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The Salt
1:38 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

When The Microbes Are Happy, The Brewer Is Happy

Yeast affects several aspects of beer including the foam, or head, that forms on the of the glass. If fermentation is too vigorous, too many of the foam-stabilizing proteins may be lost.
Cate Gillon Getty Images

Yeast can be pretty demanding little buggers, despite being unicellular microscopic organisms. Brewers know they must appease them to get the beer they want.

"It's yeast-strain dependent, it's environment, it's temperature, oxygen levels," says Matt Brophy, brewmaster of Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Md. "There's a lot of variables that you need to have a high level of control over."

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Feeling #CoopedUp Or Having #FunInTheSnow? Share Your Blizzard Stories

Battling the wind in Boston on Friday, as the storm moved in.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

The snow is going to pile up in parts of the Northeast and New England this weekend.

Which means millions of people are going to be:

-- Cooped up with their loved ones for a day or two.

-- And/or having fun in the snow.

Here's what we'd like:

Tell us how things go in your home or what amazing things you see or do during what's expected to be quite a storm.

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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Would A Storm By Any Other Name Be So Scary?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:32 pm

Can you really be afraid of a storm with the same name as a cartoon fish with a bum fin?

Variations of that joke are all over social media, even as the storm called Nemo is dumping rain and snow throughout the Northeastern U.S. Albert Brooks, the voice of one clownfish in the movie Finding Nemo, quipped on Twitter: "They have named this new Nor'easter Nemo. I am not looking for it."

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Law
12:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court as the term began in October.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 5:09 pm

The Obama administration faces tricky political and legal questions on the subject of gay marriage. By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file not just one but two briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

But it is the Proposition 8 case from California that poses the thornier questions for the administration — questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make in the Supreme Court.

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Shots - Health News
12:06 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Feds Reject Mississippi's Plan For Insurance Exchange

The heath exchange Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had in mind got turned down by the federal government.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:51 pm

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who has been the driving force behind the creation of a state-based exchange, got his answer from the feds: Sure can't.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected the plan Thursday, making Mississippi the only state to have its exchange blueprint nixed by the federal government.

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All Tech Considered
11:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Twitter's Vine App Raises Questions About Social Media Age Restrictions

Vine now has a 17+ rating in the Apple App Store, but is it enforceable?
NPR

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:01 pm

Vine, Twitter's new microvideo-sharing app for the iPhone, this week added a 17+ rating, saying that the app "contains age-restricted material." The change came after some users uploaded pornographic clips onto the app, which features 6-second (or

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Squatter Relying On Archaic Law Is Kicked Out Of Florida Mansion

The mansion Andre Barbosa was squatting in.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:30 pm

The unlikely tale of "Loki Boy" came to a quick, uneventful resolution on Thursday.

Without incident, Boca Raton Police have evicted Andre "Loki Boy" Barbosa from the $2.5 million mansion he had been squatting in citing Florida law.

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It's All Politics
11:21 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike.
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:00 pm

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.

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Planet Money
11:13 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The Real Story Of How Macklemore Got 'Thrift Shop' To No. 1

Twitter

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 5:09 pm

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Movie Interviews
11:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Tyler Perry stars in the action thriller Alex Cross, which is now out on DVD.
Sidney Baldwin 2012 Summit Entertainment LLC

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 15, 2012.

Whenever Tyler Perry is in front of the camera, he's usually behind it as well. A screenwriter, director, producer and star, Perry grew up poor in New Orleans, but he has become a movie phenomenon — he was described in the New Yorker as the most financially successful black man the American film industry has ever known.

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NPR Story
10:57 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Tracking Privacy and Ownership In An Online World

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:03 am

Transcript

JOE PALCA, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Joe Palca. Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? These days if you're not careful, your phone knows where you are, and there's a good chance somebody else does, too. Or you've noticed that the ads on sites you visit are starting to look a little too personalized, like how did they know I was planning a vacation to New Orleans.

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NPR Story
10:57 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Researchers Point To The Demise of the Dinosaurs

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 11:35 am

Transcript

JOE PALCA, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Joe Palca.

You know the theory that a big collision, a comet or an asteroid, something like that, helped kill off the dinosaurs? The idea has been around for a while. But this week, new research published in journal Science provides more accurate dates for the giant impact and the dino demise.

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NPR Story
10:57 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:55 pm

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JOE PALCA, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Joe Palca, sitting in for Ira Flatow. If you add it up, we spend a lot of time sleeping, about a third of our lives, actually, and it turns out our bodies don't just power down as we slumber. Research is showing that sleep plays an important role in how our brains process and store the information that we learn throughout the day.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

U.S. Postal Service Reports $1.3 Billion Loss In First Quarter

A U.S. Postal service employee loads his van as he prepares to leave the loading dock to deliver mail from the Los Feliz Post Office in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The United States Postal Service said it lost $1.3 billion in first quarter of its fiscal year. While that's still a huge number, it's a big drop from the $3.1 billion loss the service posted during the same time period last year.

Still, CNN Money reports, the service is still in trouble. It reports:

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World
10:28 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Chaos Follows Funeral For Slain Leader In Tunisia

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We want to go live now to the nation of Tunisia, where tens of thousands of people turned out today for the funeral of an assassinated opposition leader. Political tensions turned violent as young men clashed with police. The scene was a reminder of the precariousness of the situation in Tunisia - two years after the Arab Spring revolution began there. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley was at the funeral and joins me on the line. And Eleanor, what was the scene at this funeral? What did you see?

