7:00am

Thu September 30, 2010
You Must Read This

'If I Stay': Trapped Between Life And Death

Originally published on Fri July 15, 2011 12:32 am

I cheat on books regularly. Were I to write my confessions, I would have to admit to buying books for purely aesthetic reasons. Some I bought for their covers, some for the feel of the paper, and some I had a genuine interest in -- until a newer, glossier novel caught my eye. My first encounter with Gayle Forman's If I Stay began like most of my romances -- for purely physical reasons. But something told me this book was "the one." And sometimes you just can't let a special book go.

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7:17am

Fri September 17, 2010
Shots - Health Blog

Calif. Whooping Cough Cases Near 55-Year High

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:10 pm

The sad story of the whooping cough epidemic that's hit California this year keeps getting sadder.

The state health department now says there have been nine death — all babies.
All the infants were 2 months old or younger when they got sick. Eight were Hispanic.

Overall, more than 4,000 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported this year. That's the most since nearly 5,000 cases were reported in 1955, and the year is far from over.

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7:00am

Mon August 9, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

Mavis Staples: Tiny Desk Concert

Wayne Huang/NPR
  • Audio Only: Mavis Staples' Tiny Desk Concert

Mavis Staples is a legend, but she's not stuck in the past. You probably know her work with her family band, The Staple Singers, which was all over the radio in the '70s with hits like "Respect Yourself," "Let's Do It Again" and "I'll Take You There" (which she excerpts in her performance here).

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10:00am

Mon June 28, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

Gogol Bordello: Tiny Desk Concert

May-Ying Lam/NPR
  • Audio Only: Gogol Bordello's Tiny Desk Concert

If you watch this video and don't get to the part where Eugene Hutz is dancing on the desks, then you've missed the most rollicking and insane Tiny Desk Concert of all time.

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6:57am

Thu June 24, 2010
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:11 pm

Widespread vaccination has gone a long way toward curbing whooping cough, a highly contagious infection that can be especially dangerous for babies too young to be immunized.

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