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National Security
2:14 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Busted Bomb Plot Advanced Underwear Scheme

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:30 pm

FBI bomb experts continue to study the device involved in the latest al-Qaida plot to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner. U.S. officials say the explosive is a more advanced version of the underwear bomb that malfunctioned aboard a jet in 2009.

Asia
2:37 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

What Putin's Latest Election Says About Russia

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Europe
2:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Greek, French Voters Hope For Fresh Start

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:19 pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and a number of Greek incumbents in parliament became the latest victims of growing frustration among voters across Europe over the ongoing debt crisis and widespread austerity measures. President-elect Francois Hollande has promised France a "fresh start."

Opinion
2:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Op-Ed: Obama Should Endorse Gay Marriage

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The president and gay marriage on The Opinion Page this week. Yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," David Gregory asked Vice President Joe Biden whether he was comfortable with same-sex marriage now.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MEET THE PRESS")

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Religion
2:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

When Religious Leaders Lose Their Faith

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:41 pm

Teresa MacBain was pastor of a United Methodist church. In March, she made a confession: She is now an atheist. MacBain, NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty and Jerry DeWitt, executive director of Recovering from Religion talk about how losing faith changes lives and communities.

Technology
1:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Gazing Into The Cloud, From Storage to Servers

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

One of the newer buzzwords coming out - buzz phrase, actually, has to do with the working in the cloud. Do you work in the cloud? Do you ever hear about it? You store your files, your movies, your music, maybe your office documents, even your word processor can be up there in the Cloud. What's this all about? Do you want to get involved? Are you wondering whether you should do that? That's what we're going to be talking about for the rest of the hour with two folks who write about technology and think about how it works.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Antidote For Cocaine Overdose Shows Promise

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Stroke, kidney failure, seizures are some of the devastating effects of a cocaine overdose that kill thousands of people each year. But new research has created hope that a cocaine overdose antidote may soon be available for doctors who administer in emergency situations.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems?

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. What if there was a nuclear reactor that was meltdown safe, generated power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade byproducts and burnt up existing nuclear waste stockpiled? Sound too good to be true?

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Cracking The Egg Sprinkler Mystery

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up now, our Video Pick of the Week. Flora Lichtman is with us. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: What have you got for us this week?

LICHTMAN: This week is an experiment that anyone can do at home. You just need permission from your housemates.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LICHTMAN: So here's what you do: Go to the refrigerator, get out some milk, and then pour a puddle of it on your countertop or your kitchen table. Then take a hard-boiled egg and spin it in that puddle.

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NPR Story
1:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Actress Mayim Bialik On TV, Science, And The Combo

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Depending on how old you are, you may know my next guest as the girl who played the young Bette Midler in "Beaches" or as the star of the '90s sit-down "Blossom," sitcom "Blossom" or as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon Cooper's sort-of girlfriend on "The Big Bang Theory." Or maybe you know her as all three.

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