Word of Mouth - Segment
11:12 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Russia's Space Glitches

(Photo of Russian Rocket by NASA via Flickr)

Russia is the only country ferrying astronauts and cargo to the international space station and back since NASA retired its aging shuttle fleet.  But Russia has experienced a string of launch mishaps in recent months, which have some analysts worrying about the reliability of that country’s space program, and others worrying about an American conspiracy. From Moscow, Jessica Golloher has the details.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:03 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Rethinking Frankenstein

 Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein has long been read as a cautionary tale about the limits of technology, and a warning against scientific hubris. The monster is a man-made creation run amok, seeking revenge on the scientist that harnessed electricity and brought him to life…a horror recreated many times on film.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
10:32 am
Mon March 26, 2012

'Mysterious Benedict': Solve A Puzzle, Save The World

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:03 am

In The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, four exceptional children wind up going on the adventure of a lifetime after answering a rather strange ad. The ad appears in a newspaper in a fictional place called Stonetown. It reads, "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?"

Dozens of children answer the ad and try to conquer a series of mind-boggling tests. But only four are able to pass. All are orphans, and each is a genius in his or her own way.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
10:31 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Stand in the Place Where You Work

Photo by Chotda via Flickr Creative Commons

Are you sitting down? Well, listen up: research shows that sitting too much shaves years off of your life. In 2011, a study in the emerging field of Inactivity Studies found that each hour of sitting per day increases a person’s risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases by 18 percent. It turns out that eating well and getting plenty of exercise do not offset the detriments of couch potato time as much as living and working in an environment where standing is the default option. As part of our continuing series Shifting the Balance, we spoke with Dr.

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StateImpact
10:24 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Fairpoint Fees Could Go To Customers...Or Back To Fairpoint

Fairpoint Communications customers might get a small sliver cut from their phone bills.  It all depends on an upcoming Public Utilities Commission decision about how, exactly, the company can pay some hefty fees.  As Bob Sanders reports for TheLobbyNH.com, the PUC recently slapped Fairpoint with $2.8

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

New Hampshire Again Debates Abortion

Last year, the legislature adopted a parental notification law, over Governor Lynch’s veto.  Now, three House bills would further raise the threshold for abortion, including one that’s attracted the most attention:  requiring doctors give women detailed information about fetal development while considering abortion. 

Guests

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Latin America
3:05 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Some Cuban-Americans Wary As Cuba Welcomes Pope

A man rides his bicycle past a billboard welcoming Pope Benedict XVI, just days before his arrival, in Havana, Cuba. Pope Benedict's trip to Latin America includes Mexico and Cuba.
Javier Galeano AP

In 1998, when Pope John Paul II made his historic visit to Cuba, few Cuban-Americans made the pilgrimage across the Florida straits.

But when Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba on Monday, hundreds of Cuban-Americans will be on hand in Santiago de Cuba when he celebrates Mass.

Carlos Saladrigas is well-known in Miami's Cuban-American community. He's a prominent businessman and co-chairman of the Cuba Study Group, an organization working to make Cuba a free and open society. He'll be in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square for Mass.

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Music Interviews
12:01 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Susan Justice: Sometimes You Just Have To 'Eat Dirt'

To get away from a strict religious family, Susan Justice fled to New York in 2001 to busk on the streets.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 10:21 am

In a busy New York subway station, a man serenades passersby with a beat-up guitar. A few of them look up from their BlackBerrys and toss a little change in his guitar case. It's a scene that plays out in subways and streets around the world.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:01 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Cheney Operation Underscores Heart Transplant Issues

Dick Cheney is interviewed in New York in August 2011. The former vice president is recovering after having heart transplant surgery on Saturday.
Richard Drew AP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a heart transplant he received Saturday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

The operation makes Cheney among more than 2,300 Americans who get heart transplants every year.

Heart transplantation has come a long way since Christiaan Barnard stitched the heart of a young woman into the chest of a middle-aged man in South Africa in 1967. That transplant recipient died 18 days later. Today, recipients can expect to get a decade or more of life from their new hearts.

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NPR News
12:01 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants

Pinon pine trees like this one dominate Rattlesnake Canyon.
Jeff Mitton

Researchers haven't given much thought to the effect of noise and noise pollution on plants. After all, plants don't have ears — at least, not the kind you hear with — so there doesn't seem to be much point. But thanks to ecologist Clinton Francis, that could be about to change.

Francis is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina. But he has spent the past few years in northwestern New Mexico, studying noise pollution in Rattlesnake Canyon.

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