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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Gold Standard: Science of Booze, Safety For All

Friday, June 13, 2014

Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, advocates for a return to the gold standard. Plus: the delicate balance between ensuring the civil rights of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system with community safety; and an exploration of the science behind the production – and enjoyment – of booze.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Give and Take

Friday, June 13, 2014

New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes shares his tips for giving and getting advice. Then, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater discuss starring in “Much Ado About Nothing,” this year’s first Shakespeare in the Park production. Jan Maxwell and playwright Tony Giardina talk about “The City of Conversation,” about a political hostess in the waning days of the Carter Administration. And this week’s Please Explain is all about mosquitos!

 

Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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All Things Considered

Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Coldblooded, Warmblooded Mix

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

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Science Friday

‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad's Influence

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In his new book, Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children.

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Science Friday

Is NASA Ready to Make the Leap to a Manned Mission to Mars?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What technologies, budget, and partners would NASA needed for a successful manned mission to Mars?

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Science Friday

Rep. Rush Holt: Science and Congress

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Representative Rush Holt talks about how “thinking like a scientist” can help the political process.

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Science Friday

Your Summer Science Book List

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lee Billings and Maria Popova compile your perfect summer science book list.

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Science Friday

The Science of the ‘Brazuca’

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How will the “Brazuca” fly? Scientists put the World Cup soccer ball through its paces.

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Science Friday

Pre-Surgery Routine Needs an Update, Says Doc

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Robert Cima of the Mayo Clinic says science doesn't back up pre-surgical practices like fasting and colon cleanses.

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Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Thursday, June 12, 2014

An FDA official warned that wooden boards used to age cheese could harbor harmful bacteria. But cheesemakers say they've long had safety measures in place to prevent any contamination from the boards.

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Morning Edition

Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love?

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PRI's The World

Behind Boko Haram's terrorism in Nigeria is radical Islam — and environmental crises

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is driven by an extreme view of Islam, but Mother Jones reporter Erika Eichelberger says the movement is also fueled by spreading environmental crises.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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Radiolab

How We Learned That Frogs Fly

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two Harvard professors. One on a rooftop with a bucket of frogs. The other in the front yard, down below. Ready? Get set. Throw!

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All Things Considered

Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Gains Fans, But Remains Unproven

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pro athletes and duffers alike are trying injections of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries like tennis elbow. But despite thousands of studies, it's not clear that the treatment works.

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How We Learned That Frogs Fly

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two Harvard professors. One on a rooftop with a bucket of frogs. The other in the front yard, down below. Ready? Get set. Throw!

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PRI's The World

Rain barrels, wrigglers and rising temperatures bring concern about malaria to urban England

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mosquitoes that could transmit malaria are starting to proliferate in London and other cities in the UK. The reason is climate change and how people respond to it.

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