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  • Rolling Out Bamboo Bicycles MP3

    Valid Cycles specializes in handcrafted bamboo bicycle frames. To be bike-ready, the bamboo must be cooked in an oven, stripped, and sealed. But after that, the founders of Valid Cycles say the bikes last as long as a metal one. We stopped by their shop — a barn in Woodinville, Washington — for a look at how the bikes are put together.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Human Genes Not Patentable, Supreme Court Says MP3

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the mere act of isolating a DNA sequence does not make human genes patentable. Mary-Claire King, who helped discover the breast cancer gene at the center of the court dispute, discusses the ruling and its implications for genetics.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Talks Climate and Carbon MP3

    Like any major city near a coast, Seattle likely won't be immune from rising sea levels and other effects of global warming. Mayor Mike McGinn discusses the city's plans for addressing climate change, including his push to divest Seattle's pension funds from fossil fuel investments, and the city council's plan to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Decoding 'the Most Complex Object in the Universe' MP3

    The human brain contains some 100 billion neurons, which together form a network of Internet-like complexity. Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, calls the brain "the most complex object in the known universe," and he's mapping its connections in hopes of discovering the origins of consciousness.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Looking Back, and Up, at a Seattle Icon MP3

    Seattle's Space Needle opened in 1962 as part of the World's Fair. Knute Berger, author of Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, discusses the history and engineering behind the tower, and explains why a symbol of "the future" from days gone by still has relevance today.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • India.Arie Returns, With An Eye Toward A New 'SongVersation' MP3

    In 2009, the singer-songwriter says she asked herself the question, "Who am I?" The answer led her to make plans to retire. Four years later, she's re-emerged with a new album called SongVersation, as well as a new sense of who she is as an artist.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • From 'Casablanca' To 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial': Famous Farewells In Film MP3

    As Talk of the Nation enters its final weeks, we go one more round with our favorite film buff Murray Horwitz to discuss famous farewells in film. Some goodbyes are memorable and have created famous lines, like "here's lookin' at you, kid," from Casablanca.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • A Superpower And An Emerging Rival: A Look Ahead At China MP3

    U.S.-China relations have deteriorated in recent years, amid growing concerns about cybersecurity and human rights. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, The Economist's China editor Rob Gifford talks about the future relations between the world's two biggest economies.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • What Bird Flocks And Fish Schools Can Teach Us About The Future MP3

    Birds flock. Insects swarm. Fish swim in schools. These are all examples of collective behavior, a concept that has fascinated scientists for decades. For a recent piece in Wired Magazine, science writer Ed Yong explains what this research could tell us about predicting the future.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Life Resumes: Looking Ahead With Suleika Jaouad MP3

    Two years after Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, she is cancer free. A month before her 25th birthday, she is starting to travel and think about her career again. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, Jaouad reflects on regaining a bit of normalcy.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Fighting To Breathe: Living With COPD MP3

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that slowly robs sufferers of the ability to breathe. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by cancer and heart disease. There are treatments, but no cure for the disease.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • The Legacy Of Watergate And The Semantics Of Scandals MP3

    Forty years after the Senate committee hearings on the Watergate scandal, Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks with Lowell Weicker, who served on the Senate Watergate committee. Former White House speechwriters Paul Glastris and Peter Robinson talk about writing speeches amid scandal.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • As An Indie Musician, Chad Lawson Finds 'The Space Between' MP3

    Musician and composer Chad Lawson began his career as a pianist in his own jazz trio before switching to solo classical piano. With his latest album, The Space Between, experiments and takes his music outside the realm of "pretty sounding piano."» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • 'One And Only': The Joys And Myths Of Raising Just One MP3

    In 1907, the first president of the American Psychological Association called only children "sickly, selfish, strange, and stupid." In her book One and Only, journalist Lauren Sandler, an only child and mother of one, takes on these stereotypes and explains the joys of raising just one.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Unhappy Endings: When Our TV Show Worlds Get Rocked MP3

    The second to last episode of the third season of the HBO series Game of Thrones enraged many viewers. Writer George R.R. Martin says he isn't afraid to end any character's life. The American Prospect's Paul Waldman talks about what happens when our narrative expectations are turned upside down.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Justice And Jury Selection: Judging Jurors Before A Trial MP3

    Jury selection is underway in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Lawyers on both sides are questioning candidates for the high-profile case.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • 'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson On Why Child Actors 'Go Crazy' MP3

    After years in movies and TV shows, some child actors end up making headlines for stints in rehab and legal drama later in life. Others leave Hollywood behind and pursue other careers. Mara Wilson, star of Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, explains the challenges of transitioning to adulthood.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • The Promise In Unraveling The Mysteries Of Rare Diseases MP3

    As a child, Jeannie Peeper was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, an extremely rare disease that causes a second skeleton to grow inside the body. Peeper and science writer Carl Zimmer discuss the efforts of a small group to fund research to battle the disease.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Opinion Roundup: Edward Snowden And The NSA Leaks MP3

    The man who leaked details of two secret U.S. surveillance programs told The Guardian that he hopes to trigger a national debate about the NSA programs that gathered phone and Internet records. NPR's Neal Conan reads from a range of reaction to the leaks and the motives of the leaker.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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  • Tracing The Origins Of French Winemaking MP3

    Many people associate France today with the production of great wines. But winemaking isn't native to the French. Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist of fermented beverages, has dated the beginning of viniculture in France to around 500 B.C. and contact with the Etruscans.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us

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