9:42am

Wed February 8, 2012
Author Interviews

Finding 'Life, Death, And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 11:01 am

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo spent more than three years in Mumbai's Annawadi slum to do research for her new book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Residents of the slum — which is located next to the Mumbai airport and in the shadow of several luxury hotels — live in devastating poverty.

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9:31am

Wed February 8, 2012
Television

Two Rowdy Talk Shows Showcase Vintage Humor

Writers for Sid Caesar include Mel Brooks (front, lower right corner) and Neil Simon (back row, upper left corner.)
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The two DVDs I want to talk about today are hilarious, but they aren't sitcoms. They're talk shows — well, one's a talk show, and one's a filmed seminar. But they're both fascinating examples of a specific pop-culture moment frozen in time.

And they're something else as well: Both are highly entertaining real-time examples of talk-show Darwinism. Both shows feature a large, unwieldy guest roster, all of the guests competing for attention at the same time — and by the time the programs are over, the winners are apparent.

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9:23am

Wed February 8, 2012
The Salt

Recall Reveals An Egg's Long Path To The Deli Sandwich

How long has that egg been waiting to get to your salad?
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What did a Cobb salad and a chicken salad have in common that have made them the latest entries in a big ongoing food safety recall?

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8:53am

Wed February 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Teen Pregnancies Hit New Low, But Disparities Remain

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 10:57 am

The rate of pregnancy among teens has dropped.
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Teen pregnancies are at their lowest rate in nearly 40 years, according to the latest data from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization focused on sexual and reproductive health.

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8:35am

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Russians Claim To Have Punched Through To Antarctic 'Subglacial Lake'

In Antarctica, Russian scientists posed at the site where they say they've drilled through to Lake Vostok. The sign indicates that the breakthrough happened on Feb. 5, 2012.
Russia's Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring

One week after pausing with about 40 feet to go, Russian scientists today announced that they have successfully drilled through two miles of ice to reach Lake Vostok — a body of water the size of New Jersey that hasn't been touched for millions of years.

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7:45am

Wed February 8, 2012

7:15am

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Egyptian Judge Says Foreign Groups Have Been Working There Illegally

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the U.S. National Democratic Institute, an NGO rights group in downtown Cairo on December 29, 2011.
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Foreigners who have been working for international organizations in Egypt are in the country illegally and have been engaging in "political activity," a judge in Cairo just told reporters.

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6:49am

Wed February 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Did Santorum Win Big or Win Squat? What's a Nation to Believe?

Republican presidential hopeful and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters, flanked by his daughter, Elizabeth (left), and wife, Karen.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Pity the poor news junkie, waiting bleary-eyed at the witching hour, wondering how to feel about the latest events in the Republican nominating contest.

One news source — let's say it's a cable news operation — says the latest round of GOP presidential preference contests is a huge boost to the flagging fortunes of Rick Santorum, the winner of the night's trifecta. The cable outlets all air tape of Santorum's triumphant victory speech again and again. He surely looks like a winner.

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6:35am

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Santorum's Wins: Huge? Meaningless? In Between?

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 6:47 am

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum celebrated his victories at a rally in St. Charles, Mo.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Last night "belonged to Rick Santorum, who went three-for-three in Tuesday's Republican contests," as Eyder wrote on It's All Politics very early this morning.

The former Pennsylvania senator took first place in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

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6:00am

Wed February 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Maine Film Festival Shows Off Mustaches

Trophy categories include Best 'Stache Growth Story and Best 'Stache Shaving Story. It is an international film festival and founder Nick Callanan says submissions are coming in from three continents.

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