12:00pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Particle Fever

Red River Radio Spotlight: Particle Fever at the Robinson Film Center

Aired Wednesday, April 16 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with Alexandre Kent, the Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center and Dr. Lee Sawyer, a professor of physics at Louisiana Tech University about the film “Particle Fever,” a documentary which captures the launch of the Large Hadron Collider. “Particle Fever,” will be screened at the Robinson Film Center beginning Friday with a special showing Saturday, April 19 at 5 p.m. followed by a talk with Dr. Sawyer who will field questions to help audience members understand why this unprecedented experiment matters to scientists and non-­scientists alike. If you’d like more information contact the Robinson Film Center online at or call 318-459-4122.

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11:31am

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:08 pm

Tayler Drayton, 16, earlier this month painted words of support on a bus stop for those affected by the deadly mudslide at the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.
Elaine Thompson AP

The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state has risen to 39, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.

Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.

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11:00am

Wed April 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:26 pm

A check of Medicare's new database of payments to physicians confirms that at least $6 million in 2012 went to doctors who had been indicted or otherwise sanctioned.
iStockphoto

In August 2011, federal agents swept across the Detroit area, arresting doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals accused of running a massive scheme to defraud Medicare.

The following month, several of those arrested, including psychiatrist Mark Greenbain and podiatrist Anmy Tran, were suspended from billing the state's Medicaid program for the poor.

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10:34am

Wed April 16, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Time to be embarrassed. You're about to be bested by a young chimpanzee in a memory test.

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10:09am

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Most Of The Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Reportedly Free

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 8:48 am

9:45 a.m. ET, April 17: The latest developments have changed this story. We've put up a news post with this headline: Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain.

Our post from April 16:

Most of the 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped have been freed, Nigeria's military reports. Only eight are still unaccounted for.

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10:03am

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:06 pm

An Iraqi security officer patrols the grounds at Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib in 2009.
Wathiq Khuzaie Getty Images

Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of a 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. occupation, is being closed temporarily because of security concerns, according to the country's Justice Ministry.

The infamous prison, located on the outskirts of Baghdad near Sunni-dominated Anbar province, is being shut because of fears it could be overrun by Sunni insurgents, according to The New York Times.

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9:29am

Wed April 16, 2014
Arts

Yu Museum in Shreveport moves ahead, campaign underway to fund seven exhibits

Real estate developer James Yu holds up new blueprints for the Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation in downtown Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A dramatic transformation of a 1950s former YWCA building in downtown Shreveport is moving forward. The 36,500 square-foot building, vacant since 2010, was left in rough shape. It will house the Marlene Yu Museum and be the headquarters for the Rainforest Art Foundation.

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8:32am

Wed April 16, 2014
Code Switch

Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 11:56 am

Washington Post writer Eli Saslow won a Pulitzer Prize for his series on the prevalence of food stamps in post-recession America.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. (Fair warning: These stories are very good journalism done in the service of illuminating some deeply dispiriting realities.)

Speak No Evil

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8:14am

Wed April 16, 2014
The Two-Way

43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 1:02 pm

Cheryl Miller's driver's license was among the evidence collected from the car she and Pamela Jackson were last seen in. The two South Dakota girls disappeared in 1971. Now, authorities say it appears they accidentally drove into a creek. It wasn't until last year that low waters revealed the vehicle.
South Dakota Attorney General's office AP

Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure.

Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek. "All the evidence would appear to indicate an accident," South Dakota Attorney Gen. Marty Jackley said.

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8:03am

Wed April 16, 2014
The Salt

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 11:45 am

Does this blue chicken make you queasy? Scientists say there might be an evolutionary reason for that.
Courtesy of Lawrie Brown

There's something unsettling — freakish, even — about Lawrie Brown's photos of everyday meals.

In one photo, the California-based photographer has placed a shockingly blue raw chicken atop a bed of rice and peas. In another, pink cereal puffs float in a sea of yellow milk. And Brown slathers three hefty scoops of green ice cream with purple fudge in a third, with blood-red cherries as garnish. Other photos in her "Colored Food Series" feature green corn, blue crackers and green spaghetti.

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