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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

National News From NPR

The Devastating History of Midterm Elections  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:45:29 -0400
Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House. 
The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:51:00 -0400
Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77. 
Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:06:00 -0400
One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa. 
So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:42:00 -0400
Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice. 
Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes A Bike Ride, Defying Maine's Quarantine  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:24 -0400
Hickox, who returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tested negative for Ebola upon her return, and she has no symptoms — so she says she poses no threat to the public. 
New Initiative Hopes To Connect Qualified Students With College Know-How  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:00 -0400
Thousands of qualified students from low-income backgrounds don't attend college because they don't have the information they need to apply. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with former New York City Schools chancellor Harold Levy about a program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which aims to use the Internet to link high school students to counselors and mentors. 
Is It Legal To Quarantine Someone Who's Not Sick?  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:00 -0400
State and local governments have the legal authority to impose mandatory quarantines. But law experts are debating whether some states' new Ebola quarantine policies may be stepping over the line. 
The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:00 -0400
When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges. 
Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:35:15 -0400
A 78-year-old Vermont woman has won the latest skirmish in her long-running battle with Medicare. The agency agreed to pay for home health care coverage even though she remains disabled. 
Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:04:00 -0400
The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease. 
So Who Was Socrates, Anyway? Let's Ask Some Kids  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:00 -0400
In part two of our look at the ancient Greek philosopher, we ask students at a California school about the Socratic teaching method and the questions it inspires. 
Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:17:00 -0400
Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January. 
New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0400
Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics, the world's largest maker of crash test dummies. 
Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:58:00 -0400
Public health officials are telling us not to freak out about Ebola in the United States. But fear is what motivates people to protect themselves from danger. When should we worry? 
Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:24:00 -0400
Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola and says she is asymptomatic, defied Gov. Paul LePage by setting off on a morning bike ride with her boyfriend.