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From Scratch
2:27 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Bre Pettis, Founder Of MakerBot Industries

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Bre Pettis, founder of MakerBot Industries, a company that makes three dimensional printers that create objects made out of plastic instead of printing ink. Harris also speaks with Fred Swaniker, co-founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gay Olympian To Athletes: Don't Boycott Winter Olympics

Johnny Weir of USA skates at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy Espoo International figure skating competition. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/LEHTIKUVA via AP)

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 2:52 pm

Recent legislation in Russia that criminalizes homosexuality and gay rights activism is raising concerns ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Russia has also seen an outbreak of violence against gay rights advocates, raising questions about safety for gay athletes and visitors to the Olympic games.

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Song Travels
2:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

A Tribute To Danny Kaye And Sylvia Fine Kaye On 'Song Travels'

Danny Kaye arrives at London Airport with his wife, Sylvia Fine Kaye, in 1948.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 9:19 am

Dena Kaye is the only daughter of legendary entertainer Danny Kaye and composer-songwriter Sylvia Fine Kaye. Danny Kaye was a man of boundless talents as a singer, actor, comedian and much more. Known for his roles on Broadway and in films such as White Christmas and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, he achieved international fame on par with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

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Movies
1:28 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Emotional Terrorism, From The Shelter Of Home

Andre (Niels Arestrup) shares a home with his Moroccan-born adopted son Mounir (Tahar Rahim), who has struggled to find work outside his father's home-based medical practice.
Distrib Films

Our Children, a quietly devastating Belgian domestic drama, opens with a shattered young woman on an IV drip. Then the action moves swiftly back to that same woman, radiantly in love and eager to tell Andre, the man her beloved calls father, that she's planning to marry his boy.

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All Tech Considered
1:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Suspicious Searches, Def Con And Moto X

The press set up to film Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, at the Black Hat hacker conference on Wednesday.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 1:56 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

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Planet Money
12:48 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Episode 386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

Navy veteran Howard Dunn and Army veteran Tom Kaine remember when the Red Cross briefly charged servicemen for doughnuts during World War II. Many veterans still resent it.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR
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If you think about every other price in the world — a dollar, $12.99 — free stands out.

Free has the power to make us do completely irrational things. It can drive us to break rules, and take risks we never thought possible. It can make us feel savvy and smug and exhilarated.

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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

WATCH: So Cute! Baby Elephant Splashes In Kiddie Pool

A 300-pound baby playing in a pool.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:14 pm

We'll get back to the real news, soon enough. But right now, we're pausing for a moment of cute.

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Whitey Bulger Decides Not To Take The Stand

James "Whitey" Bulger, in an image released by the U.S. Marshal's Service in August 2011.
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One of the most anticipated testimonies in a criminal trial will not happen: James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster, decided not to testify in his own defense, today.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Reexamining the Definition of Cancer

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 1:04 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Welcome back. I'm Ira Flatow.

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12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Teaching Newton's Laws Through Rhyme

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Would you rather learn geology from this guy?

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: First of all, the substance of moraines are merely the rocks that have been chipped off from the sides of the containing rock mountains, let's say.

FLATOW: (Snoring) Oh, excuse me. Or this guy?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

For Asteroid Ideas, NASA Looks to the Crowd

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. You've seen the movies: A killer asteroid approaching the earth. Cue the dramatic music. Hollywood heroes - James Garner's my favorite - to save the day. But in order to stop an asteroid, first you need to be able to find it, track it, and maybe even know a bit more about asteroids, so you have a better chance of dealing with it successfully.

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NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Engineering in Service of a Dark Art

Biology graduate student Tom McDonagh, of Rockefeller University, likes working with light. For his Ph.D. he built a spinning microscope that uses centrifugal force to test the gripping power of different molecules. McDonagh also innovates with light outside the lab, in tech-savvy shadow puppet plays.

NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Meet Nasutoceratops: Big-Nose Horned Face

While digging in southern Utah, researchers unearthed a previously unknown relative of Triceratops: Nasutoceratops titusi, or "Big-Nose Horned Face." Scott Sampson, a paleontologist on the team that discovered the dino, discusses a day in the life of this lumbering herbivore, and possible explanations for its oversized nose.

NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Some Ground-Dwelling Dinos Had the Brains to Fly

Reporting in Nature, researchers write that even non-flying relatives of Archaeopteryx had brains with the motor and visual capabilities necessary to take wing. Paleontologist Amy Balanoff reconstructed the dino brains by taking CT scans of fossilized skulls.

NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Hacking Under the Hood and Into Your Car

Automakers are making cars "smarter" by including more computerized features�"but these features are also opening up cars to hackers. Security specialists Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek discuss how they were able to tap into car computer systems and control the horn, steering wheel, and even the brakes.

NPR Story
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Smartening Your TV With Google Chromecast

The latest device that beams your computer to your TV is Google Chromecast. Technology writer Larry Magid tells us how it stacks up against the competition and how the Internet giant will impact streaming TV.

Barbershop
11:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Barbershop Guys Take A Swing At Sports Controversies

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National Security
11:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bradley Manning: Whistleblower Or Traitor?

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Faith Matters
11:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Pope Francis' Comments: 'A Bridge, Not A Barrier'?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, the barbershop guys are in to talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. But first, it's time for "Faith Matters." That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. Today, we want to take a look back at Pope Francis' history making trip to Brazil. By now, you've probably heard that His Holiness made headlines with a comment about gays in the priesthood.

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Nepal To Clamp Down On Everest Expeditions

Mountaineers on the summit of Mount Everest in May.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 12:54 pm

The Nepalese government says it will tightly monitor next year's ascents of Mount Everest after an embarrassing high-altitude brawl in April between a European climbing team and their Sherpa guides.

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