1:30pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Salt

In Order To Live With People, Canines Evolved To Love Carbs

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:42 am

Got spaghetti? Dogs digest starch more efficiently than their wolf ancestors, which may have been an important step during dog domestication.
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These days, a trip down the dog food aisle of your local pet store or supermarket can be a little overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands out there, catering to – let's be honest – every dog owner's taste: everything from generic kibble to organic nuggets.

There are even dog food cookbooks and specialty gourmet shops for people who want their pets to eat as well – or better – than they do.

How did we get here? The first step happened thousands of years ago, when meat-eating wolves evolved to tolerate people – and their more starchy, plant-based diet.

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12:59pm

Thu January 24, 2013
On The (Local) Media

Mr. Carroll Goes To Washington

Chris Carroll is getting ready for a big move.  Right now, he lives in Chattanooga and covers federal politics for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  He'll move to D.C. in early February and be the newspaper's first reporter stationed there in several years.  In this interview, Carroll tells us about the job of political reporting and how he interned at The Daily Show.

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12:32pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Author Interviews

'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 6:50 am

The Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 28, 2011.
AK2 iStockphoto.com

In the introduction to his new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright writes, "Scientology plays an outsize role in the cast of new religions that have arisen in the 20th century and survived into the 21st."

The book is a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. A recent ad for Scientology claims to welcome 4.4 million new converts each year.

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12:31pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Anonymous Hackers In Britain Sent To Jail For Paypal, Mastercard Attacks

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 3:42 pm

The "Anonymous" logo is seen on a tablet screen.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Two hackers associated with the group Anonymous will serve time in jail. A British judge handed down the sentence after the two were convicted of perpetrating attacks against the Paypal and Mastercard websites.

The BBC reports Christopher Weatherhead, 22, and Ashley Rhodes, 28, will serve 18 months and seven months respectively. The BBC adds:

"Co-defendant Peter Gibson was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, while another defendant, Jake Birchall, 18, will be sentenced later."

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12:25pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Can I Just Tell You?

Te'o Drama Is Telling In More Ways Than One

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:28 pm

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
David J. Phillip AP

Finally, I have a word about Manti Te'o, the star Notre Dame linebacker, Heisman trophy runner up, who says he was the victim of an ugly hoax where someone — probably a male friend of his — created an online identity of a young women, with whom Te'o says he fell in love, although he never met her.

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12:16pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Democrats Unveil Bill To Ban Assault-Style Weapons

Semi-automatic assault-style rifles on display at a gun show in Chantilly, Va., in 2009.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

As they said they would following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.

The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has summed up the legislation's key points this way:

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12:11pm

Thu January 24, 2013
It's All Politics

5 Things To Know About The Congressional Budget Fight

Sen. Dean Heller (left), R-Nev., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speak Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol about legislation to delay a potential clash over the debt ceiling until May — and to freeze the paychecks of lawmakers if they don't pass a budget resolution.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

As if the federal budget process isn't confusing enough, now we get the fog of partisan war created by the charges and countercharges flying between congressional Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans accuse the Democrats who control the Senate of shirking their duty by not producing "a budget" in recent years; Democrats accuse Republicans of not telling the whole truth.

What's going on? Here are five points to consider.

1) The Budget Control Act

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11:53am

Thu January 24, 2013
Politics

Does The First Lady Have Political 'Gravitas?'

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now I want to turn to another conversation about the role women are or should be playing in our national life - or in this case, one woman in particular: The first lady, Michelle Obama. Just as commentators are now talking about the president's second term agenda, we wonder what projects the first lady will take on in these next four years.

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11:53am

Thu January 24, 2013
Middle East

Politics And Kim Kardashian's Business In Bahrain

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

President Obama is just beginning his second term in office and we've been looking at some of the unresolved issues and unfinished business from his first four years. This week, we're turning our attention to foreign policy. Yesterday, we talked about the conflict in Syria. Today, we want to focus on another country where the Arab Spring uprising was not successful. It's a small island that often does not get a lot of attention, but plays an important geopolitical role in the Middle East. We're talking about Bahrain.

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11:53am

Thu January 24, 2013
Politics

Women In Combat: Why Now?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, first lady Michelle Obama has taken on issues like childhood obesity and support for military families in the first term, but some feminists argue she should be doing more. We'll look at the politics of being first lady in just a few minutes.

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