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Dear World: Bill And Melinda Gates Have 'Big Bets' For 2030

Friday, January 23, 2015

Their annual letter to the public has been published. They're betting that in 15 years, polio will be eradicated, Africa will feed itself and 2 billion people will use their phones as mobile banks.

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Morning Edition

American Millennial Missionary In Guinea Isn't Scared Off By Ebola

Friday, January 23, 2015

Luke Whitworth, 23, came to Guinea from South Carolina 13 months ago. That's when the outbreak there began. His sponsoring group gave him the option to leave — but he's determined to stay.

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Morning Edition

A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell learned to get by better on her own with echolocation, a method explored in this week's Invisibilia. But along the way, she found that independence came with costs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cosmo Presents... A Science Textbook

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Science…for Her!" has finally combined two of your favorite things: your seventh grade science textbook and Cosmo.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Looking into the Future of Abortion Debates and Neuroscience

Friday, January 23, 2015

Manoush Zomorodi guest hosts. Researching the future of the brain. John Tiffany has a vampire play. Katha Pollitt reframes the abortion debate. Megan Amram on Science...for Her!

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Vaccine Debate, An American Summer Icon, and Losing Language

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Takeaway explores a measles outbreak in California, we celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Frisbee, and we look at what's lost when a language dies.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Friday, January 23, 2015

Katha Pollitt wants to change the way we discuss abortion in this country.

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Former WWE Fighters Suing Over Alleged Brain Damage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The wrestlers say World Wrestling Entertainment downplayed dangers in the ring. The WWE says it has "never concealed any medical information related to concussions."

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30-Year Sentence Lifted For Woman In El Salvador Abortion Case

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana had steadfastly denied having an abortion. She said her unborn baby had died due to medical complications. This week, Congress pardoned her after seven years in jail.

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All Things Considered

States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Although the Republican-led House decided not to vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, 10 states already have such measures and more states are considering them.

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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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Morning Edition

Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.

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All Things Considered

Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.

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What's More Nutritious, Orange Juice Or An Orange? It's Complicated

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A study suggests that when it comes to oranges, juice may unlock more of some beneficial nutrients for our bodies to absorb than fruit does. But don't use that as an excuse to gulp down OJ just yet.

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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.

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Science Friday

Laser-patterned Metals, Black Holes, Cuban Coral, Explorers Club

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In this hour, we hear about a materials science advance that makes metal repel water, discuss black holes with Roger Penrose, learn about the health of coral reefs off the coast of Cuba, and take a tour of the Explorers Club.

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Science Friday

Bacterial Kill Switch, Comets Asteroids and Protoplanets, Bored and Brilliant

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ira and guests discuss a 'kill switch' for genetically-modified bacteria, an update on recent exploration of the solar system, and a new project from New Tech City urges you to take a closer look at your smartphone use.

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

Thursday, January 22, 2015

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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Morning Edition

Measles Outbreak At Disneyland Spreads To Other States

Thursday, January 22, 2015

California health officials say more than 4 dozen cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state — a result of an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most who got sick were not vaccinated.

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