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The Salt
3:38 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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Song Travels
3:28 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Ryan Bingham On 'Song Travels'

Ryan Bingham.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has made the unlikely journey from rodeo circuit rider to Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner for the soundtrack to Crazy Heart, a 2009 Jeff Bridges film featuring Bingham's original song "The Weary Kind."

In 2012, Bingham released his fourth studio album, Tomorrowland, on his own label. On this edition of Song Travels, Bingham performs selections from the new album, including "As I Do My Dancing" and "Too Deep to Fill."

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World Cafe
3:24 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Yo La Tengo On World Cafe

Yo La Tengo.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 3:23 pm

After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-avoidance, the indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo returns with Fade, its first studio album in almost four years. The record, the band's 13th full-length release, features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showcasing Yo La Tengo's stately side.

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Law
3:17 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 7:09 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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The Two-Way
3:15 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

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:26 pm

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
3:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Would A Storm By Any Other Name Be So Scary?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:32 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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Shots - Health News
2:17 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 4:51 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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It's All Politics
1:50 pm
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 2:00 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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All Tech Considered
1:46 pm
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 3:01 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
1:45 pm
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 2:30 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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