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Doctors Say Don't Give Birth To Baby In A Tub, But Midwives Disagree

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Women can give birth in water at a growing number of hospitals, but the nation's pediatricians and obstetricians say there's not enough proof that it's safe. Midwives say it's fine for many women.

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Remember Fat-Free Mania? Take Our Survey

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fat-free products exploded onto the market in the 1990s. Did they change how you eat? We want to know. Tell us how the era influenced your eating habits and share your views on low-fat diets.

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WNYC News

The Art that Shows How Buddha Cures

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Visual arts had a special role in the development of Tibetan medicine.

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Insurance Chief Suggests Adding A New, Lower Level Of Health Plan

Friday, March 21, 2014

Representing U.S. health insurance companies, Karen Ignagni says she would add a "lower tier" to the Affordable Care Act options. That could entice healthier people to join the law's new risk pools.

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All Things Considered

OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding

Friday, March 21, 2014

As e-cigarettes become popular, bosses and others continue to mull over the pros and cons of letting workers vape on the job. Are e-cigs a polluting gateway to tobacco, or do they help smokers quit?

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Saturated Fat Is Back!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Americans have long been told to stay away from foods high in saturated fats. But new research suggests they might not be as bad for you as once thought.

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Teenage Drinkers Go For High-End Liquor And Cheap Beer, Too

Friday, March 21, 2014

Liquor companies have gotten a lot of heat for marketing sweet, fruity drinks that appeal to underage drinkers. But teens also favor premium vodka and whiskey. Cost isn't always driving choice.

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Morning Edition

Why Cholera Persists In Haiti Despite An Abundance Of Aid

Friday, March 21, 2014

The deadly bacteria continue to sicken and kill people in Haiti. And the epidemic won't stop until the country provides basic sanitation. Many Haitians still don't even have latrines.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Medical Marijuana

Friday, March 21, 2014

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, and is used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, side effects of chemotherapy, as well as pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Igor Grant, Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the UC Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, tells us about his research into the possible utility of cannabis compounds in the amelioration of certain severe manifestations of disease. And Jim Rendon, author of Supercharged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, talks about the changing attitudes toward marijuana and how the increasing acceptance of medical marijuana is changing the legal and commercial landscape.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Caffeine; "Nymphomaniac"; Ethnic Cleansing in Greece and Turkey; Please Explain

Friday, March 21, 2014

On today’s show, we’ll find out about America’s favorite addictive drug, caffeine. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård talk about starring in Lars von Trier’s controversial new film, “Nymphomaniac.” We’ll also take a look at why, in the early 1920s, 1.2 million Greek Orthodox people were expelled from Turkey and 400,000 Muslims were expelled from Greece. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about medical marijuana.

WNYC News

Despite National Decline, in NYC Tuberculosis Ticks Upward

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Not an epidemic — but the trend is troubling.

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All Things Considered

Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The human nose may be able to distinguish more than a trillion different odors and fragrances, research hints. If true, our noses are much more discerning with smells than our eyes are with color.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sculpting Science

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paleo-artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts discuss the intersection between art and science.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Food Failures: Knead-to-Know Science Behind Bread

Thursday, March 20, 2014

America's Test Kitchen editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science behind a perfect loaf.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Digital Gets Physical

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Researchers detected waves coming just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A Bird-Like ‘Chicken From Hell’ Dino Discovery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anzu wyliei was a toothless, bird-like dinosaur that weighed 500 pounds.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Scientists Test What the Nose Knows

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A new study claims the human nose can distinguish one trillion unique smells.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Also on Today's Show Some news out of Australia could have some big implications for the Malaysian jetliner mystery...A new face of the 9/11 terrorist attacks took to the stand yesterday in a federal courtroom in Manhattan...The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has announced that 50 percent of Syria's declared stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed...Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress and other charges. But today a judge decided that he will not serve time in prison and he'll keep his pension.

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Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says millions of dollars have been saved by testing immigrants and refugees for tuberculosis before they enter the U.S.

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