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Time To Flex Those Math Muscles

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

Get ready to crunch some numbers from the works of the late Martin Gardner, longtime "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American.

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The Right Way To Complain About The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:05am

There are plenty of things about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction process that are worthy of complaint, but the most common gripe isn't one of them.

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The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:33am

In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river's waters still face an uncertain future.

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Amid The Chaos Of Debt Collection, 'Bad Paper' Offers A Riveting Roadmap

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:32am

It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.

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9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:32am

In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.

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After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:00am

On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.

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One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:23pm

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.

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Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

A new group called Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has formed to find solutions to gun violence in the U.S. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with attorneys and co-chairs Cyrus Vance Jr. and Mike Feuer.

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Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.

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Some Nations Still Ill-Equipped To Deal With Ebola

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

There has been a dramatic shortfall of Ebola-related equipment in Sierra Leone and other countries battling the disease. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Steve McAndrew about the logistical challenges of responding to the outbreak.

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Watching 'Dear White People' At Harvard

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

Dear White People follows four black students at a prestigious, majority white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to campus. So why not catch a screening at Harvard?

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A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: 'Does Santa Exist?'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.

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The Man Who Coined 'Genocide' Spent His Life Trying To Stop It

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:07pm

Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in 1943, as part of his life-long campaign to make the world acknowledge and prosecute the crime. A new documentary, Watchers of the Sky, tells his story.

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Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 3:49pm

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr spoke out on behalf of Saudi Shia demonstrating against government discrimination in 2011 and 2012. Protesters promise more unrest if Nimr is killed.

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Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:32pm

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:14am

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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424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:33am

A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.

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America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:13am

You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand clothes.

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Prediction

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

Our panelists predict after Charlie Crist's fan, what will be the next big controversy at a political debate.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 9:47am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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