'B is for Beer' says author Tom Robbins in new book Best-selling author Tom Robbins has made a career out of writing novels which make people laugh while also exploring the serious side of the human condition. His new book, "B is for Beer," is a children's book, where a little girl learns more than she wants to about beer and it's place in our culture.4:51 p.m.
Hutchinson Technology cuts more jobs Hutchinson Technology says it is cutting another 300 jobs. The company has announced job cuts totaling more than 40 percent of its workforce since last fall.5:53 p.m.
Chef Ming Tsai Makes $10 Dish His Kids Love
Ming Tsai, who owns the Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, Mass., took NPR's "How Low Can You Go" family supper challenge and concocted a dish of chicken-and-corn fried rice with lemon spinach. Tsai says fried rice is close to his heart because it's the first meal he ever cooked. And his kids love it.
Smart Meter Saves Big Bucks For Pa. Family
By installing a smart meter on her Pennsylvania home, Tammy Yeakel and her family are able to save nearly 20 percent on their electric bill each month. They can track their energy consumption in real time on a Web site provided by her power company, PPL.
Art Brut: Immaturity Is A Virtue
Eddie Argos, the 29-year-old leader of London band Art Brut, has made a career out of not growing up. On the group's latest album, Art Brut vs. Satan, that may be for the best, according to critic Robert Christgau.
Official: Goal To Minimize Swine Flu Impact
Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the goal of public health agencies in the U.S. is to minimize the impact of the new swine flu virus. Right now, he says, states with and without infections are receiving items from a national stockpile of things that can be used to fight the flu.
Swine Flu Vaccine May Be Ready By September
At the present time, a swine flu vaccine does not exist. Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the Department of Health and Human Services, says the first doses of a vaccine could be ready by early September.
Torture Memo Author Not Seen As Ideologue
Two Justice Department memos written in 2002 determined that certain harsh interrogation practices were not torture. Those memos came to be known as Bybee 1 and Bybee 2 — named for the man who signed them. He is Jay Bybee, and he was the head of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. He is now a federal appellate court judge.
Auto Ads Decline In Step With Industry Woes
For a long time, the three biggest buyers of TV commercial time were fast food, pharmaceuticals and cars. So for the advertising industry, the ripple effect of Detroit's trouble is more like a tidal wave. Since automakers' fortunes have declined, they've cut their ad purchases sharply.
Radio Offers Attractive Space For Ads
Radio offers advertisers the last captive audience. Radio ads are cheap to produce and buy airtime for. You can blanket the airwaves with a slogan or jingle in a way you can't anymore with TV.
Expert Examines Specter's Party Switch
Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced he will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. Randall Miller, professor of history at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, discusses Specter's decision.
Obama's Financial Reform Plans Draw Critics
The Obama administration is pushing for reforms in the way that Washington oversees Wall Street. It's proposing to give a single regulatory body like the Federal Reserve the power to keep tabs on the financial market as a whole. But some critics say that solution may create problems of its own.