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3 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

The scientists from the U.S., Japan and China were awarded the Nobel Prize Monday for discovering drugs to treat parasitic diseases such as malaria, river blindness and elephantiasis.

California Governor Signs Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Into Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown: "I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain."

DuPont CEO Set To Exit This Month

Ellen Kullman says she plans to retire on Oct. 16. DuPont's stock was recently down nearly 40 percent from a peak in March.

California Governor Signs Landmark Right-To-Die Law

After months of impassioned debate over the ethics of physician-assisted suicide, California will become the fifth state to allow people who are terminally ill to hasten death with lethal drugs.

Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Will Enter Alcohol Rehab And Miss Post-Season

A day before the New York Yankees face the Houston Astros in the American League wild card game, CC Sabathia announces that he is entering rehab to get the help "needed to treat my disease."

How El Salvador Fell Into A Web Of Gang Violence

Gang violence wasn't always rampant in El Salvador. Rev. Gerardo Mendez, who works with youth in gang-controlled areas, sat down to talk about how gangs became so powerful in this small country.

Coast Guard Says Cargo Ship Sank; Body Of 1 Crew Member Found

A relative of one of the ship's crew members says the man likely perished but that the family is still holding out some hope that he could be brought back alive.

Hillary Clinton's Gun Proposals Expose Democratic Divide

The Democratic presidential candidate says she would act through executive action to close the "gun-show loophole" and tighten Internet sales, if Congress doesn't act.

Laws To Stop Bullying Can Protect Teens If They're Done Right

Although every state in the nation now has anti-bullying laws, it wasn't clear if they have any bite in stopping bullies, until now. Clear objectives help a lot, researchers say.

How 'Forbidden' Black Rice Flourished For Millennia

Once reserved for the exclusive use of Chinese royalty, black rice these days has become the darling of gourmets seeking superior nutrition. Now geneticists have traced where this rare rice came from.

With Second Album, Chvrches’ Ascent Continues

October 5, 2015
From left, Chvrches is: Iain Cook, Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty. (Courtesy)

The trio was hardly known outside of Scotland three years ago. Today, they’re headlining festivals.

Sara Bareilles Probably Still Won't Write You A Love Song

October 5, 2015
Singer-songwriter Sara Barielles on the cover of her new memoir, "Sounds Like Me." (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles goes fully confessional in her new memoir, “Sounds Like Me.” She joins us.

Ad Blockers And The Internet Of Tomorrow

October 5, 2015
The newest version of the Apple mobile iOS system allows ad-blocking software on mobile browsing for the first time. (Abdullah Syahbal / Flickr)

Are ad–blocking, bots, and mobile gutting economic viability of the internet? We’ll take a close look.

Restored Instruments From Concentrations Camps Give Rise To ‘Violins Of Hope’

October 2, 2015
Amnon Weinstein in his Tel Aviv shop (Debra Yasinow via WCPN)

Once owned by the inmates of Nazi concentration camps, the violins are now part of a three-month exhibit in Cleveland.

The Scandinavian Secret Behind All Your Favorite Songs

October 2, 2015
Max Martin accepts the award for best producer of the year, non-classical at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.  (AP)

The software of hit songs now. We’ll look at the algorithms, computer generated beats and producers making it happen for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more.

DJ Session: Soundtrack For A Recovery

September 29, 2015
Los Angeles-based pop trio Superhumanoids. Their latest album "Do You Feel OK?" was released September 11, 2015. (Courtesy)

KCRW DJ Anne Litt shares some of the music that helped her recover after a ski accident last winter.

An American Music Playlist From New York Bassist William Parker

September 28, 2015
William Parker is a jazz bassist, poet and composer. (

William Parker, an experimental jazz bassist from New York, answers the question, “what does American music mean to you?”

Remembering England’s Most Illustrious Choir Director

September 24, 2015
British choral conductor, organist, and composer David Willcocks, circa 1965. Willcocks is Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Sir David Willcocks, Grammy-winning choir director, died at 95 earlier this month.

Jewel: Still Singing Strong, Still 'Never Broken'

September 22, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

The Music That Brought Hope To A Besieged City

September 21, 2015
Author M. T. Anderson's new book is "Symphony For the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad." (Courtesy)

Author M. T. Anderson has now written the book “Symphony for the City of the Dead” on Russian composer Shostakovich.

Singing The Songs Of Stephen Foster

September 21, 2015
Singer and songwriters Rosanne Cash, right, performs at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in June 2014, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

You can make a strong case, as singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash does, that Stephen Foster wrote the American songbook.

A Symphony For The Motor City

September 15, 2015
Composer Tod Machover works with a Detroit Symphony Orchestra percussionist on what the beat of Detroit sounds like. (Emily Fox/Michigan Radio)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and composer Tod Machover are creating a collaborative symphony with help from the public.

Colbert Comes (Back) To Late Night

September 11, 2015
Stephen Colbert, right, talks with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during the premiere episode of "The Late Show," Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. Bush and actor George Clooney were the guests for Colbert's debut. (AP)

Stephen Colbert’s big first week as host of “The Late Show.” Will this zany subversive change mainstream TV?

The Songs Of Summer 2015

September 10, 2015
One of Matt Phipps' summer song picks: "S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. (

As summer comes to a close, we listen back to the songs of the summer with Matt Phipps of 92.5 the River in Boston.

Jonathan Edwards Reflects On Making Music And Rediscovering Family

September 3, 2015
Jonathan Edwards, pictured here in the WBUR studios, is out with a new album called "Tomorrow's Child." (Robin Lubbock)

The singer-songwriter, who had his first big hit, “Sunshine,” in 1971, is still engaging audiences across the country.

Jim Kweskin Jug Band Still Performing After 50 Years

September 2, 2015
The Jim Kweskin Jug Band performs at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. From left: Mel Lyman, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and Bill Keith. (Photo courtesy Jim Kweskin/Joe Alper)

The group is still touring with some of its earliest members – Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur and, of course, Jim Kweskin.

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