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From Tree to Shining Tree

A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and …

Fungi

CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

Federal health officials may be about to get greatly enhanced powers to quarantine people, as part of an ongoing effort to stop outbreaks of dangerous contagious diseases.<p>The new powers are outlined in a set of regulations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published late last month to …

Public Health

Bringing Gamma Back

Today, a startling new discovery: prodding the brain with light, a group of scientists got an unexpected surprise -- they were able to turn back on a …

Neuroscience

'Courage To Soar': Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles' Says It's Not Easy Being Gold

Simone Biles captured the world's attention at the Rio Olympics. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the gold-medalist about her new book "Courage to Soar."<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Simone Biles performed a staggering sweep at this year's Rio Olympics, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to win four …

Gymnastics

New California housing laws make granny units easier to build

California homeowners should find it easier and cheaper to build a second unit on their property, or turn an illegal unit into a legal one, thanks to …

EP526: The Hunter Captain

by David John Baker narrated by Mat Weller This story has not been previously published. Discuss on our forums. For a list of all Escape Pod stories, …

Mind

Kevin Canty Reads “God's Work”

Kevin Canty reads his story from the April 4, 2016, issue of the magazine. Canty is the author of three short-story collections and four novels, including “A Stranger in the World,” “Where the Money Went,” “Winslow in Love,” and, most recently, “Everything.” He has been publishing fiction in The …

Publishing

'Blackacre': A Collection Of Poems About 'Searching And Being Buffeted'

Tess Taylor reviews the poetry collection <i>Blackacre</i> by Monica Youn.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Monica Youn's new collection of poems "Blackacre" takes its title from a 17th-century legal term. Our reviewer Tess Taylor says Youn turns the legalese into poetry.<p>TESS TAYLOR, BYLINE: As well as being …

Books

Human Errors Drive Growing Death Toll In Auto Crashes

Our cars and trucks are being made with more safety features. New technologies such as lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, vehicle stabilizers and anti-lock brakes can, and do, save lives.<p>Yet more people are dying on the nation's roadways — nearly 18,000 in the first six months of this …

Autonomous Cars

How to find deals on flight upgrades. NY Times 10/16/2016

Spinach Noodle Kugel

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.<p>2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until just done, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool.<p>3. Combine …

Election Experts Share Tips On How To Avoid Voting Issues At The Polls

For those worried about problems voting in this year's elections, there are several things they can do to help, such as checking their registrations and polling places ahead of time, and volunteering to be a poll worker.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>This election has some voters worrying what's going …

Government

Episode 521: The Town That Loves Death

<i>Note: This episode originally aired in</i> <i>February 2014</i><i>.</i><p>People in La Crosse, Wisconsin are used to talking about death. In fact, 96 percent of people who die in this small, Midwestern city have specific directions laid out for when they pass. That number is astounding. Nationwide, it's more like 50 …

New Biography Celebrates E.B. White, Who Really Was 'Some Writer!'

"Some pig!" Charlotte the barn spider famously spun in praise of her friend Wilbur in E.B. White's classic, <i>Charlotte's Web.</i> Now, author Melissa Sweet has exclaimed: <i>Some Writer! —</i> that's the name of her new, illustrated biography of E.B. White. The kid-friendly collage includes letters, journal …

Books

Overwhelmed Mom Seeks 'A Basic Amount Of Dignity' In 'Today Will Be Different'

We meet Eleanor Flood, the main character of Maria Semple's new novel, on a day when she has resolved to change some things about her life:<p>"Today I will be present. Today, anyone I'm speaking to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. Today I'll play a board game with Timby. I'll initiate …

Books

'Let There Be Laughter': Modern Jewish Jokes Poke At Assimilation

Michael Krasny's new book is called Let There Be Laughter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about this treasury of great Jewish jokes, and why they matter.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Michael Krasny joins us now from his studios at KQED in San Francisco, where he hosts Forum, the highly regarded daily …

Comedy

King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic

A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Officials in Seattle and the surrounding areas are considering a …

Public Health

Swedish Scientist Starts DNA Experiments On Healthy Human Embryos

A scientist in Sweden has started experiments on healthy human embryos in which DNA is altered. It's the first known use of so-called "gene-editing" tools on healthy human embryos.<p>Transcript<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:<p>We are about to meet a man who is trying to modify DNA in healthy human embryos. This is …

Genetics

Yaniv Sherman’s books on Goodreads (428 books)

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Public Defender Points To 'Growing Frustration' Over 'Unjust System'

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Kevin Tully, the Mecklenburg County public defender, about the recent unrest in Charlotte, N.C., and police-community relations in the city.<p>Transcript<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:<p>Now we're going to talk to Kevin Tully. He's the public defender for Mecklenburg County in North …

Justice

Stanford Biologist Invents Ultra Low Cost Scientific Tools

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Manu Prakash, a physical biologist and inventor at Stanford University, about being awarded a MacArthur fellowship this year. He talks about his work using bioengineering, not just for basic research, but to invent ultra low cost scientific tools, such as microscopes …

Stanford University

The irk of Opportunity Wasted

Okay, so I’m going to try real hard not to be mean, but seeing backward-ass decisions realized just really rub me the wrong way. Seeing squandered …