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How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

It turns out that green coffee extract isn't a "miracle pill that can burn fat fast," even though Dr. Oz said so. But there are plenty more "miracle" cures out there. Here's how to sell your own.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

NPR Books - October 23, 2014 - 9:22am

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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Ottawa Attack Seen As Canada's Security Wake-Up Call

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 8:41am

In Canada, the front door to Parliament is often left unlocked, but after Wednesday's attack, that's likely to change.

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I'll (Gag) Drink To That: Oral Rehydration Key For Ebola Patients

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 8:41am

Ebola survivors in Nigeria credit the nasty-tasting oral rehydration solution for their recovery. One doctor wants more attention paid to that kind of low-tech treatment.

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Blizzard In Nepal Deals A Blow To Porters As Well As Trekkers

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 8:31am

Working as a porter in the mountains is a way out of poverty. But it's a job with great risk. After this month's killer storm, the government is calling for regulations to protect visitors and locals.

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Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 8:00am

The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 7:49am

Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

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Girl Scouts Look For A Way Out Of The Woods

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 7:11am

More than 100 years old, the organization offers young American girls the chance to succeed. So why is membership falling?

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ArtsBeat: Filling In an ’80s Comic With Real Graffiti Tags

New York Times book reviews - October 23, 2014 - 7:05am
The creators of the first issue of DMC, a new series of comics, are using tags belonging to real graffiti artists.






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You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 6:52am

All around the country, drivers are seeing signs that gas prices are depressed. Those drops helped hold down the latest consumer price index. But economists worry about too much of a good thing.

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Canada's Parliament Gives Sergeant-At-Arms Standing Ovation

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 6:42am

Kevin Vickers, 58, is being hailed as a hero for reportedly firing the shots that took down the gunman in Ottawa.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

NPR Books - October 23, 2014 - 6:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Atul Gawande: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - October 23, 2014 - 6:00am
The author, most recently, of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is a great fan of Dr. Watson: “He is intelligent, observant and faithful, the way we want all doctors to be.”






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Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter

NPR Books - October 23, 2014 - 5:46am

The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 4:58am

Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.

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Family Says Nurse Amber Vinson Is Free Of Ebola

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 4:32am

Amber Vinson, 29, the second of two nurses diagnosed with the disease after treating an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital, reportedly had no sign of the virus as of late Tuesday.

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Mother Of Ottawa Gunman: 'I Am Mad At Our Son'

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 3:56am

A man identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was killed by police in a Parliament building in Ottawa. He's being described as a recent convert to Islam.

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'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature

NPR Books - October 23, 2014 - 3:03am

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.

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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

NPR Books - October 23, 2014 - 2:31am

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

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Tweets In Hong Kong Put Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 12:47am

The saxophone superstar, hugely popular in mainland China, walked into a minefield in Hong Kong. Selfies with demonstrators sparked a response from the government — and Kenny G took down the tweets.

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