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Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Living with a pet is usually a pleasure, but now and again, it isn't. Fate hands you the wrong animal, but it's your animal, so what can you do? You try to love it. This tale of a boy and his parrot is a hard case. Even on its way to parrot heaven, it creates trouble.

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The Takeaway

Syria: A Diplomatic Dance & the Music of War | Digital Divide Remains As Domains Enter New Era | Heroin: Growing Epidemic Spreads Across U.S.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Syria: A Diplomatic Dance & the Music of War | Digital Divide Remains As Domains Enter New Era | Heroin: Growing Epidemic Spreads Across U.S. | Tea Party & House GOP Battle Over Immigration

The Takeaway

Punishing Drought Threatens California

Monday, February 03, 2014

A sandy drought has swept across California and is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. The drips are coming to an end and people have been given notice all over the state to expect their supplies to be turned off soon. The main municipal water distribution system has announced it doesn't have enough water to supplement local supplies—so for the first time in history the spigot is being turned off. Dan Macon owns the Flying Mule Farm in Auburn, CA joins The Takeaway to discuss this punishing drought. 

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Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Monday, February 03, 2014

Passenger pigeons went. Dodos went. Buffalo nearly went. But here's the surprise. Three of the weediest, everywhere-ist animals we know (the common pigeon, the white-tailed deer and Canada geese) — they almost went too! Everything, it turns out, is fragile.

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Radiolab

Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Monday, February 03, 2014

Passenger pigeons went. Dodos went. Buffalo nearly went. But here's the surprise. Three of the weediest, everywhere-ist animals we know (the common pigeon, the white-tailed deer and Canada geese) — they almost went too! Everything, it turns out, is fragile.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Seymour Hoffman; Exiled from an Ultra-Orthodox Community; Profiting from Climate Change

Monday, February 03, 2014

We're so sorry about the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. We're remembering him by re-airing a 2005 interview with him about the film "Capote." Leah Vincent tells us about growing up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and what happened when she was thrown of it. And we’ll take a look at how some countries and entrepreneurs could benefit from climate change, while the rest of the world suffers.

WATCH: Breathtaking New Video Of Felix Baumgartner's Record Jump

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The skydiver who set world records for the highest and fastest jump, plunged from 24 miles up and broke the sound barrier on his way down.

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Sap Discovery Could Turn Syrup-Making Upside Down

Sunday, February 02, 2014

For centuries, people thought sap had to flow down a tree's body through a spigot at the bottom. But researchers have discovered that sap can flow upwards, too, which allows syrup production from much younger trees, and could even turn maple syrup into a row crop.

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Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.

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At Least 14 Dead In Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Mount Sinabung had been active for months and the latest eruption occurred only a day after authorities, believing the worst was over, allowed thousands of evacuees to return to their homes.

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Punxsutawney Phil Vs. The Farmers' Almanac: Whom Do You Trust?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

We want to know who you turn to for an accurate weather forecast: is it the groundhog, the Farmers' Almanac or the nerds with supercomputers?

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Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The men videotaped themselves as one of them pushed over a Jurassic-era sandstone pillar at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.

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Intelligence Squared US

Should you eat anything with a face?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A doctor, a vegan, a researcher and a farmer recently waded into a hot-button topic in the food world: Is it a bad idea to eat meat?

According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores? The Debaters are Dr. Neal Barnard, Gene Baur, Chris Masterjohn, and Joel Salatin

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U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

Friday, January 31, 2014

The report concludes that the production of Canada's tar-sand crude, which causes more greenhouse gases than other forms, won't be affected if the pipeline moves forward.

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TED Radio Hour

Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Health IT expert John Wilbanks explores whether the desire to protect privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could create a wave of health care innovation.

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Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

Friday, January 31, 2014

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."

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Radiolab

The Starling That Dared To Be Different

Friday, January 31, 2014

There they are, up on the power line, side by side by side by side by side. Starlings, each one like the other — rubber-stamped birds, a mob (or murmuration) of indecipherably similar critters, always the same, sitting or flying. But wait! What if there's such a thing as an Exceptional Starling? I think I've found one (or maybe ... four!), hiding in a video.

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Radiolab

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's been there for thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years — a huge, solid, endless mass of white ice. Then, all of sudden ("It's starting, Adam," says an onlooker) there's a crack, then another, and whoosh, an immense field vanishes — splits, splits again, and right before your eyes (you've got to see this) sinks into the sea. This is how ice leaves our planet.

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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's been there for thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years — a huge, solid, endless mass of white ice. Then, all of sudden ("It's starting, Adam," says an onlooker) there's a crack, then another, and whoosh, an immense field vanishes — splits, splits again, and right before your eyes (you've got to see this) sinks into the sea. This is how ice leaves our planet.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Cats

Friday, January 31, 2014

“We can’t reason with cats,” but maybe we can understand them. Hear a little bit of history on domestic cats and how you can be more feline-friendly.

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