Monkey See
11:40 am
Tue July 10, 2012

How Should You Watch And Read And Listen? However You Want

Marcelo Poleze iStockphoto.com

However you want to watch Breaking Bad is fine with me.

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Ex-Barclays CEO Gives Up $30 Million In Bonuses; Was Pressured To Quit

Ex-Barclays CEO Robert Diamond.
Mark Lennihan AP

Robert Diamond, the newly departed chief of Barclays bank, won't collect millions in stock bonuses on his way out the door.

He'll still get his annual salary and a one-time payout, worth about $3 million, according to Reuters.

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Music Reviews
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
Getty Digital

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 11:25 am

Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.

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Afghanistan
10:51 am
Tue July 10, 2012

After Troops Leave, What Happens To Afghanistan?

Afghan army soldiers, like the one pictured here, will be responsible for protecting Kabul and holding critical cities and roads together after the planned 2014 American troop withdrawal.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:29 pm

This past weekend brought news of more violence in Afghanistan.

Seven Western troops, five Afghan police officers and at least 18 civilians were killed in Afghanistan. The toll included six Americans killed by a single bomb in Wardak province, south of Kabul.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:44 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Woman On Street Attacked By Giant Snail, It Seems

Julian Beever

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 4:09 pm

Here's what got Nagai Hideyuki excited. Hideyuki lives in Tokyo. He's now 21. This photo was taken on the other side of the world, somewhere in Europe. What you see here is a street and a plain stone bench, both partially covered by a chalk drawing. The drawing disappears in places and at one point seems to bump into a metal pole.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Even As Jobless Rate Stays High, Job Openings Continue To Grow

Applicants wait to enter a job fair in New York City last month.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 10:59 am

There were 3.6 million jobs open and ready to be filled in May if the right candidates came along, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning.

That was up from 3.4 million in April, was the second-most for any month so far this year and was up 16 percent from the 3.1 million in May 2011.

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Monkey See
10:06 am
Tue July 10, 2012

The Beginning Of The End Of Walter White

Bryan Cranston as Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad.
Gregory Peters AMC

CAUTION: This piece contains information about the first four seasons of Breaking Bad, as well as about the finales of The Sopranos and The Wire.

On July 15, the latest "how will it end" game begins for TV viewers — this time drawn out over two years. I'm talking, of course, about the Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad, a show firmly placed, along with The Wire and The Sopranos, on the "TV is damn good art" podium.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Listen: You Can Hear The Northern Lights, Researchers Say

The northern lights over Tromsoe, northern Norway, on Jan. 24, 2012.
Rune Stoltz Bertinussen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 10:21 am

It sounds to us like someone's banging on a pipe. Others think it's like a clap.

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Planet Money
8:58 am
Tue July 10, 2012

NYT Excerpt: Why The Bronx Seems Gentrification-Proof

The Bronx has lagged as the rest of New York City has boomed.
Chris Hondros AFP/Getty

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 6:57 pm

This week in The New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson asks why the borough hasn't been able to catch up with the rest of New York City's phenomenal economic growth:

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Shots - Health Blog
8:41 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Doctors Hesitant To Deal With Patients' Weight Problems

This happens less often than you might think.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 8:43 am

In 2010, there were 78 million adults classified as obese in the United States, and roughly 164,000 primary care doctors to take care of them.

It doesn't take a math wizard to figure out that doctors who handle routine care, although they may well want to help their patients lose weight, are unlikely to have the time to provide the kind of intensive coaching to that would help their patients make a lasting change.

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