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Steve Mencher

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Steve 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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Cooking Up Justice With Bryant Terry

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayChef and author Bryant Terry says that being a food justice activist could mean lots of things — for example, fighting for small family farmers or supporting major reform of national agriculture policies. But for Terry, author of cookbooks like Vegan Soul Kitchen and The Inspired Vegetarian, activism starts on the plate and centers on health: “My specific focus, for over a decade now, has been to look at the many ways in which people — particularly living in cities, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The mission of India’s Mangalyaan spacecraft to Mars cost a lot less than the blockbuster movie Gravity. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Babette March, the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model in 1964, is now a 72-year-old artist and innkeeper in Halfway, Ore.  (Learn more at AARP) 3. Facebook offers 50 ways to describe your gender. (Learn more at Future Tense) 4. DNA testing might solve mysteries of Mona Lisa’s smile. (Learn more at Mail Online) 5. …

This Week in Boomer History: Orbiting Earth … VW Bug … Nixon in China

Posted on 02/16/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy events from our shared experience On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to circle the Earth. Now 92, Glenn is the only surviving member of the Mercury 7, the founding group of U.S. pilots in space. President Richard Nixon’s surprise trip Feb. 21-28, 1972, marks the first time a U.S. president visits the People’s Republic of China. “I live like a man who’s already dead,” Malcolm X tells a reporter Feb. 18, 1965. He is assassinated …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Valentine’s Day is for lovers … and scammers. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Barbie, 55, is #unapologetic about appearing in Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit issue. (Learn more at Ad Age) Spotted in NYC: Barbie traded her parka for a one-piece! What are you #unapologetic about today? pic.twitter.com/CqnFl6ZLQP — Barbie (@Barbie) February 10, 2014   3. The FDA has approved a pill camera to replace some colonoscopies. (Learn more at AP) 4. Discussing movies about relationships …

This Week in Boomer History: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue … Nightly Newscast … Peanuts RIP

Posted on 02/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience On Feb. 10, 1989, Ron Brown becomes the first African American to head a major U.S. political party. Later named U.S. secretary of commerce — also the first African American to hold that post — Brown dies in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia. What’s the opposite of a love letter? On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a “fatwa” encouraging Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/5/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun 1. Tiny new generators that convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy could power pacemakers. (Learn more at Futurity) 2. On March 26, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met for the first and only time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Health insurance is most expensive in Aspen, Vail and other Colorado resort areas. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Squeals of a male pig penned with five sows in heat sounds like a …