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Monday, November 18, 2013

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New Cholesterol Calculator Doesn't Add Up | The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy | Washington Pot Entrepreneurs on Joining The Retail Market | Remembering Literary Icon Doris Lessing | Retro Report: A Look Back at the Detroit Sleeper Cell Case | Egyptomania: Why An Ancient Culture Holds Our Fascination | For Better or Worse, National Parks Enter the Digital Age

New Cholesterol Calculator Doesn't Add Up

Last week the country's leading heart organizations released new guidelines for lowering cholesterol. The key to these changes is an online calculator that helps doctors assess risk. But today our partner The New York Times says this calculator "greatly overestimates the risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs."Joining The Takeaway to explain why this new cholesterol calculator doesn't add up is Dr. Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy

While marijuana acceptance and legalization are on the rise, a number of questions are emerging about how to create a viable legal marijuana economy—and how to keep marijuana use safe. Patrick Radden Keefe explores these issues in his New Yorker piece, "Buzzkill: Why Washington State is Struggling to Create a Legal Marijuana Economy." He joins The Takeaway to discuss the big questions surrounding marijuana, like safety, taxes and the age of consumption.

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Pot Entrepreneurs on Joining The Retail Market

Today is the first day would-be pot purveyors in Washington can apply for a business license. Some Washington medical marijuana dispensary owners are looking to expand into the retail market for cannabis. John Davis is the CEO of two dispensaries called the Northwest Patient Resource Center, and the Executive Director of an industry group, the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics. Shy Sadis owns the Joint Cooperative, a group of medical marijuana dispensaries with several locations in Washington.

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Remembering Literary Icon Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing, surely one of the worlds most uncategorizable and prolific writers, died yesterday at the age of 94 in London. Being uncategorizable and prolific are qualities she was perhaps most proud of, even more so than her Nobel Prize for literature, which was awarded in 2007 for a body of work that includes poems, stories, and some of the most imaginative science fiction. Nicholas Pearson was Doris Lessing's editor at Harper Collins, and he remembers her today on The Takeaway.

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Retro Report: A Look Back at the Detroit Sleeper Cell Case

This week the Retro Report documentary team looks back at the 2003 case of the Detroit Sleeper Cell. It was considered one of the most important post 9/11 terrorism cases, and it involved four men of Arab decent believed to be plotting attacks against an American airbase in Turkey and a hospital in Jordan. But a federal judge and the nation would soon learn that the men were innocent and were victims of a system eager for terrorism prosecutions. Retro Report producer Peter Klein joins The Takeaway to explain.

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Egyptomania: Why An Ancient Culture Holds Our Fascination

What's behind our enduring fascination with all things ancient Egypt? After 30 years of studying pharaohs, mummies, pyramids, and other artifacts of ancient life along the Nile River, Bob Brier, senior research fellow at Long Island University, has a few ideas. It's a bit of escapism, a bit of exoticism—and more than a bit of admiration for a people and culture that has managed to achieve a kind of immortality. Brier's new book is called “Egyptopmania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs.”

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National Parks Enter the Digital Age—For Better or For Worse

Park managers across America are grappling with the question of how much technology to integrate into national parks. They’re considering everything from coded signs that park-goers can scan with their smartphones to access information about the parks, to weather updates via text message. Samantha Brown is a host on the Travel Channel. She explains the possible technologies being integrated into national parks and the push back park managers are seeing as the great outdoors flirts with the digital age.

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