Arts

2:41pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Author Interviews

Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:39 pm

Most of us have never been submerged under more than a few feet underwater. But just a few meters down, the water compresses the tissues of your body so that you become more dense. At that point, "You're more likely to sink than float," says Dr. Kevin Fong.
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Dr. Kevin Fong works on "the edges" of medicine — researching how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, trauma, outer space and deep sea. "We're still exploring the human body and what medicine can do in the same way that the great explorers of the 20th century and every age before them explored the world," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

In his book Extreme Medicine, Fong describes how avant garde medicine is challenging our understanding of how our bodies work and the boundary between life and death.

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11:57am

Tue February 11, 2014
Music

Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:45 pm

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Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole's fans and followers — especially on Twitter — are scattered across the globe.

For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he shares the music that's a part of his world.

"Lately I've been listening a lot to Nigerian dance music," he says about Naeto C's 5 & 6. "Nigerian pop music is very, very big in Lagos right now."

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10:03am

Tue February 11, 2014
Monkey See

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part 3: 'Wolf Of Wall Street'

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:37 pm

8:34am

Tue February 11, 2014
The Salt

How Caffeinated Are Our Kids? Coffee Consumption Jumps

According to the pediatrics study, about three-fourths of children in the U.S. consume caffeine on a given day.
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Energy drinks tend to get a bad rap. The Food and Drug Administration has investigated reports of deaths and sicknesses linked to them. Hospitals have reported increased ER visits.

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7:03am

Tue February 11, 2014
Book Reviews

'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 11:25 am

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How entertaining is B.J. Novak? With One More Thing, the standup comic, scriptwriter and actor (best known for his work on The Office), takes his talents to the page in 64 fresh, short, offbeat and often hilarious stories, many of which involve updating classics for satirical effect — whether with a rematch between the tortoise and the hare, or by replacing detective Encyclopedia Brown from children's literature with Wikipedia Brown, who is hopelessly distracted by tangential subjects.

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7:03am

Tue February 11, 2014
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'Young Money' By Kevin Roose

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 2:21 pm

Most people who follow the headlines are aware of the lifestyles of Wall Street's titans — and the vast bonuses that fund those lives of luxury. Kevin Roose's new Young Money looks at the bottom of that ladder: the college kids who arrived on Wall Street after the economic crash of 2008, prepared to put their noses to the grindstone in the hopes of making it big — or just making a decent living.

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7:03am

Tue February 11, 2014
New In Paperback

Feb. 9-15: Balenciaga, Bullies And 'The Biological Roots Of Crime'

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 11:55 am

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5:51pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Author Interviews

Sounds Intriguing: The World's Most Interesting Noises

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:55 pm

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Trevor Cox has heard it all. He's a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford in England, and he delights in discovering unusual noises. He's also author of The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World, which describes some of what he's found.

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5:51pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Book Reviews

'Dancing Fish,' 'Ammonites' And A Literary Life Well-Lived

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:55 pm

Published as Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir in the U.S., Penelope Lively's new book carries the alternative subtitle "A Life in Time" in its British incarnation. This seemed more apt to me, for this is less a memoir in the conventional sense and more a collection of thoughts, a scattering of advice and a reading list to treasure.

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5:16pm

Mon February 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Stuart Hall, 'Godfather Of Multiculturalism,' Dies

Sociologist and public intellectual Stuart Hall, who helped shape conversations about race and gender in Britain and around the world, has died at 82. For decades, the Jamaican-born Hall was also a fixture in leftist politics.

Hall, who died in England on Monday, was diabetic and had been ill for some time.

NPR's Neda Ulaby filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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