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Ask Me Another
9:22 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Product Placement' With Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry plays a game called "Product Placement" on the Ask Me Another stage at Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
Mettie Ostrowski

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:07 am

Popular soft drinks, sports cars and other brands appear surreptitiously placed in the worlds of our favorite TV shows and films all the time. Soon enough, we may see them name-dropped in our books, too.

To help imagine some egregious-yet-hilarious examples of this, we invited a prolific writer to Ask Me Another: award-winning young adult author Lois Lowry. Lowry joins forces with a fellow book-loving contestant to play "Product Placement," a game in which they must combine the titles of famous literary works with the names of household products and companies.

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The Salt
9:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

In The Land Of Wild Ramps, It's Festival Time

Ramps, or wild leeks, are a member of the lily family and resemble scallions with their wide leaves and small, white bulbs tinged a rusty red.
John Blankenship The Register-Herald

Springtime in Appalachia means ramp festival season. But even as ramp festivals attract record numbers of people seeking a fleeting taste of the seasonal garlic-scented greens, scientists warn that overharvesting is forcing wild populations into decline.

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Shots - Health News
9:16 am
Fri May 10, 2013

It Came From Norway To Take On A Medical Goliath

Sometimes it's the hospital that gets the exam.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 6:37 am

Even if I hadn't known the hospital inspectors were coming, I would have figured it out quickly enough from my email.

The admonitions were flying:

"Know your safety protocols backwards and forwards!"

"Sign things legibly, or at the very least print your name below the signature."

"Wash your hands before and after patient contact. (The surveyors will be watching .... )"

It's boilerplate stuff that doctors like me should do all the time but often overlook.

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Books
9:03 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Questions For Eduardo Halfon, Author Of 'The Polish Boxer'

Eduardo Halfon is the author of The Polish Boxer.
Paula Morales

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 3:23 pm

Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon is this week's Alt.latino guest DJ, and he's a natural choice; his new book, The Polish Boxer, is a series of semi-autobiographical stories woven through with loving references to jazz and classical music.

Alt.latino host Jasmine Garsd had this to say about The Polish Boxer:

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Deceptive Cadence
8:54 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Come Dance The 'Rite Of Spring' With Us!

It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own.
Keystone-France Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:17 am

  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

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