2:18am

Fri April 5, 2013
Television

As Audiences Shift To Cable, TV Programming Changes, Too

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:20 pm

In recent years, high-profile cable TV dramas like AMC's Mad Men have helped to shift audiences and programming across all types of TV networks. (Pictured, from left: John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser)
Michael Yarish / AMC

Mad Men comes back for its sixth season Sunday at an opportune moment for basic cable. Last weekend, 25 million viewers combined watched The Bible and The Walking Dead on basic cable channels. That's more than triple the audience for The Good Wife on CBS that same night.

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2:17am

Fri April 5, 2013
Media

Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media?

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:17 pm

Vice founder Shane Smith attends the premiere screening for the MTV series The Vice Guide To Everything in New York City in December 2010. Vice's new documentary series on HBO launches Friday.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

How did Dennis Rodman end up having dinner with Kim Jong Un in North Korea? It was the idea of Vice Media, which has grown from a counterculture magazine into a full-fledged youth media conglomerate.

Friday night, it premieres a documentary series on HBO, a kind of coming-out moment into the mainstream.

'I Wish We Were Weirder'

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2:16am

Fri April 5, 2013
It's All Politics

Sequester Scorecard: A Month Later, Effects Still Up In Air

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:09 am

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels soar over the Florida Keys during a March 23 air show. The group has canceled several air shows in April and May, reportedly owing to budget cuts.
Getty Images

Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. For a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful, as the government begins cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.

Many of the earliest signs of the cuts are being seen on the local level, in state programs like education that rely in part on federal dollars.

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6:23pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Chaz Ebert: Tired Of Cancer Fight, Ebert Said He Had 'Lived A Great And Full Life'

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:31 pm

Film critc Roger Ebert and wife Chaz Ebert attend the 14th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on June 14, 2010 in New York City.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert's wife of more than 20 years, has issued a statement on the passing of her husband. She wrote:

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6:05pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Rutgers Assistant Basketball Coach Jimmy Martelli Resigns

Rutgers assistant men's basketball coach Jimmy Martelli has resigned, amid the fallout of a videotape that showed head coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players.

According to The Star-Ledger, which broke the story, Martelli resigned yesterday, at the same time Rice was fired.

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5:27pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Salt

NYC's Fast-Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages'

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Demonstrators from the Fast Food Forward rally protest Thursday outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City.
Mary Altaffer AP

Fast-food restaurants were a little bit slower Thursday in New York City. Hundreds of workers staged a one-day strike in what organizers are calling the biggest job action ever in that industry. It's a growing segment of the economy, but workers complain that fast-food jobs don't pay enough to survive in New York City.

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5:27pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: Kid President Meets President Obama

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:44 pm

Kid President meets with President Obama.
YouTube

Here is some distraction from the serious news of the day. It's a video of Kid President — yes, he of the viral "pep-talk" video — on a visit to the Oval Office. His tour guide is none other than President Obama:

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5:03pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Research News

Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:36 am

This bacterium-like microbe, Archaeoglobus fulgidus, seen here in a false-color image, can live in the high temperatures found near deep-sea vents. They can also survive by consuming perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
Alfred Pasieka Science Source

It's life, but not as we know it. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive.

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4:55pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Hewlett-Packard's Chairman Will Step Aside

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 5:44 pm

Hewlett-Packard's chairman Raymond Lane will give up his position, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg are reporting.

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4:40pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Found Recipes

A Simple Chinese Twist On Young Soybeans

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Young soybeans, often known as edamame, are firmer than peas. Cookbook author Fuchsia Dunlop says they make an easy and delicious dinner when stir-fried.
Courtesy of Chris Terry

What comes to mind when you think of Chinese food? Is it takeout, thick sauces or deep-fried meat? Cookbook author Fuchsia Dunlop wants to change that.

"Really, the traditional diet is all about vegetables," she says. "In the past, most people couldn't afford to eat much meat, so they had to concentrate on making their everyday vegetarian produce taste sensational."

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