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Space
11:40 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Voyager 1 Bids Farewell to the Solar System

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Thirty-five years ago, NASA launched a pair of spacecraft called Voyager 1 and 2 in hopes of learning more about the outer planets of solar system, those big gas giants. The Voyagers beamed back dazzling close-ups of the big red spot on Jupiter and the rings of Saturn, but scientists wanted to see even more of what's out there, see how far the Voyagers could go before running out of fuel.

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11:28 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Tall Buildings, A Cut Above The Rest

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:49 pm

A pair of Canadian skyscrapers have been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" towers due to their shapely form. In Abu Dhabi, twin towers are shielded from the sun by computer-controlled shading screens. Architect Antony Wood discusses features of some tall buildings that make them standouts across the world.

NPR Story
11:28 am
Fri June 22, 2012

What Your Brain Looks Like When You Lose Self-Control

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Ever wonder why you worked so hard to avoid the lasagna at dinner only to give in to your craving for not one but two helpings of cake for dessert? Well, new research may hold some answers to this vexing question. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology confirms what we've been - what we've known for some time, and that is each of us has an internal reservoir of self-control. We have a reservoir of self-control that it depletes. Every time we resist a temptation, we use a little bit of it up.

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11:28 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Will China Blast Past America In Space?

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:49 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Last week, China launched its Shenzhou spacecraft into orbit, carrying three taikonauts, one of whom was a woman, China's first female astronaut. A few days later, the spaceship crept up on the Tiangong space lab in orbit and docked with it, making China one of only three countries to have pulled off such a feat after the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

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Law
12:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Why Operation Fast And Furious Failed

The operation was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009-10. NPR's Ted Robbins and Michel Marizco of the Fronteras Desk talk about the intent of Fast and Furious, why the operation failed, and solutions to curb gun-running on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Race
12:01 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Betwixt And Between: Studying Multiracial Identity

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:34 pm

In 1989, Reginald Daniel began teaching a university course on multiracial identity called Betwixt and Between. It remains the longest-running college course addressing the multiracial experience. For his continuing studies and research on multiraciality, Daniel received the Loving Prize.

Law
12:01 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

The Grim Realities Of Life In Supermax Prisons

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:24 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the past 25 years, the number and percentage of prisoners held in isolation has exploded at both state and federal penitentiaries. At a Senate subcommittee hearing this, Senator Richard Durbin argued that the dramatic expansion of the use of solitary confinement is a human rights issue we can't ignore.

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Movie Interviews
12:01 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

'Call Me Kuchu': Uganda's Secret Gay Community

One of the front page stories published by Ugandan newspaper The Rolling Stone, which terrorized the LGBT community.
Katherine Fairfax Wright Courtesy of 'Call Me Kuchu'

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:29 pm

When Ugandan lawmakers introduced an anti-homosexuality bill in 2009, it called for the death penalty for "serial offenders." That legislation failed, but a new version was reintroduced in 2012 in an effort to further criminalize same-sex relations in a country where homosexuality is already illegal. The bills have drawn loud and widespread condemnation from much of the international community, particularly after the brutal death of openly gay activist Davdi Kato.

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

What's Ahead For Iran After 'Last Chance' Talks

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:20 pm

The latest round of high-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions ended Tuesday without an agreement. After the failure of talks that President Obama called Iran's "last chance," some wonder whether or not Israel or the United States may now opt for military force.

Law
12:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Deciding Whether Defendants Should Take The Stand

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:21 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial rested today without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to testify, perhaps because he did not help his cause in media interviews after charges surfaced last November. Here's part of his interview with Bob Costas on NBC.

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