Thu March 26, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Board Games That Bored Gamers

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 2:51 pm


Gaming is a way of life for Americans of all ages.

We play games on Facebook, on our phones, on phantasmagorical home systems. We play on fields and courts and dining room tables. Contemporary culture mavens speak of the gamification of education and the workplace and our day-to-day communications.

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Thu March 26, 2015
The Salt

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 11:24 am

A 16th century woodcut shows the interior of a kitchen. In medieval Europe, cooks combined contrasting flavors and spices in much the same way that Indian cooking still does today.
Paul Lacroix Wikimedia

My father usually starts off his curries by roasting a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, anise, cumin and bay leaves. Then he incorporates the onions, garlic and ginger — and then tomatoes and chilies and a touch of cream.

The North Indian cuisine I grew up eating is about melding together distinct, disparate flavors and building up layer upon layer of spice and seasoning. Much of European cuisine, by contrast, is about combining complementary flavors — think potatoes with leeks, or scallops with white wine.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 2:07 pm

Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn't pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars? You're a foot soldier who's been drafted in the war against high health costs.

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Thu March 26, 2015

Daily news roundup for Thursday, March 26, 2015

299 Fremont (front) and 399 Fremont (right) are both waiting for the installation of glass curtain-wall systems in San Francisco.
Sophia Germer / The Chronicle


Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Details Emerge About Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 1:21 pm

German policemen stand outside a house believed to belong to Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany, on Thursday. Lubitz, the co-pilot on the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday, is suspected of deliberately crashing a the jet into the French Alps.
Ralph Orlowski Reuters /Landov

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

Andreas Lubitz "wanted to see his dream of flying fulfilled," says the flying club of the co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing 150 people.

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Thu March 26, 2015
KALW Almanac

Thursday March 26, 2015

National Nougat Day
  • 85th Day of 2015 280 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 87 Days
  • Sunrise:7:02
  • Sunset:7:27
  • 12 Hours 25 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:11:53am
  • Moon Set:1:29am
  • Phase:45%
  • Full Moon April 4 @ 5:07am
  • The name Full Pink Moon came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.
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Thu March 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:19 am

Two drops of polio vaccine are administered to a child in a Nigerian health clinic.
David Gilkey NPR

A decade ago in Nigeria, rumors spread that polio vaccines were surreptitious sterilization efforts. That led to a boycott of the vaccine in 2003 and a resurgence in the poliovirus three years later.

The story points up a key point about vaccines. Confidence is critical.

A new study of more than 20,000 people in five countries looks as why people aren't confident in vaccines. The reasons vary, from a belief the vaccine isn't safe to a bad experience with a previous vaccination.

And the results can be devastating.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

UnderCover Presents a Tribute to Bob Marley's "Exodus"

UnderCover is thrilled to present a tribute to Bob Marley’s Exodus.

1 band per song, 10 Bay Area bands, over 75 artists, all curated by guest Music Director Rupa Marya.

The 1977 album is timeless, with themes that are relevant today. The night was curated with themes of diversity and community in mind.

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Thu March 26, 2015

French Prosecutor Points Toward Co-Pilot's Actions In Jet's Crash

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Thu March 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington to learn their fates when a federal judge sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.
Susan Walsh AP

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has stepped out of a federal prison in Alabama and now goes to a halfway house to complete a 2013 sentence for spending hundreds of thousands in campaign money on personal items.

WLS in Chicago reports: "The Jackson entourage, consisting of his father, Reverend Jesse Jackson; his wife, Sandi Jackson; and the former congressman's two children, arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base around 4:15 a.m. Thursday."

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