2:10pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Author Interviews

Tobolowsky: An Actor's Life 'Low On The Totem Pole'

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:37 am

Stephen Tobolowsky is an actor and writer. He also hosts the podcast The Tobolowsky Files.
Jim Britt Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

If you saw Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you might think you know him from somewhere. The character actor has appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, with recurring roles in Heroes, Deadwood, Glee and now The Mindy Project.

In his memoir, The Dangerous Animals Club, Toboloswky charts the highs and lows of life as a character actor. Some of his roles have been so small, he says, his characters didn't even have names — as, for example, with his turn as "Buttcrack Plumber."

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1:59pm

Wed October 3, 2012
World Cafe

David Wax Museum On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:38 am

David Wax Museum.
Courtesy of the artist

David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican and American folk music into what the band calls "Mexo-Americana" — a style that's lively and unique. David Wax and Suz Slezak, the band's core members, met in Boston in 2007. After spending summers working with Quakers in rural Mexico, Wax spent a graduate fellowship year studying the local music of Mexico.

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1:32pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Local

New York 'garden guru' to speak in Shreveport

A leading public garden designer from New York will come to Shreveport to address what the city can do to improve its landscaping on a shoestring budget. Lynden Miller speaks at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 11:30 a.m. The organization Shreveport Green is hosting her talk. It comes as Shreveport embarks on a citywide beautification program.

12:55pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Manhunt For Manatee-Riding Lady Comes To An End In Florida

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 1:19 pm

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez is seen attempting to ride a manatee.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

For a short period, yesterday, the hunt was on in Pinellas County, Florida for a lady photographed riding a manatee.

The sheriff's department called a deadly serious press conference in which they asked the help of the public in identifying the perpetrator. The lady was wearing a white cap, red shorts and a black bikini top. Witnesses in the area, the sheriff said in a statement, took photographs and contacted police.

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12:28pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Commentary

When Words Were Worth Fighting Over

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:10 pm

In 1961, the publication of Merriam-Webster's Third International Dictionary sparked an uproar with its inclusion of the word "ain't."
Flickr User Greeblie

I have a quibble with the title of David Skinner's new book, The Story of Ain't. In fact, that pariah contraction plays only a supporting role in the story. The book is really an account of one of the oddest episodes in American cultural history, the brouhaha over the appearance of Merriam-Webster's Third International Dictionary in 1961.

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11:58am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:26 pm

Women and their children wait for medication and instructions on how to use it at the clinic in Dareta, Nigeria. Treating children with high levels of lead is a painstaking process that works only if their environment at home is free from lead.
David Gilkey NPR

Across a swath of northern Nigeria, a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding, as lead from illegal gold mines sickens thousands of children.

More than 400 kids have died, and many more have been mentally stunted for life.

Doctors Without Borders, which has set up clinics to treat the children, is calling it one of the worst cases of environmental lead poisoning in recent history.

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11:38am

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

New, House-Cat-Sized Dinosaur With Massive Fangs Is Identified

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 4:09 pm

With jaws only 1 inch in length, the plant-eating Pegomastax ("thick jaw") was one of the smallest dinosaurs ever discovered. The photo above is of a close relative of the Pegomastax.
Tyler Keillor The University of Chicago

What we learn about dinosaurs keeps surprising us. Today in the journal ZooKeys we get a peek into an odd, new kind of dinosaur that was lighter than a house cat and just as small but had a terrifying set of teeth and a short, birdlike beak.

The fossil used to re-create the creature was actually discovered in southern Africa in the 1960s, but it is described for the first time today by Paul Sereno, paleontologist and professor at the University of Chicago.

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11:22am

Wed October 3, 2012
Law

Interactive: Richard Aoki's FBI File

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:31 am

Documents from the FBI file released to author Seth Rosenfeld as part of research for his book, Subversives.

11:03am

Wed October 3, 2012
The Salt

Freshwater Shrimp: Still Not A Midwestern Cash Crop

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:07 pm

A patron enjoys the offerings at this year's Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival.
Maureen Langlois NPR

It's harvest time in the heartland, but not just for apples and squash. In small, back-lot ponds on farms across the Midwest, a different crop has been growing all summer. They're substantial, slightly sweet and a revelation to the land-locked palate, not to mention worth top dollar. Yep, it's shrimp season in Ohio.

But don't ask for any Midwestern shrimp at your local fishmonger. There aren't enough yet to make it to the store.

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11:02am

Wed October 3, 2012
Television

Holmes Carves African-American Spot In Late Night

T.J. Holmes has spent more than a decade in journalism, but now he's turning his sights to late night with a new show called Don't Sleep! The show began broadcasting on BET this week. Holmes sits down with host Michel Martin to discuss his career and hope to bring a fresh perspective to late night talk.

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