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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wildlife During the Longer Winter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We're not the only species that felt the unusually long and bitter winter. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen, explains how rats were forced to eat trees. Asian tiger mosquitoes were also hit hard. And new kinds of birds are in the area. What signs of a long winter are you seeing in the city's natural world? Birders, which species are you seeing? Wildlife watchers and gardeners, what other signs of the polar vortex are you observing as spring begins?

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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WNYC News

The Harsh Winter Has Unexpected Effects on NYC Environment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring is finally here after one of the longest, coldest snowiest winters in years. Multiple snowfalls and sustained freezing temperatures took a toll on many New Yorker’s psyches, as well as on the natural environment.

 

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PRI's The World

'Rewilding' activists aim to bring back some long-extinct beasts to Europe

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

There's a movement afoot in the UK and beyond to reintroduce a host of long-eradicated species, from wolves and bears to wild cows, rhinos and elephants.

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PRI's The World

Does the Kremlin now control the Facebook of Russia?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

With its "Matrix"-loving founder pushed out and a Kremlin-friendly businessman in control, Russia's social media giant, Vkontakte, may face pressure to cooperate with the government.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Journey through the Science of Sound and Language

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When journalist Lydia Denworth's third son, Alex, was nearly two, he was diagnosed with significant hearing loss that was likely getting worse, a discovery that left her reeling. Her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language is an investigation into the science of hearing, child language acquisition, neuroplasticity, brain development, and Deaf culture, as a mother strives to find answers for her deaf son.

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PRI's The World

Many Sherpas are going home to give Mount Everest 'a rest'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

There's a debate on the mountain this week, as Sherpas decide whether to continue climbing or leave for their homes after last week's avalanche. PRI's The World talks with the son of one of the most famous Sherpa mountaineers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis and French Songs by Carla Bruni

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. He talks to Michael Lewis about the world of flash trading on Wall Street. Singer, songwriter, and former First Lady of France Carla Bruni discusses her latest album, “Little French Songs.” Music critic and reporter Joel Selvin on the little-known story of rhythm and blues songwriter and record producer Bert Berns. A mother talks about raising a deaf son and what she learned about the science of hearing. Julene Bair talks about trying to preserve her family’s Kansas farm to pass on to future generations.

Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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All Things Considered

A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball.

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All Things Considered

The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right.

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The Takeaway

Are We Causing the Next Mass Extinction?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vast changes in the ecosystem have caused five mass extinctions throughout history. The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert argues that humans are causing the sixth.

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Mercury Moves In Mysterious Ways

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A whole new world opens up before our eyes when we look more closely at vibrations, says astrophysicist Adam Frank as he shares a video showing a dancing drop of mercury.

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Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A pair of swans suggests Love Eternal. You often see them in twos, gliding together. But they're not Nature's Coupliest Birds. Which are?

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Morning Edition

Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Earth Day Family Meeting: Let’s Fix This Mess

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We need to talk about the environment. No politics. No hysteria. Just science. Listen live to The Brian Lehrer Show to hear what's happening, what needs to be fixed, and where you fit in. 

PRI's The World

A new report documents hundreds of green activists killed in resource and land conflicts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nearly a thousand environmental and land-rights activists were murdered between 2002-2013, according to a new report from the watchdog group Global Witness.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's It Like Where You're From?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If the whole world doesn't get on board to curb emissions, the negative effects of climate change may overwhelm the earth anyway. After all, global warming knows no international boundaries. We want to hear from immigrants - how is climate change addressed in your home country? Or is it development at any cost?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Climatologist

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Katharine Mach, co-director of science for the IPCC Working Group II based out of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, is a scientist who worked on the latest IPCC report. She answers your questions about the earth and humans' vulnerability to climate change, what's already happened, will happen in the future and how we might fix this mess. Plus, anything else you've ever wanted to ask a climate scientist.

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