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Is Wine Tasting Junk Science?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:23am

Recent studies have given the field a bad rap as of late. Commentator Alva Noë says the problem is not with the idea of connoisseurship but with an underlying picture of how perception works.

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With 50 Games Left Till Playoffs, Few MLB Teams Out Of Contention

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:10am

In the dog days of summer, Major League Baseball's regular season has nearly 50 games left. Fans have their eyes on postseason play, and every division has tight races.

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White House Goes On Lockdown After Sneaky Toddler Breaches Fence

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:09am

The toddler had no comment because he can't talk yet. But the Secret Service handed the little guy a time out and then sent him on his way.

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State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:24am

State legislatures have passed laws that require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges to perform abortions. Some courts are now saying these laws are unconstitutional.

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Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 8:51am

Guests at the U.S.-Africa Summit were served beef with a Moroccan spice blend. We asked food mavens Marcus Samuelsson and Paula Wolfert to share their recipes. So now you can dine like a diplomat!

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Dueling Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Resolve Election Dispute

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 8:46am

The two men, who agreed to cooperate on forming a new, national unity government, made the announcement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' And So Bad It's Good

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:24am

On this week's show, we talk about the runaway success of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy and tentatively poke around the matter of the "so bad it's good" film, including — yes — storms of sharks.

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Pentagon Says U.S. Aircraft Strikes Sunni Militant Artillery In Iraq

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:21am

President Obama authorized humanitarian drops and airstrikes against militants in the country. But administration officials say this does not signal a broader war against the Islamic extremists.

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China's President Says His Anti-Corruption Drive Is Deadlocked

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:20am

Ordinary Chinese rejoiced when a powerful ex-security czar came under investigation. But recent remarks by President Xi Jinping hint at internal strife that challenges his anti-graft campaign.

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Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:03am

"I don't like bad teachers, so I don't think bad teachers should be given the gift of teaching forever — badly," Whoopi Goldberg says.

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Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:03am

In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?

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Book News: Hachette's Deal For Perseus Falls Through

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:40am

Also: James Patterson pretends to be Jeff Bezos; journalist and author Jim Frederick has died.

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Runaway Toddler Slips Through White House Gate

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:13am

Secret Service agents scrambled and the White House was put on lock down. A spokesman joked that they do want to interrogate the young man when he learns to talk.

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Pet Owner Revives Bearded Dragon

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:11am

In Salem, Oregon, a woman discovered her lizard wasn't moving. She started chest compressions and blew air in its mouth, performing CPR on the lizard until it was revived.

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'Joss Whedon': Biography Of A Geek King

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:08am

The creator of Buffy and the Avengers movie is immensely talented, and critic Bob Mondello says Amy Pascale's belligerently upbeat biography might have benefited from his eye for detail and nuance.

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Author Fine Tunes Description Of China's Investment In Africa

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:45am

In an interview with Steve Inskeep, author Howard French comments on Steve's discussion this week with National Security Advisor Susan Rice about U.S. and Chinese investment in Africa.

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In Gaza, Cease-Fire Expires And Hamas, Israel Trade Fire

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:40am

It's still unclear whether the renewed fighting is a sign of something broader. Meanwhile, the peace talks in Cairo appeared to have stalled because of the rocket fire.

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Ebola Outbreak Is A Global Health Emergency, WHO Says

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:28am

Ebola is spreading faster than efforts to stop it in West Africa, the World Health Organization says. Places hardest hit don't have enough doctors, nurses and medical equipment to contain the virus.

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Following 3-Day Truce, Rocket Fire Resumes In Gaza

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:04am

Gaza militants renewed rocket fire on Israel after a three-day truce expired on Friday. Israel fired back. Negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a deadlock.

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