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Summer Science
1:42 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Summer Science: How To Build A Campfire

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Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

Summer living is supposed to be easy — school is out, the days are long, the traffic eases. But it's not all inner tubes and lemonade: Summer can throw us some curveballs, too. How can I avoid sunburn? What can I do to stave off that brain freeze? Why do my s'mores always burn?

Fear not; NPR is here to help. As part of our new Summer Science series, we'll turn to science to tackle these vexing questions, starting with how to build the perfect campfire.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The Many Hats of Chef Johnny Blancher

The desire to source food locally has caused many restaurants to reevaluate how they do business. That's just one of the reasons why a local chef has transformed a patch of land across from his establishment into an urban farmstead. On this week's Notes from New Orleans we'll hear how farming is just one of the many responsibilities juggled by Johnny Blancher.

To read a related article written by Sharon Litwin, visit Nolavie.com.

The Listening Room
4:38 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Intelligence Squared Debate Series: College Football

Corruption and a growing concern for head injury have put college football in the spotlight. Are football program's millions in profits exploitation? Or are they still a celebration of amateur sport?

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New Orleans Saints
3:04 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

New Saints president to teach Loyola class

New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha.
Loyola University

Dennis Lauscha, a graduate of Loyola University and the newly promoted president of the New Orleans Saints, will return to his alma mater to teach a course on the business of professional football at the university's inaugural Alumni College.

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Summer Science
4:49 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Summer Science: An Introduction

David Greene speaks with NPR's Joe Palca about Morning Edition's upcoming series, "Summer Science."

New Orleans: Six Years After
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Examining New Orleans Six Years After, and Your Responses

Paul Maassen and Dr. Ed Chervenak, Director of the UNO Survey Research Center, discuss the state of our vital civic institutions in the years since Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath, and examine your responses and to our week-long series and the results of  UNO's New Orleans Quality of Life Survey  

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The Digital Divide
1:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Poorer communities continue to suffer lack of broadband access — and related opportunity

Community member Oliver Butler, at the Ninth Ward Village community center.
Matt Davis The Lens

This is a repost of a Lens story, first published March 23, in light of news that The Times-Picayune will be cutting back to three published newspapers a week, focusing its efforts instead on online reporting. The accompanying map shows the wide swaths of the city where broadband internet access is not prevalent — meaning people there are not as likely to get the news that the TP will produce.

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Notes from New Orleans
6:51 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Madewood Plantation is Source of Pride, Comedy

Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville.

Each week on Nolavie.com, writer Keith Marshall contributes a column called How's Bayou? He examines the secrets that keep him sane while juggling an upscale Bed & Breakfast on Bayou Lafourche and working at Dixie Art Supplies in Elmwood.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin brings her good friend to the microphone.

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
5:01 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to.
Susan Philips WHYY

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 6:30 pm

From WHYY

A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.

The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.

But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. It's being called the "doctor gag rule."

'I Don't Know If It's Due To Exposure'

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
2:24 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 8:36 am

Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.

She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something to tell about it."

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