1:38pm

Fri May 25, 2012
Humans

Humans, The World's 'Superomnivores'

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:16 pm

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JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm John Dankosky. Are you a fan of crunchy, crispy foods? Well, I am. In fact...

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEWING)

DANKOSKY: Do you hear that? Yeah, that's a potato chip. It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Now, no matter where you are in the world, you'll probably find that that crunch is popular with the locals. Think about it: tortilla chips, crispy chicken, fried calamari, biscotti, tempura, falafel, pekora - mmm, pekora.

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1:38pm

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

'Football To Fight Against War': South Sudan Joins FIFA

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:43 pm

After decades of war, football signals hope. In this photo, South Sudanese soldiers travel by truck near the frontline with Sudan on April 24.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

For South Sudan, 2011 was monumental. After decades of war, South Sudan became its own nation.

But as NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has told us, that process of emerging from a conflict with its northern neighbor that left it poor and isolated, has been fraught with more fighting.

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1:35pm

Fri May 25, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Read The Label

Take Control!  Rage against the Machine!  Power to the Peonies! The 'Machine' we refer to is, of course, the lawnmower.  Ever feel like it's holding you down, keeping you from reaching your full potential on, say, the golf course or the trout stream? Here are tips for cutting down on the cutting down and, in the process, bringing a more verdant and sustainable approach to maintaining your landscape.

1:35pm

Fri May 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Friday Night Fight In Wisconsin: First Debate Before Looming Recall

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:11 pm

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker campaigns Thursday with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in Waukesha, Wis.
Darren Hauck Getty Images

The divisive battle to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker moves into its final phase in coming days with debates, a continuing flood of out-of-state ad money, and polls that suggest the incumbent is poised to fend off Democratic challenger Tom Barrett.

Here's a look at where things stand between the Republican Walker and Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, heading into Friday night's televised debate, the first of two before the June 5 rematch. (Walker defeated Barrett in the 2010 governor's race, 52.2 percent to 46.5 percent.)

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1:35pm

Fri May 25, 2012
Politics

It's All Politics, May 24, 2012

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:56 pm

John Moore Getty Images

This week, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker criticizing the president's tactics on Bain Capital, the Tea Party's goals in next week's Texas Senate primary, and general dysfunction in D.C. In other words, it's the Booker "Tea" Washington edition of the podcast.

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1:35pm

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Cleared Of Rape Conviction, California Man Remains 'Unbroken'

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:24 pm

A tear of relief: Brian Banks after his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday.
Nick Ut AP
  • Brian Banks on Southern California Public Radio

Five years in prison. Then five years of probation and wearing an electronic monitoring device. The shame of being a registered sex offender. Not being able to get a job. His dream of playing in the NFL destroyed, possibly forever.

Brian Banks, now 26, has gone through all that.

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1:31pm

Fri May 25, 2012
Animals

Monster Turtle Fossil Discovered In Colombian Mine

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:16 pm

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JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm John Dankosky, sitting in for Ira Flatow. This time of year, wildlife conservationists warn you to look out for migrating turtles crossing the road. OK, what if the turtle is nearly eight feet long, the size of a compact car?

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1:22pm

Fri May 25, 2012
NPR Story

What's The Secret To Great Tomato Flavor?

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:16 pm

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JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm John Dankosky. What if I told you I was going to cook up a pasta sauce using bananas, honey, roses, apples, melon rinds, vanilla, berries, sweaty cheese, peaches, chocolate, lawn clippings, lemongrass and a little dash of wasabi for good measure? Sounds pretty disgusting, right? Well, believe it or not, all those flavors I've just mentioned are components of a taste you probably already love: tomatoes. The taste of a tomato is really that complicated.

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1:11pm

Fri May 25, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Bloomerang Lilacs

We just can't stop talking about lilacs.  They are easy to grow, generate a fragrance to die for, and add terrific, showy color to the spring landscape.  If only they were not so quick to drop their blooms.  But wait!  Here's news about a new variety called the Bloomerang that Ted Collins, dean of the Rochester Lilac Festival, calls the 'ever-bloomer.' Amazing.

12:41pm

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Ban Ki-moon: There's No Plan B For Syria

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on Wednesday, shows Syrians carrying the coffin of Suleiman Kharma who was allegedly killed by security forces during the unrest in Qusayr in central Homs province.
AFP/Getty Images

By any definition, the situation in Syria is atrocious with an estimated 10,000 people killed since the uprising started more than a year ago. The latest international effort to reach a ceasefire is on the ropes.

And, last night, during an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seem to give little hope for a resolution.

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