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This Sunday it's estimated that Americans will consume more than 200 million avocados. After all, what's a Super Bowl party without guacamole?

Something Wild: Teachers Spread the Nature Bug

Feb 2, 2018

No one knows better than teachers how quickly a bug, once introduced, can take hold. We’re not just talking about head colds and stomach viruses. Today on Something Wild we’re taking a look at how biologists are first bitten.

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Let's take a chance now to remember Hollywood's oldest working film actress.

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CONNIE SAWYER: (As Oldest Woman in the World) Wait. I forgot Bernie. Hold the elevator. Bernie, Bernie - where are you, you idiot?

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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Haley Parks got her wisdom teeth out the other day, and her parents recorded her as she was coming out of her anesthesia fog. She was talking with cotton in her mouth.

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HALEY PARKS: Did I miss the Super Bowl?

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. So "Jeopardy!" last night...

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RYAN: Football - 200.

ALEX TREBEK: Do or don't name this play in which the quarterback runs the ball and can choose to pitch it to another back.

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The Office of Child Advocate is a watchdog agency created last year by lawmakers as part of a larger effort to reform the state’s current child protection system.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Moira O’Neill, the new director of the office, about her plans for the agency.


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So a young woman in an office after hours is talking with her male boss.

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DAVID SCHWIMMER: (As Boss) It's a big responsibility.

ZAZIE BEETZ: (As Employee) Oh, it's - I know. It's huge.

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Let's follow up on President Trump's State of the Union speech. Raj Shah is on the line. He is the deputy White House press secretary. Mr. Shah, welcome to the program.

RAJ SHAH: Thanks a lot for having me on this morning.

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Those in the room for the president's speech included Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who's on the line from his office.

Senator, good morning.

CORY BOOKER: Good morning. Good morning.

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The many people watching the president's discussion of immigration last night included voters in the battleground state of Nevada. Immigrant rights activists and organizers there watched with NPR's Leila Fadel.

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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Admit it. Yodeling is awesome.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Yodeling).

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President Trump has signed an executive order to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open. It was a key campaign promise, and the president made this announcement during his State of the Union speech last night.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The Oxford English Dictionary added new words, including snowflake.

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That's not a new word.

INSKEEP: It's right here on the list.

MARTIN: Not a new word - billions fall in snowstorms.

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