2:35pm

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Zoo In China Swaps Dog For Lion, Hopes No One Notices

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Close enough? A Tibetan mastiff, like this one, was placed in the African lion exhibit at a zoo in China's central Henan province.
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Visitors to a zoo in China got a rude surprise when the lion started barking.

Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which, for what it's worth, more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine.

Apparently, officials in Louhe city zoo in central Henan province hoped no one would notice when they decided to make the switch and send the enclosure's regular resident, an African lion, away to a breeding center.

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2:26pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Live Music & More

UTC Patten Performances Series Set for Banner Year

 

   Having produced the Patten Performances series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for six years now, Bob Boyer is confident he has the series back on track. When he took over ticket sales were lackluster and the series was moribund. For the first three years he booked sure-fire acts, and slowly began re-building the audience for the heritage fine arts program.

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2:21pm

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Played Cards The Day Bin Laden Was Killed: Important?

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:06 am

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other members of his national security team as they monitored the mission that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
Pete Souza White House

Much is being made of something that former presidential "body man" Reggie Love said earlier this summer during a Q&A at UCLA. His words only came to light this week.

According to Love, on May 1, 2011, the day that Navy SEALs were closing in on Osama bin Laden:

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2:16pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Chronic Insomnia? Hitting The Treadmill Could Help ... Eventually

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:32 am

Can't sleep? Run down? Keep exercising.
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Studies on exercise and sleep come up with the same conclusion time after time: If you want to hit the hay earlier and sleep better, get a good cardio workout.

But if you're already sleep-deprived, don't expect a 30-minute run or stint on the elliptical to knock you out quicker tonight.

The sleep-boosting effects of exercise can take a few months to kick in for people who suffer insomnia, scientists report Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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1:53pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Parallels

Egypt's Bloody Crackdown Raises Specter Of Prolonged Battle

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:32 pm

An Egyptian army soldier stands Thursday amid the charred remains of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in the center of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces in Cairo on Wednesday.
Hassan Ammar AP

In the wake of the deadly crackdown by Egypt's security forces, many analysts are no longer talking about a country struggling with democracy. Rather, they see a revolution gone awry and a military that seems determined to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.

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1:50pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Music Reviews

A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

A new collection of Brahms and Mozart recordings by the Stuyvesant Quartet from 1947 conveys a kind of inward grace.
Jay Shulman Courtesy of the artist

A movie last year called A Late Quartet told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more lucrative offers.

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1:41pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Author Interviews

Of Neurons And Memories: Inside The 'Secret World Of Sleep'

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 2:13 pm

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What happens in our brains while we're asleep? That's one question neuroscientist Penelope Lewis is trying to answer. She directs the Sleep and Memory Lab at the University of Manchester in England. Her new book is The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest.

Lewis joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about how sleep affects memory, and how REM sleep can affect depression.


Interview Highlights

On how sleep makes memory stronger

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1:41pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Book Reviews

A Gossipy, Nostalgic History Of A Publishing 'Hothouse'

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:28 pm

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In the world of book publishing, ravaged though it may be, the name Farrar, Straus & Giroux still bespeaks literary quality. It's a publishing house that boasts a roll call of 25 Nobel Prize winners and heavyweights like Susan Sontag, Carlos Fuentes, Joan Didion, Philip Roth and Jonathan Franzen. A lot of writers, past and present, have turned down higher advances for their books from other publishing houses for the honor of being an FSG author.

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1:28pm

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:31 pm

Firefighters battle a wildfire earlier this month in Cabazon, Calif.
Jae C. Hong AP

With 15,000 firefighters deployed and three dozen major wildfires currently burning in five Western states, this would seem to be a wildfire season for the record books. And in one tragic aspect, it is. But by most measures, 2013 is the second-mildest fire season in the past decade ... so far.

Here's the season to date, by the numbers (provided by the National Interagency Fire Center) and with some historic statistics for comparison.

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1:05pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Parallels

A Syrian Village Surrounded By Civil War

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 7:35 am

Rebels hold the central Syrian region of Al Houleh, but the area is surrounded by government troops. Supplies have to be smuggled in, like these fruits and vegetables that are being transported across Houleh Lake.
Rasha Elass

Before Syria's civil war, Al Houleh was a small, quiet farming region to the north of Homs. But a massacre last year, blamed on government loyalists, left several dozen villagers dead.

Since then, the Al Houleh region has become rebel-held territory, and government troops are choking it. Trapped in the siege are several hundred civilians, all of them related to the rebels.

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