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All Things Considered

Painful Virus Sweeps Central America, Gains A Toehold In U.S.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

While some Americans worried that Ebola would spread around the U.S., a new mosquito-borne virus flew right in. It sickened more than 2,000 Americans and nearly a million people across the Caribbean.

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Science Friday

Don’t Stress! How to (Hopefully) Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 01, 2015

A lack of discipline isn’t what might undermine your goals, but rather an abundance of stress.

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Science Friday

An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Dr. Eric Topol's book The Patient Will See You Now argues that technology will save patients time and money—and put healthcare back in their hands.

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Science Friday

Birding Into the New Year

Thursday, January 01, 2015

We’ll check in on the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and hear what birds have made an appearance so far this winter.

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Science Friday

Families Geek Out! Try These DIY Experiments at Home

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Bill Nye the Science Guy writer Lynn Brunelle and Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments author Mike Adamick share fun science experiments parents and kids can do at home.

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Science Friday

Could an ‘Ocean’ of Water Be Trapped Within the Earth?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Rocks deep within the earth’s mantle could sequester water for billions of years and release small amounts to the surface.

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On Being

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Embracing Our Enemies and Our Suffering [remix]

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Two legendary teachers shine a Buddhist light on a classic Christian teaching: love of enemies. Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg are working together on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without, and from within.

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On Being

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Two legendary teachers shine a Buddhist light on a classic Christian teaching: love of enemies. Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg are working together on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without, and from within.

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Morning Edition

Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

Thursday, January 01, 2015

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

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A Haven In A Land Of Unsafe Abortions

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In India, abortions are legal. But women are often afraid or ashamed to seek an abortion. And for rural women, there may not be a facility nearby. Here is the story of one woman's decision.

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All Things Considered

The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.

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If You're Toasting To Health, Reach For Beer, Not (Sparkling) Wine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Though beer has been blamed for many a paunch, researchers say it's more nutritious than most other alcoholic drinks. Moderate consumption may also reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Using Both Quit Lines And Websites Helps Smokers Stop

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Every state offers quit lines and other aids to help smokers end the habit. Using both telephone and online aids works best, a study finds.

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A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh is hailed as a hero in Nigeria. She and her team refused to release an Ebola patient who was demanding to leave the hospital. But her dedication came at a cost.

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Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The virus has taken a tragic toll in their ranks. At hospitals and clinics, their photos are displayed along with messages from their friends and family: "May you rest in perfect peace."

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A Look Back At The Top 5 Shots Posts In 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In a year filled with gripping health stories, here are the ones that were the most popular with Shots readers. Think beauty pageant queens, pronouns and Ebola.

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WNYC News

It's Not Insurance, but Maybe It's a Start

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A new program for the uninsured provides unlimited primary care and wellness visits for $50 a month. But will it shield them from medical catastrophe?

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Morning Edition

Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. It's too easy to overdose, officials warn.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Year In Foreign Policy Challenges, The Preventable Ebola Epidemic, And Living Alone

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Takeaway looks at a year in foreign policy challenges for the United States, how the Ebola outbreak could have been prevented, and what it means to live alone in America.