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Tue September 30, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:23 am

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The walls are lined with robots and movie posters for Star Wars and Back to the Future. But this is no 1980s nerd den. It's the technology lab at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and the domain of its ed-tech coordinator, Don Fitz-Roy.

"So we're gonna be talking about digital citizenship today."

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Tue September 30, 2014
The Salt

European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

Mute Schimpf doesn't want to eat American chicken. That's because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.

"In Europe there is definitely a disgust about chlorinated chicken," says Schimpf, a food activist with Friends of the Earth Europe, an environmental group.

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Tue September 30, 2014
Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

King Tuff's new song, "Eyes of the Muse," is a World Cafe favorite.
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Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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Tue September 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

Daniela Chavarriaga holds her daughter Emma as Dr. Jose Rosa-Olivares administers a measles vaccination at Miami Children's Hospital.
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When essayist Eula Biss was pregnant with her son, she decided she wanted to do just a bit of research into vaccination. "I thought I would do a small amount of research to answer some questions that had come up for me," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And the questions just got bigger the more I learned and the more I read."

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Mon September 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Hands-Free, Mind-Free: What We Lose Through Automation

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:04 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel and Michael Minielly, a Mercedes-Benz representative, drive a new S550 4Matic, which allows for semi-autonomous driving.
Rob Ballenger NPR

Nicholas Carr's books are the nagging, tech-wary conscience of the digital age. In The Shallows, he warned that surfing the Internet is destroying our attention span.

Now in his new book, The Glass Cage, Carr warns us that computers are making more and more decisions for us, and we risk forgetting how to make those decisions ourselves.

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