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Sat February 7, 2015
Deceptive Cadence

The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:48 am

Kevin Burdette stars in Everest as Beck Weathers, a Dallas doctor who survived a deadly blizzard on the mountain in 1996.
Karen Almond The Dallas Opera


Sat February 7, 2015

For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:48 am

John Cameron Mitchell will play Hedwig on Broadway until April 26.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Hedwig and the Angry Inch got rave reviews when it premiered off Broadway in the late 1990s. Since then, Hedwig, a gender-bending East German rock musician, has been portrayed by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Michael C. Hall. But for the first time since the play's debut and 2001 film adaptation, Hedwig is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her — John Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell tells NPR's Scott Simon where he got the idea for Hedwig:

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Sat February 7, 2015
Author Interviews

'Alphabetical' Tells The Story Behind Every Letter, A To Z

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:43 am

Counterpoint Press

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen tackles these questions and more in his new book Alphabetical.

Nobody knows exactly why people started writing down sounds, Rosen tells NPR's Scott Simon. "All they can say is that certain peoples, around about 4,000 years ago, started to do it. They may have done it separately, or they may have communicated with each other, one way or another."

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Sat February 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 11:56 am

Gary Waters Getty Images/Ikon Images

As California's measles outbreak continues to spread beyond state borders, many doctors nationwide are grappling with how best to convince parents to have their children vaccinated. Inviting a collaborative conversation doesn't work all that well, many are finding. Recent research suggests that being more matter-of-fact can work a lot better.

Pediatrician Eric Ball, who practices in southern California, says, in his experience, the families skeptical of vaccines can be divided into two types.

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Sat January 31, 2015
Middle East

Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 1:55 pm

Bullet holes from recent clashes riddle an apartment building in Tripoli.
Bilal Hussein AP

There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.

But today, Libya is a country torn apart. There are now two competing governments, in different cities with their own parliaments and their own military.

A traveler first needs a visa from one government to land in Tripoli, then a so-called "landing permission" to fly east to the other government's territory — and has to hopscotch around jihadist-controlled areas along the way.

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