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Space
12:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Spacecraft Records 'Chorus' of Space Sounds

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:55 pm

A NASA spacecraft captured the clearest recording yet of what space sounds like inside Earth's radiation belts. Craig Kletzing, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, explains what causes these eerie chirping noises, and what we can learn from them.

Science
12:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

How One Guy Raised $1.3 Million for a Tesla Museum

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:55 pm

Matthew Inman, creator of the humor site "The Oatmeal," led an online drive that raised over $1 million for a new museum to honor the inventor Nikola Tesla. Inman discusses how to build a successful crowdfunding campaign, and why Tesla is the greatest geek who ever lived.

Research News
12:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Learning From the Things That Annoy Us

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:55 pm

A professor spends his off-time tracking the little things in life that bother us. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, tells us what poor parking, long waits in the doctor's office, and the controversial brussel sprout tell us about science.

Music Reviews
11:55 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Gary Clark Jr.: A Raucous Blues Shout

Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu is an eclectic romp through the blues.
Frank Maddocks

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:49 pm

On his major-label debut Blak and Blu, you can hear the roar in Gary Clark Jr.'s blues guitar, and in his vocal throughout "Bright Lights." It's one of the few straight-up blues songs on what is essentially an introduction to one of the most highly praised young blues guitarists in recent times. While Clark comes out of a blues tradition, he's also a twentysomething who's taken in all of contemporary music.

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Planet Money
11:33 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Watch Our Fake Presidential Candidate's First Real Ad

The fake candidate.
Lam Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 6:12 pm

The story so far: A panel of economists from across the political spectrum came up with a presidential platform they could all support. It was a platform that would doom any real candidate. So we created a fake one.

We tested out one of our key ideas — eliminating the mortgage-interest tax deduction — on a focus group. They hated it.

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Author Interviews
11:21 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

Baratunde Thurston is an American comedian and the digital director of The Onion. He co-founded the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics. He is also a prolific tweeter.
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 11:55 am

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 1, 2012. How to Be Black will be released in paperback on Oct. 30.

It's no coincidence that Baratunde Thurston's new memoir and satirical self-help book How to Be Black was slated for release on the first day of Black History Month.

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NPR Story
11:12 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Scientists In The Dark Over Birth Of The Moon

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:55 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Flora Lichtman, filling in for Ira Flatow today. The moon, it's our nearest neighbor, but we don't know much about where our companion came from. In the 1800s, Charles Darwin's son, Sir George Darwin, proposed that maybe the moon just popped off from the Earth when the Earth was spinning much faster than it is today.

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NPR Story
11:12 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Making Sense Of Presidential Polls

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:55 pm

In less than a month, the 2012 presidential election turned from an almost certain victory for President Obama to a neck-and-neck race. New York Times blogger and statistician Nate Silver and Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang talk about making sense of the polls--and why not all votes are created equal.

BackTalk
10:59 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Listeners Love Fiasco And Cash Connection

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the mailbag to see what listeners have to say. This week, the program's Twitter feed lit up when rapper Lupe Fiasco talked about why he's a big Johnny Cash fan.

Faith Matters
10:59 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Young Mormon Women 'Thrilled' By New Mission Age

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we dig into our digital mailbox to hear from you about stories that caught your attention this week. That's BackTalk and it's coming up in a few minutes.

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