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Politics
11:29 am
Fri May 11, 2012

The Case For A Presidential Science Debate

A group of science advocates say the American president should have the basic scientific know-how to understand policy challenges, evaluate options and devise solutions. Ira Flatow and guests discuss how a presidential science debate can help voters decide if a candidate is up for the job.

Presidential Race
11:23 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Why Race Could Color The Vote Against Obama

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If the polls are a good indicator, the economy, jobs, the deficit, health care and education are likely to be the issues that weigh heavily on voters' minds when they head to the polls in November. But researchers say there may be another factor that influences the presidential vote this election cycle, and that's racial attitudes.

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NPR Story
11:15 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Disguising Secret Messages, In A Game Of Spy Vs Spy

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 11:36 am

Last May, German investigators found secret files embedded in a pornographic video on memory cards being carried by a suspected al Qaeda operative. Peter Wayner describes the history and technology of the technique for hiding information, known as steganography.

NPR Story
11:15 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Sizing Up Americans In 'The Weight Of The Nation'

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 11:43 am

A new four-part documentary airing on HBO next week looks at America's growing weight problem. John Hoffman, vice president of HBO Documentary Films and executive producer of The Weight Of The Nation, describes his three year-project to document the causes and effects of being overweight and obese in America.

The Impact of War
10:46 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Faris Family Fights For Their Military Marriage

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 7:45 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. To all appearances, Chris and Lisa Faris seemed to have it all together. He rose through the ranks of the U.S. Special Operations Command to become its top enlisted man, command sergeant major, and his wife tended to their family and many others on his long deployments.

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Latin America
10:46 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Haiti Aid Worker Reflects On The Limits Of Help

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:20 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Aid workers often win applause for their courage and selflessness, for leaving often comfortable lives to help out in wars, famines and catastrophes. But in a recent post on his blog, Quinn Zimmerman, an aid worker in Haiti, gives us a different understanding of the experience. He vented his frustrations, including resentment from some Haitians' incessant begging, and the unwillingness or inability of people to help themselves. Of course, he adds, the need is real, the cause important. Much remains to be done.

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Politics
10:46 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Country Reacts To Obama's Approval Of Gay Marriage

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:01 pm

Three days after Vice President Joe Biden voiced his own support, President Barack Obama described his "evolution" on the issue and became the first sitting president in U.S. history to declare himself in favor of same-sex marriage. Listeners react to the news.

Around the Nation
2:14 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Pushing The Limits: Solo-Sailing The Americas

Matt Rutherford sailed for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, which gives sailing opportunities to people with mental and physical disabilities.
Mark Duehmig

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 9:24 am

On June 11, 2011, Matt Rutherford set sail from Annapolis, Md., on an epic voyage. He traveled down the Chesapeake Bay, up the East Coast, then through the Northwest Passage, down the Pacific, around Cape Horn, back up the coast of South America, and all the way back home.

In 10 months, he sailed over 27,000 miles in a 27-foot sailboat — named the St. Brendan after the 6th-century explorer — and became the first person to complete a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas.

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obama Affirms Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 2:14 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:59 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Will Same-Sex Marriage Swing The Swing States?

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 1:11 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. It's official: Gary Johnson lands the Libertarian presidential nomination. Former standard-bearer Ron Paul picks up GOP delegates. And Democrats wonder about the pace of evolution. It's Wednesday and time for a...

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Absolutely comfortable...

CONAN: Edition of the political junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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