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'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' Discharged By NIH

The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient has no detectable virus in her blood.

Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

A day after Nigeria's announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 girls secured, 25 more were said to have been kidnapped by extremists.

VIDEO: Talking While Female

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

Morning Edition

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.

Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.

‘Scribe:’ Bob Ryan’s Life In Sports

October 25, 2014
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From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, Bob Ryan has covered it all. He recounts his career in his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports” and joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the book and his career.

‘One City, One Story’ Selection Looks At Family, Change, Love

October 22, 2014
Jennifer Haigh. (Courtesy, Boston Book Festival)

We speak with author Jennifer Haigh about her short story “Sublimation,” this year’s reading for the One City, One Story program.

Nick Kristof Wants You To Change The World

October 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Rebellious Roots Of The Birth Control Pill

October 21, 2014
A package of estrogen/progestin birth control pills. (AP/Bedsider.org)

Oral contraceptives were born in Massachusetts out of the ardent efforts of four people: a researcher ousted from Harvard in the 1930s, a Catholic gynecologist in Boston, an MIT-trained millionaire and feminist Margaret Sanger.

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

October 21, 2014
Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian, actor and author. His latest book is "Food: A Love Story." (Alan Gastelum)

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir “Food: A Love Story.”

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

October 21, 2014
Amazon's new e reader, the Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews. (Amazon)

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

October 20, 2014
Mario Batali's latest cookbook is "America - Farm to Table." (Kelly Campbell)

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

American Presidents Aren't All That Great

October 20, 2014
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

October 18, 2014
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Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio

October 17, 2014
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Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

Was ‘The Princess Bride’ As Fun To Make As It Is To Watch?

October 17, 2014
Cary Elwes in WBUR's studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Actor Carey Elwes — who plays Westley — has written a book about the film. It’s called, “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.”

‘Mayor For A New America': Tom Menino’s Much-Awaited Memoir

October 16, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall, Friday August 9, 2013, in Boston. (AP)

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s new memoir covers his rise from an obscure political aide to the city’s longest-serving mayor.

‘Only A Game’ Host Talks About Sports And Poetry

October 15, 2014
Bill Littlefield in his pre-Only A Game days, interviewing legendary sportswriter Roger Angell. (Only a Game)

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, has written a book of poems about sports.

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

October 15, 2014
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In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

Russell Brand Says He Wants A ‘Revolution’

October 15, 2014
Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)

The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

On Point Salutes Our National Book Award Finalist Guests

October 15, 2014
The 2014 National Book Award Finalists (NPR / NPR Books)

The 2014 National Book Award Finalist shortlist is out, and more than a few On Point Radio guests made the cut! Find out who they were, and listen back to our conversations with them!

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