A poultry processing plant in France. Europe banned treating chicken carcasses with chlorine in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer. Christophe Di Pascale/Corbis hide caption

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The Salt

European Activists Say No To U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken' GPB

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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United States Secret Service director Julia Pierson enters a hearing room in April to answer questions before a closed meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee in Washington. Today, Pierson will be before the House Oversight Committee to respond to questions about White House security breaches. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Secret Service Chief Faces Questions Over Breaches At White House

Lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee will ask Julia Pierson about the Sept. 19 "fence jumping" incident at the White House, as well as several other security concerns in recent years.

As the mayor of Cali, Colombia, epidemiologist Rodrigo Guerrero (left) meets with the police once a week to review murder statistics. Courtesy of Prensa Alcaldía de Calí hide caption

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Goats and Soda

A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.

NPR's Robert Siegel and Michael Minielly, a Mercedes-Benz representative, drive a new S550 4Matic, which allows for semi-autonomous driving. Rob Ballenger /NPR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Hands-Free, Mind-Free: What We Lose Through Automation

In The Glass Cage, author Nicholas Carr warns that the more we allow computers to make decisions for us, the more likely it is that we will forget how to make them ourselves.

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) finds himself the chief suspect behind the shocking disappearance of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), on their fifth anniversary. Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Monkey See

'Gone Girl': A Missing Wife And A Cloud Of Suspicion

Director David Fincher's excellent adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl relies on stellar performances and ultimately on a diabolically twisting narrative structure.

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Deceptive Cadence

3 Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind Who Became A Master

At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Domesticated Robots And The Art Of Being Human

The work of roboticist and artist Alexander Reben forces us to confront our expectations when it comes to ourselves and our creations, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.

A group of Swedish scientists who are fans of Bob Dylan's music made a bet 17 years ago to see who could work more of the folk singer's song lyrics into their scholarly articles. AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Swedish Scientists Square Off Over Who Can Sneak In Most Dylan Lyrics

It all started in 1997, when two professors from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm published an article on flatulence titled, "Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind."

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