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News From The Charity Stripe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NCAA basketball fans often strive to rattle free throw shooters — but, for commentator Frank Deford, few efforts match Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction, which he sums up as: "shock and awful."

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Much Rests On The Enhanced Large Hadron Collider

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This month, the powerful particle accelerator will be back up and running — bigger and bolder than before. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says it may bring big discoveries or be nature's big tease.

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How A Soggy Solar System Can Spark A New Human Future

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Astrophysicist Adam Frank says the recent discovery of all this water across the solar system has just made humanity's long-term possibilities a whole lot more possible.

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Univision Race Gaffe Shows Culture Gap

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Univision commentator's ugly remarks about Michelle Obama are more than just an idle misstep. Essayist Maria Murriel says they reveal an ugly truth about Latin American culture: It's really racist.

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Seven Decades On, Anne Frank's Words Still Comfort

Saturday, March 14, 2015

70 years ago, Anne Frank died in a concentration camp. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the diarist, and two teenagers, Afghan refugee Asiieh Panahi and Chicagoan Sydney Falls, read from her writing.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Sen. Tom Cotton's Letter To Iran, Clinton Addresses Emails

Friday, March 13, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for the National Review and columnist for Bloomberg View. They discuss Sen. Tom Cotton's open letter to Iranian leaders and Hillary Clinton's press conference this week, where she addressed her use of a private email account while she was Secretary of State.

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Does Being Vegan Really Help Animals?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

More people are moving toward a plant-based diet, for a variety of reasons. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks three animal activists what this might mean for animals — and the world.

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All Things Considered

No Time For Laughs Dr. Jones, These Jokes Are Fast

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

British comedian Clive Greenaway has broken the world record for telling the most jokes in one minute. That's 26 jokes, or about a joke every two seconds.

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All Things Considered

$7 Million Verdict Blurs The Lines On Music Sampling

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A jury concluded that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke must pay over $7 million to Marvin Gaye's heirs for copying his music. Audie Cornish asks what this mean for music in the age of sampling.

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Morning Edition

Deford: NCAA Fans Continue To Drink Deeply Of The (Sports) Spirits

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recent scandals involving student athletes at Syracuse University and other prominent athletic departments, remind commentator Frank Deford of speakeasies during Prohibition.

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Are 'Big' Truths Better Than 'Small' Truths?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Humans, with our finite lives, are naturally drawn to grand questions about time, space and the cosmos. But, astrophysicist Adam Frank asks, where does that leave life's little truths?

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Easy Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing (Maybe)

Monday, March 09, 2015

Does heavy smartphone use lead to lazy thinking? Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks beyond the headlines.

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Who Was Mr. Spock?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The passing of actor Leonard Nimoy gives us an occasion to think again about the character of Mr. Spock himself. Commentator Alva Noë reflects.

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High School Coach Takes The Heat, And Teaches Her Team About Character

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Narbonne High girls' basketball team added pink to their uniforms for a cancer awareness program, and got penalized. But their coach stepped in to take responsibility, so the girls could play.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Clinton Emails, Ferguson Police Department Report

Friday, March 06, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for the National Review and columnist for Bloomberg View. They discuss Hillary Clinton's private email server, the Affordable Care Act arguments in the Supreme Court and the Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department.

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Evolution And Airplane Security

Friday, March 06, 2015

In recent years, airplane service carts have found a new role in security. It's a striking example of the sort of co-adaptation that is often at work in natural biological evolution, says Alva Noë.

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Winter Zen: Taking A Cue From Snow Monkeys

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Famous already for epic snowstorms, winter 2015 isn't done with us yet. Anthropologist Barbara J. King says she found much-needed calm in this film of Japanese snow monkeys coping with winter.

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Do Fairies Live In The Multiverse?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Little, fabulous, flying entities capable of magical deeds that defy what we think reasonable in this world may exist, but we couldn't confirm this directly, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As Major League Baseball's exhibition season begins, commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to be able to overcome his fall from grace, at least in the eyes of the fans.

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All Things Considered

Debate About French Muslim Identity Plays Out In Hip-Hop

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

As part of our stories about Muslims in Western Europe, commentator Hisham Aidi, author of the book Rebel Music, talks about how music factors into the cultural differences between French Muslims.

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