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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News.

You clicked them, we collected them. The BPP staff picks from the most e-mailed, most blogged, most gawked at stories on the Web. We call it The Most.

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MARTIN: First up today, producer Dan Pashman.

DAN PASHMAN: Hey.

MARTIN: Hi, Dan.

PASHMAN: How are you?

MARTIN: Great.

PASHMAN: I'm glad to hear it.

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PASHMAN: We got our most e-mailed from The New York Times health section - article titled The Feud. It's about one of medicine's most famous feuds and certainly the one of its longest lived. And there's an apparent reconciliation after decades of feuding between Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley.

MARTIN: What are they fighting about?

PASHMAN: Interesting you should ask, Rachel.

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PASHMAN: Well, apparently, back in the 1950s, as partners, they pioneered operations at Baylor Medical College and Methodist Hospital in Houston - heart related procedures. Dr. DeBakey…

ALISON STEWART, host:

Is it DeBakey? It might be DeBakey.

PASHMAN: It could be.

STEWART: Could be. I think…

PASHMAN: All right. DeBakey, Dr. DeBakey. And the first breach came in 1960 when Dr. Cooley left DeBakey's practice. Then the big incident came in 1969 when Cooley went and took an artificial heart from his former partner's lab, went down the street to his own lab and implanted it into someone, and then took credit…

MARTIN: That seems wrong.

PASHMAN: …for the first artificial heart transplant.

MARTIN: That seems wrong. This sounds like an HBO series.

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PASHMAN: (Unintelligible).

MARTIN: (Unintelligible).

PASHMAN: This could be on the Jerry Springer or something. But Dr. DeBakey is now 99, Dr. Cooley is 87 and apparently they have - they finally reached a detente and made up - many medical clinics have been trying to get them together for a make-up for many, many years. They can never get them in the same room. And they finally seemed to have gotten to some basic level of civility.

STEWART: Kumbaya.

MARTIN: Kumbaya.

STEWART: Everybody hold hand.

PASHMAN: Right.

STEWART: Make a drum circle.

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STEWART: Okay. My favorite today - thank you, Dan, by the way.

PASHMAN: Sure.

STEWART: My favorite today is from the Yahoo Buzz Index. I don't know if you've ever been on the site. They chart what people are searching for and one of the number five most searched terms, up 1,311 percent since yesterday is meaning of RSVP. Now this just flummoxes me to know.

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STEWART: I don't know if people are getting a lot of…

MATT MARTINEZ: What is flummox?

STEWART: …party…

MARTIN: Flummox.

MARTINEZ: I'm kidding.

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MARTIN: Matt Martinez everybody. That is going to be next on the Yahoo most searched - flummox.

STEWART: (Unintelligible) Christmas invitations or holiday invitations and they don't know, do I respond? Do I not respond? What does it mean?

MARTIN: Okay.

STEWART: Rachel Martin, you speak French. Please.

MARTIN: (Speaking in French)

STEWART: And for the record, people, in etiquette, you have to respond either way. Let your host or hostess know if you're coming or if you're just…

MARTIN: Yeah. Right. Give them a heads-up.

STEWART: …going to dust them. All right.

MARTIN: You know.

STEWART: That's from Yahoo Buzz.

MARTIN: That's good. That's polite news we can use actually.

Okay. I'm going to tell you about one of - I think it's the number three on the most e-mailed with the LA Times. I love this story. It's about how the iPod and technology has revolutionized education to a certain extent. And there are a handful of Ivy League universities who post their lectures by high profile profs on iTunes and so anyone can access them. You just download them, whatever you're interested in - biochemistry, philosophy - you download these and you can listen to them on your iPod. And the article is really nice. It talked about people who have lives that are very far away from academia like truck drivers who download these things and they can actually hear the chalk scratches in the background on the recording so it makes them feel like they're there. I don't know I thought that was really cool.

STEWART: I think that is excellent. I'm going to go do that myself.

MARTIN: Yeah. Get smarter.

STEWART: Matt Martinez.

MARTINEZ: I've got a diabolical one for you. This comes from The Wall Street Journal. It's about Nicholas Negroponte. He's the guy who came up with the whole $100 laptop idea, you know, giving laptops to poor children and developing this thing. And he hop scotched all over the globe trying to sell this thing. It turns out it's kind of a bust and you know why it's a bust because some big companies considered it a huge threat to their bottom line, so they started developing cheap laptops. And you can only guess who those companies are.

MARTIN: Yeah.

MARTINEZ: Intel, Microsoft…

MARTIN: (Unintelligible) you're naming them. Those dirty dogs.

MARTINEZ: Hey, listen…

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MARTINEZ: …it's in The Wall Street Journal article.

STEWART: Yeah. (Unintelligible) they only got about 10,000 orders and we have Masi Oka talking about it…

MARTINEZ: Yeah.

STEWART: …last week or so. And, you know, it seemed like such a great idea. They're starting to get some orders and then these other companies got threatened.

MARTINEZ: Yeah.

MARTIN: Capitalism trumping philanthropy.

MARTINEZ: Yeah. So they started developing their own things, and poor guy, you know, all of his hard work is kind of being scuttled.

STEWART: Karma's a boomerang. They come back, they hit hard.

MARTINEZ: They do. They do.

STEWART: That's all I'm saying. All right. Tricia McKinney seems like the fire has been put out in the control room.

TRICIA McKINNEY: Yeah. We had a little fire back there, but, you know, not a real fire for our listeners. Everybody calm down.

STEWART: All right. What do you have?

McKINNEY: I have one of the most viewed and e-mailed stories on MSNBC.com and it's actually a study about children and bone health. And so it turns out that possibly getting too little exercise, spending too little time in the sun, and drinking too little milk could have an impact on children in the future. They could become more prone to osteoporosis later. They could potentially develop things like rickets. I mean when have you heard of rickets since, you know, your sixth grade health class. But, you know, that could be one of the symptoms of, you know, too much time I guess playing video games and not enough time frolicking out on the lawn.

MARTIN: Get outside, children.

STEWART: Drink some milk.

McKINNEY: Get outside.

MARTIN: Drink some milk.

McKINNEY: So this is coming from the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. They're doing a study - they're doing bone scans for fifteen-hundred healthy children. And they're going to follow them for seven years and just kind of see what normal bone growth should be and then, you know, et cetera.

STEWART: Tricia McKinney, thank you for that most from MSNBC. Matt, Dan and Rachel, that's it for The Most. Thanks everybody.

MARTINEZ: The Most. You bet.

STEWART: You can find these stories and other BPP goodies on our Web site, npr.org/bryantpark.

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