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NPR Story
12:42 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Writers Explore The Meaning Of 'Black Cool'

Writer Rebecca Walker set out to create a "periodic table of Black Cool."
Amanda Marsalis

'Cool' is a word that has come to mean so much more than just a temperature. It can be an attitude, a style or a sound. The word continues to evolve and has a variety of meanings.

In a new collection of essays, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, writers explore the definition of coolness within African-American culture. Writer Rebecca Walker edited the book and compiled a series of essays aimed to build a "periodic table of Black Cool, element by element," to explain the myriad meanings of blackness in the United States today.

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Catholics Split On Health Care And Contraceptives

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Last Friday, President Obama came up a compromise: Catholic and other religious institutions would not have to provide contraception coverage for their employees directly, but the wider goal of women's health would be met because their insurance companies would have to do it.

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Medical Treatments
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Caregivers Press For Experimental Alzheimer's Drug

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 10:41 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

A recent study finds that a drug approved by the FDA to treat skin cancer in humans has reversed signs of Alzheimer's in mice and improvements showed up quickly. Neuroscientist Gary Landreth, one of the co-authors of the study, described that on TALK OF THE NATION: SCIENCE FRIDAY last week.

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From Our Listeners
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Letters: Resume Tips And Welcoming Veterans Home

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 10:41 am

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Op-Ed: U.S. Should Use 'Tough Love' In Syria

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Georgetown professor Daniel Byman says U.S. policy focuses too much on removing the dictator and not on filling the void left behind. He says that to help in Syria, the U.S. and its allies should train the rebels and use "tough love to cajole and reward the opposition."

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