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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Thoughts On Three Famous 'Language Apes'

Kanzi
Great Ape Trust

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 9:35 pm

Koko, Kanzi and Panbanisha are about as famous as three apes can get.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Hit In The Head In His First At Bat, Adam Greenberg Will Get A 2nd Chance

Adam Greenberg, who's going to get another chance to bat, on NBC's The Today Show.
NBC.com

On July 9, 2005, Adam Greenberg of the Chicago Cubs went to the plate for his first major league at bat.

One pitch later, his major league career was over.

Until now.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Netanyahu Calls For 'Red Line' On Iran; Rejects Palestinian's 'Libelous' Charges

At the U.N. today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a graphic to show how far he says Iran will be by mid-2013 in a quest to develop nuclear weapons. He drew the red line to mark where he says Iran must be stopped.
Lucas Jackson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:48 am

Israeli Prime Minister laid out in some detail this afternoon his nation's case for taking stronger action against Iran and his nation's response to what he said are "libelous" accusations about how Israel treats Palestinians.

Taking to the stage just minutes after the head of the Palestinian Authority, Benjamin Netanyahu told United Nations delegates this afternoon that Israelis and Palestinians "won't solve our conflicts with libelous speeches at the U.N."

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Shots - Health Blog
2:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Medical Electronics Built To Last Only A Little While

An electronic circuit in its first phases of dissolution.
Fiorenzo Omenetto

Most engineers build things to last.

But a group of mechanical and electrical engineers are working on electronics that will break down in as little as a couple of days. On purpose!

The electronic circuits they're developing don't crash. It's more dramatic than that. They dissolve in liquid.

Sounds a little bit crazy, but circuits that work for a while then disappear could be pretty useful in medical devices implanted in the human body.

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Asia
1:58 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

China, On The Eve Of A New Presidency

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 2:06 pm

China has been plagued by political scandal and controversy, just as the Communist government prepares for its once-a-decade transfer of power. It's an important moment for the government, which faces questions about how its economy will be governed and how it will handle deal with foreign powers.

Middle East
1:58 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Netanyahu To Press Case For Stronger 'Red Lines'

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:48 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This week, we've been taking time to listen to several world leaders address the U.N. General Assembly in New York with special emphasis on the looming crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions. We heard from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday, from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday. Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the gathering and outlined the situation in stark terms. He warned that Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by next summer.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Healthier School Lunches May Leave Kids Hungry

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 2:24 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. More than 38 million kids get their lunches through the National School Lunch Program, and with more than a third of the nation's youngsters overweight or obese, the cafeteria has become a battleground.

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Planet Money
1:30 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Surprise! There Are 386,000 More Jobs Than We Thought

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 2:28 pm

We thought the U.S. economy added just under 2 million jobs between March, 2011 and March, 2012. Turns out, the actual number was more like 2.4 million — a big difference!

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Abbas Repeats Accusation That Israel Is Waging 'Campaign Of Ethnic Cleansing'

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:47 am

Israel's government effectively rejects a "two-state solution" to its impasse with Palestinians and instead continues to wage a "campaign of ethnic cleansing" in the territories where his people live, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told delegates to the United Nations this afternoon.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:20 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

When Doctors Tell Patients They Shouldn't Drive

Fire department personnel, police officers and paramedics at the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 401 in Mississauga, Ontario, in July 2011.
Stacey Newman iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 2:49 pm

In Ontario, doctors get paid $36.25 each time they warn patients who might be unfit to drive and report them to the provincial transportation department.

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Monkey See
12:47 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Women, Men And Fiction: Notes On How Not To Answer Hard Questions

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 1:32 pm

Nothing is more vexing than a question where 10 percent of the public discussion is spent trying to answer it and 90 percent is spent arguing about whether it matters.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:45 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.
Mathias Bothor courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 1:07 pm

In terms of international prestige, it's hard to think of bigger prizes in the classical community than those given annually by the British classical music magazine Gramophone (where I served as the North America editor for several years). Sure, the Grammys have more general name recognition, but these Eurocentric awards, completely dedicated to classical music, offer far more depth and breadth than their nearest American counterparts, both in terms of artists and repertoire.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

At U.N. Myanmar Leader Praises Suu Kyi, Highlights Changes

Myanmar President Thein Sein addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting on Sept. 27
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 2:58 pm

Myanmar President Thein Sein made his debut at the U.N. General Assembly today, using his speech (posted here) to enumerate the democratic reforms implemented so far during his 18 months in office.

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Music
12:03 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Why Lupe Fiasco 'Can't Pledge Allegiance' To Flag

For his latest release, Lupe Fiasco says he didn't want to make a "radio record."
Reid Rolls

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 2:24 pm

Rapper, activist and entrepreneur Lupe Fiasco has just released his fourth studio album, Food and Liquor Part II: The Great American Rap Album Part I. The Chicago-born rapper skated onto the music scene in 2006 with his hit single "Kick, Push." Since then, he's stayed true to the unique, hard-hitting lyrics that propelled him to stardom.

Food and Liquor is a return to the content, depth and art of rap, according to Lupe Fiasco, and on the album he tackles some controversial topics, including his decision to not pledge allegiance to the American flag.

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Sports
12:03 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Eric LeGrand Tackling Life's Obstacles

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 1:54 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we're talking with Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas. We'll ask the flying squirrel how it feels in that white hot spotlight and what kind of sacrifices she made to get there.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

A closeup from the portrait that a Swiss foundation says is an early "Mona Lisa" by Leonard Da Vinci.
Denis Balibouse Landov

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 2:41 pm

  • Listen to Elizabeth Blair's report

The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci.

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NPR Ombudsman
11:52 am
Thu September 27, 2012

We Write The Headlines, You Decide The Bias

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 5:08 pm

Ann Daane from Newnan, Ga., wrote with a common complaint about online headlines in this campaign season.

"NPR is beginning to act like biased media," she said, "with headlines that include judgmental words like 'just' in the 'Just 96,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls.'

"Report the facts; let me do my own judging."

I presume she felt that the bias was against President Barack Obama. Judy Gruen from Los Angeles saw the slant going in the opposite direction.

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Education
11:43 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 1:54 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now we have this programming note for you. On Wednesday, October 10, NPR's TELL ME MORE will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter education forum focusing on issues facing our nation's schools. And leading up to the forum we've invited educators, parents, reporters and everybody else to join in via Twitter to take on these tough issues.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Thu September 27, 2012

VIDEO: British Prime Minister Flubs Letterman's British History Pop Quiz

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in New York to address the U.N.'s General Assembly, and dropped by the Late Show last night to chat with David Letterman.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:37 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Who Wants To Eat Jellyfish Omelettes? Dolphin Meatballs? Mouse-On-Toast? These Guys

Aaron Birk for NPR

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 10:14 am

Foodwise, we live in choosy times, mostly choosing "no thank you."

More and more of us choose not to eat meat or fish or eggs or fatty foods. We don't want anything too sugary, too fried, too raw, too strange. We tiptoe through the grocery as if it's a danger zone, hoping not to be tempted by a glazed doughnut.

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