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Steve Mencher

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Steve Mencher writes about culture, politics, the news and other subjects for AARP. He's also a jazz musician with the Willis Gidney Quintet. He has worked for Carnegie Hall, NPR and the Library of Congress as an audio, video and multimedia producer.

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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Google’s latest self-driving car doesn’t have a steering wheel or brake pedal. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Some astronomers insist that the likelihood of life beyond earth is “close to 100 percent,” scientists testified recently. (Learn more at The Independent) 3. Traveling the globe, Biddy the hedgehog is an Instagram sensation. (Learn more at Daily Dot)   >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter 4. If you think that home is the place to recuperate from work, …

This Week in Boomer History: Deep Throat … Michael Jackson … ‘Mrs. Robinson’

Posted on 05/25/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayPrime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India dies on May 27, 1964, at age 74, having served in the post since India’s independence in 1947. His daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi will also serve as prime minister of India; both are assassinated. On May 31, 2005, Vanity Fair reveals that former FBI official Mark Felt is “Deep Throat,” the source who confirmed explosive information about the Watergate break-in and cover-up to Washington Post investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. In Culpeper, Va., …

Older Americans Face Increasing Risk of Hunger

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMore than 15 percent of Americans over age 60 — some 9.3 million men and women — experienced the threat of hunger in 2012, according to a report just released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. From the start of the recession in 2007 to 2012, the number of older people threatened by hunger has jumped 49 percent. The report, based on statistics from the 2012 Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, says the following groups of older Americans …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 05/21/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The bones of a seven-story-tall dinosaur, called the largest creature ever to walk the earth, were discovered in Argentina. (Learn more at NPR) 2. The outgoing Indian prime minister had 1.24 million Twitter followers before he reset the government account, making the new PM start over. (Learn more at Quartz) Honorable Outgoing PM Dr Manmohan Singh farewell speech to the nation Full Speech: http://t.co/Z7NrGabt1R pic.twitter.com/An6GyIlBRI — Yuva Desh (@yuvadesh) May 17, 2014 3. The residents of Paraguay are …

Does Google Owe You a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYou might have grown up worrying that everything you did wrong would go on your “permanent record.” On May 13, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google, whose search engine is the permanent record of our digital lives, must remove links to information about Europeans at their request, if that information is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” Europeans will have the opportunity we all might like: to clean up our personal Web search results and remove the bits …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Pulp Fiction’ … Marilyn Monroe … ‘What’s Going On’

Posted on 05/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On is released May 21, 1971. Influenced by letters his brother sent from Vietnam, Gaye writes the songs from the perspective of a Vietnam vet. Happy birthday, Mr. President. At Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe serenades President John Kennedy at a fundraiser on May 19, 1962. Monroe dies less than three months later at age 36. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Ambassador Foy Kohler delivers a protest …