All Things Considered http://wdiy.org en Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://wdiy.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Richard Harris 43618 at http://wdiy.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://wdiy.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 43619 at http://wdiy.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://wdiy.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 43620 at http://wdiy.org Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass http://wdiy.org/post/remembering-jazz-legend-charlie-haden-who-crafted-his-voice-bass <em>Jazz legend Charlie Haden has died. Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, Haden helped shape the sound of jazz and still spanned country and gospel. For more on Haden's life and music, you can hear Melissa Block speak with </em>Slate<em> columnist and jazz critic Fred Kaplan at the audio link on this page.</em><p><hr /><p>Bassist and composer Charlie Haden, whose resonant playing and penetrating melodic craft influenced generations of jazz musicians, died this morning in Los Angeles, after a prolonged illness. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 43614 at http://wdiy.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://wdiy.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 43616 at http://wdiy.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands http://wdiy.org/post/fate-new-nc-voter-id-law-now-rests-judges-hands North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WUNC-FM. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 43609 at http://wdiy.org The Musician's Secret Slang: A 'Crow,' An Oboe And A Cleveland Call-Out http://wdiy.org/post/musicians-secret-slang-crow-oboe-and-cleveland-call-out Every profession has a jargon all its own, and musicians are no different. Oboist Alli Gessner and blues musician Brian Brickley offer a few terms distinctive to the music world: "crowing" and "good night, Cleveland," among others. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Musician%27s+Secret+Slang%3A+A+%27Crow%2C%27+An+Oboe+And+A+Cleveland+Call-Out&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxMzc2NzY1MDEyOTc4NzE3NThmMjc5MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 43608 at http://wdiy.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration http://wdiy.org/post/after-decades-storage-damaged-rothko-murals-get-high-tech-restoration Paintings by postwar abstract artist Mark Rothko are highly coveted — in May one of his works sold at auction in London for $50 million. But oddly enough, Harvard University has had a handful of Rothkos — faded by sunlight and splattered with food and drink — in storage. Now, new technology has led to a potentially controversial restoration.<p>Retired Harvard curator and conservator Marjorie Cohn was an apprentice at the Harvard Art Museums around the time Rothko was commissioned to create wall-sized paintings for a new space at the university's Holyoke Center. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Andrea Shea 43599 at http://wdiy.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain http://wdiy.org/post/after-brazils-world-cup-defeat-poem-numb-pain Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174665">Casey at the Bat</a>." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.<p><blockquote><p>The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;<br />He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 editor 43600 at http://wdiy.org The Music — And Mess — In Ben Watt's Long Goodbye To His Father http://wdiy.org/post/music-and-mess-ben-watts-long-goodbye-his-father Ben Watt is a singer and DJ, best known for being in the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Now, he's back with a new album and a book that gives an inside look at his complicated relationship with his parents. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 43601 at http://wdiy.org