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Thursday, September 27, 2007

A robotic spacecraft has been in Saturn’s orbit for three years, studying the planet and its moons. On today’s Underreported, two members of the mission explain how their discoveries provide insight into our own origins on Earth. Then, why up to 1 million people still speak the universal language Esperanto. Plus, Ann Patchett on her fifth and latest novel. And we’re joined by three of this year’s Lasker Award winners, the medical profession’s answer to the Nobel Prize.


Ann Patchett

Underreported: The Cassini-Huygens Space Mission

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn is a multinational cooperation between three space agencies and 17 nations, with a total cost of over $3 billion. Launched in 1997, its goal was to orbit Saturn and its moons, and probe the atmosphere of Titan and land on its surface. The spacecraft has ...

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Esperanto: The Universal Language

L.L. Zamenhof created Esperanto in 1887 with the goal of increasing international understanding and cooperation through the use of a universal second language. That lofty goal wasn’t reached, but an estimated 100,000 to 1 million speakers are still using the language today – and about 1,000 of those speakers are ...

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Ann Patchett’s New Novel

In Run, Ann Patchett explores what it takes to be a family. The novel centers on the family of a former mayor of Boston and what happens when one of his sons is nearly killed in a traffic accident.

Run is available for purchase at

Events: Ann ...

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The 2007 Lasker Awards

The Lasker Awards have come to be known as “America’s Nobels” and are the most coveted awards in medical science. Leonard will be joined by three of this year’s winners. Ralph M. Steinman discovered dendritic cells – the preeminent component of the immune system that initiates and regulates the body’s ...

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