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Artificial Sweeteners Might Sour Your Microbiome

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Researchers say artificial sweeteners may alter the microbiome and the body’s ability to control glucose levels.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: How to Collect Mushrooms (and Eat Them, Too)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eugenia Bone, president of the New York Mycological Society, talks about the dos and don'ts of wild mushroom foraging.

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Science Friday

Dissecting the Politics and Money Behind Health Care

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In The Cost of Cutting, private practice surgeon Paul Ruggieri delves into the shadowy ways money influences health care.

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Killing Comes Naturally To Chimps, Scientists Say

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A new study bolsters the theory that chimpanzees kill rivals as an adaptation to their natural environment and not as a result of human impact.

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Morning Edition

From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

Thursday, September 18, 2014

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Feminist Response

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The 'death of adulthood'; the International Rescue Committee's David Miliband; Israeli feminists; reading on screens is changing brains; and how to build a better breast pump. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Breakthroughs in Parkinson's Treatment and Breast Cancer Genes Win Lasker Awards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mary-Claire King tells us about her discovery the BRCA1 gene locus and Dr. Alim Louis Benabid explains his pioneering research in treating Parkinson's disease.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Major Players: Lasker Award Winners, a Master Art Forger, Race and Theater

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two of this year’s Lasker Award winners. Kenneth Lonergan and Kieran Culkin on “This Is Our Youth.” Art forger Mark Landis. A look race in theater and how race is explored onstage.

Freakonomics Radio

Outsiders by Design

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What does it mean to pursue something that everyone else thinks is nuts? And what does it take to succeed?

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Radiolab

What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.
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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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All Things Considered

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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All Things Considered

Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time.

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All Things Considered

Study Of 'Flexible Brains' May Aid Injury Understanding

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Physicist Danielle Bassett has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship based on her work studying the human brain. She talks with Melissa Block about the advances it may lead to.

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The Takeaway

The Digital Reading Shift is Impacting Your Brain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains how the shift from paper to digital has caused a gigantic change in how we read.

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PRI's The World

You might want extra life insurance before trying some of the recipes in this cookbook

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Since 1991, the Ig Nobel prizes have been awarded, tongue firmly in cheek, to researchers whose work "first makes you laugh, then makes you think." The theme of this year's Ig Nobel ceremony? Food. And with that, we have this review of the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.

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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

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PRI's The World

A rare colossal squid was dissected in New Zealand — and you can watch it on YouTube

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last summer in the southern hemisphere, a fishing vessel in the Antarctic Ocean pulled up a rare creature — a 770-pound colossal squid. Only one other such animal had been pulled up intact before, surprisingly, by the same vessel. It is thought that the giant marine beast might be the origin of legends of undersea monsters. Scientists in New Zealand froze it to preserve it and just defrosted and dissected it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet Your Local MacArthur Geniuses

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A domestic workers advocate, a playwright, and an IBM researcher -- we speak with the NYC areas newly minted (and richer!) MacArthur winners.

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Morning Edition

Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The answer, this time, isn't simply more cash, says Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Instead, changing the way research money is distributed might fix systemic problems.

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