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NPR Story
2:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Space Artist Brings 'Alien Worlds' To Life

On the planet of Venera, Coneheads walk in packs. Aguilar imagines that these creatures might have a great sense of smell and communicate using odor. (David Aguilar)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:51 pm

David Aguilar’s office at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a lot like any office in the building — except it’s full of aliens.

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NPR Story
2:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Cass Sunstein On Conspiracy Theories

Cass Sunstein is pictured in the White House in March 2011, when he was Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. (AP)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:51 pm

Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein says pick your topic — the tragic disappearance of the Malaysian plane, Ukraine, the NSA, the economic crisis, even the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays — and you can find a conspiracy theory.

Sunstein himself has faced hate mail and threats after his time in the Obama White House, and for his articles on topics such as FDR and the rights of animals. Glenn Beck repeatedly described him as “the most dangerous man in America.”

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All Tech Considered
2:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

Staff members study networking at the training room of the Huawei Technologies Co. headquarters in Shenzhen, China, in June 2011.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:54 pm

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the networks of Huawei, a large Chinese telecommunications firm, gathering information about its operations and potentially using equipment it sells to other countries to monitor their computer and telephone networks as well.

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Tinariwen.
Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:54 pm

Today's episode of World Cafe features a couple of sparse, dry, angular and beautiful songs, performed live by the band Tinariwen. The group, made up of musicians from the Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali, has been making music together since 1979. Known for long, trance-inducing concert performances, the band has become increasingly revered in the West. Tinariwen's 2012 album Tassili even won a Grammy.

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All Songs Considered
1:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March

Greek producer Giganta released an excellent EP, Force, on Actress' Werkdiscs label in March.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:18 pm

In the world of dance music, March will be remembered first and foremost for the passing of house progenitor Frankie Knuckles on the final day of the month. If you haven't read our remembrance by Barry Walters, please stop what you're doing and check it out. It's hard to put into words what Knuckles meant to dance music, which makes Walters' piece all the more impressive.

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Shots - Health News
1:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Is It Time To Reconsider Breast Self-Exams?

Twitter user @AshleighEarley participates in the The Sun's Check'em Tuesday campaign.
Twitter.com

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:56 am

Perhaps your mother told you. Or your doctor. Maybe you learned it in gym class.

For me it was all three: "Once a month, do a breast self-exam," they all said. "Use your fingertips in a circular motion to feel for lumps." (My mom, a nurse, even brought home a fake breast that I could practice on.)

So I was stunned when a physician in Glasgow, Scotland, criticized a campaign aimed at getting women to do their own breast checkups.

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NPR Story
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani On HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

(Nate Smith/Driven by Boredom via Facebook)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:51 pm

Some comics are launching a new startup — a fictional one for HBO’s new comedy, “Silicon Valley.”

It’s a half hour live action series that lampoons, well, the startup cult of Silicon Valley. The show, which premieres on Sunday is written and directed by Mike Judge, who was also behind “Beavis and Butt-head,” “Office Space” and “King of the Hill.”

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NPR Story
1:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Some States Seek To Bless Prayer In Public Schools

High school football players in Suitland, Md., pray with their coach Ed Shields (top right) before a game in 2013.
John McDonnell The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 8:47 pm

Religious groups have been testing the limits on prayer in public school for decades. Now they think they've come up with a new strategy that will allow students to pray wherever and whenever they want.

Bills have been moving in a number of states that would allow students to engage in prayer at school functions such as graduation.

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Afghanistan
12:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:04 pm

In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police.

NPR Story
12:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Did Kim And Kanye Deserve Or Disgrace Vogue Cover?

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

What Universe Is This, Anyway?

Observing the multitude of galaxies in our own universe is a piece of cake. Observing the multiverse, if such a thing exists, seems impossible. Above, the Milky Way rises above the ESO's ALMA observatory in Chile.
Y.Beletsky ESO

Let's take a walk on the wild side and assume, for the sake of argument, that our universe is not the only one; let's say there are many others, possibly infinitely many, "out there." The totality of this bizarre ensemble is what cosmologists call the "multiverse," a hypothesis that sounds more mythic than scientific, a conceptual troublemaker that inspires some and outrages others.

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Parallels
11:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Afghanistan's Next President Will Be ...

A man walks past a billboard for presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in the Afghan capital Kabul. President Hamid Karzai is stepping down and the country is poised for its first-ever democratic transition of power. The ballot is set for Saturday.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 1:47 pm

Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday will usher in a host of important changes: incumbent Hamid Karzai is stepping aside, it's not clear who will replace him, and the vote will mark the first time the country has ever swapped leaders at the ballot box.

Karzai won the two elections (2004 and 2009) held since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, but is barred by term limits from running again.

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NPR Story
11:49 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Frankie Knuckles Became The Godfather Of House Music

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:28 pm

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NPR Story
11:48 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Grad Students Struggle To Pay School Loans While Still Studying

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:28 pm

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's spring, a time of new beginnings, but for many students, time for big decisions about college admissions and aid. So this season we're joining our colleagues at Morning Edition to bring you stories about paying for college. We'd like to try to help you navigate that higher education money maze. Today, though, we want to focus on financing graduate school.

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Equal Employment Agency No Longer Turning Away Gay Discrimination Claims

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:28 pm

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Malaysian Official: Fate Of MH370 May Never Be Known

Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, last month.
Wang Shen Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:51 am

With no wreckage found yet that can be linked to Flight MH370 and time beginning to run out for a homing beacon on the 'black box' flight data recorder, Malaysia's police chief says the mystery of the missing airliner may never be solved.

Khalid Abu Bakar says the criminal investigation into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight could "go on and on and on.

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Shots - Health News
11:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide makes a space walk outside the International Space Station in 2012.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:55 am

NASA is hoping to soon venture out farther into space than ever before. But these long journeys mean astronauts could face greater risks to their physical and mental health than the space agency currently allows.

Now, an independent group of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has weighed in on how NASA should make decisions about the kinds of risks that are acceptable for missions that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days.

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The Record
10:42 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Where Love Lives: Frankie Knuckles And The Dance Floor

Frankie Knuckles performs at the 2009 Electric Zoo Festival in New York.
Wendell Teodoro Getty Images

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This Is NPR
10:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Happy Birthday, Carl Kasell!

Caitlin Sanders NPR

Today we wish the one and only Carl Kasell, official judge and scorekeeper of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, a very happy birthday as he turns 80 years young.

Happy 80th birthday, Carl!

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
9:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

'Race Card Project' Is Among Peabody Award Winners

Michele Norris
Stephen Voss

This year's Peabody Award winners for excellence in electronic media include The Race Card Project from NPR's Michele Norris.

Her project, which was featured in a series of reports on Morning Edition, invites people to distill their "thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that only has six words."

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