A voter in Glendale, Wis., casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on Thursday, July 12, 2011, as part of recall efforts against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling. Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted for recall for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill this winter. The recall election is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.
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John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.
Republican Wisconsin Sens. Luther Olsen and Shelia Harsdorf leave the Senate chambers Wednesday, March 9, 2011, after Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers after discovering a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. On Tuesday Wisconsin will hold recall elections for state senators.
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John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.
Author David Browne describes the young James Taylor as a shy, troubled songwriter whose album <em>Sweet Baby James</em> became an unexpected hit.
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David Browne is a contributing editor for <em>Rolling Stone</em> and the author of <em>Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth.</em><em></em>
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1970 was a bummer of a year all around. The '60s had ended in assassinations, violence at the Altamont concert, and bullets and screams at Kent State. The Weather Underground blew up a brownstone in Manhattan. And to top it off, The Beatles were breaking up.
"I think by the end of 1970 ... people were just really exhausted after three years — '68, '69 and '70 — of political assassinations and antiwar protests," author David Browne tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host David Greene. "It was just a laundry list of horrors."
The average life expectancy for men in Holmes County, Miss., is 65 years. That's a full decade shorter than the U.S. average.
So what's killing people there? Researchers say it's no coincidence that Holmes County is also one of Mississippi's poorest, and most obese. Forty-two percent of the county's residents are considered obese.