The possibility that French President Nicolas Sarkozy may lose the presidential election Sunday is making waves across Europe. Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the architects of Europe's new fiscal austerity pact.

But the man likely to replace Sarkozy has other ideas.

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande — who is favored in opinion polls by several percentage points — says Europe cannot emerge from the crisis based on austerity alone.

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4:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Environment

Greenland's Ice Melting More Slowly Than Expected

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:50 am

Researchers studying Greenland's ice say it is melting more slowly than previously thought. Here, ice travels down a relatively small outlet glacier into the sea.
Ian Joughin UW, Sarah Das/WHOI and Richard Harris/NPR

A new study has some reassuring news about how fast Greenland's glaciers are melting away.

Greenland's glaciers hold enough water to raise sea level by 20 feet, and they are melting as the planet warms, so there's a lot at stake.

A few years ago, the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland really caught people's attention. In short order, this slow-moving stream of ice suddenly doubled its speed. It started dumping a whole lot more ice into the Atlantic. Other glaciers also sped up.

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4:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Music News

'What's Going On': A New Generation Answers

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Detail of cover art from the 1974 album Marvin Gaye Live!
Album cover

4:11pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Student Forgotten In Holding Cell: 'Changes Have To Be Made'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Daniel Chong appears at a news conference on Tuesday in San Diego.
K. C. Alfred UT San Diego

Daniel Chong, a California college senior, was forgotten in a federal holding cell without food or water for five days.

Today, he told All Things Considered's Audie Cornish that the five days tested his sanity and his resolve to live.

"I didn't stay sane," Chong said. "Eventually, by the second or third night ... I went completely insane and was just trying to get a grip on reality, on what's happening to me."

Chong said at one point he thought about using his glasses to cut into his arm and kill himself.

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3:36pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Salt

How To Tip-Toe Into The Hot Sauce Craze

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Tami Franklin tries a variety of hot sauces on her barbecue ribs at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington, Va.
John Rose NPR

If you listen to my story above, you'll know that hot sauce production is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

And you'll learn that research finds chili-heads — people who love the burn of spicy food — tend to have a penchant for sensation-seeking. Think rollercoasters and action flicks.

So you wanna jump in, but you're new to the hot sauce world?

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3:19pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Facebook Will Set IPO Pricing After Markets Close

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 4:45 pm

Update at 4:39 p.m. ET. $28 To $35:

The AP reports that Facebook has set a price range for its initial public offering between $28 and $35.

The AP adds:

"At the high end, this could raise as much as $11.8 billion. That's much higher than any other Internet IPO in the past, even Google Inc. in 2004."

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2:57pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': Superheroic Popcorn Fun At Its Best

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

promo
Walt Disney Pictures

That crashing sound you'll hear emanating from cineplexes this weekend will be the sound of comic-book superheroes smashing box-office records.

Actually, the smashing started last weekend, when Marvel's The Avengers opened in 39 territories around the world, scooping up a cool $178 million in three days. And with legions of fans having already bought advance tickets in the U.S., it's a pretty sure bet the box-office bonanza will continue as the film opens in more than 4,000 North American theaters.

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2:43pm

Thu May 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Democrats Keep Getting Dinged For Hitting GOP On Women's Health, Loans

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 3:00 pm

MoveOn.org

Democrats keep getting dinged by media fact checkers for attacking Republicans for allegedly wanting to strip money from preventive health programs to pay for to keep the interest rates on some student loans from doubling this summer.

But that hasn't stopped progressives from continuing to make the claim. The latest comes in a new full-page MoveOn.org ad in Politico. The ad reads in part:

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2:21pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Lioness Tries To 'Eat' Baby Dressed In Zebra Hoodie

A lioness tries to "eat" a baby.
YouTube

Maybe she thought the baby — dressed in a black-and-white, stripped hoodie — was a small zebra and an easy snack. In any case, this video showing a lioness going after a baby through a glass has been making the rounds today, so we thought we'd share it:

Here's how the person who uploaded on YouTube described it:

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2:20pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Finish This Sentence: 'Before I Die, I Want To ...'

