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A Breakthrough HIV Drug, Chronicling Gun Violence, and SIMS

Friday, July 18, 2014

How a pill called Truvada is changing the face of gay sex, reporting on every gun death in America, and why Central Americans continue to make the perilous journey north. 

WNYC News

LIRR Deal Reflects National Trends on Health Care

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WNYC

Workers will start paying a portion of their salaries for health care premiums for the first time.

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Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sierra Sandison couldn't imagine how she would hide an insulin pump during beauty pageants. So she decided to show it off for the Miss Idaho pageant. She won. Type 1 diabetics say they won, too.

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Science Friday

As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

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Science Friday

Fashioning the Future

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

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Science Friday

Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

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Science Friday

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

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Science Friday

Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

Thursday, July 17, 2014

With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

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Science Friday

Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

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Science Friday

App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

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Feeling The Heat, Burning The Suits: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Ebola treatment center in Kailahun is the largest ever built, with 64 beds. A visit reveals the toll on the staff — and how much of the Ebola-fighting budget literally goes up in smoke.

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Morning Edition

Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.

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Soundcheck

With Music, Alzheimer's Patients Are 'Alive Inside'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The documentary Alive Inside shows the powerful impact music can have on seniors with severe dementia — sometimes waking them from years of non-communication.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why You Should Bribe Your Kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Educational messaging looks good on paper but kids don’t respond to it -- and adults aren’t much better.

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Soundcheck

Music And Dementia In 'Alive Inside'; Camera Obscura Plays Live; The Fictional History Of The Theremin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In this episode: The documentary Alive Inside is about the powerful impact that music can have on senior citizens with severe dementia. The film focuses on the work of one social worker, Dan Cohen, who joined us in 2012 to talk about his work. He returns to Soundcheck with the director of Alive Inside, Michael Rossato-Bennet.

Then: The latest album from the Scottish band Camera Obscura features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio, and reflects on coming backafter a hiatus and health struggles, and on Scotland's upcoming referendum on independence.

And: The theremin is an instrument that seems to be from the future. It’s played by waving your hands between two antennas -- without actually touching anything. But in fact, the theremin was invented almost a century ago, peaking in popularity in the 1950s, when its eerie sound appeared in film scores like The Thing and The Day The Earth Stood Still. And in 1966, the Beach Boys used an instrument called the Electro-Theremin, also known as the Tannerin, on their classic hit “Good Vibrations.” Now the theremin and its creator, Leon Theremin, are the subject of the new book by Sean Michaels, Us Conductors, a fictionalized take on the life of the instrument’s inventor.

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All Things Considered

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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WNYC News

Lawsuit Blames NY's Medicaid Overhaul for Home Care Cuts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A class-action lawsuit filed against New York State says the 2011 Medicaid overhaul left the disabled and chronically ill without help at home.

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All Things Considered

Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From shelter mutts to show dogs, Texas canines are getting a parasite that causes heart problems in people. Dogs don't spread the parasite directly to humans. But they help to make it more prevalent.

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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.

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