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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hearts and Minds: Loving NYC, Top Creators and Scientists

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writers on their unshakable love for New York City. The story of four NYU undergrads who set out to build anew  social network. Two scientists on Popular Science's “Brilliant 10” list.

All Things Considered

Ebola Vaccine Could Start Testing In Africa By January

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The World Health Organization says two vaccine candidates now undergoing small-scale tests of dosage and safety in people might be ready for broader deployment in Africa by early 2015.

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PRI's The World

The invasive emerald ash borer has killed millions of trees, but researchers hope a wasp can save some of the survivors

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ash trees across North America have been falling by the million to an invasive beetle from China, the emerald ash borer. Now scientists in New Hampshire and elsewhere are introducing another bug from China in a last-ditch effort to save some ash trees.

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The Takeaway

America's Dark History of Medical Apartheid

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Typhoid Mary to the AIDS epidemic to the Ebola crisis: The language of exclusion has a long history in terms of fighting disease in the United States.

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The Takeaway

The True Story Behind the Mars Rover

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A former NASA chief engineer and co-author of "Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer" details the saga leading up to Curiosity's launch.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christine Kenneally explores how everything from DNA to emotions to the stories we tell are all part of our human legacy and help shape our future.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

DNA, a Play, and Why Fiction Matters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How DNA and history shape our identities and our futures. Azar Nafisi on why fiction matters in a democratic society. Matthew Broderick and Micah Stock in “It’s Only A Play.”

When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

Monday, October 20, 2014

Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.

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Radiolab

Seeing In Tongues

Monday, October 20, 2014

Though Emilie Gossiaux was permanently blinded in a terrible accident, she has recently been able to see again — in a very different way.

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Radiolab

Creation Translation

Monday, October 20, 2014

We all know DNA is the Book of Life, the recipe to make you you. But what if the story of us is really DNA's sidekick?

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Radiolab

Eagle Eyes

Monday, October 20, 2014

Neuroscientist David Eagleman is building a vest to help deaf people hear, and it may be a whole new way of experiencing our world.

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All Things Considered

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.

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Radiolab

Translation

Monday, October 20, 2014

How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. 

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Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.

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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

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WNYC News

VIDEO: Making a Change Today Can Help Tomorrow's Climate

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We explore what innovators are doing — and what the average citizen can do — to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

Friday, October 17, 2014

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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All Things Considered

NASA To Replace Iconic Countdown Clock After Maintenance Skyrockets

Friday, October 17, 2014

NASA says it plans to replace the digital countdown timer that's featured prominently in broadcasts and images of Kennedy Space Center launches ever since the second moon landing mission 45 years ago.

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PRI's The World

Trick or treat? Not in a northern Canadian town where it's polar bear season

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's the season when kids are planning costumes and parents are stocking up on bags of candy. But in a northern Canadian town, there won't be trick-or-treating in the streets this Halloween because of the danger of roaming polar bears.

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