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12:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Tim Green: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Alto saxophonist Tim Green performs at 92Y Tribeca on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2012.
John Rogers johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:58 am

Alto saxophonist Tim Green is no stranger to New York, having studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He's also lived in Los Angeles, where he attended the Thelonious Monk Institute's handpicked masters program. But he's now settled in Baltimore, where he grew up. Since he got home, he's finished up his first recording, Songs From This Season, which casts musicians from up and down the East Coast to execute his compositions. Here, he brings his impassioned delivery to a quintet gig in downtown Manhattan.

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Researchers Find That Dolphins Call Each Other By 'Name'

Baby bottlenose dolphin Doerte and her mother, Delphi, swim through their basin at the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany, in 2011.
Roland Weihrauch AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:27 pm

Science continues to show that what we think makes us human may not be so unique: New research finds that bottlenose dolphins call the "names of loved ones when they become separated," Discovery News reports.

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Planet Money
12:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Why People Smuggle Empty Cans Into Michigan

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:03 pm

When you buy soda or beer in Michigan, you pay a 10 cent deposit on every can and bottle. You get the deposit back when you return the empties for recycling.

It's a good way to get people to recycle. But it also creates an incentive for garbage arbitrage. You can get empties from neighboring states without deposit laws, bring them to Michigan, and claim the deposit.

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Considers Accelerating Replacement Process

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Ash Wednesday service at the St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 13.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Pope Benedict XVI is considering issuing a decree that would speed up the process of appointing his replacement.

By canon law, a papal conclave starts between 15 and 20 days after the papacy becomes vacant. But as The New York Times reports, that takes into account a papal funeral.

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This Is NPR
12:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Learning The NPR API Has Never Been Easier

The NPR badge for Codecademy API courses.
NPR

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:10 pm

Earlier this year, we launched a new NPR API course on Codecademy as a tool for developers interested in learning the basics of our API and attracting new programmers to the public radio system.

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Shots - Health News
12:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long a foe of the administration's health overhaul, reversed course and agree to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:25 am

Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott's motto should be "never say never."

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Universe Or universe? It All Depends On The Multiverse

D. Minniti/Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo/VVV Survey ESO

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:41 am

Sometimes behind what appears to be a mere grammatical issue hides a much deeper question of meaning.

The reader can easily check, after glancing at a handful of books and articles, including here at 13.7, that the word "universe" sometimes is capitalized and sometimes not. How is that decided, exactly? And who decides it? A choice is being made every time an author (or, more realistically, an editor) refers to the cosmos as "Universe" or as "universe." Let's ponder the reasoning behind this choice.

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U.S.
12:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Georgia Death Penalty Under Renewed Scrutiny After 11th-Hour Stay

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:05 pm

A Georgia inmate's execution was halted Tuesday night with less than an hour to go. Prison officials had already given Warren Lee Hill one of the drugs when a federal appeals court stepped in.

Hill has an IQ of 70 and his attorneys have long claimed that he's mentally impaired. His case is now raising questions about Georgia's law, which makes it difficult for defendants to prove they should be exempt from execution.

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Shots - Health News
12:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Arizona Seeks To Balance Patients And Profits With Home Care

Luz Sepada, 59, lives in South Tucson, Ariz. Before the University of Arizona Health Plan assumed control of her medical care, Sepada was hospitalized 10 times in one year. After she was assigned a UAHP case manager, Sepada has been able to stay at home with no trips to the emergency department.
Sarah Varney KHN

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:11 pm

Can for-profit health insurance companies be trusted to take care of the nation's sickest and most expensive patients?

Many states, under an initiative supported by the Obama administration, are planning to let the companies manage health care for those elderly and disabled people covered by both Medicare and Medicaid.

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Monkey See
12:16 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Home Video Review: 'On The Waterfront'

As dockworker Terry Malloy in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, a young Marlon Brando firmly established himself as a leading Hollywood icon.
Criterion Collection

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:11 pm

Time again for a home-viewing recommendation from NPR movie critic Bob Mondello. Today, Bob suggests a tale of moral crisis — On the Waterfront, in a freshly restored Blu-ray version from Criterion.

Mugs and palookas, racketeers and dockworkers, mob boss Lee J. Cobb running the union with an iron fist, Marlon Brando tripping up its control when Eva Marie Saint urges him to go to the feds and rat out the rats.

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