Science & Medicine

Shots - Health News
4:56 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Stephanie and Brian Packer make lunch with their children, Brian, 11, Savannah, 5, Scarlett, 10, and Jacob, 8.
Stephanie O'Neill/KPCC

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:36 am

Stephanie Packer was 29 when she found out she had a terminal lung disease.

That's the same age as Brittany Maynard, who last year was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Last fall, Maynard, of Northern California, opted to end her life with the help of a doctor in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal.

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Planet Money
4:56 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

How A Machine Learned To Spot Depression

Institute for Creative Technologies

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:53 am

I'm in a booth with a computer program called Ellie. She's on a screen in front of me.

Ellie was designed to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and when I get into the booth she starts asking me questions — about my family, my feelings, my biggest regrets.

Emotions seem really messy and hard for a machine to understand. But Skip Rizzo, a psychologist who helped design Ellie, thought otherwise.

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All Songs TV
4:52 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Girlpool, 'Before The World Was Big'

Philadelphia-via-L.A. duo Girlpool take a day at the beach in their new video, "Before The World Was Big."
Courtesy of the artist

Girlpool have fun, but they don't mess around. The lo-fi punk duo spend the duration of their new video, for the title track from their debut LP, Before The World Was Big, cartwheeling and frolicking on a sun-drenched beach. Cares are few, trust falls are many, and a boardwalk Ferris wheel spins majestically over all.

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

An Author Of Paper About Changing Minds On Gay Marriage Seeks Retraction

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:41 pm

Late last year, the journal Science published a study that suggested door-to-door canvassing could increase support for same-sex marriage.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Dr Dog.
Cameron Pollack WXPN

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series had to include Dr. Dog. The band formed in 2001 in West Philadelphia, built around the writing skills of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.

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