In Earthquake-Rattled Taiwan, A Somber Start To Lunar New Year

Rescue efforts continue in southern Taiwan, three days after a powerful magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook the island and killed more than three dozen people. But hopes of finding survivors were fading. Early Monday, more than 100 people were still unaccounted for from the Golden Dragon apartment complex, the center of most rescue efforts.This weekend, there were countless stories of death — and life.One rescue caught on Taiwanese news cameras shows crews frantically yelling to help a 3-year-old ...
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New Hampshire Primary

KRCU will offer NPR News LIVE coverage of the New Hampshire Primary which will feature candidate speeches and analysis -- Tuesday night at 7:00.

Spaghetti Carbanara

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What’s the one item you’re likely to find on nearly every menu in Italy?  If you said spaghetti and meatballs, your answer is plausible, but it’s wrong.

Spaghetti and meatballs is actually an American dish, invented, it is true, by Italian immigrants to this country, but invented here nonetheless.  These days you can find spaghetti and meatballs on the menu in Italy, but more often than not at tourist traps.  In contrast, the one item you are almost always assured to find on any restaurant menu there is spaghetti carbonara.

Maple Syrup

Feb 7, 2016
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February 7 - February 13

Discover nature this week as freezing nights and thawing days cause maple sap to flow best.

The Maple tree is found throughout Missouri, and its leaf was the inspiration for the Canadian flag. This species varies in its leaf shapes and lobe spaces.

School children are best at identifying maple trees, as nearly every Missouri child has at one time pretended the seed pods were helicopters as they spiral down to the ground in the swirling wind.

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Iggy Pop has teamed up with Josh Homme, who is likely best known for his band Queens of the Stone age. Supposedly the two worked in secret on Post Pop Depression and if the lead single "Gardenia" is any indication, Pop's proto-punk sensibilities mesh well with the muscular subtlety of Homme's production and guitar playing. 

Vice President Joe Biden, basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, music's Barry Manilow, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and my Uncle Denny. What do these people have in common? They are among the estimated 2.3 to 5.1 million Americans who have a heart condition called atrial fibrillation or “A-fib”.

February is American Heart Month.

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Last week, the city of Jackson opened its new civic center to a crowd of nearly 400 people. It's equipped with a new gym that doubles as a FEMA safe room, and a banquet hall. But the upgrades to the city are just beginning. Recently, I spoke with the city of Jackson Mayor Dwain Hahs about what local residents can expect this year.

Lewis-Thompson: You're listening to KRCU and I'm Marissanne Lewis-Thompson. And joining me in the studio today is the city of Jackson Mayor Dwain Hahs. So welcome Mayor Hahs.

Hahs: Thank you, Marissa.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canada will cease its airstrikes against self-proclaimed Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria by Feb. 22.

It will remain part of the coalition targeting the militants.

Until very recently it was thought that just one bacterium was to blame for causing Lyme disease in humans. But it turns out that a second, related bug can cause it too.

In 2013, during routine testing of bacterial DNA floating around in the blood samples of people suspected of having Lyme disease, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., realized they were looking at something different.

If you watched Sunday's Super Bowl, how did you get it? Over cable? Rabbit ears? (Yes, those still work.) Or did you stream it online?

Do you know any global health stories that should be getting coverage — but are overlooked by the media?

The Gulf of Mexico is now open for commercial fish farming.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last month that, for the first time in the U.S., companies can apply to set up fish farms in federal waters.

The idea is to compete with hard-to-regulate foreign imports. But opening the Gulf to aquaculture won't be cheap, and it could pose environmental problems.

The problems with high lead levels in Flint, Mich.'s water started in April 2014, when the city switched water sources and began drawing its supply from the Flint River. The new water was harder, and government officials allowed it to corrode the city's pipes, leaching lead and other toxins into the tap water.

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi rolled up with his motorcade over a massive red carpet to the opening of a social housing project, sparking outrage about apparent wastefulness in a country suffering from high levels of poverty.

According to local media reports, the red carpet was rolled out in 6th of October City, a suburb of Egypt's capital Cairo.

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Veep's Anna Chlumsky On Youth, Television And Tolkien

After a successful career as a child actress, starring in films such as My Girl and Trading Mom, Anna Chlumsky walked away from the big screen and went back to school. But while working as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins, she began feeling an itch. "There was a month where I was really open to [the question] 'what should I do with my life?'" Chlumsky told Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House in Brooklyn. "And I'd get signs from the universe."After one of those signs — a psychic advising...
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Left Of The Dial #61 - What To Do Tonight

Iggy Pop has teamed up with Josh Homme, who is likely best known for his band Queens of the Stone age. Supposedly the two worked in secret on Post Pop Depression and if the lead single "Gardenia" is any indication, Pop's proto-punk sensibilities mesh well with the muscular subtlety of Homme's production and guitar playing. Tindersticks' slow churn continues with a new album, plus we'll hear a heartbreaking track from Basia Balat, who's latest album Good Advice was produced by Jim James of My ...
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As Heard on the TED Radio Hour

Why Should We Search For ET?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search OfAbout Seth Shostak's TED TalkWill we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.About Seth ShostakSeth Shostak is the senior astronomer at the the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. Inspired by a book about the solar system he read at the age of 10, he began his career with a degree in physics from Princeton Univ...
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As Heard on Fresh Air

'Mad Max' Director George Miller: The Audience Tells You 'What Your Film Is'

George Miller's latest Mad Max film, Fury Road, has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, but the director still isn't sure how the movie will hold up over time.Miller, who directed the first Mad Max film in 1979, says that a film's reception changes with time. "First of all, people write about it in reviews and ... [then] after a while the audience starts to tell you what your film is," Miller tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "But ... it will be a few years before I or anyone else will have an...
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America's Test Kitchen Radio

This week's recipe is for Miso-Marinated Salmon. Be sure to catch ATK Radio Sunday afternoons at 2:00 on KRCU.