Pakistanis go to the polls Saturday in parliamentary elections after one of the bloodiest campaigns in the nation's history. In the early hours, there were already reports of bombings. NPR's Julie McCarthy tells host Scott Simon that militants killed dozens during the pre-election campaign, forcing the cancellation of many political rallies around the country.
The extensive coverage of Nelson Mandela's fading health has sparked intense debate in South Africa. Many say the African way views the twilight years as a final journey, a time of peace and respect, and that journalists should be more sensitive.
To know how elephants are faring, they need to be counted. But how do you count them when they're hidden under thick forest canopies? A conservationist in the 1980s started to count their poop, and that helped to create a model of elephants' numbers and movement through the forest.
Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for the distinctive rind and flavor of the bright orange French cheese Mimolette. But now, the FDA has blocked more than a ton of Mimolette from entering the country, because the agency says the mites left on it make it unfit for consumption.
After Swedish immigrants moved out of the city, the traditional Swedish spirit was adopted by different ethnic groups. Bartenders eventually rediscovered the bitter spirit, too, and have helped to fuel its revival in Chicago.
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