Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

McCain Says Report Backs Comments About Immigrants Causing Wildfires

Sen. John McCain says a new report from the Government Accountability Office backs some of the controversial comments the Republican from Arizona made over the summer.

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Tue November 22, 2011
The Salt

Revived Thanksgiving Tradition: Oyster Ice Cream

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 10:00 am

Serve this for T-Day, and you'll be in sync with history.

Chef José Andrés grew up in Spain, but he has embraced Thanksgiving as a window into American history. That's why the guests at his Thanksgiving dinner might be starting off with oyster ice cream.

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Tue November 22, 2011
The Salt

Eating Canned Soup Makes BPA Levels Soar

The soup aisle at a grocery store in Washington, D.C.
Maggie Starbard NPR

If you read the ingredient list on a can of soup, you're likely to see items like carrots, wild rice, perhaps some noodles. What you won't see listed: BPA.

But a little canned soup for lunch can dramatically increase exposure to the chemical, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study confirms that canned food is a source of BPA exposure. But it does nothing to clear up the question of whether this sort of exposure to BPA has health consequences.

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Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Second Set Of 'Climategate' Emails Hit The Web

In a repeat of 2009, a second set of stolen emails from climate scientists at major universities has been released to the public.

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Tue November 22, 2011
The Salt

When Thanksgiving Means Making Reservations, Not Turkey

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 4:52 pm

Restaurants appeal to "activity-rich time-poor" Americans on Thanksgiving, the National Restaurant Association says.
STEPHAN ZABEL iStockphoto.com

The moment of last-minute head counts and late-night runs to the supermarket has nearly arrived. But a small but proud segment of the population simply smiles and puts their feet up. They're having Thanksgiving dinner served to them in a restaurant.

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Alex Blumberg is a contributing editor for NPR's Planet Money. He is also a producer for the public radio program This American Life, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. He has done radio documentaries on the U.S. Navy, people who do impersonations of their mothers and teenage Steve Forbes supporters. He won first place at the 2002 Third Coast International Audio Festival for his story "Yes, There is a Baby." His story on clinical medical ethicists won the 1999 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) award for best radio documentary.


Tue November 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Remember Vioxx? Merck Settles Marketing Charges From Way Back

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 10:44 am

Vioxx may be gone, but it wasn't forgotten by the Justice Department.
Daniel Hulshizer AP

Drugmaker Merck took the painkiller Vioxx off the market in 2004, citing an increased risk of heart attacks among people taking the medicine.

Today, seven years later, the Justice Department said Merck had agreed to pay $950 million to settle charges the company went too far in marketing the drug.

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Tue November 22, 2011
Planet Money

The National Debt: What The Left And Right Agree On

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 10:15 am

Supercommittee members, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The congressional supercommittee announced Monday that it failed to come to an agreement on reducing the deficit. After three months of negotiating, the Democrats and Republicans just couldn't agree on how much spending to cut or how high to raise taxes.

But this is not a story about how the left and right disagree with each other. In fact, they actually largely agree.

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Tue November 22, 2011
Business and Economic Research Center Report

Tenn. Economy "Slides Sideways" in the Third Quarter


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --  Federal officials revised the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reading downward today for the third quarter. Growth wasn’t as strong as originally thought.

The official GDP for the third quarter is now 2 percent, down by a half-percent from the earlier estimate.

The Middle Tennessee State Business and Economic Research Center has just released its analysis of Tennessee’s third-quarter economic activity.

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Tue November 22, 2011
I-Phone App Turns Heavens Into Player Piano

Astronomer Makes the Stars Sing


NASHVILLE, Tenn.  --  Astro Cantus is an I-phone app that gives voice to the stars.

The musical app is the brainchild of Rocky Alvey, Director of Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory in Nashville.

The application uses sky charts to assign musical values to the stars that are passing overhead at any given moment. At present, musical values are assigned according to the star’s brightness, but Alvey says most any astronomical data could be used.

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