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What's In It For The Corpse Flower To Smell Like Death?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0400

The corpse flower is a botanical rock star — prized by botanic gardens around the globe. In a new video, NPR's Skunk Bear explores the biology of the stinky giant, which thrives by playing dead.

'From Tea Garden To Teapot': How Lipton Became An Empire

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0400

Lipton is ubiquitous these days, just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So you might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world.

Fact, Fiction, History And Heart Converge In 'The Terranauts'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0400

T.C. Boyle's new novel is ripped from the headlines ... of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.

Wanna Dress Like David S. Pumpkins? Sorry. Suit Sells Out

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:30:00 -0400

Perhaps you saw the Saturday Night Live skit with Tom Hanks in a crazy pumpkin suit playing David S. Pumpkins. That suit of pumpkin printed fabric is now sold out.

Chicago Art Institute's Bronze Lions Don Cubs Caps

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:21:00 -0400

It's a tradition for the big bronze lions that guard the doors of the school to wear the head gear of whichever local team is in the finals. For the first time, they're wearing Cubs baseball caps.

The Man Who Shed Light On Why College Keeps Getting More Expensive

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:10:03 -0400

Remembering William Bowen, a former president of Princeton University and an important scholar of higher education, who died last week.

Can We Build Cities That Think Like A Planet?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:09:31 -0400

Do cities destroy nature or are they part of nature? Astrophysicist Adam Frank looks at a new book attempting to answering that question — which he says could be a key to our collective future.

Indians Vs. Cubs: Each Aims To End Decades-Long Championship Drought

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

The Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night. The Indians last title was in 1948 — the Cubs in 1908.

Pediatricians Release Updated Guide For Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends newborns sleep in their parents' rooms until they're at least 6 months old to avoid SIDS. David Greene talks to Natasha Burgert, doctor, mother and blogger.

With 2 Weeks To Go Before The Election, Trump Focuses On Florida

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

For three straight days Donald Trump is campaigning in Florida, a state that is crucial to his hopes of winning the White House. If Trump loses Florida, he'll have no plausible path to the presidency.

King's Death Slows Tourist Visits To Thailand

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

The death of Thailand's king this month left a hole in the hearts of many. It also created uncertainty for some in the tourism industry — which accounts for at least 10 percent of the country's GDP.

Obamacare Rates Will Be Approximately 22 Percent Higher For 2017 Policies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

The new rates for the Affordable Care Act were released, and they show an average 22 percent increase. Analysts say how people react to the price hikes will determine if the law succeeds.

U.N. Official Says War Crimes Are Being Committed In Aleppo

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

David Greene speaks with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, who called what is taking place in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, "crimes of historic proportions."

At Daughter's Insistence, Bourdain Includes Ratatouille Recipe In 'Appetites'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

For years, Anthony Bourdain was identified as a "bad boy" of the culinary world. The chef and TV host's new cookbook reflects his life as a dad. Renee Montagne talks to him about his book Appetites.

Calif. Voters To Decide On Background Checks For Ammunition

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

Voters in four states will decide whether to strengthen gun laws next month. In California, a first in the nation ballot measure would make it much harder to buy ammunition and for felons to own guns.