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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

npr.org — Rats have a bad rap. They have for centuries. Ever since the middle of the 14th century when the Black Plague descended over Europe. Rats took the rap for spreading the bubonic plague, which killed millions of people over the next 400 years.

The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

npr.org — A lot of people saw their hopes and dreams fulfilled this week - for just a few hours. Carnegie Mellon University emailed about 800 people who had applied to graduate school to say, 'Congratulations, you're in.'

'Do Not Fear For Me': Remembering Kayla Mueller With Her Own Words

wnyc.org — It has been wrenching these last few weeks to hear about the hostages killed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, and learn about the extraordinary people we have lost: humanitarian workers, independent journalists, people who chose to put themselves in one of the most dangerous spots on earth in hope that they might do something needed and good.

'Do Not Fear For Me': Remembering Kayla Mueller With Her Own Words

npr.org — It has been wrenching these last few weeks to hear about the hostages killed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, and learn about the extraordinary people we have lost: humanitarian workers, independent journalists, people who chose to put themselves in one of the most dangerous spots on earth in hope that they might do something needed and good.

Oscar Romero, The Murdered Archbishop Who Inspires The Pope

npr.org — Pope Francis and the Vatican have recognized Oscar Romero as a martyr. This may move the name of the late archbishop of San Salvador a little further in the process that could one day make him a saint. But being deemed a martyr is also holy.

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

npr.org — Martin Luther King Jr. is British. Coretta Scott King, too. So is Lyndon Baines Johnson, Superman, Batman, the last Abraham Lincoln, the ramrod U.S. Marine, and the chisel-chested CIA operative in Homeland, and many of the B'almer cops and hoods on The Wire.

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

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Mar 05, 2015

Our daughters give s cheer to hear they have a 2nd snow day of the kind my mother gave for Elvis Presley.

Mar 05, 2015

@DameEdnaEverage Please Dame Edna, be my guest! Mention my name & you'll get a good seat!

Mar 05, 2015

Btw, when @DameEdnaEverage came to our HQ in LA, she asked to use the loo. Our folks wondered, which one?

Mar 05, 2015

Our interview w/ @DameEdnaEverage hilarious. But someday, I want to salute the greatest sustained comic performance ever.

Mar 05, 2015

RT @jasonWSJ: Don't get why Ringling Bros taking til 2018 to phase out elephants. Are elephants like, "No, no, no: one more tour, we'll do all the hits."

Mar 05, 2015

RT @NPRNedWharton: Hello Possums! Spent the afternoon giggling away to @nprscottsimon 's interview with @RealDameEdna ... tune into @nprweekend Saturday!

Mar 05, 2015

I am about to interview Dame Edna. Quakes of laughter will rattle a number of states this afternoon.

Mar 05, 2015

@RobynFantastica @KQED @WCPN Hah! I lived in SF, too, as a kid. Post Street. Even then, I was eager to get ratings in major markets!

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