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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Iran Nuclear Deal, Egg Science, Long-flying Bird

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Eric Holthaus breaks down the new U.S. climate pledge, Energy Secretary Moniz talks Iran, Jeff Potter describes egg cookery, and a look at the 1700 mile flight of the blackpoll warbler.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Mercury, BAHFest Science Satire, Cancer Vaccines

Thursday, April 02, 2015

How dust from passing comets could have darkened the surface of Mercury, a festival that challenges science fans to construct real arguments for completely bogus hypotheses, and looking to the genome of a patients tumor to build a cancer vaccine.

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Will Your Child Become Nearsighted? One Simple Way To Find Out

Thursday, April 02, 2015

If you're not a bit farsighted at age 6, you're much more likely to be nearsighted by age 12, a study of thousands of children finds. A simple eye refraction exam can spot it early on.

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The Kids Brainwashed By Boko Haram Were Silent For Good Reason

Thursday, April 02, 2015

That's how children cope with a fearful situation. We learn more about the 84 boys rescued from a school reportedly influenced by the terrorist group, which is notorious for kidnapping youngsters.

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The Takeaway

Praying The Weight Away in Evangelical Communities

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Evangelical communities suffer from high rates of premature death, obesity, and diabetes. But at least one pastor in Tennessee is aiming to use the church to improve community health.

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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Religion Trumps Medicine

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Dr. Paul Offit argues parents should not be able to opt their children out of vaccinations and medical treatment because of their personal beliefs.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Historic Drought, Deceptive Lobbying, and Legalized Discrimination

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Takeaway explores California's water ciris, how lobbyists are steering the debate on the national Highway Funding Bill, and we connect the dots between the Supreme Court and Indiana.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Menendez Indicted; Childless, Not By Choice; Chris Messina

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Sen. Menendez indicted on federal bribery charges; a year of paid sick leave; Nigeria's elections; childless, and not by choice; Dr. Paul Offit and the actor and director Chris Messina.

All Things Considered

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

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All Things Considered

Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.

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All Things Considered

Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.

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All Things Considered

Arizona Requires Doctors To Say Abortion Pill Is Reversible

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Arizona is requiring doctors to tell women using the "abortion pill" that it can be reversed. NPR takes a look at whether that's true.

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Navajos Fight Their Food Desert With Junk Food And Soda Taxes

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Many have dreamed of taxing Cheetos and soda. The Navajo Nation is now doing both. The first-in-the U.S. tax measure aims to raise revenue for health programs and make wholesome food more affordable.

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A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.

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Diagnosing A Sinus Infection Can Be A DIY Project

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The nation's ear, nose and throat doctors want people to diagnose sinus infections themselves in an effort to reduce overuse of antibiotics. They're telling you how.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Case Study: Toms River

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Dan Fagin won the Pulitzer Prize for his in-depth account of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, the children who were sickened and the community that fought back. 

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To Avoid Surprise Insurance Bills, Tell Exchange Plan When You Move

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.

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Morning Edition

Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The product is called snus — a tiny bag of smokeless tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

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The Takeaway

The Infant Mortality Health Crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Infant mortality rates are two and a half times higher for black mothers than for white and Hispanic women. It’s even worse in the rural South.

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