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3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body

Ayodhya Ouditt NPR

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:30 am

Scientists Wednesday unveiled the first catalog of the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that populate every nook and cranny of the human body.

Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human.

The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms.

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Mountain Stage
3:38 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Sylvie Lewis On Mountain Stage

Sylvie Lewis.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:34 pm

Singer-songwriter Sylvie Lewis makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Lewis is English by birth, but has made her home in Switzerland, Los Angeles, Boston and, lately, Rome. Her wanderlust imparts a worldly sophistication to her lyrics and voice, which call to mind sounds from another era.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

'That's A Clown Question, Bro' Or The Rhetorical Comeback Rounding Twitter

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during a baseball game with the New York Mets on June 5 in Washington.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:04 pm

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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Hate The Latest Political Ads? Don't Blame Citizens United

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:10 am

As the presidential race slogs into the summer, there has come to be understood this one great truth: SuperPACs are dominating the landscape, and it's all because of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates to big money.

This truth, alas, is no longer so.

At least in the terms of the presidential race: SuperPACs are out, and Republican-leaning "social welfare" organizations are in.

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Planet Money
3:14 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Why Germany Keeps Saying No

Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 3:45 pm

The euro zone's largest economies all seem to agree that their currency union needs "more Europe, not less," as IMF chief Christine LaGarde recently put it.

Spain, Italy and France have been pushing for Europe-wide bank guarantees, and bonds backed by all eurozone countries.

But so far, Germany isn't on board.

Most articles on the subject contain phrases like this:

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

From Our Readers: Keep The Heat Down When Talking Politics

This morning's post about the special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the retirement of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has readers from both sides of the political divide warning about extremism.

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It's All Politics
2:09 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Obama Team: Household Net Actually Rose, Not Fell, During His Presidency

Obama administration officials pointed to the 56 percent rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since January 2009, and rising 401(k) values as evidence that the personal balance sheets of many Americans have improved during his presidency.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:12 pm

The nearly 40 percent drop in median household net worth between 2007 and 2010 the Federal Reserve reported earlier this week was unarguably an arresting statistic. It confirmed for millions what they already knew, that the Great Recession and its aftermath have been a financial setback with few parallels.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Reporting From A Rapidly-Deteriorating Syria

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:51 pm

NPR's Deborah Amos followed a team of U.N. observers in Syria in June before returning to Damascus, and has been reporting on the latest developments in the region. NPR's Neal Conan speaks with Amos about her experiences reporting from Damascus and what she's seen on the ground.

NPR Story
2:04 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

June Primaries Set Stage For Senate Control

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 2:49 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Cornyn calls for Holder's head. Giffords hands off to Barber. And the president trips over unemployment. It's Wednesday and time for a...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Doing fine...

CONAN: ...edition of the political junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

'Push Girls' Wheel Chairs Through Life And Love

Tiphany Adams, Chelsie Hill, Angela Rockwood, Auti Angel and Mia Schaikewitz make up the cast of Push Girls.
Greg Zook

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:39 am

At 15, Mia Schaikewitz was a star on her high school swim team, when a blood vessel ruptured in her spine and left her paralyzed from the waist down. In 1992, Auti Angel was a professional hip hop dancer when the impact of a car crash severed her spinal cord and left her a paraplegic.

Schaikewitz and Angel are two of four friends featured on the new Sundance Channel reality show Push Girls, which hopes to defy the stereotypes of women in wheelchairs.

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