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Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:36am

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.

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Postlude To A Kiss: Scriabin's Raging 'Poem Of Ecstasy'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 3:03am

Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin's best-known piece.

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Postlude To A Kiss: Scriabin's Raging 'Poem Of Ecstasy'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 3:00am

Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin's best-known piece.

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A Suitcase Musician Comes Home: Shakey Graves On 'And The War Came'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:03am

The former one-man band, who used an old suitcase as a kick drum on his 2011 debut, talks with Scott Simon about the "shinier" sound of his new album.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Makes Landfall In Bermuda As A Category 3 Storm

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:31pm

With maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, the hurricane gave Bermuda a direct blow. There were reports that 80 percent of the island chain had lost power.

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Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:52pm

A lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. For decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed.

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Dallas Hospital Chief Shares Lessons Learned In Battle With Ebola

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:32pm

Dr. Daniel Varga, the chief of the Dallas hospital that treated index patient Thomas Duncan, says the entire hospital carries the weight of the mistakes that led to the infection of two of its nurses.

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Houston Narrows The Scope Of Controversial Subpoena Of Pastors' Sermons

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:36pm

The subpoenas — at the crossroad of church and state and born out of a lawsuit over an equal rights ordinance — drew ire from national organizations and Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:33pm

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

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As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:26pm

Gas prices are falling — and so are hybrid car sales. Analysts say better gas mileage for traditional vehicles, combined with low gas prices, are giving hybrids a run for their money.

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Acculturating in Paraguay

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

Peace Corps volunteers go abroad to help other people. But for many of them, the hardest part is trying to be themselves in an unfamiliar culture.

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North Dakota: An Island of Opportunity?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

North Dakota's oil boom attracts thousands in search of opportunity. University of North Dakota student Juan Beltran tells us about what drew him to the Peace Garden State.

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Sex Ed in the Dominican Republic

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

1 in 4 teen girls in the Dominican Republic gets pregnant; the government is trying to bring down the high rate of teen pregnancy while respecting Catholic ideals.

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Latinos in Hawaii

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

The latest Census says Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Hawaii. We find out how they fit in with the unique demographics of the Aloha State.

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Cuba's Organic Farms

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

Believe it or not, Cuba gets 90% of its food production from organic farms. And as reporter Reese Erlich found in Havana, they are drawing travelers, including a famous San Franciscan restaurateur.

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Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

We take an in-depth look at the long and conflicted relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the crisis leaving thousands in the Dominican Republic stateless.

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Sabiduría: A Journey to Cuba

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

Daisy Hernandez, journalist and author of "A Cup of Water Under my Bed," tells us about her trip to Cuba to better understand her father.

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Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:43pm

The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.

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How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:37pm

Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.

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Europe's Short-Term Economic Fixes Can't Solve Long-Term Problems

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:10pm

Eurozone fears are bubbling and the markets are unhappy about it. New data suggest the continent may be about to enter its third recession in six years.

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