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Krulwich Wonders...
10:53 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Guy Builds Solar-Powered Death Ray In His Backyard (Yawn)

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Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 5:22 am

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:53 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Listening To Freud: Sometimes A Voice Is More Than Just A Voice

Sigmund Freud, circa 1935
Hans Casparius Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 6:13 pm

There is an old puzzle in philosophy: would a blind person who knew the world by touch instantly recognize familiar objects if suddenly given the ability to see?

This puzzle — known as Molyneux's question, because it was posed in a letter to the great British philosopher John Locke by William Molyneux — has an interesting emotional analog.

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Planet Money
10:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Planet Money: Into The Future

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 3:18 pm

On today's show: Three stories about the tricky path from the present to the future.

Sales Are Like Drugs. What Happens When A Store Wants Customers To Quit? J.C. Penney's new CEO came in with a bold strategy: No more sales or coupons. It didn't work.

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Animals
10:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Young Adult Prairie Dogs Dig Living In Mom's Basement

John Hoogland of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science holds up a female prairie dog to check for signs of pregnancy, nursing or injury.
Courtesy of Elaine Miller Bond

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 8:47 pm

Like many humans, most young animals approaching adulthood tend to leave their parents and siblings and strike out on their own. They want to avoid competing with relatives. They want to avoid incest. In certain species, they want to avoid nagging.

But a new paper published in Thursday's Science shows there's at least one species that bucks this trend. Prairie dogs, especially female prairie dogs, stay home. They tend to only leave their native territories when all of their relatives are gone.

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Movie Reviews
10:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

From 'Oz,' A Less Than Magical Prequel

Theodora (Mila Kunis) is the first person the young conjuror Oscar (James Franco) meets when he lands in the mystical, magical Land of Oz.
Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:03 pm

Oz the Great and Powerful tells the story of how the Wizard came to Oz, answering a question I suspect no one was asking, but with considerable digital wizardry.

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From Scratch
10:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Maguy Le Coze, Co-Founder Of Le Bernardin

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 1:53 pm

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Maguy Le Coze, co-founder of Le Bernardin. Le Bernardin is considered one of the finest restaurants in the world, earning three Michelin stars and four stars from The New York Times since it opened.

We'll also hear from Peter Manning, founder of Peter Manning - a clothing store for men 5'8" and under.

Deceptive Cadence
10:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Marches Madness: 'Carmen' And The Castaways

The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island.
Kobal Collection CBS-TV/UA/Gladysya Prod

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 1:18 pm

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World Cafe
10:50 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:41 pm

Grammy-winning blues-rock singer Ben Harper has made 10 studio albums over the course of his career. For his latest project, he teamed up with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite to release a collaborative album titled Get Up! Musselwhite, one of the few white musicians to gain exposure in the blues scene during the 1960s, has released 26 records and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

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The Picture Show
10:50 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Spirit Of China's Sufi Shrines

Unrevealed, Site 3 (Harvest Prayers), 2010. Markers for saints in the desert are maintained by shaykhs, who dig out the sands that would otherwise cover them over time. The number of flags on a marker correlates to a saint's power at performing miracles.
Courtesy of Lisa Ross

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 3:18 pm

In 2002, photographer Lisa Ross found herself far away from home — in the remote Taklamakan Desert of western China, in what is known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

"I was looking for something," she says, but "I didn't know what I was looking for."

She had been visiting a friend in Beijing but ventured out to the desert on her own. That's where she first encountered mazars: handmade holy sites in Sufi Islam, built to commemorate saints who are buried there.

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TED Radio Hour
10:49 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Is Our Universe The Only Universe?

"All these possibilities are out there. And we live in the one that is hospital to our form of life." — Brian Greene
James Duncan Davidson/TED

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:24 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Peering Into Space.

About Brian Greene's TED Talk

Is there more than one universe? Physicist Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."

About Brian Greene

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