9:36am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

'Gay President,' Breast-Feeding Mom: Suddenly We're Talking About Magazines

TheDailyBeast.com/Newsweek

Every once in a while, many in the news business seem to rediscover something that's always been rather obvious:

Publishers will put provocative images on their magazines and newspapers — and now their websites — in order to create "buzz" and, they hope, attract readers.

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9:29am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Salt

California's Genetically Engineered Food Label May Confuse More Than Inform

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:03 pm

Protesters demonstrate against the production of genetically modified food in front of a Monsanto facility in Davis, Calif., in March. The local protest was not specifically about labeling.
Randall Benton MCT /Landov

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will very likely have the chance to make California the first state in the nation to require labeling of genetically engineered food. That's according to California Right to Know, which filed a petition to force a statewide vote.

And the group is pretty confident it will succeed. "Polls show that nine out of ten California voters agree that they want labeling," Stacy Malkan, spokeswoman for the group, tells The Salt.

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9:23am

Mon May 14, 2012
Television

Johnny Carson Gets The 'Masters' Treatment

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 10:15 am

Fifty years ago, Johnny Carson became the host of The Tonight Show.
NBC/Photofest PBS

Johnny Carson walked away from The Tonight Show, after 30 years at the top of the late-night ratings, of his own volition. And except for a few fleeting TV appearances after he retired, he never looked back — and never went back. When filmmaker Peter Jones would send an annual letter to Carson, asking for his cooperation in a TV biography of him, the answer was always no. One year, Carson went so far as to explain why: Let the work, he said, speak for itself.

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9:19am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

FAMU Band Will Remain Suspended Another Year

Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Don Juan Moore AP

The president of Florida A&M University said his school's Marching 100 band — which has been marred by a hazing scandal — will remain suspended through the 2012-2013 school year.

The Orlando Sentinel reports James Ammons informed the board of his decision during a teleconference today. The Sentinel adds:

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9:10am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:55 am

NPR

In Pennsylvania, there's an industrial revolution going on. Battalions of drilling rigs are boring into the earth to extract natural gas from an underground layer of shale called the Marcellus formation.

And as the wells multiply all along the western end of the state, people worry they may be facing another toxic legacy.

The first one came from coal mining. All over the state, you can see bright orange rivers and streams. The aquatic life was killed by acidic runoff from abandoned mines.

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8:53am

Mon May 14, 2012
Economy

Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 10:51 am

An audience member decries President Obama's economic policies as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a February campaign rally in Atlanta.
Gerald Herbert AP

As the election year began, conventional wisdom was pretty well set about the outcome of the presidential race. If the economy improved, President Obama would win. If not, he'd be a one-termer.

So what does it mean that many big economic indicators are moving sideways?

"Obama seems to be in that gray area," says Paul Pierson, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. "The numbers are neither so good nor so bad that they give you a definitive answer."

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8:50am

Mon May 14, 2012
MY MIX TAPE

"Parker's Mood" by Charlie Parker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Parker

Hans Bruener, from Mendocino County, says this song encompasses everything about Jazz for him.

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8:49am

Mon May 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Is Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy All Too Common?

Jurors in Chicago recently reached a verdict in the murder case against William Balfour, the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew. Host Michel Martin speaks with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore about the elements of race, class, and violence in Chicago's South Side that came into play in the trial.

8:49am

Mon May 14, 2012
World

In Mexico, Cartels Target Journalists

The spiraling drug violence is increasingly affecting journalists, in a country considered one of the most dangerous for reporters. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jose de Cordoba of The Wall Street Journal, and Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.

8:42am

Mon May 14, 2012
Your Health

Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:37 am

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In the United States, more than 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese.
Jessica Dimmock HBO

The numbers are staggering: One-third of Americans are obese; another third are overweight. Some 26 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An additional 79 million more are pre-diabetic. Thanks to these figures, the children of today have a good chance of becoming the first generation of Americans to die at younger ages than their parents.

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