Election 2012
12:12 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Are Obama And Romney The Same Guy?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama will spend the next six months highlighting their differences. But they also share some striking similarities.
Chip Somodevilla/Olivier Douliery Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 5:34 pm

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney just may be the same person. Think about it. Have you ever seen the two of them in the same limo?

All right. Of course, the pair of politicians who will in all likelihood be the major party nominees for the 2012 presidential election have their differences. Republican Romney, for instance, has been a governor and chairman of the Olympics; Democrat Obama has not. Obama, on the other hand, has been a senator and a president. Romney has not.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Cracking The Egg Sprinkler Mystery

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up now, our Video Pick of the Week. Flora Lichtman is with us. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: What have you got for us this week?

LICHTMAN: This week is an experiment that anyone can do at home. You just need permission from your housemates.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LICHTMAN: So here's what you do: Go to the refrigerator, get out some milk, and then pour a puddle of it on your countertop or your kitchen table. Then take a hard-boiled egg and spin it in that puddle.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems?

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. What if there was a nuclear reactor that was meltdown safe, generated power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade byproducts and burnt up existing nuclear waste stockpiled? Sound too good to be true?

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Antidote For Cocaine Overdose Shows Promise

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Stroke, kidney failure, seizures are some of the devastating effects of a cocaine overdose that kill thousands of people each year. But new research has created hope that a cocaine overdose antidote may soon be available for doctors who administer in emergency situations.

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NPR Story
12:05 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Gazing Into The Cloud, From Storage to Servers

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:39 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

One of the newer buzzwords coming out - buzz phrase, actually, has to do with the working in the cloud. Do you work in the cloud? Do you ever hear about it? You store your files, your movies, your music, maybe your office documents, even your word processor can be up there in the Cloud. What's this all about? Do you want to get involved? Are you wondering whether you should do that? That's what we're going to be talking about for the rest of the hour with two folks who write about technology and think about how it works.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Syria: Another Protest, Another Crackdown In Aleppo

Free Syrian Army members from the al-Faruq Brigade arrive to attend the funeral of one of their comrades at the Khaled Ibn al-Walid mosque in the al-Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

A day after the security forces of President Bashar Assad raided the campus of Aleppo University, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Syria's second city and its economic powerhouse.

The AP talked to Mohammed Saeed, an activist, who said protesters were "incensed" by the raid at the university, which killed four.

"Everyone wants to express solidarity with those students," the activist told the AP, adding that the forces fired live ammunition into the crowd.

The AP adds:

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Fri May 4, 2012

'Falling Bear,' We Hardly Knew You; Famous Bruin Killed On Highway

The "falling bear" photo that brought him fame.
Andy Duann CU Independent

It was just a week ago that he dropped into our lives.

Now, we're sorry to report that "falling bear" is dead.

In case you're not familiar with the story, it was April 26 when University of Colorado Boulder student Andy Duann snapped a shot of a tranquilized bear as it was falling from a tree on campus.

The bear survived and was released back into the wild about 50 miles from Boulder.

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Barbershop
10:53 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Shop Talk: Were NFL Suspensions Fair?

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:56 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, after five years on the air, we decided to ask some of our previous guests in Faith Matters for their reflections on the future. That's in just a few minutes.

But first, we continue our Barber Shop roundtable. Our guests are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, columnist Mario Loyola and, in his first Barbershop appearance, the former attorney general of the United States, Alberto Gonzales.

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Barbershop
10:53 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Shop Talk: Alberto Gonzales Defends KSM Trial

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:56 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

It's time for our Friday features. And in Faith Matters, we decided, in honor of our fifth anniversary on the air, to ask five faith leaders from around the country to offer some words of encouragement. That's later in the program.

But first, to what has become one of our signature segments over the past five years: the Barbershop. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Normally, we conclude every Friday's show with a shop visit.

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Around the Nation
10:53 am
Fri May 4, 2012

5-Year-Olds Offer Wisdom On Turning 5

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:56 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

So, we might have mentioned one or two or maybe even three times, that this program turned five this week, but we can't help it. Turning five is a big deal. The program launched on April 30th, 2007. And not to put too fine a point on it, it was a tough environment for both print and broadcast. So, yes, we've been celebrating our birthday all this week. And unfortunately, like all good things, the on-air party is coming to an end, at least until we celebrate our sixth birthday next year.

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