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Fresh Food
12:16 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

'Fermentation': When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good

Yogurt is produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. "Bacteria in our gut enable us to live," says author Sandor Katz. "We could not survive without bacteria."
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Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:48 pm

The list of fermented food in our lives is staggering: bread, coffee, pickles, beer, cheese, yogurt and soy sauce are all transformed at some point during their production process by microscopic organisms that extend their usefulness and enhance their flavors.

The process of fermenting our food isn't a new one: Evidence indicates that early civilizations were making wine and beer between 7,000 and 8,000 years ago — and bread even before that.

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Music Reviews
12:16 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

The Untold Story Of Singer Bobby Charles

Singer, songwriter and swamp-pop pioneer Bobby Charles poses for a portrait in 1972.
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Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:31 pm

When he was around 13, Robert Charles Guidry began singing with a band around his hometown of Abbeville, La., deep in the Cajun swamps. The group played Cajun and country music and, after he passed through town and played a show, Fats Domino's music. It was a life-changing experience for the young man, and he found himself with a new ambition: to write a song for Fats.

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Field Recordings
12:08 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Of Monsters And Men Brings Out The Sun

Of Monsters And Men perform a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on Friday, May 25, 2012.
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Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:06 pm

Even before the gates had opened on the first day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend, we managed to get backstage of the Gorge Amphitheater to capture a live session with one of the hottest new bands to hit the festival circuit, Of Monsters and Men. No strangers to natural beauty, the Icelanders were nevertheless stunned by the picturesque backdrop of the Gorge as they performed "Mountain Sound," one of the new songs added to the American release of their debut album.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

As Wildfires Rage, 'A Helpless Feeling'

Near Laporte, Colo., earlier this week, smoke billowed from the mountains. In the foreground: A helicopter was dumping water on a hotspot.
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Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:14 am

There are now at least 19 large wildfires burning in nine Western states U.S. Forest Service officials say.

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National Security
11:54 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Once Private, US Now Publicly Criticizes Pakistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, shown speaking in India last week, said the U.S. was "reaching the limits of [its] patience" with Pakistan. He is one of several U.S. officials to deliver sharp public criticism of Pakistan recently.
Jim Watson AP

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:41 pm

How bad are U.S. relations with Pakistan?

Even as ties grew strained over the past few years, U.S. government and military officials generally used diplomatic language when talking about differences with Pakistan. But nowadays the Americans aren't even bothering to disguise their displeasure with their longtime ally.

Several recent events have shown just how blunt the Americans have become.

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Opinion
11:47 am
Wed June 13, 2012

New Republic: Little Change In Presidential Polls

An elderly supporter of President Barack Obama joins others to cheer near a house where Obama held a campaign event in Los Angeles, California on June 7. Despite recent campaign gaffes by the President many have described as self-inflicted wounds, opinion polls have remained relatively steady.
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Nate Cohn is an elections blogger for The New Republic.

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Opinion
11:45 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Weekly Standard: Morning Jay: Obama's Dilemma

President Barack Obama speaks during an election campaign event in Baltimore on June 12. The political environment Obama faces this election cycle is markedly different from 2008, with concerns over the economy compounding the negative impact of any campaign missteps.
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Jay Cost is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

Political winds are funny things. When they are blowing in from behind, leaders look poised, in control, and powerful. When they are blowing into their face, they look overwhelmed, out of their depth, and utterly impotent. We have seen this time and again over the years with presidents.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:41 am
Wed June 13, 2012

When (Alien) Gods Err

Michael Fassbender plays a replicant in Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
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Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 1:04 pm

It is fitting that I watched Prometheus, Ridley Scott's grippingly gross blockbuster movie, this past weekend after having just written about how ultra-advanced aliens would be indistinguishable from gods. In Prometheus we learn, among other things, how the fearsome human-eating alien of the classic 1979 sci-fi movie Alien came into existence.

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Election 2012
11:38 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott On Florida Showdown With Feds

Florida's controversial voter eligibility program is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters. State election officials say it's necessary to protect the integrity of elections. But the U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit, saying eligible voters could get caught up. Host Michel Martin talks to Florida Governor Rick Scott.

NPR Story
11:38 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Is Erykah Badu's New Video Art Or Obscene?

The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on the alleged intelligence leaks by the Obama administration, and the role the press plays in reporting on top secret programs. They also discuss nudity by two popstars. Host Michel Martin checks in with journalists Viviana Hurtado, Bridget Johnson and Kirsten West Savali.

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