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2:55 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Treat Yourself To A 'Huh?'

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 9:14 am

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2:55 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The Absurdity Of Consumerism

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Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 2:49 pm

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2:54 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The Link Between Media Multitasking And Impulsiveness

Researchers want to learn more about the link between media multitasking and distractibility.
Adam Berry Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 3:30 pm

As I type this, I'm also reading a blog post on Richard Sherman's Stanford days, emailing back-and-forth with a colleague about an upcoming interview and Google-chatting with my friend Reeve about Sunday's episode of HBO's True Detective. This is probably not unlike your regular media multitasking experience, which I assume is just shortening our attention spans and making us even more easily distracted.

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6:10 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting

Palestinians protest in the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah against the continuation of negotiations with Israel, and demand that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas not meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Jan. 15, 2014.
Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 9:01 pm

A quarterly review over the past 11 years of NPR's coverage of Israel and the Palestinians—a self-assessment that may be unique in the annals of American journalism—comes to an end with the attached last report that finds lack of completeness but strong factual accuracy and no systematic bias.

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6:10 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Hard-Working Hollywood Extra Hopes For Bigger Roles

Actor Jesse Heiman has had some less-busy years, but says, "this town works in crazy ways ... and your next big day could be tomorrow. So you just gotta keep your head up and keep going."
Bobby Quillard

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 10:59 am

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6:06 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

'Meat Shoots': Examining A Rural Tradition

A sign for a meat shoot in Natick, Mass. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:52 pm

If you drive off the interstate and head down a county road, in many parts of the country you’ll often see signs for “meat shoots” at local VFWs or American Legions.

It’s a sport some may not be familiar with, but meat shoots are an integral part of rural culture — and often serve a purpose.

Civic organizations, conservation groups and individuals will hold meat shoots as fundraisers for people in need, for example after someone suffers a house fire or a devastating illness.

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6:05 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Is Another Housing Bubble Growing?

Peter Wallison, a conservative voice in the world of fiscal policy, recently wrote a much-commented-upon opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "The Bubble is Back." But unlike his most of colleagues on the 2011 Fiscal Crisis Inquiry Commission, Wallison blames government housing policy for the last bubble. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:52 pm

Peter Wallison, a conservative voice in the world of fiscal policy, sees signs of another housing bubble. He points to the growing gap between owning versus renting, and to a return to no-money-down mortgages.

He recently wrote a much-commented-upon opinion piece in the New York Times entitled “The Bubble is Back.” But unlike his most of colleagues on the 2011 Fiscal Crisis Inquiry Commission, Wallison blames government housing policy for the last bubble.

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6:05 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind

Chef Furard Tate says he wanted to "bring love back" to a Washington, D.C., neighborhood damaged since the 1968 riots.
Allison Keyes NPR

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 6:44 pm

Chef Furard Tate is the kind of man who never sits still. He flits from the order desk at Inspire BBQ back to the busy kitchen, where young men are seasoning sauce, cooking macaroni and cheese, and finishing off some dry-rubbed ribs smoked on a grill.

"We grill on a real grill," Tate says. "None of this electric stuff."

But as important as the food is, Tate says it's also important that it's made by young hands who must learn a slow, consistent process.

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7:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Why U.S. Taxpayers Started — And Stopped — Paying Brazilian Cotton Farmers

Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 5:20 pm

Note: This is an update to a story we initially published in 2010.

In 2002, Pedro Camargo had a job in Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture. He was annoyed by the subsidies the U.S. government payed to U.S. cotton farmers.

"We want to compete farmer against farmer, and not Brazilian farmer and American farmer with the help of the US government," he told me. "Not only is that not fair; it's not following the rules."

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7:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet

This is a real press release photo of the Bachelor bouquet.
Warner Brothers Entertainment

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:37 pm

It's Friday, so let's take a moment to consider the greatest press release of the week. (And by "greatest," I mean "most ridiculous." As always.)

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