Television
4:32 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Every Old Reality TV Show Is Old Again This Summer

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 5:47 pm

This summer, there are a striking number of reality shows blatantly ripping off existing shows. Commentator Andrew Wallenstein explains why everything old is old again on TV this summer. It has to do with the success of The Voice, NBC's first big hit in ages, which was a rip-off singing competition. It gave other networks the idea that more ratings could be scraped up by rehashing old ideas just one more time.

Law
4:32 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Jury Deliberates For Eighth Day In Edwards Trial

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 5:47 pm

The jury in the John Edwards trial deliberated for an eighth day on Wednesday. The panel has asked for little guidance as it debates the fate of the two-time former presidential candidate. Edwards is accused of soliciting almost a million dollars from a pair of wealthy donors to cover up his pregnant mistress. Jeff Tiberii of North Carolina Public Radio talks to host Melissa Block from the Federal Courthouse in Greensboro.

It's All Politics
4:18 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

McCotter Joins Sorry, Brief List Of Incumbents Who Fell Short Of Ballot

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) had the misfortune of being from a state that still requires signatures to get on the ballot.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:58 pm

In the annals of incumbents failing to get on the ballot, Rep. Thad McCotter's epic fail has some company. Maybe not lots of it since incumbents tend to know, if nothing else, how to work the levers in their favor.

But there have been other incumbents derailed by the requirement to obtain voter signatures to get on ballots even if you sometimes have to go back quite a ways to find them. If it's a wing in the political hall of shame for incumbents, it would be a small room compared, say, to the much larger one for convicted politicos.

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The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

VIDEO: 'Let My People Go:' Illinois State Rep Loses Cool On House Floor

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:19 pm

We already know that budgets and austerity measures are controversial, especially when it concerns the pensions of public employees. Wisconsin is solid proof. But if you need another reminder of just how combustive it gets when you mix politics, unions and public employees, just take a look at this video:

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The Record
4:03 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

A New Hip-Hop Recipe With A Familiar Sound

Black Hippy are (from left) Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul.
Courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:22 pm

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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Banned In Idaho, 'Five Wives' Vodka Says It Meant No Offense

Bottles of Ogden's Own Distillery Five Wives Vodka at a state liquor store in Salt Lake City.
Brian Skoloff AP

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 5:47 pm

They're "five wives who just like to get together and have a cocktail."

They're not meant to be a direct reference to polygamy and those kittens they're holding in their laps are ... just part of a photograph that's reflective of the 1890s to early 1900s.

For all anyone knows, they might be lesbians.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

As Big Employers Pinch Pennies, Health Savings Accounts Take Off

As employers look to cut spending on health, more workers are being steered to health plans with high deductibles.
iStockphoto.com

Feel like you're paying more out of pocket for medical expenses? You've got company, according to the latest data from health insurers.

Enrollment in health savings accounts grew 18 percent last year as employers continued to steer workers into high-deductible medical plans, an insurance group said this morning.

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History
3:46 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Kafka's Final Absurdist Tale Plays Out In Tel Aviv

Franz Kafka (shown here circa 1905) is considered one of the 20th century's most influential writers. Before his death in 1924, he had published only short stories and a single novella, The Metamorphosis.
Imagno Getty Image

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 8:31 am

Franz Kafka published just a few short stories and a novella during his lifetime, yet he was considered one of the 20th century's most influential writers.

The rest of his work was largely kept secret, and literary scholars have long wondered what gems they might find among Kafka's papers.

The answer may ultimately lie on Tel Aviv's Spinoza Street, inside a small, squat apartment building covered with dirty, pinkish stucco that looks like it's seen better days.

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Planet Money
3:03 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

What Air Traffic Can Teach Us About Kidney Transplants

Waiting their turn.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 4:11 pm

This is the second of two stories we're doing this week on organ transplants. See the first story, Who Decides Whether This 26-Year-Old Woman Gets A Lung Transplant?

Nikolaos Trichakis is a Harvard Business School professor who studies air traffic. He was watching the news one night when a segment came on about the waiting list for kidney transplants.

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American Dreams: Then And Now
2:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Sizing Up The American Dream

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:29 pm

In a nation as diverse as the United States, the idea of "the American dream" means different things to different people. Many associate the dream with intangible ideals like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, optimism and family ties. But the American dream has also long been associated with attaining a higher standard of living, particularly one that surpasses that of the previous generation.

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