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PRI's The World

It's a day of wild winter weather for PRI's The World

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It was a snow emergency in Boston on Tuesday, but The World's newsroom team braved the weather, coming to work on snowshoes and skis to deliver the day's news.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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The Takeaway

The World Gets Quieter in the Snow. It's Science.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yes, there are fewer cars on the roads. More people are holed up indoors. But if you put the human factors aside, there are actually scientific reasons why the outside gets less noisy.

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The Most Dangerous Ideas In Science

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

There's a battle going on over the methods we can use to get answers for the biggest cosmic questions humans can ask. Astrophysicist Adam Frank explains why it's a contest over the future of science.

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Morning Edition

Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The administration says the reactors are good for the climate, good for American industry and for strengthening ties with India. But some worry the deal also has a dark side.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Police Brutality, Russian Spies, and The Silence of Snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the state of law enforcement in America, a Russian spy ring in New York City, and we explain why it gets so quiet when it snows.

All Things Considered

Another Day, Another 'Close Call' Between Earth And An Asteroid

Monday, January 26, 2015

A rare large asteroid zipped very close to Earth Monday morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Paul Chodas, head of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near-Earth Object program, about the "close call."

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All Things Considered

On The Ant Highway, There's Never A Backup

Monday, January 26, 2015

A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Move to Protect Arctic Wildlife Triggers Fight With GOP

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the dismay and fury of GOP leaders, President Obama urged Congress to protect 12 million acres of Alaskan wildlife, a move that would prevent all future oil and gas development.

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PRI's The World

A Canadian photographer captures images of a whale 'poopnado'

Monday, January 26, 2015

This Canadian photographer was taking snaps of a sperm whale when he got caught in a massive poop storm — really.

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Morning Edition

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

Monday, January 26, 2015

Returning immediately to demanding physical or mental activities after a concussion can be bad for the brain, neuroscientists agree. But what about after symptoms resolve? How much rest is best?

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Morning Edition

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Monday, January 26, 2015

A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's bloodstream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amniocentesis, but it doesn't tell as much about fetal health.

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Morning Edition

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The president recommends more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.

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All Things Considered

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Researchers decided to see if that notion held up to scrutiny.

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All Things Considered

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writer Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.

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Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Friday, January 23, 2015

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

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All Things Considered

Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

Friday, January 23, 2015

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

Friday, January 23, 2015

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast that can impart funky flavors.

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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What the Future Has in Store for Your Brain

Friday, January 23, 2015

For this week's Please Explain, guest host Manoush Zomorodi heads to the frontiers of neuroscience.

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