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In Case You Missed It, Jan. 2015

From KPR

Spare the Rod and, Well... Just Spare the Rod
Many adults will tell you they were spanked as children and they turned out fine. Maybe so, but child experts have been saying for years that hitting children is both wrong and ineffective. When it comes to children and discipline, guest commentator Vicki Price says spanking is never the answer.
Aqueduct: Pipe Dream, or Practical Answer to Western Kansas Water Crisis?
A lot has changed in the three decades since the idea of building an aqueduct from the Missouri River to western Kansas was first studied and shelved. For one thing, the water shortages that were mere projections then are now imminent. That reality, as Bryan Thompson reports, has prompted state officials to dust off the study and re-examine the aqueduct idea.
Kansas: Land of Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Once again, tumbleweeds have been piling up across the plains. Roughly the size of a beach ball, the rolling weeds usually become airborne after the first hard freeze. As Commentator Cheryl Unruh tells us, these hazards of the highway always seem to be in season in western Kansas.

Wonderful Life: The Stephen Jay Gould Connection to Kansas
Commentator Rex Buchanan isn't one who really, shall we say, "revels" in the holidays. Nonetheless, it was a traditional holiday movie classic that inspired him to write about something scientific and something not normally associated with the Christmas season.

The Christmas Truce of 1914
On KPR Presents, Kaye McIntyre marked the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers took a break from the horrors of World War I to share an evening of song, snacks and soccer. She visited the World War I Museum in Kansas, talks to curator Lora Vogt about the Christmas Truce, how the museum is marking the occasion this month, and their new online exhibit on the Truce.

From NPR

Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes
It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can go with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.
A Week With Musical Storytellers of the Silver Screen
All Things Considered host Robert Siegel spoke with some of film's most thoughtful and high-profile composers — plus an up-and-comer — about what it means to tell a story with music, and how a score can enhance a scene.
Best Cookbooks of 2014 Offer Tastes and Tales From Around the Globe
2014 was a year for faraway cuisines to take up residence in U.S. kitchens — cookbook authors cast their nets for flavors from Paris, the Middle East and Southeast Asia; from the ancient spice routes and every point in between.
Boxed In: When the Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Crime
Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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