1:36pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Space

The World Remembers Neil Armstrong

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

On March 16, 1966, a potentially fatal problem gripped the Gemini 8 space capsule. Orbiting high above the Earth, it began spinning out of control. Spiraling towards unconsciousness and, perhaps, death, Neil Armstrong shut down the malfunctioning thrusters and wrestled Gemini back to stability. This was neither the first nor the last time that Neil Armstrong had escaped disaster. As an Naval pilot in Korea, he managed to guide a bullet-ridden aircraft, missing three feet of wing, back to friendly territory.

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1:30pm

Fri August 31, 2012
NPR Story

Unwinding The Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:04 pm

How a cucumber creates its curling tendril has stumped scientists for centuries, including Charles Darwin and Asa Gray. With the help of time-lapse photography and prosthetic tendril fabricated in the lab, physicist Sharon Gerbode, biologist Joshua Puzey and colleagues figured out why tendrils twist, according to a new study in Science.

1:30pm

Fri August 31, 2012
NPR Story

Time To Overhaul America's Aging Bridges?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:08 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. Five years ago this month, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, sending a full load of rush-hour traffic into the Mississippi River. The disaster injured nearly 150 people, killed 13. The bridge was literally falling apart.

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1:30pm

Fri August 31, 2012
NPR Story

Meet Your Ancient Relatives: The Denisovans

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:13 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. You've probably heard of your distant cousins the Neanderthals, but how about a more secretive member of the family tree, the Denisovans? Yeah, ring a bell? No? That's because traces of Denisovans are hard to come by.

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1:19pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

A Few Convention Oddities, Pre-Clint Eastwood

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:51 pm

Sen. Joe Lieberman appears at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., in 2008, just eight years after he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee. His appearance is just one of several notable oddities at recent political conventions.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

From one angle, Clint Eastwood's dialogue with an imaginary President Obama — using a tall chair as a prop — at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Thursday night was sharp-pointed and youthful and edgy and film-schoolish.

From another angle, it could be construed as the meanderings of an older man who is disenchanted by a shaky economy, an ongoing war and the perception of broken promises, but somehow can't put his disgruntlement into words.

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12:56pm

Fri August 31, 2012
The Salt

Farmers Use YouTube To Share Devastating Impacts Of Drought

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:29 am

A YouTube user who goes by Katzcradul posted this image of a parched gulch on her drought-stricken land in Missouri on the site.
YouTube

12:48pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Business

Bernanke Defends His Efforts To Lift Economy

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the latest comments from Ben Bernanke

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12:09pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Participation Nation

Reading Aloud In Wilmington, Del.

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 11:15 am

A Read Aloud Delaware volunteer reads to a student.
Eric Crosson (c)

Read Aloud Delaware — headed by Executive Director Mary Hirschbiel and more than 800 volunteers — is making a noticeable impact in Wilmington.

When you read to the same children time and again, Mary says, "you see changes in their vocabulary, their ability to answer in complete sentences, and gradually the ability to have a conversation."

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11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Barbershop

Eastwood's Speech, A Boost Or A Distraction?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys to look back on the Republican National Convention. They discuss whether Mitt Romney delivered or disappointed on Thursday night. They also weigh in on whether Clint Eastwood's performance was a winner or a distraction.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Charlotte Mayor: Ready For The Democrats

President Obama was the first Democrat in a generation to win in North Carolina, in 2008. Now, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is gearing up to launch the Democratic National Convention, beginning Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx about how his city is preparing.

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