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Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 11:00 AM
One in four women use psychiatric medication. The reasons for the medication aren't always so clear. (Flickr)

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
This image released by Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, shows a supermassive black hole in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 1365. A study published Thursday in the journal Nature calculated the spin rate of the black hole and found it’s rotating close to the speed of light. (AP)

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

 
Monday, March 2, 2015 | 11:00 AM
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 10:00 AM
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 11:00 AM
As people live longer and longer, questions rise around how to live better, longer. (Flickr / Yuliya Bahr)

We’re sorting through the science of living a longer, healthier life with the author of “Spring Chicken.”

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Monday, February 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM
A still of filmmaker Jennifer Brea in her documentary, "Canary in A Coal Mine." (Courtesy the Filmmaker)

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed: systemic exertion intolerance disease. We’ll look at a new name and new diagnosis.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 11:00 AM
A plow clears snow from a city street Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Boston. A long duration winter storm that began Saturday night remains in effect for a large swath of southern New England until the early morning hours Tuesday. (AP)

Winter storms, now costing the economy billions. Summer storms, too. And spring. And fall. And drought. We’ll look at the economics of extreme weather.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Visitors picture, from the left, models representing Flores, Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal women stand in the "Musee des Confluences", a new science and anthropology museum in Lyon, central France, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP)

A new history of us –Homo Sapiens — and why fiction – stories – let us rule the world.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, center, accompanied by concerned mothers and their children, answers a question about his proposed legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015. (AP)

The growing rash of measles cases and new calls to make vaccination mandatory.

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Mar 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. (AP)

Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Mar 6, 2015
"The Sellout" is novelist Paul Beatty's new book. (Courtesy Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)

Author Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout” is a satirical look at race relations in America. He joins us.

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Mar 5, 2015
One in four women use psychiatric medication. The reasons for the medication aren't always so clear. (Flickr)

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

 
Mar 5, 2015
A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

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Our Week In The Web: March 6, 2015
Friday, Mar 6, 2015

Weasels, woodpeckers and a whole bunch of sassy McCall’s dress patterns. Oh, and thoughts on the provenance of caller and guest quotes when and where we post them.

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Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

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Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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