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'Kiss Everybody': Voice Mails Live On After Parents Are Gone

Writer Charles Ornstein's parents endure in many forms, he says. Most of those, he doesn't carry in his pocket. But the voice mails — those unscripted moments of everyday life — he does.

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In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.

TED Radio Hour

How Could Technology Change The Way We Evolve?

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?

TED Radio Hour

How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?

What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a genetic mutation that can more than double the lifespan of a tiny worm, which points to how we might one day significantly extend human life.

How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

Morning Edition

Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

The Last Unicorn

May 26, 2015
The Last Unicorn, by William DeBuys

With guest host Jane Clayson. Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos. Guests William DeBuys, Conservationist and author of The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures.  Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. (@AzzedineTDownes) Reading List The New York […]

A Project To Identify Unknown Dead Of Pearl Harbor Attacks

May 25, 2015
A project to exhume and identify the remains of unknown servicemen buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attacks, is underway. (melfoody/Flickr)

The Department of Defense is undertaking a project to exhume and identify the unknown remains of those who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attacks.

The Brave New World Of ‘Editing’ Human Genes

May 22, 2015
Humankind Can Now Tinker With Its Gene Pool, But Should It?

A new gene technology is so powerful, it’s sparking debate about whether humankind should tinker with its own gene pool.

Wide Media Coverage Of Fabricated Study Raises The Question, How To Do It Better?

May 21, 2015

The results of a recent study in the journal Science about changing people’s views on gay marriage turned out to be fabricated.

The Arctic Rush

May 21, 2015
Ships dock at the piers at the seaport town of Murmansk on the Kola peninsula in Russia. Russian authorities have detained a Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and 27 crew and they face charges when they arrived at Murmansk. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

A Better Way To Care For Seriously Ill Children And Their Families

May 21, 2015
Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care. (Gerolf Nikolay/flickr)

Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care.

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

May 19, 2015
Jordan Erickson with Gene Brandi Apiaries inspects a bee hive on September 5, 2014 in Los Banos, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

More Bad News About Honeybees: 40 Percent Died In The Last Year

May 15, 2015
U.S. beekeepers have lost more than 40 percent of their honeybee colonies in the past year. (Psycho Delia/Flickr)

It’s the second-largest loss of honeybees ever recorded in a single year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A ‘Holodeck’ May Be Getting Closer To Reality

May 13, 2015
It's still a ways off, but UT researchers say that their improved GPS technology coupled with a virtual reality headset could create a holodeck-like experience. (

Researchers say their improved GPS technology, coupled with a virtual reality headset, could create a Star Trek holodeck-like experience.

Are Carbon Emissions Causing ‘Lethal Seas’?

May 13, 2015
A close-up of fish and a colorful coral reef. (Craig Humphries)

Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the earth’s oceans, causing a rise in acidity that threatens biodiversity.

Costs And Viability For Extremely Premature Babies

May 13, 2015
In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Chris Foley, of Lowville, N.Y., feeds his 4-month-old son Chase at the Albany Ronald McDonald House in Albany, N.Y. (AP)

Saving extremely premature babies. A new study shows many can survive as early as 22 weeks. We’ll look at the techniques, the ethics and the life-long impact.

Interior Official Defends Arctic Drilling Decision

May 12, 2015
On May 6, 2015, two ships sit moored at Seattle's Terminal 5, including the Shell support vessel Aiviq, where Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, discusses the president’s decision to give conditional approval.

A Puffin Colony’s 40-Year Journey Back To Maine

May 12, 2015
Puffins on Egg Rock. (Derrick Jackson)

The birds disappeared from Egg Rock around 1885. It took decades, but Stephen Kress brought them back.

Northwest Indian College Aims For The Stars

May 11, 2015
Christian Cultee, a student at the Northwest Indian College, with a rocket that broke the sound barrier. (Courtesy Joshua McNichols/KUOW)

In Seattle, a local aerospace revolution is taking off, and Northwest Indian College’s space center hopes to involve its students.

What Does Lead Poisoning Have To Do With Criminal Behavior?

May 7, 2015

For three decades, Kim Dietrich of the University of Cincinnati has been following a group of individuals exposed to lead.

A Growing HIV Crisis In Rural Indiana

May 7, 2015
Scott County Health Department Public Health Nurse Brittany Combs talks about the needle exchange program at the Austin Community Outreach Center, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Austin, Ind. Deputy State Health Commissioner Jennifer Walthall said Tuesday that five disease-intervention specialists from states including Virginia, Colorado and Missouri are helping Indiana officials track down people who may have shared needles or had unprotected sex with those who have tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.  (AP)

Dirty needles, and the HIV crisis in rural Indiana. We’ll look at needle exchange programs and root causes behind the skyrocketing numbers.

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