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Clashes In Tunis At Funeral Of Opposition Leader

A protester, and riot police in the background, during the clashes Friday in Tunis.
Louafi Larbi Reuters /Landov
  • Eleanor Beardsley reporting from Tunis

"Police and mourners clashed at the mass funeral on Friday of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose assassination has plunged Tunisia deeper into political crisis," Reuters writes.

According to the wire service, "braving chilly rain, at least 50,000 people turned out to honor Belaid in his home district of Jebel al-Jaloud in the capital, chanting anti-Islamist and anti-government slogans."

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Barbershop
10:03 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Should Christie Lighten Up Over Doctor's Concern?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn't laughing about his weight anymore. After poking fun at himself earlier this week, he ended up telling a former White House doctor to "shut up," when she commented on his size. Did he overreact? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Faith Matters
10:03 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Richard Land Not Quitting Fight For Nation's Soul

As a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land has spent nearly 25 years on the front lines of America's so-called 'culture war'. Now, as social conservatives worry that they're losing key policy battles, Land tells host Michel Martin that he may be stepping down from his post, but not from the fight.

Movie Reviews
9:53 am
Fri February 8, 2013

'Caesar' Comes Alive In An Italian Prison

Brutus (Salvatore Striano) fixes a wild stare at the witnesses and conspirators after Julius Caesar's murder, in a scene from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die.
Adopt Films

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 11:09 am

In the early '80s, Italy's Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, made one of the true modern masterpieces, The Night of the Shooting Stars. Set in the last days of World War II, when Germans laid mines all over Tuscan villages and Fascists loyal to Mussolini killed their own countrymen, it was a very cruel film.

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Africa
9:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

West Africans Clash To Crown Nations' Champions

As the Africa Cup of Nations reaches fever pitch, allegations of unfair officiating are drowning out the trumpet-like vuvuzelas blasting in South Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks with Nigerian soccer journalist Osasu Obayiuwana for a look ahead to the final between Nigeria's Super Eagles and Burkina Faso's Stallions.

Around the Nation
9:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The Difficulties of Proving Housing Discrimination

Civil rights advocates have long relied on a principle called, "disparate impact," to prove minorities are discriminated in housing. Now, the Supreme Court is poised to review whether it's a legitimate tool in such cases. Host Michel Martin speaks with investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who has written about the issue for ProPublica.

The Two-Way
8:48 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Astronaut And Rocker Pen First Earth-Space Duet

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar, a Larrivee Parlor, on the International Space Station in December.
NASA

Talk about the ultimate space jam.

The song is called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," and it's billed as the first space-Earth musical collaboration. The project is a very long-distance project from Canadians Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Chris Hadfield, who currently commands the International Space Station.

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Shots - Health News
8:25 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Stressed Out Americans Want Help, But Many Don't Get It

Life as a millennial may not be as mellow as it looks.
iStockphoto.com

Nobody doubts that stress can contribute to health problems, from depression to anxiety to heart attacks.

But you could be forgiven for thinking that folks who take care of other people for a living don't seem to have fully absorbed the message.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Is Nemo A No-Go Name For You?

Watch out: Nemo's coming.
Eric Charbonneau PR Newswire

The blizzard that's barreling toward the Northeast and New England has been dubbed Nemo by the folks at The Weather Channel, who as we've reported before are taking it upon themselves to name winter storms.

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Around the Nation
8:18 am
Fri February 8, 2013

In St. Louis, Trivia Is No Trivial Pursuit

Not everyone dresses up for trivia night, but since her table at St. Rita was named for the Minnesota Vikings, Laura Mueller couldn't resist.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:10 pm

There was barely room to walk from one end of the social hall to the other last Saturday night at St. Rita Catholic Church in Vinita Park, Mo.

The occasion wasn't a wedding, a christening or even a bingo game. It was trivia.

You can participate in trivia contests on slow nights in bars in practically any city across the country. But in the St. Louis area, trivia has evolved into a major source of revenue for nonprofit organizations.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Bush Family's Emails Hacked; Probe Under Way

Former presidents George H.W. Bush (left) and George W. Bush at a 2010 World Series game in Arlington, Texas.
Matt Slocum/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:35 am

A Smoking Gun report about the hacking of several email accounts belonging to members of presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush's family and some family friends has prompted a criminal investigation.

The Houston Chronicle says that Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed an investigation is under way, but declined further comment.

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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Fri February 8, 2013

50 Million People In Path Of Potentially Historic Blizzard

Trying to stay warm, a woman in New York City hung on to her hood Friday.
Justin Lane EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:40 pm

(We'll be updating this post; most recently at 6:30 p.m. ET.)

Add up the populations in areas that the National Weather Service is warning will get at least 1 to 2 feet of snow starting Friday afternoon and you quickly see just how serious the situation will be.

About 50 million people are in the potentially historic storm's path.

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The Two-Way
5:57 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Book News: Should Ayn Rand Be Required Reading?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:37 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Around the Nation
5:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Court's Swearing Decision Goes In Favor Of N.Y. Man

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 10:28 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with a story of the power of words. Trevis D. Baker swore at a cop in Rochester. Police arrested him, but New York State's highest court threw out the charges. He has a First Amendment right to swear, so long as it's not a challenge to fight. Because the arrest was invalid, the court disallowed a search police conducted afterward.

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