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Why Are We So Scared Of Ebola?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:39pm

Commentator Barbara J. King digs into whether there's merit to fears of contracting the virus in the U.S. — and into humans' natural tendency, under certain circumstances, to panic.

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Embattled Montana Senator Silent On Plans

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:34pm

In the wake of plagiarism accusations, Sen. John Walsh canceled campaign events this week. Democrats are working to find another candidate in the event he withdraws from the Senate race.

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NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:20pm

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:03pm

Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.

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'Brokeback Mountain' Composer Releases New Album, 'Camino'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:50pm

The two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who has also won 16 Grammys, discusses his new album.

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Greg Lambrecht, Founder Of Coravin

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:43pm

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Greg Lambrecht, founder of Coravin, which produces a device for pouring wine without opening the bottle. Harris also speaks with clothing designer Peter Manning.

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Company Seeks Approval For Experimental Ebola Drug

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:40pm

The head of the Massachusetts company explains how the treatment would work and what it would take to get it to patients.

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KCRW Presents: Nikki Lane

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:37pm

The Nashville singer recently visited KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to play songs from her latest album, All or Nothin'. Watch Lane perform the tough-minded title track with her backing band.

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U.S. Weighs Humanitarian Aid To Help Trapped Iraqis

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:35pm

The Obama administration is weighing an urgent response to help trapped religious minorities in Iraq.

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What Will Robots Mean For Jobs?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:20pm

A new survey by Pew Research finds some experts in technology and policy expect robots to have a profound impact on U.S. employment.

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Interval Training While Walking Helps Control Blood Sugar

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:17pm

Sure, you know that walking is a simple, low-impact way to get exercise. But did you know that adding faster intervals to the walk could help control blood sugar levels?

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As ISIS Advances In Iraq's North, U.S. Weighs Airstrikes, Humanitarian Aid

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:57am

There are also reports that the Sunni militant group had captured Iraq's biggest dam, which controls the water supply for a huge swath of land.

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To Be Young, Idealistic and Transsexual: Speaking Out In Africa

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:55am

Tampose Mothopeng was born a girl but now lives as a man — a difficult choice in Lesotho. He's spent the summer in the U.S., learning to be a more effective advocate for the LGBTI community.

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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez: Newport Jazz 2014

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:24am

The Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist joins a select international ensemble from one of jazz's top conservatories in a festival-opening performance of his own compositions.

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Ibeyi, 'River'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:05am

Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, the 19-year-old French-Cuban twins in the duo Ibeyi, offer an arresting but unsettling video for their song "River."

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Familiar Name Returns To Missouri Ballot

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:02am

Jay Ashcroft, the son of the former U.S. attorney general — and governor and senator — is following in his father's footsteps by running for office.

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Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:58am

By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.

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