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Sleep's Mortal Enemy: Screens

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We don't sleep like nature intended, and technology is to blame. From the gaslight to the smartphone, technological innovation has been knocking the human body clock out of sync with nature. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Battles Over Sriracha, Syria & Saving the Media

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sen. Al Franken: Save the Future of Media | Turkey in Mourning After Coal Mine Disaster | Syrian Medical Infrastructure Increasingly Under Assault | How to Survive Without Sriracha | The Ice Cream Truck Song Gets a Makeover | The Dangers of Leaving Elderly Patients Out of Medical Trials | ...

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station is set to come down as the licensing agreement on the iconic David Bowie song expires.

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Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For the fashion-conscious gardener, here are the most colorful and flavorful new edibles. This year's picks include the indigo tomato, wasabi and a pineapple-flavored berry.

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Russia Aborts Rocket Engine Sales, GPS Cooperation With U.S.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The moves come after Washington banned some high-tech equipment sales to Russia as part of sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

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Radiolab

Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

You don't have to notice, but if you do, it's like a hidden kiss. There have always been popular television shows that sneak bits of arcane learning into their storylines. Star Trek did this. Dr. Who (in Britain) did this. So, back in the day, did Rocky and Bullwinkle, and before them, a cartoon show called Crusader Rabbit. You'd be watching the program, and — hiding in a tossed-off bit of dialogue, a detail on the set, or some signage in the background — there would be a sly reference to a math problem or to a philosopher.

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Morning Edition

More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why.

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PRI's The World

Europeans can now request information about themselves be removed from the web

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A top court in Europe ruled Tuesday that individuals there can ask search engines to remove links to online data they find objectionable. But the decision has left experts with more questions than answers.

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PRI's The World

Champagne may be in trouble, but climate change has sparkling wine from England on the rise

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fine sparkling wine from England? Climate change is helping make it so. But global warming in the UK also means more unpredictable weather, which can be bad news for growers.

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PRI's The World

Scientists say the retreat of west Antarctica's ice sheet is unstoppable

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Scientists say a massive ice sheet in Antarctica is starting to collapse. It's not going to slide into the ocean over night, but rather over centuries. Still, it will fall, scientists say. It's gotten to the point it can't be stopped — and that means rising sea levels.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Think Like A Freak: Think Like A Child

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, hosts of the Freakonomics podcast and authors of Think Like A Freak, talk about ways to retrain your brain and challenge how you think. Today: why thinking like a child -- thinking small -- can help solve big problems.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cooking Up Changes: Michael Pollan, Freakonomics and Forgiveness

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Freakonomics co-hosts Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt explain how to retrain the brain - specifically how thinking like a child can help solve adult problems. Plus: A Bangladeshi immigrant practices mercy and forgiveness toward the man who tried to kill him; and Michael Pollan on how cooking changes more than just the physical makeup of food.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Inside Looks at An Oil Boom, A Musical Resurrection and An Ill-Fated Voyage

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Should We Have the 'Right to Be Forgotten' Online? | Audio Essay: A Poignant Warning About the Future from a Forgotten Writer | Ukrainian Journalists Navigate the Fog of War | Sleepy New Mexico Towns See Oil Boom | King of Pop Resurrected: A Look at Michael Jackson's New Album, 'Xscape' | ...

Melting Of Antarctic Ice Sheet Might Be Unstoppable

Monday, May 12, 2014

A new study examined 40 years of data collected by ground, air and satellite stations and found that sea level could rise by more than 10 feet in coming centuries.

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All Things Considered

'Past The Point Of No Return:' An Antarctic Ice Sheet's Slow Collapse

Monday, May 12, 2014

NASA held a press conference to discuss the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise. The researchers announced that the ice sheet's collapse is both underway and unstoppable.

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Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think

Monday, May 12, 2014

Expectant mothers are more likely to get into serious car crashes, a study finds. The risk is highest in the second trimester, when accident rates are similar to those for people with sleep apnea.

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The Takeaway

Learn to 'Think Like a Freak' with Stephen Dubner

Monday, May 12, 2014

In his new book, "Think Like a Freak," Stephen Dubner, host of the Freakonomics, breaks down the decision-making process and explains why it’s often important to admit defeat.

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Morning Edition

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The California-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Think Like A Freak: Say "I Don't Know"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Stephen Dubner, host of the Freaknomics podcast and co-author (with Steven Levitt) of Think Like A Freak (HarperCollins, 2014), joins The Brian Lehrer Show for a three-part series about retraining your brain to "think like a freak." Today, he'll explain why it's important to admit when you don't know the answer to a question, and the danger of predicting the future.

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PRI's The World

A reporter finds China's tiger farms likely contribute to poaching — rather than alleviating it

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tiger farms in China were supposed to help reduce the market for wild tiger parts. But a recent investigation suggests they may instead be fueling the market.

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