Mon April 23, 2012
NPR Story

Letters: Two Writers And Looking At Movie Quotes

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:39 pm



It's time now for Your Letters. On Friday, we told you about two writers who. on the surface, couldn't have been more different. Asa Carter, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, was a speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He penned Wallace's now famous 1963 inaugural address.

GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE: And I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.



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Mon April 23, 2012
The Record

Remembering Bert Weedon, Guitar Teacher To Rock Stars (And Many More)

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:39 pm

British guitarist Bert Weedon died Friday at age 91.
Keystone Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Even if you've never heard the name Bert Weedon before, his death on Friday, at the age of 91, deserves a salute: a chiming, perfectly fingered D major chord salute.

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Mon April 23, 2012

Discovery Sparks Interest In Forgotten Black Scholar

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:39 pm

Three years ago, Rufus McDonald found historic documents in an abandoned house and took them to a rare-books dealer. The papers and books belonged to Richard T. Greener, a 19th century intellectual who was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University.
Cheryl Corley NPR

Three years ago, just moments before sledgehammers ripped through an abandoned home in Chicago, the head of a demolition crew decided to save the contents of an old steamer trunk stored in the attic.

"They were about to demolish it because they couldn't get it down the stairs," says Rufus McDonald, who gathered what was inside the steamer trunk — documents and old books — and took them to a rare-book dealer in Chicago.

"He said, 'Do you know who this is?' I said, 'Nah, who is it?' He said, 'It's Richard Theodore Greener," McDonald recalls. "I said, 'Who is he?' "

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Mon April 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Cancer Doc Brawley Says The U.S. Health Care System Is Sick

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 9:48 am

Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.
Chris Hamilton American Cancer Society

Journalists make for a pretty tough crowd.

But Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, fired up hundreds of them at the annual meeting of Association of Health Care Journalists over the weekend with a no-holds-barred critique of the U.S. health system.

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Mon April 23, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Coming to E-K-U

Relatives of Kentuckians who died in Vietnam are being urged to submit photos and other remembrances of their loved ones to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.   Eastern Kentucky University later this week hosts a touring version of the Vietnam Memorial.  Lee Allen with the Memorial Fund says his organization launched a national campaign to get photos of all those people named on the wall.   Of the one thousand 58 Kentuckians who died during the Vietnam War, Allen says 625 pictures are still being sought.

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Mon April 23, 2012
The Salt

Are Local Salad Greens Safer Than Packaged Salad Greens?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:23 am

Miller Farms in Maryland is a family-run operation that sells its home-grown vegetables at farmers' markets and local grocery stores. Phil Miller, whose family owns the farm, says he's trying to earn a food safety certification now required by many food buyers.
Maggie Starbard NPR

There were lots of comments on this blog regarding my recent stories about making salads safer. Many of those comments argued that the solution is to grow your own. Or at least buy from local farmers.

Which raises an interesting question: Are salad greens from your local farmer's market actually safer than packaged lettuce from thousands of miles away? And should the same safety rules apply to both?

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Mon April 23, 2012
Piano Jazz

Kate McGarry On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:54 am

Kate McGarry.
Matteo Trisolini

Singer-songwriter Kate McGarry has traveled many musical paths, from Celtic music to swing and various genres in between. That ecumenical outlook on music began early in her childhood. Growing up among nine brothers and sisters, she heard a variety of pop music (the Beatles, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.) but she also recalls family outings to hear live Celtic music groups performing at a local Irish pub.

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Mon April 23, 2012
The Picture Show

Are Your Facebook Friends Really Your Friends?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Photographer Tanja Hollander is on a mission to make protraits of all of her Facebook friends.
Tanja Hollander

The new issue of The Atlantic asks: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? The jury's out, though signs point to maybe.

Facebook didn't necessarily make Tanja Hollander lonely, per se, but it did make her curious. It was a little over two years ago when she looked at that number representing "friends," 626 in her case, and started to analyze it.

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Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Six Men Ask Judge To Overturn Convictions In Notorious D.C. Murder Case

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:39 pm

In 1985, Chris Turner was convicted of the murder of Catherine Fuller. After spending decades in prison, Turner is now out on parole; he maintains his innocence. He is shown here in his childhood neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C., about 100 yards away from what was Fuller's home.
Amanda Steen NPR

Six men wearing bright orange prison jumpsuits appeared in a D.C. courtroom today, seeking to overturn their decades-old convictions in a brutal murder by arguing the Justice Department failed to turn over critical evidence that could have helped them assert their innocence.

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Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Trustees Warn Social Security Is Headed Toward Insolvency

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:37 pm

The trustees in charge of nation's Social Security program said a sagging economy has hit the program hard. The program's trust fund, which goes mostly to retirees, said the trustees, will run dry by 2033.

The AP reports "Medicare's finances have stabilized but the program's hospital insurance fund is still projected to run out of money in 2024."

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