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Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dr. Tony McMichael was a lonely crusader. He wanted governments to pay attention to ways that earth's changing climate will affect the health of all — with the poor likely to suffer the most.

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PRI's The World

If you want to honk in India, you may have to pay

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

India's noise pollution is legendary: By some measures, India has three of the top five noisiest cities in the world. The worst offenders are on the road, and while some people complain about it, one person stepped up to the challenge of taking it on — by making honking a privilege that will literally cost you.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Our Loved And Estranged Military, The Immune Booster Myth, And Cannabis Delicacies

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Takeaway looks at how the American public reveres our armed service members but understand them and war poorly, the myth of immune supplements, and the rise of gourmet weed edibles.

All Things Considered

Same-Sex Couples May Have More Egalitarian Relationships

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to researcher Robert-Jay Green about how people behave in same-sex marriage compared with heterosexual marriage. Green has studied LGBT relationships going back to 1975.

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All Things Considered

Doctors Not Cutting Back On Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

Monday, December 29, 2014

Breast cancer treatment typically involves surgery and chemotherapy, followed by radiation. But growing scientific evidence shows that in most cases, women get more radiation than they actually need.

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PRI's The World

An AirAsia jet carrying 162 people is still missing

Monday, December 29, 2014

As authorities continue to search for a missing AirAsia flight bound for Singapore, fears are growing that the aircraft is "at the bottom of the sea." Meanwhile, AirAsia’s flamboyant chief executive, Tony Fernandes, has been thrust into the international spotlight as his company confronts its first major crisis.

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The Takeaway

20 Years In The Rosetta Spacecraft's Control Room

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Rosetta mission manager, the captain of the ship, Fred Jansen reflects on the spacecraft's 20 year journey and what it was like to be in its control room this year.

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Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination

Monday, December 29, 2014

These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.

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Morning Edition

Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Vanished Flight, How Passwords Get Personal, And 20 Years On A Spacecraft

Monday, December 29, 2014

An Air Asia flight from Indonesia to Singapore vanished over the Java Sea, the personal stories behind our passwords, and the Rosetta mission manager on the spacecraft's long journey.

All Things Considered

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.

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All Things Considered

From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

Sunday, December 28, 2014

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.

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All Things Considered

An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

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Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

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All Things Considered

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Friday, December 26, 2014

Using an e-reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

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All Things Considered

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

Friday, December 26, 2014

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.

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All Things Considered

Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

Friday, December 26, 2014

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

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PRI's The World

Survivors will never forget the day the tsunami hit

Friday, December 26, 2014

Dr. Vinya Shanthidas Ariyaratne survived the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. But even a decade later, the waves that killed thousands the day after Christmas are always on his mind.

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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Friday, December 26, 2014

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Morning Edition

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a space. Ants aren't as symmetrical as they appear. Their left eye may be better than the right for detecting predators.

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