Summer is a strange time in the publishing world — most houses are waiting to publish their marquee books in the fall, heading back to school and into the holiday season with their weighty novels and Pulitzer contenders. And yet, summer is the season of pleasure reading, when some of us have the blessed free time to make a dent in reading lists and take a new discovery to the shore, devouring it over boat drinks and freshly shucked oysters (or insert your fantasy heatwave meal here).
Your brain doesn't like to keep secrets. Studies at the University of Texas-Austin have shown that writing down secrets in a journal or telling a doctor your secrets actually decreases the level of stress hormones in your body. Keeping a secret, meanwhile, does the opposite.
Your brain also doesn't like stress hormones. So when you have a secret to tell, the part of your brain that wants to tell the secret is constantly fighting with the part of your brain that wants to keep the information hidden, says neuroscientist David Eagleman.
Battered by the recession, many states have found they can no longer cover unemployment insurance funds. Some states are cutting the number of weeks a laid-off worker can expect to receive benefits. NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Rick Nivison, who is currently receiving unemployment benefits, talk about the cuts to the benefits. Nivison lives in Michigan, which recently cut the number of weeks someone can claim state unemployment insurance from 26 to 20 weeks.
Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine chronicles the planning of his own wedding in his latest project, Scenes from an Impending Marriage . In it, he illustrates a number of scenes focused on selecting the right music for the big day. In our occasional series In Your Ear , Tomine shares some of his favorite musical moments from his wedding.
Last week, reports were swirling that Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg was working to make the site available for children under 13 years old. Zuckerberg later said that opening the site to children is not a current priority. Still, the question has stirred a debate among parents and experts on how young is too young for social media. Tech expert Mario Armstrong, Annie Feighery, co-founder of the motherhood web site "The Domestic Agenda" and Tell Me More regular contributor and author of the memoir Crazy Love Leslie Morgan Steiner discuss the topic.
Comedian and actress Margaret Cho stops by for a Wisdom Watch conversation to talk about her life and how her personal background has influenced her career. Cho began performing stand-up at age 16. During her early years, she worked with stars ranging from Jerry Seinfeld to Bob Hope. Her TV career includes The Cho Show , 30 Rock and Dancing with the Stars . She is also now shooting the Lifetime TV series, Drop Dead Diva and producing Yellow , an album about rage, age and ethnicity.
Prices for single-family homes have fallen to their lowest level since the housing bubble burst in 2006. The latest S&P/Case-Shiller index for March shows prices dropping in 18 out of 20 major metro areas. The nationwide index fell for the eighth straight month. A glut of foreclosures is a major reason home values continue to deteriorate.
John Bryson, the retired former CEO of Edison International, has been chosen by President Obama to be the next secretary of commerce, The Associated Press, CNN, Politico and several other news outlets are reporting.
The president is expected to make the announcement early this afternoon.
Bryson would succeed Secretary Gary Locke, who has been tapped to be the next ambassador to China.
A flight attendant prepares to close a luggage bin on the redesigned 737. Thanks to the bin's new pivoting motion, passengers in the aisle seat will have more headroom.
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American Airlines just took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, a passenger plane with an option list that includes LED lighting that can be tuned to the time of day (or night), more headroom, larger storage bins and a futuristic feel.
On a reporter's recent visit to the Boeing factory in Renton, Wash., outside Seattle, a row of 737s stood nose to tail. If you think the glory days of American manufacturing are but a memory, consider this: From start to finish, it takes 10,000 mechanics and engineers 11 days to build a new 737.