Chloride of lime, as it was called back then, smelled terrible and was known to be toxic, so the idea of putting it in drinking water seemed ludicrous. But Leal realized that in small doses, it was essentially harmless to humans and yet still effective at destroying deadly bacteria. “Leal understood [this] in part because he had access to very good microscopes,” explains Johnson. “In the old days, if you had a hypothesis about how to clean the water, you would kind of do it, and then you’d wait for a month and see if anybody died.”


I said, “The only way I can play someone this hard is for something to be peeled away each week, and the first thing that needs to go is the wig.” I just wanted to deal with her hair. It’s a big thing with African-American women…You start when you’re just a young girl. Do you twist it? Do you leave it natural when it’s so hard to take care of? Then you start wearing wigs but every night before bed you’ve got to take the wig off and deal with your hair underneath. And it’s a part of Annalise that I needed the writers to deal with because I’ve never seen it, ever, on TV and I thought it would be very powerful. It’s part of her mask. - Viola Davis (x)

I need everybody to watch this show.

I don’t like Grey’s Anatomy and I have some capital I issues with Scandal, but HTGAWM is legitimately some of the best stuff on TV right now. Not a single character has been one dimensional so far. They tackle gay sex in a way that doesn’t feel exploitative most of the time. There are relationships with real power imbalances in unexpected directions, and this scene…I swear to god, this scene is the best thing I’ve seen on a broadcast TV show in my entire life.

And the line she ends it with…that wig isn’t an armor, it’s a mask. She takes her mask off and shows her REAL power a moment later when she confronts her husband. She’s preparing for a fight by becoming herself. It’s so freaking cool.

My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I’ve ever had. Admittedly, it was about different species of turtles and whether I preferred the red-eared slider to the diamond-backed terrapin. This might not have been my choice of topic, but it was back and forth, and it followed a logical trajectory. I can promise you that for most of my beautiful son’s 13 years of existence, that has not been the case.
Once the process starts rolling, a point of no return happens: at the same time that I started taking filgrastim shots, the recipient was starting their “conditioning regimen” of chemotherapy or irradiation. It’s one thing to say “yes” to having a chemotherapy recovery drug injected into you. It’s another to be told that you should “really avoid any risks over the next few days, because if anything happens to you, the recipient will definitely die.”


You may not know the name Homer Laughlin, a china factory in Newell, W. Va., but you’ll likely recognize — or have eaten off of — its most famous product: brightly colored, informal pottery called Fiesta.

While most of America’s china factories have closed, unable to compete with “made in China” or Japan or Mexico, Homer Laughlin, which set up shop on the banks of the Ohio River in 1873, is still going strong. It employs about 1,000 people.

Linda Wertheimer takes us into the depths of the factory — which feels like a relic from a different time — to show us how Fiesta has kept this company going.

Photos/GIFs by Ross Mantle for NPR