1:16pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Book Reviews

'Burgess Boys' Family Saga Explores The Authenticity Of Imperfection

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In 1846, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a famous essay called "The Philosophy of Composition," in which he sounds like an interior decorator. I say that because in the essay, Poe insists that all good writing must strive for what he calls "unity of effect." For Poe, it was important that everything in his short stories — characters, setting, narration — add up to one big "color-me-terrified" impact.

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1:09pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Author Interviews

A Father Tells The Story Of His Son's Struggle To Stay 'Clean'

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Why do we imprison people who are addicted to illegal drugs instead of treating them for their addiction? That question is at the heart of David Sheff's new book Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy. It reports the latest medical and scientific research about addiction and recovery, which, Sheff says, shows that drug addicts are gravely ill, afflicted with a chronic, progressive and often terminal disease.

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1:04pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Television

This Spring, Rejoice At Rebirth Of 'Mad Men'

We won't give away any of the details about his personal life, but we can say that the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men shows Don Draper (Jon Hamm, right, with John Slattery's Roger Sterling) as his silver tongue fails him.
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For decades, when broadcast television called the shots and dominated the TV landscape, the biggest event of the year was "the fall season," when networks would unveil their new shows and return with fresh episodes of old favorites. But now, because of cable and satellite TV, the fall season isn't the only game in town.

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12:53pm

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

'Best Jobs In North Korea' Pay $62 A Month; Now They're Diplomatic Pawns

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 2:03 pm

An undated file photo showing a general view of the North-South industrial complex in the North Korean city of Kaesong.
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  • From 'All Things Considered': North Korea expert Aidan Foster-Carter

At an industrial park where they build appliances and other products for companies from South Korea, 55,000 North Koreans typically earn about $62 each a month, a North Korea expert tells NPR.

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12:30pm

Wed April 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Gun Control Prospects Recede As Politics Swamp Momentum

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 2:37 pm

Assault weapons and handguns for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill., on Jan. 16. Congress has yet to vote on legislative efforts to enact new gun control laws, nearly four months after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.
Seth Perlman AP

President Obama's campaign for new federal gun control laws takes him to Colorado on Wednesday, and next week back to Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre renewed the nation's fraught conversation about guns.

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12:26pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Administration Hits Pause On Health Exchanges For Small Businesses

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:58 pm

Shops and other small firms may be open, but health insurance exchanges will take a little longer before they're ready to offer a full range of health plans for small business customers.
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The Obama administration is delaying the start of a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Workers in small businesses will have to wait an additional year to be able to choose from more than one plan in the marketplaces that start next January.

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11:21am

Wed April 3, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Daring, Dangerous DIY: Pants With Benefits?

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:34 pm

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They are pants. Or maybe we should call them Pants with Benefits. Some of you — especially parents of young teens — will find them totally inappropriate. The folks at Instructables.com find them totally silly, which is why they invented them.

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9:22am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

All Clear In Berlin After 220-Pound WWII-Era Bomb Is Defused

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 12:52 pm

Safe and secure: The bomb after it was defused Wednesday in Berlin.
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From Berlin, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells us that:

An unexploded bomb from World War II was successfully defused Wednesday. Its discovery Tuesday night near the city's main railway station forced trains to divert and snarled traffic in the German capital.

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8:49am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Job Growth Slowed In March, Survey Signals

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan on March 6.
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There were 158,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls in March than in February, the latest ADP National Employment Report estimates.

The gain was less than economists expected, Reuters reports. They thought ADP would say there had been a 200,000-jobs increase.

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8:32am

Wed April 3, 2013

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