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De-Stress with Music

So what exactly qualifies as “relaxing” music? Think songs with slow tempos and not much in the way of percussion, says Chanda. “In general, it tends to mimic relaxing sounds in nature—soft and low-pitched, like maternal sounds or the purring of a cat,” she says.<p>Need some inspiration for your very …

Birding the Fall Migration

September is peak season for the fall bird migration. Hummingbirds have already made the trip south while songbirds have been slow to move this year. Naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman shares tips on spotting different species and making your yard bird-friendly.<p>Transcript<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE …

Don't Try To Clean That Messy Desk

Writer and astrophysicist Adam Frank says: Make friends with science, and the ordinary, everyday stuff will transform into the extraordinary. Now look around you — the mail, the kids' toys, the mess on your desk, the constant daily chaos? It's inevitable, and science proves it.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT …

A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.<p>The federal law would allow people earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines to sign up …

The Thistle And Shamrock: Wisdom In The Strings

We explore contemporary and traditional music conveying wisdom from ancient times this week. Featured are Celtic-tinged arrangements of the sacred chants of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) and William Jackson's music developed from a medieval manuscript, created on a tiny Scottish island in the …