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Setting The Record Straight For Alan Turing

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The world lost a young genius because people were uncomfortable with whom he was inclined to love, says commentator Adam Frank. The future of computing may have been very different if he'd been alive.

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My Resolution For 2015: Be Smart About My Smartphone

Monday, January 05, 2015

Next time you shoot off an email between errands, will you praise your dedication or lament your inefficiency? Commentator Tania Lombrozo's New Year's resolution is to rethink emailing after hours.

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Egypt's Citizens Still Wait 'To Breathe Deep The Air Of Freedom'

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Egypt has announced a retrial for three journalists jailed for their work. NPR's Eric Westervelt reflects on the reversal of justice in Egypt since his time covering the popular uprising at Tahrir.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Friday, January 02, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.

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All Things Considered

For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Friday, January 02, 2015

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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Morning Edition

Out Of Tragedy, An Unexpected Connection Is Made

Friday, January 02, 2015

The parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in a car accident have formed a bond with the sister of the woman who drove the speeding car. The couple says their meetings have eased their pain.

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Reflecting On The Year In Animals

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King looks back at animals in the news this past year — and offers her top five animal videos of 2014, including altruistic tortoises, playful fish and happy hens.

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Morning Edition

Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick is that rare play-by-play man who is both an authority on the game and a connoisseur of the language.

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In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Philosopher Alva Noë explores ideas in a new book that suggests consciousness and self is best looked at by combining insight from Western science, Indian philosophy and contemplative practices.

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How Pete Seeger Revealed The Power Of Music To Me

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The death of Pete Seeger this year has NPR's Eric Westervelt reflecting on how the folk legend convinced him that music could create community and possibly foster change.

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All Things Considered

For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

Friday, December 26, 2014

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: U.S.-Russia Ties, Slain NYPD Officers

Friday, December 26, 2014

Political commentators Ramesh Ponnuru and Gail Collins discuss state of U.S.- Russian relations, the two slain NYPD officers, and Senators Paul Rand and Marco Rubio clash over the U.S.-Cuba thaw.

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Morning Edition

The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

Friday, December 26, 2014

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.

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Santa Clues: How Kids Learn The Truth About Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A recent study suggests emerging understanding of physical possibility fuels some reasonable skepticism, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.

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Morning Edition

A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.

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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.

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The Magic Of Christmas Eve Goes Beyond Religion

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For a few hours on Christmas Eve, we let the charade and the walls drop and recognize each other for what we all are — fellow travelers on a journey no one understands, says commentator Adam Frank.

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30 Years Of Friendship, Through Fear And An Uncertain Future

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Doug Neville and Ryan Johnson met shortly before Neville learned he was HIV-positive and began living with the specter of death. "I didn't know what I was going to do if you died," Johnson says.

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New Cuba Policy Stirs Caribbean Memories

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For NPR's Carline Watson, the U.S. policy shift toward Cuba is more than a news story; it closes an important chapter in her personal history.

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All Things Considered

This Season, Broadway Hits The Big Screen — Twice

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Two movies this holiday season are adaptations of Broadway musicals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with arts critic Bob Mondello and pop culture blogger Linda Holmes about Annie and Into The Woods.

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