Science & Medicine

Planet Money
6:49 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Episode 530: Marijuana, Law School, And Centuries Of Inequality

After today's show, you'll be ready to design a tax on marijuana, pick a law school, and explain centuries of inequality — and the hottest book in economics — without having to read a page.

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* What's The Best Way To Tax Marijuana? It Depends On What You Want

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Environment
6:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Recent storms in California haven't been enough to save the state from a serious drought. And now, the rainy season is winding down. Scientists are trying to understand why some storms unload lots of rain and snow in California and others don't. As Lauren Sommer reports from member station KQED in San Francisco, there could be a link to dust storms thousands of miles away.

LAUREN SOMMER, BYLINE: The sky over the Pacific Ocean is looking pretty ominous - big dark gray clouds in the distance.

I think it feels like rain.

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The Two-Way
6:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook

When Americans envision the European economy, they may think of modern factories churning out sleek German cars and chocolatiers perfecting Belgian truffles.

That developed part of Europe is perking up. The International Monetary Fund said this week that, coming out of a crushing recession, Eurozone growth should be around 1.2 percent - sluggish but steady this year.

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Shots - Health News
6:03 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Why My Wife Didn't Choose A Double Mastectomy

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:51 pm

Yet another entertainment figure has gone public with her decision to have a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. Samantha Harris is the latest in a series of entertainers who've decided on that surgery as treatment for the disease.

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All Tech Considered
5:37 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.
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Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:27 am

With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — has been bleeding out information, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.

"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.

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Microphone Check
5:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

E-40.
Courtesy of the artist
  • E-40 With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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Mountain Stage
5:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Lucy Wainwright Roche On Mountain Stage

Lucy Wainwright Roche.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Lucy Wainwright Roche appears on the 30th-anniversary episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

The daughter of folk-music royalty (Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche) didn't jump right in to the family business. Wainwright Roche studied creative writing before earning a graduate degree in education; while she was teaching elementary school in New York City, she finally "got the hankering to give music a go." She did some backup singing for her brother, Rufus, and the hook was set.

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Planet Money
4:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Across The Atlantic, Glimpse An Alternate Internet Universe

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:53 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Already for many Americans, there are few options when it comes to high-speed broadband. And the reason, says Zoe Chace with our Planet Money team, goes back to a moment when the U.S. decided to go one way and the rest of the world went another.

ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: That moment, March 14th, 2002, a bunch of people from the Federal Communications Commission pondering an existential question. There's this brand-new cable coming into your home with the Internet on it. What is this thing?

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Wild Cub On World Cafe

Wild Cub.
Andrea Behrends Courtesy of the artist

Wild Cub is the brainchild of musician Keegan Dewitt, who had a good job in hospitality development in Brooklyn, but instead followed his heart and music to Nashville. There, he met Jeremy Bullock and the two formed Wild Cub in 2012 with the addition of drummer Dabney Morris, bassist Harry West and keyboardist Eric Wilson.

The band's sparkling debut — Youth, recorded in Bullock's house — came out in early 2013, and was reissued on a prominent label this year.

Around the Nation
4:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Out Of The Rubble Of Tragedy, How To Build A New Sandy Hook?

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:48 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Newtown, Connecticut, is moving forward with plans to rebuild Sandy Hook Elementary School. The original building where gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults was demolished late last year. The process of designing a new school, one that both honors the wishes of the community and provides a new home for learning, lies with architect Barry Svigals. Svigals and his design team recently unveiled their plans at a town meeting in Newtown, and he joins us now to talk more about it. Welcome to the program.

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