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NPR Story
12:11 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

What Your Genes Can Tell You About Your Memory

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:03 pm

A recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania identified key molecules involved in forming long-term memories. Experts discuss how this is the latest in a growing field of research on how our bodies regulate our genes, and how this process affects our memories.

NPR Story
12:11 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

A Beetle That Puts The 'Extreme' in Extremity

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:03 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman is here with our Video Pick of the Week. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: What you got for us this week?

LICHTMAN: This week's video pick is about a very menacing creature, and I want to give our listeners a chance to guess what it is based on some clues from University of Montana, biologist Doug Emlen and Erin McCullough.

ERIN MCCULLOUGH: These males have a giant pitchfork sticking out of their forehead.

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NPR Story
3:05 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Chef Jose Garces Follows His 'Latin Road Home'

Jason Varney

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:40 pm

Jose Garces is among the most talented and innovative chefs in America. He opened his first restaurant, Amada, in 2005, and since then his Garces Group has opened 14 other restaurants across the country.

In 2009, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region, and he's also a Food Network Iron Chef, rubbing elbows with the likes of Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Michael Symon.

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History
2:21 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Oxford Taps Crowds To Learn Words' Histories

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:47 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

The Oxford English Dictionary needs your help. Do you know where words like disco, baked Alaska or email come from? For years the widely regarded authority in the English language has asked the public for help tracking down the history of words and phrases. Yet as our lexicon evolves, the mission grows even tougher. A new initiative called OED Appeals hopes to solve that problem by using that same crowdsourcing approach online.

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Children's Health
2:17 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

How To Help Kids Handle Death And Grieving

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:47 pm

In the aftermath of death, many adults struggle with how to talk to kids while dealing with their own grief. Often, the instinct is to protect children from pain and loss. That can sometimes leave kids out of the family grieving process, which can leave them feeling lonely and misunderstood.

Presidential Race
2:10 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

What Obama And Romney Left Out In First Debate

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:47 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Lynn Neary. Mitt Romney proved he could go head-to-head with President Obama in the first of three presidential debates last night in Denver. Romney's strong performance gave Republicans renewed hope for his chance at the White House.

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Author Interviews
2:09 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Genius Grant Helps Junot Diaz Focus On His Art

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:47 pm

Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" and the no-strings-attached $500,000 prize that comes with it. The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao talks about the grant, his writing process and how the award may affect his work.

Politics
2:07 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

The Political Junkie's Presidential Debate Preview

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:17 pm

President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in Denver Wednesday for the first of three presidential debates. The president continues to hold a slight lead in many swing states, but Romney's been able to close the gap in the weeks since the conventions.

Around the Nation
2:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Planning For A Sustainable Mississippi River

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:12 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan broadcasting today from the University of Missouri St. Louis at Grand Center, home of St. Louis Public Radio. T.S. Eliot, who grew up here, wrote a poem about the Mississippi, which flows about three miles from here.

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Music Interviews
2:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Carpenter's 'Ashes And Roses' Shaped By Grief

Mary Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards over the course of her career.
Russ Harrington

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:40 am

Over the last few years, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter's life has been drastically transformed. In 2007, she suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, her marriage ended soon after and, in the fall of 2011, her father died.

After those experiences, she tells NPR's Neal Conan, grief became a companion — but also a guide, a presence that dictated her outlook on life. The Grammy-winning artist channeled those emotions into her latest album, Ashes and Roses.

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NPR Story
2:35 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Schwarzenegger's 'Total Recall' Of His Life, So Far

In 2010, during Arnold Schwarzenegger's last year as governor of California, the state partnered with environmentalists and preservationists to set aside the land around the iconic Hollywood sign.
Peter Grigsby California State Archives

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 1:43 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger has lived a long life in just 65 years. An immigrant who grew up poor, he came to the United States to achieve his goals and succeed. As a bodybuilder, he took a quirky culture and helped turn it into an internationally recognized sport.

As an Austrian who could hardly speak English, Schwarzenegger somehow rose to fame in Hollywood, landing blockbuster roles and making millions. And once he conquered the silver screen, he became a politician who sought to apply his own life lessons to the public sphere.

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Law
2:19 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Wire Tapping, Gay Marriage On SCOTUS Docket

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 2:35 pm

With the presidential election a month away, the Court may soon weigh in on several contentious cases. Los Angeles Times Supreme Court correspondent David Savage talks about the upcoming session and whether the Court can insulate itself from the heat of this political season.

From Our Listeners
2:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Letters: School Lunch And Intellectual Disability

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 2:35 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's Tuesday and it means time to read from your comments.

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Sports
2:13 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Surprise Teams Round Bases To MLB Playoffs

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 2:35 pm

The Oakland A's are headed to the playoffs for the first time in six years, and Washington's Nationals brought the pennant home for the first time since the Senators did it back in 1933. NPR's Mike Pesca talks about the surprises, the end of the baseball season and the outlook for the playoffs.

Your Health
2:32 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Do You Want To Know Your DNA's Secrets?

Decoding the information in DNA may soon be as routine as checking blood pressure. Recent advances make it possible to spell out a person's complete genetic code in a matter of weeks, for roughly the cost of an MRI. NPR's Rob Stein explains the rewards and risks of complete genome sequencing.

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