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5:11pm

Sun November 10, 2013
World

Lighting Up The Investigative Path With Polonium-210

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 5:58 pm

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat boards a helicopter in Ramallah, the West Bank, for the start of his journey to a hospital in France on Oct. 29, 2004. He died 2 weeks later.
Scott Nelson Getty Images

With a Swiss forensics investigation pointing to polonium-210 as a possible cause of Yasser Arafat's death, the radioactive element is back in the news.

Confirming whether the Palestinian leader died from an assassination attempt will be difficult, given polonium's short half-life and the fact that Arafat has been dead nine years, science writer Deborah Blum says.

Whatever happened to Arafat, polonium does have a deadly history.

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5:11pm

Sun November 10, 2013
Around the Nation

Merchant Marines See New Obstacles In Food Aid Proposal

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:54 am

The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest port in North American, and it's where many merchant mariners bid for jobs. But a proposed change to the U.S. food aid program could mean shipping out less food to developing countries, and fewer jobs.
Nick Ut AP

When it comes to shipping in the United States, there's a bit of a paradox. Even as U.S. exports have grown, the U.S. share of shipping has declined dramatically.

The traffic in and out of U.S. ports increases every year, but most of those ships fly foreign flags. In fact, the number of U.S. flagged ships is barely one quarter of what it was in the 1950s. That means fewer and fewer jobs for the men and women who work on those ships: the United States Merchant Marine.

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3:53pm

Sun November 10, 2013
Music Interviews

In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 5:58 pm

Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, is out now.
Peter Larson Courtesy of the artist

3:53pm

Sun November 10, 2013
Author Interviews

How Cynthia Rylant Discovered The Poetry Of Storytelling

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 5:58 pm

Courtesy of Beach Lane Books

Cynthia Rylant is a renowned author who has written for all age groups and been honored with both Caldecott and Newbery prizes for her work.

Her latest book, God Got a Dog, is a collection of poems that only took her one day to write.

"One poem ... just came out of the blue, and I sat down and I wrote it. And then after I finished writing it, I got an idea for another God poem, and so I wrote that one. And so it started in the morning and then by the end of the day, I was finished writing the book," she tells All Things Considered host Arun Rath.

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3:53pm

Sun November 10, 2013
Author Interviews

A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 5:58 pm

Detail from Plate 11 of Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. On July 1st, at precisely 7:30 a.m., the attack commences.
Joe Sacco Courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company

Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.

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