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Hello

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's tough to make small talk with a stranger—especially when that stranger doesn't speak your language. (And he has a blowhole.)

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Freakonomics Radio

Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There ain't no such thing as a free parking spot. Somebody has to pay for it -- and that somebody is everybody.

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All Things Considered

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

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All Things Considered

EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.

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Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

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Radiolab

If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Vaccines

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

He examines the research literature on the preservative Thimerosal and argues that it should be removed from the vaccines that still contain it.

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PRI's The World

This Ohio greenhouse is taking cues on growing orchids from the masters — the Dutch

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When you think of flowers, you might think of Holland. But the owners of an Oberlin, Ohio, greenhouse are working with the Dutch — as well as flower growers from 12 other countries — to master the art of growing the perfect orchid.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Language and Imagination, Images and Isolation

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on vaccines. Photojournalist Julia Leeb describes documenting life in North Korea. A book designer examines what we see when we read. Plus, a vocabulary quiz!

All Things Considered

Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?

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PRI's The World

Iceland's largest volcano might blow its stack

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scientists say a rash of small earthquakes suggest that Iceland's largest volcano is about to blow. That could mean trouble for trans-Atlantic travelers but likely would be no big deal for local — and might even lead to a tourism boom.

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Morning Edition

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.

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Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Monday, August 18, 2014

Using a new technology, scientists have created a vaccine for an emerging mosquito-borne virus. The vaccine was safe and produced some degree of immunity in a preliminary study.

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All Things Considered

How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

Monday, August 18, 2014

Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won't.

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All Things Considered

Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

Monday, August 18, 2014

A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.

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All Things Considered

At The Nano Level, Wrinkles Aren't Always A No-No

Monday, August 18, 2014

What happens when you add folds to materials that are only a few atoms thick? Several scientists set out to find the answer — and discovered that these nano-wrinkles can be quite useful.

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Fresh Air

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Monday, August 18, 2014

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

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PRI's The World

It turns out turtles have something to say

Monday, August 18, 2014

Experts used to believe that turtles were entirely mute and deaf. But that turns out to be false, according to researchers in Brazil who say they have recorded turtle vocalizations for the first time.

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