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OSLO (Reuters) – Defying the stereotype of the tight-lipped Scandinavian, popular Norwegian crime writer Hans Olav Lahlum set the world record for the longest interview on Thursday after spending more than 30 non-stop hours chatting in an online broadcast.
Lahlum, who rarely paused for more than a few seconds, discussed topics ranging from U.S. presidents to his fictional characters during the online show hosted by VG Nett, the online arm of Norwegian tabloid VG.
The new record awaits approval from Guinness World Records.
Fast-talking Lahlum, who is also a left-wing politician, historian and top chess player rarely stumbled during the gabfest, which also covered such scintillating topics as his preferences for mixing puddings and kebabs.
“I think I can safely say that tonight I might go to bed a little earlier than usual,” he said as he and interviewer Mads Andersen beat the old record of just over 26 hours.
Shortly after surpassing the previous record, Lahlum plunged into a weighty discussion on world literature in general and Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in particular.
“Do you have a plan for how you will get Lahlum to stop talking when the interview ends?” one viewer asked VG on its online forum.
The previous record holders – New Zealand’s Tim Shadbolt and Tom Conroy, who set the mark in a marathon radio broadcast last year – told VG on Thursday they aim to take the record back.
Norway, a pioneer in slow programming, has spawned several lengthy television hits in recent years, and public broadcaster NRK earlier this year aired a 12-hour show centered on a burning fireplace with experts discussing the intricacies of fire wood.
In 2011, it broadcast 134 hours non-stop of a cruise ship going up the Norwegian coast to the Arctic, bagging the world record for the longest continuous TV program along the way.
And an earlier broadcast of an eight hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen was so popular, NRK had to repeat it.
(Reporting by Victoria Klesty, editing by Paul Casciato)
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ROME (Reuters) – Paris St Germain sports director Leonardo asked his Sky Italia presenter partner Anna Billo to marry him live on air after Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.
Billo, who was presenting Sky’s Italian coverage of the draw in Switzerland, was speaking to Leonardo about PSG’s quarter-final pairing with Barcelona when she asked him if he had any questions for the studio panel.
The former Brazil midfielder, a former AC Milan and Inter coach, leapt on the opportunity, saying: “Anna, do you want to marry me?”, surprising a clearly embarrassed Billo.
Leonardo, who already has a son with Billo, carried on while everyone in the studio laughed.
“Do you want to marry me? You have to answer me now. I’m waiting for your answer. It’s not that difficult,” he said.
The shocked but smiling Billo stuttered: “OK… We’ll see.”
While going to an ad break her microphone remained on and fanning herself with a piece of paper, Billo said: “He’s gone mad.”
Five years ago, then France coach Raymond Domenech made a similar move, proposing to French TV presenter Estelle Denis in a live interview minutes after Les Bleus had been eliminated in the first round of Euro 2008 with a 2-0 defeat against Italy.
Other Champions League match-ups feature Bayern Munich v Juventus, Malaga v Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid v Galatasaray.
(Reporting by Terry Daley; Editing by Julien Pretot)
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The House I Live In, a newly released documentary from director Eugene Jarecki, dissects the United States’ failed drug prohibition policies, both previous to and following the declaration of the “War on Drugs” under the Nixon administration. Endorsed by Brad Pitt, who is one of the producers, the film deals with the serious consequences of our anti-drug crusades, including world-record rates of incarceration, the development of an influential prison-industrial complex, and, connected with these, the exacerbation of racial and class-based divisions in society. As with the prohibition of alcohol, current drug laws also enrich the organized crime elements, which now control large and extremely profitable drug markets.
The director makes his case largely through interviews with supporters and opponents of the War on Drugs who are involved in it in various ways, including judges, prison guards, and narcotics officers, as well as drug users and dealers. David Simon, notable as the director of the critically-acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which was centered on inner-city drug gangs, is also one of the main interview subjects. Jarecki concludes that the War on Drugs is a cruel, expensive, and ineffective policy which has done great harm to the country, including the people who are ostensibly being protected from drugs by the law.
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Episode 29 of Free Weed was recorded live on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Seattle. Expert cannabis cultivators Dru West, Swerve from The Cali Connection, and the legendary DJ Short were on hand to share their knowledge and field questions from an eager audience. Enjoy the first-ever live recording of Free Weed!
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WEDNESDAY Sept. 26, 2012 — Infants in urban areas have different patterns of viral respiratory illness than those in the suburbs, which may explain why inner-city children are more likely to develop asthma, a new study suggests.
The findings may lead to new ways to treat childhood asthma, according to Dr. James Gern of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and colleagues.
Previous studies have linked viral respiratory illnesses to the development of asthma in children and have shown that children with human rhinovirus infections are more likely to develop asthma by age 6 than those with respiratory syncytial virus infections.
In this study, researchers analyzed nasal secretions from 500 infants living in inner-city areas of Boston, Baltimore, New York City and St. Louis, and 285 infants from suburban Madison, Wis. The samples were taken while the children were healthy, and also when they had respiratory illnesses.
Inner-city infants had lower rates of human rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus than suburban infants, but were more likely to test positive for adenovirus infections — 4.8 percent of urban babies tested positive for adenovirus only versus 0.7 percent of suburban babies.
Adenovirus can cause persistent infections and the researchers suggested that adenovirus infections early in life could alter the development of the lungs or airways. The investigators plan to follow the inner-city kids for at least 10 years to determine whether adenovirus infections are associated with increased rates of asthma and lower levels of lung function.
The study was published online Sept. 26 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
The American Lung Association has more about children and asthma.
Posted: September 2012