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Drum Fill Friday, With Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:40am

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of handpicked fills from Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:22am

Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

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Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:03am

Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.

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Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

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Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

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Are All Human Beings Related?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

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Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

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Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

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What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

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VIDEO: Talking While Female

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:03am

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

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First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:59am

Recorded with Liz Harris' voice, a piano and not much else, Ruins achieves striking intimacy, its emotional heft commanding attention throughout.

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Top Stories: Ebola In Mali; Man Attacks NYPD Officers With Ax

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:20am

Also: Former Kennedy aide and NPR chief Frank Mankiewicz dies; European leaders set targets for greenhouse gas reductions; and China launches a probe to fly around the moon.

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Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:10am

The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Whiplash' And Carbon Dating

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:03am

Audie Cornish joins the show to discuss an Oscar-friendly Sundance hit, what makes certain art a product of its time, and what's making us happy this week.

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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:03am

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

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'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:03am

Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.

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A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:48am

Entrepreneur Lisa Price started Carol's Daughter to create natural hair and skin products for black women. Now that L'Oreal owns the brand, can it maintain the loyalty of African-American customers?

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Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:47am

The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.

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Halloween Twitter War Pits Conan O'Brien Against Madeleine Albright

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:07am

Comedian Conan O'Brien tweeted that for Halloween he'd dress as "Slutty Madeleine Albright." The diplomat replied: "I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien — but that might be too far fetched."

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Shares His Mandarin Skills

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:02am

In a question-and-answer session in China, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed that he's conversant in Mandarin — but far from perfect. He doesn't quite have his tone down.

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