1:37pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 5:34 pm

Edith Windsor in her New York City apartment in December 2012. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears her challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Richard Drew AP

The tiny dynamo asking the U.S. Supreme Court to turn the world upside down looks nothing like a fearless pioneer. At age 83, Edith Windsor dresses in classic, tailored clothes, usually with a long string of pearls, and she sports a well-coiffed, shoulder-length flip. She looks, for all the world, like a proper New York City lady.

Proper she may be, and a lady, but Windsor, who likes to be called Edie, is making history, challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The law bans federal recognition and benefits for legally married same-sex couples.

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1:24pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Florida Pitches New Facilities To Clinch Spring Training

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 3:00 pm

Baseball fans watch an exhibition spring training game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Spring training contributes $35 million to the local economy.
Julio Cortez AP

For baseball fans, spring training is a time for renewed hopes and a reminder that winter is almost over. But for the major league teams and Arizona and Florida communities, spring training is big business. In Florida, 1.5 million fans attend spring training games with an estimated $750 million annual economic impact, and the state is working to keep the teams from fleeing.

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1:12pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Bobby McFerrin

Music by Bobby McFerrin

The distinctive sounds we’re featuring on today’s show are by Bobby McFerrin. He wasn’t born here, and he doesn’t live here, but Bobby McFerrin got his start here: his first public performance was at the Noe Valley Ministry, many years ago. McFerrin has a warning on his website: listening to his music may produce unparalleled joy and a rejection of the predictable. He’s in town a week from Saturday, March 30th, with the San Francisco Symphony for a special show at Davies Symphony Hall, starting at 8pm.

1:01pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Tuberculosis Cases In The U.S. Keep Sliding

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 9:02 am

About a third of the world's population is thought to be infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but only a small fraction of people get the disease.
NIAID_Flickr

The U.S. is slowly but steadily closing in on tuberculosis.

For the first time since the government started tracking the disease in the 1950s, the number of annual TB cases has dropped below 10,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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12:20pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

NOAA Predicts Warmer Than Normal Spring For Most Of U.S.

A map showing above-normal temperatures in an orange hue. Below-normal temperatures are shown in blue.
NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer-than-normal spring for most of the United States.

It reports:

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11:53am

Thu March 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Little Kids Know How To Share, But Don't Want To

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 12:30 pm

Yours and mine.
iStockphoto.com

Small children aren't great at sharing, as any parent or preschool teacher knows. But little kids get cut a lot of slack on the presumption that they don't know any better.

Well, the jig is up. Researchers have found that 3-year-olds know darned well that sharing is the right thing to do. But when given the chance to share stickers with another child, they hoarded instead.

That flipped around by age 8, the children shared stickers, giving half to another child.

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11:12am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

John Lennon's Bloodied Glasses Used In Plea On Gun Violence

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 7:36 pm

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono, the widow of slain Beatle John Lennon, has weighed in on the issue of gun control by tweeting a photo of the blood-spattered eyeglasses worn by the legendary musician when he was fatally shot by a deranged fan more than three decades ago.

Her tweet, on the 44th anniversary of the couple's marriage:

"Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980."

In a series of follow-up tweets:

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11:10am

Thu March 21, 2013
Environment

'Temperature Rising': Will Climate Change Bring More Extreme Weather?

The Star Jet roller coaster sits in the water on Feb. 19 after the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J., collapsed from the forces of Superstorm Sandy.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

According to the historical record dating back to 1895, 2012 was the hottest year this country has ever seen. But it's not just that the temperature has risen — from deadly tornadoes to the widespread coastal damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy, we seem to be living through a period of intensified and heightened weather extremes.

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10:54am

Thu March 21, 2013
Television

You Can't Trust HBO's 'Phil Spector,' But You Can Enjoy It

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:37 am

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino star in the new HBO film Phil Spector, which was written and directed by David Mamet.
Phil Caruso HBO Films

The HBO movie Phil Spector is a production that demands attention because of the heavyweight names attached. First, of course, there's the subject of the drama: Spector himself, the man who invented the "wall of sound," and recorded hits for everyone from the Crystals, Darlene Love and Ike & Tina Turner to the Beatles and the Righteous Brothers. Oh, and who also went on trial, in 2007, for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

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10:38am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Salt

Dunking Science: Do Cookies Really Taste Better Dipped In Tea?

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 10:51 am

Just a little plunge into hot tea makes a chocolate-covered biscuit release its flavor more quickly in your mouth.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Brits and Americans may have split less than amicably a couple of centuries ago, but we can still find cultural common ground when it comes to life's pleasures: The Beatles, Downton Abbey and dunking cookies.

Of course, the Brits call them "biscuits" and dip primarily in tea, while we are more promiscuous and are willing to plunge our treats into coffee, hot chocolate or even milk.

But does immersing a cookie into a warm beverage really make it taste better? And if so, why?

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