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10:43 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Intelligence Squared - Is the FDA hazardous to our health?

Intelligence Squared U.S. takes a look at whether the FDA sacrifices safety for speed when approving potentially beneficial drugs and devices. Is the FDA too cautious?  Friday, June 21st, 8pm and Thursday, June 27th, 12Noon.

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10:15 am
Fri June 21, 2013

For The Love Of Dolphins

David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 11:09 am

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10:14 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Online Tracking: Is Everyone Doing It?

Gabriel Weinberg is the founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo.
Courtesy of Duck Duck Go

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 1:48 pm

Today's phrase: "search engines that do not collect personal information."

We Googled it this morning (with the quotation marks) and got one measly hit — a 2012 forum in LinuxQuestions, a message board that explores the open-source operating system.

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10:13 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Quest To Rescue Beijing's Trashed Photo Negatives

Courtesy of Thomas Sauvin

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 11:24 am

It's a bit hyperbolic. And French-born, Beijing-based photo preservationist Thomas Sauvin is the first to say he's really not trying to rescue all the world's photos, let alone China's, let alone Beijing's. Even still, he's managed to save about half a million negatives from being recycled.

What happens to trashed negatives if Sauvin doesn't get to them first? In China, at least, they're collected, dropped in acid (along with old X-rays), and what remains — the silver nitrate — will fetch a decent price.

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TED Radio Hour
10:11 am
Fri June 21, 2013

How Much Can Children Teach Themselves?

Sugata Mitra at the TED conference in 2013.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 4:11 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Unstoppable Learning.

About Sugata Mitra's TED Talk

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10:11 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Will Paula Deen's admission of using a racial slur crumble her empire?
Courtesy of Food Network AP

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:57 am

Paula Deen may be famous for her deep-fried Southern cooking, but the Internet isn't buying her defense that she used a racial slur because of her deep Dixie roots.

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8:11 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Photography Cross-Stitch And Rebuilding The Berlin Wall

Mauerpark, 2012
Diane Meyer

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 2:23 pm

How do you photograph something that's not really there? Like the Berlin Wall, for example.

Diane Meyer, an assistant professor of photography at Loyola Marymount University, has one approach: She takes pictures where the wall once stood, prints them out, and then literally rebuilds it with a needle and thread.

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8:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Charles Moore's 'Margaret Thatcher' Is A Softer Iron Lady

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 6:03 am

Early on in Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher, he describes a birthday party at which a school friend tells the future prime minister, "If you don't stop bossing us, I shall stamp on your foot."

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8:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Watch: Stephen Colbert Thanks And Remembers His Mom

Seen here in May 2012, Stephen Colbert last night gave a tribute to his mom, who passed away recently.
Charles Sykes AP

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

Stephen Colbert's mother Lorna died recently at 92, and on last night's Colbert Report, he offered her a funny, sweet, warm tribute that really requires no additional comment.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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8:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

For Black Americans, An Even Split In Financial Perceptions

If our survey is any indication, this cash-rich stock photo model probably feels pretty good about life.
Willie B.Thomas iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 10:07 am

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health recently polled 1,081 African-Americans about their lives. One of the areas respondents were asked about was their perceptions of their financial status.

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