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From Salt To Salary: Linguists Take A Page From Science

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The basic ideas of language evolution are similar to those of biological evolution, explains guest commentator Wim Hordijk. So, linguists are able to utilize the tools of evolutionary biologists.

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A Challenge To The New Congress: Fix Stagnant Wages

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The 2014 election's over, but NPR's Linda Wertheimer says we should still be talking politics, every week. Specifically, she hopes lawmakers will come together to do something about wage stagnation.

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All Things Considered

For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Friday, November 07, 2014

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Midterm Results And The New Congress

Friday, November 07, 2014

Robert Siegel talks about what's next for Congress and the White House after the midterm elections with regular contributors E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review.

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What Is That Guy Doing, Anyway?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë says this humorous video spoof of a sign language interpreter reminds us how little we really know about the communication exchange before our eyes.

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Morning Edition

Bomb Techs Work Through 'Dark Spots' To Brighter Lives

Friday, November 07, 2014

In an update to a 2011 StoryCorps interview, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Max Voelz, whose wife died disarming an IED, and Sgt. Mary Dague, who lost both arms in Iraq, both say they are happy now.

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A Dark Side Of The Focus On Gay Marriage

Thursday, November 06, 2014

As more states embrace gay marriage, might there be hidden costs for gays to such a single-issue emphasis? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a provocative look at this question.

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Despite Disasters, Explore We Must

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft has renewed criticism of commercial space exploration. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says disasters and loss of life are the cost of pushing humanity's limits.

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'La Chancla': Flip Flops As A Tool of Discipline

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Most Latino parents still believe in physical discipline of children. That puts them in step with many Americans. But is it time to put down 'La Chancla' - or 'the flip flop' - and stop spanking kids?

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All Things Considered

Tom Magliozzi: As Warm In Real Life As He Was On The Radio

Monday, November 03, 2014

NPR's Susan Stamberg shares the blame for putting the Car Talk host on the air. She looks back on good times spent with the Magliozzi family and Tom, who died on Monday.

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Why Lab Rats Don't Observe Daylight Saving Time

Monday, November 03, 2014

The effects of a time change can be significant and lasting for both hamsters and humans. Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn more about circadian rhythms.

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Dreaming Up Ways To Use Fall Back's Extra Hour

Saturday, November 01, 2014

As Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time returns, NPR's Scott Simon wonders about that extra hour, and the different ways we might best put it to use. What will you do with it?

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After A Sexual Assault And A Pregnancy, Vet Kept Her Pain Secret

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Trista Matascastillo was in officer training when she was sexually assaulted by someone she served with. Then she discovered she was pregnant. For six years, she didn't tell anybody what had happened.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Midterm Elections

Friday, October 31, 2014

Melissa Block talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about the upcoming midterm elections.

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Three Cheers For The Instant Replay

Friday, October 31, 2014

The end of the World Series allows us to revisit baseball's experiment with instant replay. Commentator Alva Noë argues it has been a success — because it makes the game not more fair but more fun.

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Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

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Animal Behavior: Two Dogs And An Ice Cream

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says this short video clip of dogs Daisy and Cooper will brighten your day.

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Can Scientific Belief Go Too Far?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Can scientists have too much faith, insisting that an idea is right despite contrary evidence? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says yes, which could pay off in the end — or be a colossal waste of time.

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Morning Edition

Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford says the Fall Classic could boost its sagging ratings by scheduling games early enough for people in the Eastern and Central Time Zones to see the end.

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Need Perspective? Watch Our Crazy Star, The Sun

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Astrophysicist Adam Frank often tells his students that one reason to study science is that it puts our lives in perspective. Take a look at this video of the sun, and you'll see what he means.

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