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Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

In Canada, Health, International, marijuana, News, NPR, Science on April 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm


In an effort to track cannabis consumption more closely, the Canadian government has instructed Statistics Canada, Canada’s national statistical agency, to analyze sewage waste from about a quarter of Canada’s total 36 million inhabitants. In hopes to estimate how much cannabis Canadians consume, in total, through the sewage measurements. But the route from a wastewater treatment plant to that kind of calculation gets really murky really fast, such as: “The suburban users, are they peeing in the city but consuming in the suburbs?”…read the full story here.

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Culinary Flirtation

In Chicago, Food, News, NPR on March 28, 2013 at 1:57 am

Illinois of all states is leading the push to ban lion meat, yes, lion meat. Apparently food enthusiasts are on the prowl for good lion, but at what cost to the lion population? NPR takes a look at the trend, its consequences, and how Illinois is a main player. Read the story here.

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.Matt York/AP/npr.org

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.
Matt York/AP/npr.org

“Turns out that Illinois was really the key actor in it all, both in terms of acquisition of lions, slaughter of lions and then, ultimately, the packaging of lion meat.”

Maurice Sendak Posthumous Farewell

In Morning Edition, News, NPR, Pop Culture on February 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

Fifty years after Where the Wild Things Are, beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak has a new book, even though he passed away last year. Morning Edition spoke with Tony Kushner, long time friend of Sendak, about¬†My Brother’s Book.¬†A touching conversation about Sendak, his last work, and the meanings behind so many of our favorite stories.

“There’s a lot of consuming and devouring and eating in Maurice’s books. And I think that when people play with kids, there’s a lot of fake ferocity and threats of, you know, devouring, because love is so enormous, the only thing you can think of doing is swallowing the person that you love entirely.”

Published posthumously, Maurice Sendak's My Brother's Book combines poetry and art in an elegy to Sendak's brother. [npr.org]

Published posthumously, Maurice Sendak’s My Brother’s Book combines poetry and art in an elegy to Sendak’s brother. [npr.org]

Kentucky, from “Unbridled Spirit” to “Kicks Ass”

In News, NPR, Pop Culture on January 29, 2013 at 1:41 am

In Kentucky, two young ad execs are advocating for this new state slogan:

[npr.org/KentuckyForKentucky]

Proposed new state slogan
[npr.org/KentuckyForKentucky]

“You have to stand out, and you have to take risks if you want to do this branding and to get noticed…you need mantras that people can rally behind.”

Read more here.