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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Your Health

Herbal 'Relaxation' Drinks Make Suspect Claims

Mary Jane's soda is one of a handful of new herbal products aimed at chilling-out today's stressed-out consumer.
Courtesy of Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda

Caffeine-laden drinks and herbal pick-me-ups now keep many of us going through the day and well into the night. But what happens when it's time to relax, unwind and even go to sleep? Older insomniacs may reach for a glass of wine, warm milk or some chamomile tea. But the new relaxation rage is soda and brownies.

"Relaxation drinks are sort of the initial backlash to the energy drink craze. If I'm nervous or if I am having a bad day, I can just crack open a Mary Jane's instead," says Eric Shogren.

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Author Interviews

Playwright Edward Albee Defends Remarks

Edward Albee's recent remarks about being labeled a "gay writer" sparked controversy within the gay community, but the playwright insists such definitions are "prejudicial."

"Maybe I'm being a little troublesome about this," Albee tells NPR's Renee Montagne, "but so many writers who are gay are expected to behave like gay writers and I find that is such a limitation and such a prejudicial thing that I fight against it whenever I can."

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Asia

For Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary, Tribe Matters

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:46 am

District Officer Irshad Alam, who commands troops at Shabqadar Fort, says his forces were rarely needed outside the fort many years ago. Now "we are fighting terrorists all the time," he says.
Jim Wildman NPR

Above Irshad Alam's desk is a wooden plaque that lists all of the officers who previously held his post.

Alam commands the Frontier Constabulary troops at the Shabqadar Fort in Pakistan's northwest tribal region. His men are paramilitary troops whose duties fall somewhere between the role of the police and the role of the army. Their ranks are drawn from local tribes to help keep the peace among them.

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5:14pm

Sun June 5, 2011
Arts & Life

'Rejoice And Shout' Celebrates Gospel Music

Gospel singer Clara Ward, circa 1970s.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

The new documentary Rejoice and Shout, which opens in select theaters this weekend, celebrates the history of gospel music in America as told through some of its most famous and influential icons.

Director Don McGlynn, a veteran of the music documentary genre, wanted to trace gospel from its earliest roots to its current incarnation in the music world. The film even plays the first known recording of gospel music, a record made in 1902 by the Dinwiddie Colored Quartet.

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5:03pm

Sun June 5, 2011
NPR Story

NATO Steps Up Air Attacks In Libya's Capital

The alliance says it is targeting military compounds and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whom they accuse of taking cover among the civilian population. Some of the strikes, which are now being launched from helicopters, are striking targets very near civilian areas.

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