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NPR Story
11:36 am
Fri June 8, 2012

SpaceX Dragon May Ferry Astronauts By 2015

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:06 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Last week, the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific, wrapping up a glitch-free journey to the International Space Station. It was an historic first. The Dragon is really the only private spacecraft to have made the trip. This time there was only cargo aboard. But it will be - not be long before astronauts are hitching rides on the Dragon? That's what SpaceX is planning for next, and they hope to have seats ready for travelers by 2015. So you can mark that in your calendar.

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NPR Story
11:36 am
Fri June 8, 2012

What Happens When Two Galaxies Collide?

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 11:57 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you look up in the sky at night, especially later this year, you can spot the Andromeda Galaxy, it's a small cloudy smudge in space. It's our galaxy, the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbor, about two and a half million light years away.

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Race
12:40 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Proving Native American Ancestry Can Be Tricky

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren continues to face criticism over undocumented claims she made that for several years she was Native American. Warren acknowledged that she told officials at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania that she was of Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, but she insists that played no role in her hiring.

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Around the Nation
12:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

What'd Make You Stop Texting While Driving?

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:43 pm

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Business
12:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Which Workers Need Unions, And Which Don't?

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Union shops in the private sector have dwindled in recent decades. Now, public union leaders across the country worry that they're losing political clout, bargaining power and members. That raises questions about whether unions fallen victim to their own success, and who needs unions.

Sports
12:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Handicapping I'll Have Another's Triple Crown Shot

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:37 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Eleven times over the past 34 years, a three-year-old thoroughbred arrived at Belmont Park with a chance to win the Triple Crown, and 11 times, he failed. A sport in sore need of a superstar hopes that I'll Have Another breaks that jinx on Saturday. The winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness is listed as the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. But racing writer Andy Beyer argues that the crowded schedule, the unusual distance and history all suggest you should put your money on another colt.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Walker's Victory Tests Progressives' Strength

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election, a victory that may signal trouble for Democrats at the national level come November. NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin and Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation talk about what Walker's victory means for progressives.

NPR Story
12:12 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Buckley Skewers Washington In 'They Eat Puppies'

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:38 pm

In Christopher Buckley's latest political satire, They Eat Puppies, Don't They? a lobbyist teams up with a conservative policy wonk to spread a rumor that China is plotting to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Together, they create a huge disinformation campaign that nearly sparks World War III.

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Grenell On Foreign Policy And Being Gay In The GOP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 12:31 pm

Richard Grenell recently explained that Mitt Romney chose him to serve as his foreign policy adviser based on his record and abilities. The Romney campaign, he says, also knew he was openly gay. Grenell explains why he resigned, and where Romney and President Obama differ on foreign policy.

NPR Story
12:02 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How The President Decides To Make Drone Strikes

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 12:48 pm

For a new book, Kill or Capture, investigative reporter Dan Klaidman examined how President Obama came to embrace the drone program, and the closed-door process that determines under what circumstances drones are deployed. He talks about the administration's growing reliance on covert attacks.

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