11:09am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

The Ale That Men Brew: Iron Maiden Serves Up A Beer

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 2:12 pm

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson samples his band's latest offering, Trooper ale, made with what he calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe."
Iron Maiden Beer

Three decades after giving the world The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden is poised to release its latest work — and it's a beer. That's the latest from the Metal Injection website, whose "Bands and Booze" section makes it uniquely qualified to present such news.

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11:00am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Pew: Americans Who Identify As 'Strong' Catholics At Four-Decade Low

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 12:48 pm

A procession begins a Mass of Remembrance at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The percentage of American Catholics who identify as "strong" members of the church has declined to a 40-year low.

That's according to new analysis of the General Social Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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10:58am

Wed March 13, 2013
Author Interviews

A Young Man Gets 'Filthy Rich' Boiling, Bottling Tap Water

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 11:16 am

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In his new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid's nameless protagonist is an ambitious young man who moves from the countryside to a megalopolis in search of his fortune. The city is modeled on Lahore, Pakistan, where Hamid was born and partly raised and where — after living in the United States and England — he has now settled with his family.

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10:26am

Wed March 13, 2013
Music Reviews

The Moving Sidewalks: Where The British Invasion Met Texas Blues

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 12:22 pm

Before ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons (second from right) was in the more psychedelic Moving Sidewalks.
Rancho Deluxe Productions

There must be something in the water — or the beer — in Texas that caused the huge eruption of garage bands and psychedelic bands in the mid-1960s, because there sure were a lot of them, and their records on obscure labels have kept collectors busy for decades. Most of them were amateurs, but the Coachmen, who came together around 1964, were different.

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10:07am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Florida Lieutenant Governor Resigns, After Investigation Of Nonprofit

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 1:00 pm

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
J Pat Carter AP

Florida's lieutenant governor abruptly stepped down on Wednesday, two days after Florida law enforcement officials questioned her involvement with a non-profit under investigation.

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9:38am

Wed March 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Can Free Video Consults Make Parkinson's Care Better?

Most people can't talk with their doctors online, because of regulatory and funding issues.
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Why, you might ask, would a hoity-toity medical institution like Johns Hopkins be offering up free Web-based consults for people with Parkinson's disease?

To prove that it works.

Ray Dorsey, director for the Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Center, is on a mission to convince America that videochats with doctors are as good or better than the traditional office visit.

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9:38am

Wed March 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Fighting Sexual Assault Seen As Military Betrayal

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 11:34 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we have some dramatic stories about retirement. One, somebody who retired young, and I mean really young. And another about how even the best planned retirement can go wrong when life happens. We hope you'll find something useful in each of those conversations which is in just a few minutes.

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9:29am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Life Of A Chinese Hacker: Work Is Awful, Pay Is Lousy, Boss Doesn't Understand

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 10:07 am

This 12-story building houses a Chinese military unit allegedly behind dozens of cyberattacks on U.S. and other Western companies. It's in a modern, if bland, part of Shanghai.
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Following up last month's news about reports that tie hackings of American defense contractors' websites to operations run — or at least encouraged — by the Chinese government, the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday told the tale of a Shanghai man who used to blog about his work in a People's Liberation Army

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8:23am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Fan Accompanies Billy Joel; 'Greatest Moment Of My Life,' He Says

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 2:52 pm

Michael Pollack, right, getting a handshake and blessing from Billy Joel. Pollack asked Joel if he could come on state to accompany the pop star on "New York State of Mind." Joel said yes and the video has gone viral.
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It's taken about a month to hit the mainstream media's websites.

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6:52am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Salt

How To Find A Food Desert Near You

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:30 am

Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii.
USDA

Want to know where you can't buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.

The feds' new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it's difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.

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