Anxious mice calm down when they get an infusion of gut microbes from mellow mice. That has scientists wondering if gut microbes play a role in the human brain, too. Research on that is only just beginning. But it's intriguing to think there could be a real truth to the phrase "gut feelings".
This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.
Domain names are the real estate of the Internet, and they are bought and sold every day. But until recently, space in the cyber real estate market has been cramped. But soon there's going to be a lot more than .coms out there, and a lot of companies are bidding huge amounts to get the new Internet addresses.
Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs. Her book, The Golden Notebook, has been called the first feminist novel — a characterization Lessing rejected as "stupid."
Lessing's 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, is considered one of the great works of the 20th Century. It's been called by many the first feminist novel, a distinction Lessing always rejected.
Objecting to the pending execution of the man who shot him 35 years ago, Flynt tells NPR: "I just don't think that government should be in the business of killing people. And I think punishment by putting someone in a 3-by-6 cell is a lot greater than if you snuff out their life in a few seconds with a lethal injection."
More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan decimated parts of the Philippines, many residents there are still awaiting help to secure food and shelter. The official death toll has climbed to more than 3,600. And the United Nations now estimates that the storm left nearly 2 million people homeless.
In Southern California, the largest Filipino community in the U.S. has mobilized relief efforts to aid the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. They are praying in solidarity, donating money and supplies, and volunteering their services while they wait for news of family and friends.
The American Reader is a year old. The monthly literary journal is online and in print, but co-founder Uzoamaka Maduka says "it's all one magazine." The publication's staff has faith that readers want "deeper engagement" and strong editing, and they're hoping the free online content will entice their audience to pay for more.
While polls show many Americans are uneasy with government actions revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one profession in particular seems to be alarmed. A new survey of professional writers finds them much more concerned than the general public. An organization of writers says that a large majority of its members have "never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today."