2:04pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Space

Mars Rover May Be Contaminated with Earth Microbes

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

In a few weeks, NASA's Curiosity rover may use its powerful drill for the first time on Mars, and that has been a cause of a concern - not because the drill may be malfunctioning, but because the drill bit might be contaminated with germs from Earth.

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2:00pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Patrol Boats Stand Down In Islands Row With Japan

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:51 pm

A squadron of Chinese patrol vessels has turned back from a tense standoff with the Japanese coast guard near a small group of islands claimed by both countries.

The uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known to Japan as Senkaku and to China as Diaoyu, have been the subject of a decades-long dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

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1:59pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Space

Amateur Astronomers Spot A Jupiter Explosion

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Last Monday, an amateur astronomer in Wisconsin, Dan Peterson, was gazing through his telescope when he caught sight of a flash of white light in Jupiter's gassy atmosphere. Lucky for him, someone else also had a scope trained on Jupiter that night. George Hall, an amateur astronomer in Dallas caught that flash on video, hard evidence that an explosion had indeed happened on the giant planet.

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1:55pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Energy

Wind Power Plentiful, Study Says

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. How much of the world's energy needs could be met by wind power alone? Energy analysts are always quick to point out that the wind doesn't blow all the time, but it turns out that if you look worldwide, and you look up at the sky and not just at ground level, there's a lot of wind available, and that wind carries a lot of energy.

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1:49pm

Fri September 14, 2012
NPR Story

Microbes Benefit More Than Just The Gut

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:19 pm

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1:49pm

Fri September 14, 2012
NPR Story

Detecting the 'Artful Dodge'

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:15 pm

During the Republican debates, Mitt Romney told a moderator "You get to ask the questions you want. I get to give the answers I want." Social psychologist Todd Rogers talks about how likely voters are to notice a subtle dodge. James Fowler joins to discuss whether social media can send more people to the polls.

1:49pm

Fri September 14, 2012
NPR Story

Field Trip To A Fungi Foray

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:10 pm

What happens at the Northeast Mycological Federation Foray? "Mushrooms only," according to attendee Gary Lincoff, an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and author of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Science Friday stopped by the conference for mushroom talk, mushroom crafts, mushroom eats and a mushroom hunt.

1:45pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Movies

'Chico & Rita': An Animated Film With A Cuban Beat

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:24 pm

Chico's story mimics the stories of many Cuban musicians who left Havana and arrived in New York City in the 1940s โ€” a time when musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were starting to emerge.
Luna Films

This interview was originally broadcast on April 12, 2012. Fernando Trueba's Chico & Rita is now out on DVD.

The animated film Chico and Rita is set in 1940s Havana, at a time when Cuban musicians were starting to leave the country and join the jazz scene in New York. It was also a time when musical styles were fusing โ€” and changing the Afro-Cuban jazz scene entirely.

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1:36pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

No Deal Yet: Chicago Teachers On Strike For Fifth Day

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:41 pm

Chicago public school teachers pose for a photo on a picket line as their strike extends into a fifth day.
M. Spencer Green AP

Update at 3:00 p.m. ET. No Settlement Expected Today:

NPR's Ken Barcus says that no settlement is expected today. The most likely scenario is a contract vote sometime on Sunday, he says.

The Chicago Tribune reports quotes a union attorney who said that the outlines of an agreement are there, but a vote on ending the strike is not likely until Sunday.

Our Original Post Continues:

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1:19pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Interviews

Going Under The 'Boardwalk' With Michael Shannon

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:26 pm

Michael Shannon plays federal agent Nelson Van Alden on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. "I think inside of Van Alden is a child รขย€ย” that arrested child รขย€ย” that never really got to develop its own identity," he says.
Macall B. Polay HBO

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 24, 2011. The third season of Boardwalk Empire starts Sunday.

HBO's Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, is about organized crime in the era of Prohibition. The show stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, an Atlantic City politician who sees the coming of Prohibition as an opportunity to make even more money from illegal activities and kickbacks.

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