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"God's Hotel"

The idea of an almshouse may seem Dickensian, but one - Laguna Honda - operated in San Francisco until recently. It turns out there's a lot modern doctors can learn from seemingly antiquated approaches to treating patients. We talk with a physician who practiced there about the benefits of 'slow medicine'.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Riverhead, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "God's Hotel: A Doctor; A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage into the Heart of Medicine" by Victoria Sweet. Copyright © 2012 by Victoria Sweet.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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