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Science Friday

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Transcendence'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the science behind the Hollywood techno-thriller Transcendence.

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Science Friday

What’s Shaking Up Oklahoma?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Earthquakes have increased by 50 percent in Oklahoma since 2013 and may be linked to drilling disposal wells.

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Science Friday

Young Blood Sharpens Memory in Old Mice

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The blood of young mice seems to rejuvenate older mice, both strengthening their muscles and improving their ability to learn and remember.

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Science Friday

The Serious Science of Humor

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Author Scott Weems lets us in on the jokes and uncovers the science of humor.

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If Polar Bears Can Eat A Ton Of Fat And Be Healthy, Why Can't We?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Baby polar bears slurp milk that's 27 percent fat, and adults dine on seal blubber. Scientists think bears' adaptation to a high-fat diet might lead to better ways to treat human obesity.

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HealthCare.Gov Looks Like A Bargain Compared With State Exchanges

Thursday, May 08, 2014

As rocky as the rollout of HealthCare.gov was, the federal exchange was relativiely efficient in signing up enrollees. Each one cost an average of $647 in federal tax dollars.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Obamacare May Not Let You Go Out of Network

Thursday, May 08, 2014

For people with health insurance plans they bought on the New York State Affordable Care Act exchange, doctor choice can be limited and none of the plans offer out-of-network coverage. WNYC reporter Fred Mogul explains that while these narrow networks might keep costs down, some customers aren't happy with the doctors they can choose from. And, New York State just announced it still won't require out of network coverage next year. Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at Community Service Society and co-founder of Healthcare for All New York, also weighs in.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rethinking Your Birth Story

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Hillary Frank, young adult author and This American Life contributor, is the host of "The Longest Shortest Time", a podcast about early childhood (months 0-36), and she's been thinking about how she might have given birth differently if she could. She talks about why some women wish they had a different birth story, what she heard from Ina May Gaskin (mother of the modern natural birth movement), and takes calls about how to make decisions about labor. 

 

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The Takeaway

Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger.

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Advocates Back Paid Sick Leave, But Opponents Won't Cough It Up

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Top earners are usually paid when they stay home sick, but low-income workers are not. That has triggered a debate about fairness and risks to public health when incentives force sick people to work.

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Morning Edition

Study: Time Away Can Hurt Surgeons' Job Performance

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Surgeons need rest days, weekends and vacations. But when they come back to work after a break, do they come back refreshed — or rusty?

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Morning Edition

Drug Industry Moves To Cut Costs, Banks On Future Big Sellers

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bayer has announced it is buying Merck's consumer drugs business, and Pfizer is trying to take over AstraZeneca. Why is this reorganization happening now, and what does it mean for drug development?

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WNYC News

Health Care Lessons from the Hotel Union

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent labor agreement requires the city and its unions to cut health-care costs by billions in the next four years. How that's supposed to happen is where it gets tricky.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon.

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The Takeaway

Wrongfully Convicted Man Fights for What's His | African Film Festival Sheds New Light on Nigeria | Rubbish: Uncovering the Problems With Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Outrage Cripples Nigerians in Face of Kidnappings | After 10 Years Behind Bars, A Wrongfully Convicted Man Fights for What's His | Syrian Opposition Surrenders Homs | Rubbish: Uncovering the Problems With Trash | Can You Trust the Cops? | How Music & Technology Influence Each Other

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Things Fall Apart, Come Together

Thursday, May 08, 2014

A law professor argues affirmative action should be based not on race, but place. Plus: some customers with new insurance plans on the New York State ACA exchange are dismayed to find the selection of in-network doctors is small; how the U.S. might be able to help find the missing Nigerian schoolgirls and what might ease the ongoing violence in the region; the policy and politics of the UFT (and other municipal worker) contracts; and birth stories, dissected.   

All Things Considered

Snip Decision: Africa's Campaign To Circumcise Its Men

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

A campaign in Africa to prevent HIV has persuaded 6 million teens and men to get circumcised and aims to sign up 14 million more. To do so, health officials must appeal to male vanity.

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All Things Considered

Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Many North Carolina counties have no psychiatrists, so emergency rooms are experimenting with beaming in the doctor on video. The hospital can then provide needed treatment.

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All Things Considered

Vermont's GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Vermont gets ready to become the first state to require food producers to label products that are genetically modified, but not without preparing for major legal battles with companies like Monsanto.

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Shinseki: Swift Action If Problems At VA Hospital Are True

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The veterans affairs secretary says he takes seriously allegations that some patients at a Phoenix hospital may have died while waiting a year or more for treatment.

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