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Tribute: Carl Djerassi

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Carl Djerassi once described himself as an “intellectual polygamist,” but he may be best known as the chemist who created the birth control pill.
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The Shrinking Afghan National Army

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Afghan National Army tends to loose nearly a third of its personnel every year, it's getting worse, and the DOD is trying to cover up these losses
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What "Supercookies" Mean for Your Online Privacy

Thursday, February 05, 2015

These undeletable customer codes used by Verizon could be exploited by third parties, like advertisers, to follow users around the web.
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How to Survive a Collision Involving A Turtle

Thursday, February 05, 2015

O. Henry Award–winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Arthur Bradford talks about his new short story collection, Turtleface and Beyond.
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Into The Woods, Turtleface, and Supercookies

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Ted Conover on solitary confinement. The directors and star of "Into the Woods." Arthur Bradford's new short story collection. The dangers of Supercookies. The disappearing Afghan Army.
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The Horrors of Solitary Confinement

Thursday, February 05, 2015

One tactic used to punish prisoners in Guantanamo Bay is rampant throughout American jails and prisons: solitary confinement. 
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A Comedy Star Falls To Earth in Nick Hornby's New Novel

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Life begins imitating art for the rising comedian Sophie Straw in Hornby's "Funny Girl." 
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Bankrolling the Vatican

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Catholic Church has a vast amount of wealth, and byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world. At its heart are cardinals-turned-financiers.
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Making Art As a Form of Meditation

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The star of Tokyo's postwar avant-garde who reinvented himself, and conceptual art. 
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Nick Hornby's New Novel. Bankrolling the Vatican.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The dangers of China's rise to the top. Nick Hornby's new novel. A new exhibit of On Kawara's art. The Vatican's bankers. 
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Will China Become The Next Global Superpower?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

For more than forty years, the U.S. has played a key role helping the Chinese government take its place on the world stage. But how will China's rise affect the U.S.?
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Botticelli, Mafiosi, Berlusconi: The Paradox of Italy

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Football, Freemasonry, sex, symbolism, and why the Italians have twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover.
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Investigating Drug Treatment at Home, and Culture Abroad

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Treating heroin in Kentucky. Inside Italian history, culture, and religion. Legendary songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The power of improv.
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Music, Glamour, and a Murder Mystery

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cynthia Weil and her husband and songwriting partner, Barry Mann, talk about their life, career, and Cynthia's debut mystery novel.
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Saying Yes: The Power of Improv

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton, executives from The Second City in Chicago, discuss the power of improvisational techniques in everyday life.
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Heroin Use Is On the Rise, But New Treatments Are Being Ignored

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Heroin addiction programs are failing addicts in Kentucky. There is a new drug that provides an alternative to the controversial methadone detox method, but few doctors are using it.
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From Cold War Russia to Modern Day New Jersey

Monday, February 02, 2015

Elena Gorokhova talks about her memoir, Russian Tattoo, where she navigates the journey of an immigrant, filled with everyday mistakes, small humiliations, and a loss of dignity.
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Re-engineering Farm Animals, Ignoring Their Welfare

Monday, February 02, 2015

Scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry, but animal welfare has been ignored.
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Does the NSA Know How to Prevent Terrorist Attacks?

Monday, February 02, 2015

The NSA’s metadata program has been ineffective in thwarting terrorist attacks, since many attacks in recent years have been perpetrated by people known to law enforcement.
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The 1910 Fire That Burned Through Nearly 3 Million Acres in 36 Hours

Monday, February 02, 2015

 “The Big Burn” is the story of the massive wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. The fire devoured more than three million acres in 36 hours. 
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