Earth Calendar
10:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Earth Calendar for May 28th and 29th

No matter where you live, chances are there's a wetland nearby that provides important environmental benefits to your community. Wetlands support diverse fish and wildlife species, filter pollutants from rainwater runoff, help recharge groundwater supplies, prevent flooding and enhance property value. Despite their benefits, the United States loses about 60,000 acres of wetlands each year. Development that occurs on or nearby wetlands can lead to loss of habitat, changes in water flow, pollution runoff, and other impacts.

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Dead Stop
5:49 am
Mon May 28, 2012

The Graveyard Of Shelved Ice Cream Flavors

Headstones in Ben and Jerry's "Flavor Graveyard" are dedicated to bygone favorites such as Oh Pear (1997), Makin' Whoopie Pie (2002-2003), and Urban Jumble (2000-2001). Click the enlargement for a detailed view.
Ben and Jerry's

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 10:19 am

The first installment in Dead Stop, Morning Edition's summer road trip series about interesting gravesites in America.

When the Ben and Jerry's ice cream company kills a flavor, it's treated with respect — including a burial in the company's "Flavor Graveyard."

"I think we've got the best, and the not-best, up here," Sean Greenwood, Ben and Jerry's Grand Poobah of Publicity, says from the cemetery in Waterbury, Vt.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:49 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Patients Crusade For Access To Their Medical Device Data

Hugo Campos' implantable cardioverter-defibrillator was a mystery to him. So he decided to ask his doctor for access to the data. He made this image with one of his own X-rays.
Hugo Campos

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:19 am

Each year, tens of thousands of Americans are implanted with tiny battery-controlled devices that regulate the beating of their hearts. Those devices transmit streams of medical data directly to doctors.

But some patients, like Hugo Campos of San Francisco, fear they're being kept out of the loop.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:49 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Patients Find Each Other Online To Jump-Start Medical Research

Katherine Leon says she spends up to 12 hours a day online interacting with others who share her rare heart condition.
Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 11:17 am

People with extremely rare diseases are often scattered across the world, and any one hospital has a hard time locating enough individuals to conduct meaningful research.

But one woman with an extremely rare heart condition managed to do what many hospitals couldn't. Katherine Leon connected with enough people online to interest the Mayo Clinic in a research trial.

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Election 2012
5:49 am
Mon May 28, 2012

For A Billionaire, $2M Gets You Superdonor Status

Bill Koch (center) celebrates his team's 1992 America's Cup win. Koch, the brother of billionaire GOP donors Charles and David, has given $2 million to the superPAC backing Mitt Romney.
Vince Bucci AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 10:25 am

In the world of high-dollar politics, the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch are famous for their lavish funding of conservative politicians and causes. But there's another Koch brother — William — who is passionate about many things, but only recently about politics.

Bill Koch is an avid yachtsman, and he set out to win the 1992 America's Cup. It would take four boats, more than 260 team members and single-minded determination.

David Rosow was the team's business manager and is a longtime friend of Koch's.

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Music
12:44 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Monday morning notebook

The poster for the documentary "Louder Than Love," the story of Detroit's Grande Ballroom.

Who knew that San Francisco’s Summer of Love in 1967 had a counterpart in Detroit of all places?

Director Tony D’Annunzio’s documentary “Louder Than Love” tells the little known story of the Grande (Gran-dee) Ballroom, which was the home base of the MC5 and other Motown rockers such as the Stooges and Alice Cooper. But it is the fascinating footage of British bands such as Cream, the Who and Pink Floyd that give the project more than a regional appeal.

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The Two-Way
6:46 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Security Council Condemns Syrian Government For Killings

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 6:45 am

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the Syrian government for the massacre of scores of people, including children, in the town of Houla, a day after images of the mass killings shocked the world.

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It's All Politics
5:46 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Polls Show Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Influencing Blacks

President Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room May 9. In an interview with ABC, he said he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 11:27 am

In this space earlier this month, I wrote about whether President Obama would face a backlash from African-Americans for his endorsement of same-sex marriage. (He hasn't.) I made mention of a random field experiment in which 285 black people in Cook County, Ill., were polled about gay marriage.

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Pop Culture
2:15 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Hey! You! The Unstoppable Rise Of Heckling

An unidentified heckler lets loose as President Obama begins a speech at the Martin Luther King memorial dedication in Washington, D.C., in October 2011.
Mannie Garcia UPI/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 7:51 pm

As summer nears, Great American Hecklers are being spotted all over the place.

You can see them — and hear their calls — at commencements, sporting events, political gatherings. Hecklers on the right and hecklers on the left.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Sun May 27, 2012

At Eurovision, A Dance Around Human Rights

Sweden's Loreen, the winner of the Eurovision 2012, performs at the Grand Final of the song contest in the Azerbaijan's capital Baku, early on Sunday.
Vyacheslav Oseledko AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 10:43 am

Under flashing lights, Swedish singer Loreen danced barefooted to first place in the 2012 Eurovision competition early Sunday morning. The contest's backdrop: Baku, Azerbaijan. While Europe fell in love with Loreen's song, "Euphoria," stories of abuse on the streets were leaking out.

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