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:47 pm

From the Before I Die wall in New Orleans.
Candy Chang

Artist Candy Chang turned the wall of an abandoned house in New Orleans into "a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them."

And since putting up that public art project in February 2011, "Before I Die" walls have spread to at least 19 cities around the world. Friday, a wall goes up in Denver.

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2:16pm

Thu May 3, 2012
NPR Story

'Be Richer' By Learning From Parents' Mistakes

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 11:29 am

Money — how to make it, and what to do with it when you have it — can be problematic for recent graduates.
iStockphoto.com

College seniors graduating in 2012 face a sluggish economy, bleak job prospects and a mountain of student loan debt. To make matters worse, many don't have the first clue about how to manage their personal finances.

Author Zac Bissonnette, a recent college graduate himself, learned how to handle money by watching his parents' mistakes and ignoring most of their advice. He put himself through college without loans, scholarships or help from his parents.

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1:53pm

Thu May 3, 2012
National Security

Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:50 pm

Pakistanis walk past the rubble of bin Laden's demolished compound this week.
Sajjad Qayyum AFP/Getty Images

Documents found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan reveal an al-Qaida leader who had come to feel marginalized and frustrated with actions taken by affiliated terror groups he had helped inspire.

The man responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks is seen struggling to limit attacks that killed mostly Muslims, and to keep the international jihad movement focused on what he viewed as the main target: the United States.

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1:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Religion

Nuns And The Vatican: A Clash Decades In Making

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:42 pm

American nuns attend Mass at Sant'Apollinare in Rome. The umbrella group that represents the majority of the approximately 56,000 U.S. nuns plans to meet later this month to discuss its response to a Vatican reprimand.
Andrew Medichini AP

When Harvard divinity professor Harvey Cox arranged to meet with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Vatican in 1988, a group of nuns thought he was wasting his time.

"I was chatting and having dinner with a number of Dominican sisters who were staying there for a 30-day retreat," Cox says. "They were incredulous that I wanted to bother seeing Ratzinger. 'Why do you want to do that?' they asked. 'Who pays any attention to him?' "

Flash forward a few decades, and nuns are more than paying attention.

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1:44pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Says Helmets Are No Match For Tornadoes, But They Might Not Hurt

Noah Stewart shelters in the closet just 15 minutes before an April 2011 tornado demolished his house. Wearing the helmet may have saved his life, one doctor says.
Courtesy of the Stewart family

Can a helmet protect you in a tornado?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's no research on how effective helmets are in preventing head injuries during tornadoes.

But, in what looks like a first, the agency says, in effect, that it's not out of the question that they might help.

Last year, tornadoes claimed the lives of more than 500 people in the U.S. Some safety advocates say protecting your head with a sturdy helmet could help reduce injuries and deaths.

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1:40pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Security Forces Attack Aleppo University

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows anti-regime graffiti sprayed on the walls of Aleppo University.
AFP/Getty Images

Syrian security forces stormed Aleppo University today, killing at least four. The incident underlines the continued violence in the country and signals that the unrest is spreading to cities that had remained peaceful.

Reuters reports that security personelle were joined by students wielding knives to attack a protest calling for the ouster of President Bashar Assad. Reuters reports:

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1:23pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

With Chen's Fate Uncertain, Online 'Dark Glasses' Campaign Continues

The Dark Glasses blog.
ichenguangcheng.blogspot.com

Before his escape from house arrest, his stay at the U.S. embassy in Beijing and now his plea that he be allowed to go to the U.S., Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng was the focus of a "Dark Glasses" campaign aimed at drawing attention to his plight.

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1:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

What's So Compelling About Skyscrapers

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 1:56 pm

Rising above the Manhattan skyline: 1 World Trade Center.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

After the terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers in Manhattan, many said it was the end of an era for skyscrapers. New York City proved them wrong. The building constructed to replace the towers, 1 World Trade Center, has risen above 1,250 feet and surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest in New York.

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1:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

OWS: A Case Study In Social Movements

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:16 pm

On May Day, the Occupy Wall Street movement re-emerged to try to reestablish its message and place in the national conversation. Thousands marched in New York City, Oakland and other cities, then quickly faded from national view. Guests consider what sustains social movements, and why some fail.

1:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
On Aging

Confronting Your Crown: Male Pattern Baldness

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 10:33 am

"Macho types are inspired by the likes of Jason Statham," pictured here, writes Daniel Jones.
Max Nash AFP/Getty Images

Men dealing with male pattern baldness have decisions to make — go with a comb over, take medication, get hair plugs or a toupee, or do nothing at all.

When New York Times contributing editor Daniel Jones started losing his hair, he chose what he considers a "cooler alternative" — head shaving.

"Losing your hair," he tells NPR's Neal Conan, "is a little bit like a girlfriend who's sort of drifting away, and you're clinging to her as she goes off and sees other people. ... It gets worse and worse. So it's better to take some sort of pre-emptive move."

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12:40pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Congressman Calls For Hearing On Google Street View Data Collection

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 12:59 pm

The camera mounted on a Google Street View car used to photograph whole streets obscures part of the U.S. Internet giant's logo.
Daniel Mihailescu AFP/Getty Images

Google may be facing new investigations into its Street View program, which collected 600 gigabytes of personal data including e-mails, passwords, pictures and web searches while its vehicles roamed the streets.

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11:54am

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': A Marvel-ous Whedonesque Ride

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 6:29 pm

Thor (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Captain America (Chris Evans) join up with Iron Man and the Hulk to save the Earth in The Avengers.
Walt Disney Pictures

Two spheres merge in The Avengers: the Marvel Comics universe and the Whedonverse, fans' name for the nerdy wisecracking existentialist superhero world of writer-director Joss Whedon.

The Whedon cult is smaller but maybe more fervent, inspiring academic conferences on such subjects as free will vs. determinism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I find a lot of Whedon's banter self-consciously smart-alecky, but I love how he can spoof his subjects without robbing them of stature.

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11:48am

Thu May 3, 2012
Sports

NFL Rocked By 'Bounty' Scandal, Death Of Seau

News recently broke that New Orleans Saints' coaches were giving bonuses to their players for hard hits. The NFL responded by suspending coaches and now, players. The sports world was also shocked by the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, who played for the San Diego Chargers. Host Michel Martin talks with sports reporters Dave Zirin and Pablo Torre.

11:48am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

The Consequences Of Homicide By Hazing

On Wednesday, several people were charged in the alleged hazing death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, Jr. He was found unresponsive aboard a chartered bus after a football game in November 2011. Host Michel Martin speaks with Orlando Sentinel reporter Denise-Marie Balona.

11:48am

Thu May 3, 2012
Food

Cinco De Mayo: Excuse To Indulge In Tacos, Salsa?

As the Mexican holiday approaches this weekend, host Michel Martin and writer Gustavo Arellano look at America's layered relationship with Mexican culture and food.

11:48am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

What's Fun About 5? Songs, Hugs And Kisses

Over the past five years, Tell Me More has produced more than 1,300 hours of programming that have piqued the interests of even the youngest listeners. To celebrate Tell Me More's fifth anniversary, host Michel Martin talks with Isaiah Carroll, Olivia Williams, Ila Brooks and Marta Hulme about what's fun about being five.

11:47am

Thu May 3, 2012
Television

The Man Who Revitalized 'Doctor Who' And 'Sherlock'

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Steven Moffat is the co-creator of Sherlock. He's also the lead writer and executive producer for the British science-fiction TV show Doctor Who.
Toby Canham Getty

TV writer and producer Steven Moffat specializes in injecting new life into old, familiar characters and stories. He first worked his magic on the revived edition of Doctor Who, leading to several BAFTA and Hugo Awards for the series.

More recently, he has turned his eye to the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. As the co-creator of the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, Moffat is responsible for updating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional creation for a modern-day audience.

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11:40am

Thu May 3, 2012
Television

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: From 'Seinfeld' To 'Veep'

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won several awards, including Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe.
Melanie Acevedo Courtesy of Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will forever be known to millions as Elaine Benes, the character she played for nine seasons on Seinfeld. But she was also an early cast member of Saturday Night Live, and she won the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress while starring in the CBS series The New Adventures of Old Christine, which ran for five seasons after Seinfeld.

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