With President Obama laying out his vision for U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa today, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has a word of advice for emerging democracies: Reform your military first.
Yudhoyono, widely known here as SBY, was first elected in 2004 and is now in his second term as leader of Indonesia. The archipelago is the world's third largest democracy after India and the United States. And it has the biggest Muslim population of any country.
Roughly 1 in 3 adult Americans is now obese. And ground zero for the nation's obesity battle is Mississippi — where 44 percent of kids are either overweight or obese. And 7 of 10 adults in the state are either overweight or obese.
"For the sixth year in a row we remain the most obese state in the most obese country in the world, I guess making Mississippi the most obese place in the world," says Sandra Shelson, executive director of the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi.
The first investigative report about last year's coal mine disaster in West Virginia blames a corporate "culture in which wrongdoing became acceptable, where deviation became the norm" for the deaths of 29 Massey Energy mine workers.
The report was produced by an independent team of investigators appointed by former West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and led by Davitt McAteer, a former federal mine safety chief who has investigated other mine disasters in the state.
Running has plenty of tomes: the indispensable cult classic Once a Runner, by John Parker; The Perfect Mile, Neal Bascomb's bestselling book about the quest to break the four-minute-mile barrier; the textbook-like Advanced Marathoning, by Pete Pfitzinger; the young woman's staple The Complete Book of Running for Women, by Claire Kowalchik; and the inspirational What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, in which novelist Haruki Murakami abandons magical realism to describe the joys of his favorite sport. And those are just five.
Noted pianist Orli Shaham launched the daytime "Baby Got Bach" family concert series at New York's downtown music mecca (Le) Poisson Rouge last September. Connecting smaller kids with classical music, she says, is all about encouraging active listening.
After Michelle Trudeau's story The Other Big Deficit: Many Teens Fall Short On Sleep aired on Morning Edition on Monday, we asked listeners to submit questions on teens and sleep. We received dozens of questions and posed some of them to a panel of sleep experts. Their responses, edited for brevity and clarity, are below.
Helene Emsellem, neurologist at George Washington University and medical director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders
Raul Malo returns to Mountain Stage for a lively acoustic performance. One of the most powerful singers working in any genre, Malo is best known as the founder and frontman of Grammy-winning, multi-platinum band The Mavericks. When not fronting that group, Malo has broken out as a solo artist, producer, television musical director, and as a member of the supergroup Los Super Seven (which also features members of The Texas Tornados and Calexico).