The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new recommendations for cooking pork today: The Department now recommends that like beef, veal and lamb, whole cuts of pork should be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, then allowed to sit for three minutes.
There's a fascinating and incredibly timely documentary making the rounds right now. My Perestroika follows five Moscow children from youth to middle age. Straightforward enough, except that they were in their political years (college-aged) as the Iron Curtain came down.
As a child during the final years of the Cold War, I always heard the Soviets needed to change. Because of home video in this documentary, it ends up young Soviet children thought the same of me.
Iran and Syria are about to come under renewed focus for their nuclear ambitions.
According to The Associated Press and the BBC, the International Atomic Energy Agency will soon officially report that it believes a target that Israeli warplanes bombed inside Syria four years ago was indeed a secret nuclear reactor site.
All those parents who have told their college students, "And you're going to feed yourself with a literature major?" can now arm themselves with concrete numbers.
Researchers at Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce used new Census numbers to estimate how much different degrees will earn people throughout their lives. In some cases, the researchers found, the difference between majors was as much as 300 percent.
A petroleum engineer's median earning, for example, is $120,000, whereas a counseling or psychology major's median earning is $29,000.
Rescue crews were using dogs to search foot by foot through the wreckage of Joplin, Mo., hoping to find people who might have survived the deadliest tornado in decades. Meanwhile, authorities said violent thunderstorms killed four people in Oklahoma and two in Kansas.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told NPR that the searches were being conducted "house by house, car by car, block by block" after Sunday's twister cut a swath of destruction through the town of 50,000 at the edge of the Ozark Mountains.
Gretchen Morgenson, who covers world financial markets for The New York Times, has been untangling the complex foreclosure mess and efforts to reform government regulations on Wall Street for several years.
Now Morgenson and co-author Joshua Rosner have written a book about the origins of the financial meltdown. In Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, Morgenson and Rosner describe how regulators failed to control greed and recklessness on Wall Street.
NPR's first show, All Things Considered, turned 40 this month. Over the decades, NPR has added shows, exponentially increased its audience and become one of the most trusted news sources in the country.
If you think of credibility as money in the bank, NPR's account is healthy and robust – at least among its audience.
Words and music perform an elegant dance of meaning and dreaming in the work of San Francisco's Mark David Ashworth, who explores themes of the natural world, ancient colonization and personal insight. Like most singer-songwriters, Ashworth writes his own lyrics. But he also likes to set pre-existing poems to music.
Virginia midwife Karen Carr was recently convicted of two felonies following the death of a baby she tried delivering. Carr's story has rekindled debate over whether it's better for a woman to use a doctor or midwife when giving birth. In this weekly parenting segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Tell Me More contributors and moms Jolene Ivey and Leslie Morgan Steiner. Also joining the conversation are Dr. Manuel Alvarez, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Dr.
"Welcome to Shelbyville" premieres tonight on PBS' series "Independent Lens." The documentary shows how Shelbyville, Tenn. residents adjust to a growing Latino population and the integration of Muslim Somali refugees. Host Michel Martin speaks with "Welcome to Shelbyville" director Kim Snyder and Miguel Gonzalez, one of the people profiled in the film.