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One Year Later, Super Typhoon's Damage Lingers

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Burned Remains Could Be Those Of 43 Missing Mexican Students

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Loretta Lynch Would Be First Black Female Attorney General

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'Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

In an open field on the northern edge of Berkeley, Calif., planting vegetables is the latest form of political insurrection.

On the morning of April 22, 2012, hundreds of people broke the lock on a fence surrounding the Gill Tract, a 14-acre plot of land owned by the University of California. They set about planting thousands of vegetable seedlings.

Megan Smith (left) is the new U.S. chief technology officer. We profiled her on <em>Morning Edition</em> this week.

Tech Week: The New U.S. CTO, Silk Road 2.0, Amazon Echoes Siri

Happy weekend, folks. Here's our weekly roundup of the headlines in tech, from NPR and beyond.


Ms. Smith Goes To Washington: In our profile of the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, she talks about unconscious bias, how she fell in love with science and how being in tech over the past few decades as changed her.

Many artisan cheese producers never pasteurize their milk – it's raw. The milk's natural microbial community is still in there. This microbial festival gives cheese variety and intrigues scientists.

The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

From Swiss to cheddar, cheeses depend on the action of microbes for their flavor and aroma. But it's far from clear how these teams of microbes work together to ripen cheese.

To a cheese-maker, that's just the beauty of the art. To a scientist, it sounds like an experiment waiting to happen.

A handful of scientists who study cheese recently gathered to share their latest findings at a farm in the English county of Somerset. They know cheese well here — after all, Somerset invented cheddar.

Tom Magliozzi, co-host of <em>Car Talk, </em>could opine about driving in far-off places.

Hello 'Car Talk,' I Need A Good Car To Get Around Africa

When Tom Magliozzi, cohost of NPR's Car Talk, died this week from complications of Alzheimer's disease, he left behind a fan base that extended far beyond the United States. Tom and Ray, his younger brother, took calls from and gave advice to people all over the world.

A meeting of Chief Resilience Officers and other officials took place in New Orleans this week, as the Rockefeller Foundation looks to help cities prepare for potential calamities.

'Chief Resilience Officers' Could Help Cities Cope With Calamity

The word "resilience" is increasingly on the tongues of urban thinkers these days, as city officials, planners and designers discuss how to prepare better for natural disasters, especially in light of climate change.

One of the big financial drivers of the conversation has been the Rockefeller Foundation, offering grants intended to help cities prepare for future shocks and stresses. Now the foundation is taking a major step to up that game, creating a new non-profit organization called 100 Resilient Cities.

Loretta Lynch, a lead federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, will be announced as President Obama's choice for attorney general Saturday.

Loretta Lynch To Be Nominated As Next U.S. Attorney General

President Obama will announce his choice of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General this weekend, the White House says. The president will formally announce his intention to nominate Lynch Saturday.

Lynch, whom the White House describes as "a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country," will be introduced at the White House Saturday, alongside current Attorney General Eric Holder.

For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

As I watched coverage of this week's midterm elections, I couldn't help but think about Donald Antrim's surreal novel, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World.

The book, a brilliant and wickedly funny satire on our broken politics, unfolds in an unnamed American seaside town. As the story begins, our narrator, a former third-grade teacher named Pete Robinson, sits mysteriously in his padlocked attic, observing the wreckage of his community.