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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andy Borowitz Guest Hosts; Teenagers' Brains; Calvin Trillin Eats Hot Tamales; The Novel The Last Train to Paris

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills for Leonard Lopate. Neuropsychatrist Daniel Siegel explains what happens to the brains of a teenagers, and how that affects behavior and relationships. New Yorker contributor Calvin Trillin talks about his trip to Greenville, Mississippi, in search of great tamales and his fondness for the mozzarella from Joe’s Diary, which closed its Greenwich Village store in May. Michele Zackheim talks about her historical novel, The Last Train to Paris. Plus, find out what’s behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to ease restrictions on medical marijuana in New York.

The Takeaway

A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan | Emails Connect Bridge Scandal to Christie Aide | Kristi Yamaguchi on the Music that Brings Home Gold Medals

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan | The Surprising Sounds Detected by a Nuclear Monitoring Network | Kristi Yamaguchi on the Music that Brings Home Gold Medals | Is NJ Bridge Scandal Business As Usual? | Meeting the Standard: Making Medical Devices Compatible and Secure

Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? How about an intense solar flare that's being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission? The good news is that the flare is also expected to expand the viewing field of the aurora borealis.

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The Takeaway

Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains why coding literacy is the way of the future. Ali Blackwell is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He discusses why coding is so important.

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The Takeaway

How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Big news for the world of drones came late last month when the FAA announced that it was authorizing sites in 10 states to carry out drone aircraft testing. One of the sites where testing will take place is Virginia Tech. Jon Greene is Interim Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership which is leading testing for Virginia Tech. He explains how his team is preparing drones for commercial use.

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The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard: Safety & Nuclear Power

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

As part of our second conversation in our "Meeting the Standard" series, The Takeaway sat down with Ken Balkey, consulting engineer at Westinghouse and senior vice president of ASME Standards, where his work focuses largely on standards for nuclear power. Ken is proof of the fact that every inch, valve and screw thread at a nuclear power plant is considered and constructed carefully, with your safety in mind.

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NASA Reportedly Gets OK To Keep Space Station Going Until 2024

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the White House has given approval for the extension, which still must be funded by Congress. However, the decision could lead to a budget crunch down the road.

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Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiously regular pace. Why this eight-year progression? Is it something biological? Random? What is it about eight that attracts the Grim Reaper? Let's ask.

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Radiolab

Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiously regular pace. Why this eight-year progression? Is it something biological? Random? What is it about eight that attracts the Grim Reaper? Let's ask.

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On The Media

The Aptly Named New Technology That Tracks Everything You Do

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

With all the alerts and tracking your cell phone does, it can feel a bit like an overbearing mother. At this year's Consumer Electronic Expo, a company called Sense is exhibiting a product actually called Mother, designed to stick its virtual nose into just about everything you do.

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New Tech City

Learning to Code In One Day and Losing My Mind

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi's New Year's resolution was to confront her fear of coding. 

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The Takeaway

Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality? | Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe | After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

After the NSA, Is the Internet Forever Changed? | Should We Declare 'War' on Inequality? | Dennis Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea | How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use | Meeting the Standard: Proving Nuclear Power is Safe | Coding Literacy is The Way of ...

Think You're Cold And Hungry? Try Eating In Antarctica

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The polar vortex putting much of the U.S. in a deep freeze may have you reaching for the comfort cookies. But in Antarctica — where the coldest temperatures on Earth have been recorded — 5,000 calories a day isn't a bad idea. One thing the continent's history teaches us: When life is stripped down to man versus the most brutal elements, bring plenty of snacks.

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The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard in a World Continually Transformed by Technology

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

All this week we are going to seat you next to people who might not have risky professions, but who quietly perform jobs as engineers—setting the standards for everything from nuts and bolts to usable technology in the developing world. Our series "Meeting the Standard" provides a chance for you to find out how it all works. Mark Sheehan, managing director for development standards and certification at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, joins The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

Polar Vortex's Breathtaking Chill Freezes Millions

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

As many as 200 million Americans are coping with extreme weather this week brought on by what meteorologists are calling a polar vortex. Joining The Takeaway to explain the science behind the polar vortex is Jennifer Francis, research professor at Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Business owner Richard Thomas of the R. Thomas Deluxe Grill in Atlanta, GA explains how his business is coping in the frigid weather.

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The Takeaway

Polar Vortex's Breathtaking Chill Freezes Millions | Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Marriages | Stephen Frears on the Key to Genius Directing

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Polar Vortex's Breathtaking Chill Freezes Millions | Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Marriages | An 8-Hour Day? Workdays & Weeks Vary Nationwide | The Burglary That Exposed FBI Surveillance | Meeting the Standard: From the Drawing Board to Your Home | Stephen Frears on the Key to Genius Directing

WNYC News

Foul Weather In Britain Linked To U.S. 'Polar Vortex'

Monday, January 06, 2014

The southwestern U.K. is getting slammed by huge waves whipped up by 70 mph winds accompanying a low-pressure system sweeping in from the Atlantic.

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On The Media

The UK's New Internet Porn Filters Block Much More Than Pornography

Monday, January 06, 2014

TorrentFreak sounds like a place to download stuff illegally, but it’s not. It’s actually a news site whose focus is internet piracy, copyright, and filesharing. I read it a lot - as an On the Media producer I find it to be an invaluable source of information. The UK disagrees. On Friday, the site published an article saying that it had been blocked by Sky, the UK's largest internet provider.

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The Takeaway

The Costs of Climate Change

Monday, January 06, 2014

Taxes sounded worse than environmental catastrophe in the politics of 2010, but ironically one of the more persuasive arguments that climate change is real—persuasive especially to anti-tax conservatives—is how changing, unpredictable and severe weather is increasingly exacting a tax on all aspects of life in America. Gary Yohe, professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University, explores the hidden costs of climate change.

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Searching For The Science Behind Reincarnation

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Say a child has memories of being a Hollywood extra in the 1930s. Is it just an active imagination, or actual evidence of reincarnation? Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia studies hundreds of cases like this and joins NPR's Rachel Martin to share his research on the science behind reincarnation.

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