"Most of today's books have an air of having been written in one day from books read the night before."
—Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-94) French author, humorist
- 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:21:00 -0500
- Historian Maureen Ogle's new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There's a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.
- Baseball's Torre, La Russa, Cox Add Another Title: Hall Of Famer Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:12:00 -0500
- Taken together, retired baseball managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox won eight World Series titles and 7,558 games. Their names appeared on all of the voters' ballots Sunday.
- Latino Children's Literature That Should Top Lists Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:09 -0500
- Each year The New York Times highlights top children's books. But this year, not one book is by a Latino author. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with blogger Monica Olivera, and Latinas for Latino Lit co-founder, Viviana Hurtado, about books they feel were overlooked this year.
- Infants At Risk Due To Blood Tests Delays Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:09 -0500
- Delays in processing blood screening samples for newborns could be putting millions of infants at risk for disabilities or even death. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Ellen Gabler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who investigated the screening track records of hospitals around the country.
- Sharing Matters Most When Trying To Buy Happiness Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:09 -0500
- Every holiday season, people splurge on gift items to make their loved ones smile - but does buying all that stuff really make people happy? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax about buying happiness.
- Why A 'Living' Wage Doesn't Add Up Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:09 -0500
- A new study suggests that while most people want jobs that pay more, most of the jobs currently available are low wage. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Ben Henry of the Alliance for a Just Society and Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times.
- Orc And Dagger: U.S., U.K. Reportedly Spied On Gamers Online Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:36:00 -0500
- So many spies have reportedly targeted gamers that a central group must try to keep track of them all. That's the latest revelation from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reported by The Guardian and other outlets.
- Winter Storm Plows Through Mid-Atlantic To Hit New England Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:41:00 -0500
- Winter won't officially begin until nearly two more weeks pass, but snow, ice, and freezing rain are blanketing a large swath of the U.S. As of Monday morning, more than a thousand flights were cancelled.
- Will Seniors Leave Republicans Out To Dry In 2014? Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:44:00 -0500
- One group of voters that the GOP has traditionally been able to count on are those over 65. But a new survey of battleground congressional districts show some cracks in that foundation, possibly enough to swing some closely contested seats.
- New York's Insurance Exchange Readies For Holiday Rush Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:38:00 -0500
- As a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for health insurance that starts Jan. 1 looms, New York state is staffing up its call center and smoothing out the rough spots on its application to meet growing demand. As time runs down, the state is trying to fix technical and design issues that came up when the site debuted in October.
- Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0500
- Since 2001, more than 100,000 troops have left the military with an other than honorable discharge. The "bad paper" puts benefits and medical care out of reach, even for those who served in combat. Which raises a simple question: What does America owe those who serve?
- Will Obamacare Play Big In 2014? Keep An Eye On N.H. Senate Race Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:45:00 -0500
- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a popular Democrat, former governor and strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, is taking some heat back home for the problems with HealthCare.gov. She faces re-election next year, but a formidable Republican opponent has yet to emerge.
- Epilepsy Patients Help Decode The Brain's Hidden Signals Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:45:00 -0500
- When doctors stick electrodes into the brain of a patient with epilepsy, they're hoping to find a cure for debilitating seizures. But they're also exploring a still-mysterious landscape. And they couldn't do it without a patient willing to help.
- Tech Giants Call On Obama, Congress For Surveillance Changes Mon, 09 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- Eight tech giants — including Google, Apple and Facebook — have written an open letter to the president and Congress warning that current government surveillance practices are undermining freedom. This follows leaks showing tech firms were part of widespread NSA surveillance programs of email and phone records.
- Don't You Dare Call Me A Hipster! I, Sir, Am A 'Hep Cat' Sun, 08 Dec 2013 17:29:00 -0500
- Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."