North Country
10:33 am
Thu April 26, 2012

North Country Man Indicted In Hunting Death

A North Country man has been indicted for negligent homicide in a hunting accident last November.

A Grafton County Grand Jury concluded that Wade S. Holmes, 49, “failed to identify with certainty” his target and fired the shot that killed Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Massachusetts.

Brunelle was hunting with his father and brother off Mt. Eustis Road in Lisbon when the accident occurred about 8 a.m. He was shot in the neck and died at the scene, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Such a felony could result in three and one-half to seven years in prison.

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:30 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Culture, Not Biology, Shapes Language

The Pirahã people live along the Maici River in Brazil's Amazon region.
Courtesy of Dan Everett

There's no language gene.

There's no innate language organ or module in the human brain dedicated to the production of grammatical language.

There are no meaningful human universals when it comes to how people construct sentences to communicate with each other. Across the languages of the world (estimated to number 6,000-8,000), nouns, verbs, and objects are arranged in sentences in different ways as people express their thoughts. The powerful force behind this variability is culture.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:12 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The Delights Of Reading Upside Down

ambigram.com

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 12:25 pm

Publius Paquius Proculus, they say, invented pizza almost 2,000 years ago. I don't think he did, and anyway, that's not the coolest thing about Proculus, a very successful baker and sometime politician, who was living in Pompeii the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted. He, his house and his family were buried. Then, centuries later, when archeologists unearthed his home they discovered a message, etched onto one of his household walls. It looked like this:

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Shots - Health Blog
10:10 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Evidence Mounts That Diet, Exercise Help Survivors Cut Cancer Risk

Staying fit and eating well can help cancer survivors, too, a review of the latest evidence shows.
Lucy Pemoni AP

Eat right and exercise is about as basic as medical advice gets.

Follow it, and you'll benefit from better overall fitness, improved quality of life, and a reduced risk for chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The American Cancer Society now says the evidence has piled up that diet and exercise can help cancer survivors manage, beat, and stay free of their disease, too.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Thu April 26, 2012

'I Failed,' Says Rupert Murdoch; But He Points At Others For Cover-Up

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, as they were being driven away from the Royal Courts of Justice following his testimony today in London.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:26 am

  • NPR's Philip Reeves and Steve Inskeep

While conceding that "I failed" because some of his News Corp. tabloids in the U.K. were guilty of hacking into the phones of murder victims, celebrities and politicians, media mogul Rupert Murdoch also testified today that lower-level executives were the ones behind a "cover-up" that kept him from knowing about what had happened.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Thu April 26, 2012

TSA Agents Accused Of Taking Drug Money To Look The Other Way

The expedited security line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

Easy, isn't it? Get a note from the TSA officer who screens you at the airport so you know which lane to pick for your security check. Then stroll through with your suitcase jammed with kilos of cocaine. Your screener won't utter a peep, even if it's marijuana or methamphetamines instead. In exchange, pay your screener hundreds of dollars in a bribe.

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Stephen Thompson is an editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he writes the advice column The Good Listener, fusses over the placement of commas and appears as a frequent panelist on the podcasts All Songs Considered and Pop Culture Happy Hour. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the weekly NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk.

Monkey See
9:03 am
Thu April 26, 2012

For Fans Of The NFL Draft, A Heady Cocktail Of Hope And Sloth

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Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:10 am

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Assessing the Presidential Selection Process

After a long campaign season of caucuses and primaries, attack ads, and Super PACs, many have noticed significant changes.  This year, we've seen many more debates, an explosion in the use of digital media, and a decline of retail politics.  Is this a troubling trend or the new reality for  choosing  a President?

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

DNA U.S.A.

We sit down with Oxford professor Bryan Sikes whose new book. "DNA U.S.A." explores the complicated genetic melting pot of America. The findings are fascinating, southwestern Spanish Catholics with Jewish genes, African DNA in southern whites. Though we are all born with surnames, Sykes says, "those names fragment and mutate with far more regularity than the DNA we inherit”

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