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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Two Faces Of Science

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Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 5:36 pm

Science is unabashedly radical, willing to toss aside established wisdom and ideas to embrace mind-warping new concepts (if the data backs them up). Science is relentlessly conservative, deeply suspicious of new claims and determined to hold firm to cherished truths that have stood the test of time. As strange as it may seem, both these contradictory statements have held true throughout the 450-year history of "modern" science. In fact, they are what have given science the stability and creativity that root its cultural power.

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Television
8:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

On 'Sesame Street,' The Sweet Sounds Of Another Thoroughfare

Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman with Elmo and Zoe on the set. Sherman won a Tony Award for In the Heights in 2008 and has recruited Broadway peers to compose for the children's show.
Howard Sherman for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:49 pm

You know how to get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice. But do you know how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

Turns out there's a shortcut from New York's theater district β€” and it's landed a number of Broadway's top songwriting talents on the venerable children's program.

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Science
8:17 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

15 Years Of Wrangling Over Yellowstone Snowmobiles Ends

A bison crosses a road ahead of a herd of snowmobilers in Yellowstone National Park in 2003. New federal rules announced Tuesday will further restrict the noise and exhaust such vehicles are allowed to emit inside the park.
Craig Moore AP

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 8:08 pm

The U.S. government Tuesday announced new rules for snowmobiles in Yellowstone that should make the country's oldest national park cleaner and quieter.

The rules were 15 years in the making because of intense wrangling between snowmobile operators and environmentalists. But both groups support the plan and give credit to snowmobile makers for designing cleaner machines.

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Parallels
8:17 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Paris' Traffic-Cutting Gamble Charms Pedestrians, Irks Drivers

Parisians and tourists sit at a cafe along the Seine River. The mayor of Paris recently closed down a major highway along the river to open it up for pedestrians.
Christophe Morin Landov

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:51 pm

In a daring gamble, the mayor of Paris recently shut off a major vehicle thoroughfare through the city, the highway along the Seine River.

The move is part of his plan to reduce traffic in the city. The new space delighted Parisians and tourists this summer, but many wonder if it'll be such a hot idea during the cold winter months.

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Music Interviews
8:17 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The 1975, Influenced By The '80s

The 1975's self-titled debut is out now.
Dave Ma Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:13 pm

The 1975 has been on a meteoric rise in 2013. The pop-rock quartet's self-titled debut album landed at No. 1 in the U.K. Earlier this summer, the band opened for The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, London.

While the band is rooted in the present with its current success, its throwback influence goes beyond its name. Lead singer Matthew Healy says The 1975 was inspired by the 1980s β€” specifically, '80s teen movies.

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Theater
8:17 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

For John Kander, A New 'Landing' At A Familiar Spot

David Hyde Pierce (center), Julia Murney and Frankie Seratch star in The Landing, a new musical from Broadway veteran John Kander, who co-wrote it with Greg Pierce. David Hyde Pierce previously starred in one of the latter collaborations between Kander and his late songwriting partner, Fred Ebb β€” the 2006 musical Curtains.
Carol Rosegg

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 7:40 pm

Broadway composer John Kander is a living legend: With his songwriting partner, the late Fred Ebb, he created the scores for the smash hit musicals Cabaret and Chicago, as well as the enduring anthem "New York, New York."

Now, at 86, Kander has a new writing partner β€” and a new musical, The Landing, opening off-Broadway Wednesday.

"Life Goes On"

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NPR Story
8:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Far Fewer Than Expected Enroll With HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 2:36 pm

Roughly 40,000 people signed up last month for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act marketplace that the federal government runs in 36 states.

Internal memos have shown that Obama administration officials had expected that 500,000 Americans would have enrolled for coverage by the end of the first month of sign-ups.

Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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Author Interviews
8:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

'Boxers & Saints' & Compassion: Questions For Gene Luen Yang

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:00 pm

Gene Luen Yang broke out in 2006 with American Born Chinese, the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award. It weaves three stories β€” about a Chinese-American boy, a terrible stereotype named Chin-Kee and the mythical Monkey King β€” into a complex tapestry of identity and assimilation.

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Shots - Health News
8:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Doctors Enlist Therapists To Deliver Better, Cheaper Care

Tyler Engel with his parents, Dave and Jennifer. His doctor and therapist worked with the family to help Tyler recover from a concussion.
Kristian Foden-Vencil OPB

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:21 am

The state of Oregon is trying some experiments to bring different kinds of medical professionals under the same roof. Patients can see different kinds of doctors in one visit, and the hope is it will provide better patient care, eventually at less cost to the state.

This can make sense in a primary-care setting, where doctors often have to deal with stomachaches and migraines that stem from mental rather than physical problems.

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Book Reviews
8:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

'Identical' Stumbles Outside The Courtroom

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:13 pm

The best way I can fairly review this book is to tell you seven things that it is not.

It is not a legal thriller. That would require the novel to be thrilling, at the very least, to compel you to turn the page. In my case, I read the book on a Kindle, and it often compelled me to turn my e-reader off.

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