Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

CDC Director Thomas Frieden Plays 'Not My Job'

Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 10:49 am

Anyone who watches movies knows that when a mysterious disease breaks out ... or when zombies show up ... or when a meteorite causes people to mutate into giant glowing worms, the place you go for answers is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We've invited CDC Director Thomas Frieden to play a game called "Try to stop these viruses!" Companies are constantly trying to make their campaigns "go viral," infecting brains all over the world. Frieden will answer three questions about viral marketing ideas gone awry.

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Author Interviews
4:49 am
Sat September 22, 2012

The Haunted Life Of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini


Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 9:35 am

Ray Mancini carried hopes and ghosts into the boxing ring. He was the son of a great contender, Lenny Mancini, who was wounded in World War II before he ever got a chance at a championship. Mancini inherited his father's ring nickname — "Boom Boom" — and his championship dreams. In 1980, Mancini succeeded in winning the lightweight championship of the world, earning him widespread adoration.

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Author Interviews
4:33 am
Sat September 22, 2012

'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Turns 50 (In Human Years)


Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 9:35 am

A big dog celebrates a big birthday this year: Clifford the beloved "Big Red Dog" first appeared on the literary scene 50 years ago, along with Emily Elizabeth, the little girl who loves him.

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The Picture Show
4:03 am
Sat September 22, 2012

A Photographer's Ode To Unsung Artists

Family in room, Carrefour, Haiti, 1986
Courtesy of Gary Monroe

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 12:39 pm

This blog has a habit of featuring photographers whose names you've never heard — whose names we hadn't even heard, to be honest, except by chance encounters.

But the world is mostly populated with unsung people. And in that sense, photographer Gary Monroe's life mirrors the lives of the people he photographs.

Some quick context:

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
2:47 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of Sept. 20, 2012

Bob Woodward's The Price of Politics, about the battles between Obama and Congress, debuts at No. 1.