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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light years away.

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant

Two vehicles from different departments were rushing to the same fire in a suburb of Los Angeles when they collided. One of them careened into the restaurant.

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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career

A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?

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You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?

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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.

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Do America's Deportation Policies Work?

Guest Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the United States' deportation policies from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.

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Deported For An Old Crime, Jamaican Loses His American Dream

Howard Dean Bailey made a good life for himself in the U.S. But then, a decades-old run-in with the law led to his deportation. Does his story show the system failing or working?

Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

Simon Schama On ‘The Story Of The Jews’

April 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP)

In the week of Passover and anti-Semitic gunfire, we look at the history of the Jews with acclaimed historian Simon Schama. Plus, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.

How To Get Ahead In Business (Without An MBA)

April 16, 2014
Harvard Business School is one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the country. Our guest today suggests those kinds of degrees aren't necessary for business success. (HBS / Facebook)

Humorist and longtime Fortune columnist Stanley Bing says, “forget the MBA.” He’s got the low-down on what you really need to master in business. Plus: the sky-high state of executive salaries.

How Boston Is Getting Ready For the 2014 Boston Marathon

April 15, 2014
Survivors, officials, first responders and guests pause as the flag is raised at the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Boston. (AP)

Boston Globe metro reporter Maria Cramer explains how the 2014 Boston Marathon will be different than races in the past.

Matt Taibbi On Unequal Justice In The Age Of Inequality

April 15, 2014
In this file photo, author and journalist Matt Taibbi speaks to a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protestors after a march on the offices of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in New York. There was a heavy police presence around the 42nd Street area as the demonstration began Wednesday morning outside. (AP)

Muckraking journalist Matt Taibbi sees a huge and growing divide in the US justice system, where big money buys innocence and poverty means guilt. He joins us.

Free Trauma Counseling Available To Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

April 14, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a trauma counselor who’s treating Boston Marathon bombing victims with psychological injuries.

How To Start Conversations With Total Strangers

April 14, 2014
Rob Baedeker and Chris Colin are the authors of "What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss." (Ilana Diamond)

If you’ve ever failed at trying to start a conversation with an intriguing looking person at a party, these authors can help.

Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Marks 75th Anniversary

April 14, 2014
U.S. novelist John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) is pictured in January 1930. "The Grapes of Wrath" was published April 14, 1939. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

John Steinbeck’s landmark novel tells the story of Oklahoma farmers migrating to California after the dust bowl of the 1930s.

As Rare Book Prices Rise, Book Scouts Profit

April 14, 2014
Judy Feaster says scouts regularly hang out in their cars or browse the shelves towards the front of McKay’s, watching for employees taking cartons full of books out to the free bin. She’s pretty sure the store knows what they’re up to. (Nina Cardona/WPLN)

Every day, people donate old books to thrift shops or sell them for a quarter at yard sales. But some of those castoffs are worth much more.

Marathon Bombing Survivor Loses Limbs But Finds New Life

April 14, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley, are expecting their first child. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

A year after Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the bombing, he and his fiancée are expecting their first child.

‘In My Skin’ Shares Inside Look Into Brittney Griner’s Life

April 12, 2014
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In ‘In My Skin,’ Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner details her struggles as a child and as a student at Baylor. She joins Bill Littlefield to discuss her past and her transition to the WNBA.

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