Technology
12:52 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Idea Factory: How Bell Labs Created The Future

In The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, Jon Gertner writes of the legendary innovations developed at AT&T's Bell Labs, from lasers and transistors to solar cells and cell phones, and discusses how the lab became a hotbed for new ideas.

Space
12:47 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

An Astronaut Explores NASA's Scientific Frontiers

He's flown the space shuttle five times, and performed eight spacewalks to service the Hubble telescope. Now astronaut and astrophysicist John Grunsfeld heads up NASA's Science Mission Directorate, where he manages scientific investigations on the home planet--and beyond.

NPR Story
12:39 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

How Buffett's Cancer Is Shaping National Dialogue

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 1:02 pm

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NPR Story
12:39 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Mining Quarries Millions Of Miles From Earth

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 1:00 pm

A private company has unveiled plans to mine precious metals and water from nearby asteroids. Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Anderson discusses the various stages of the mining process and how the excavated minerals could impact future space exploration and innovation on Earth.

Agriculture
12:32 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Missouri National Guard agribusiness team returns home

Members of the Missouri National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team 5 returned home to a welcome ceremony, Wednesday, April 25th.
KBIA

Agribusiness Development Team Five has returned home, after an 11-month tour in Afghanistan. The Missouri National Guard team was tasked with helping was improve agricultural practices in Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Obama Administration Backs Down From New Child-Labor Rules On Farms

After tough criticism from Republicans, the Obama administration withdrew its proposal for new rules to limit child labor on farms.

The AP reports that yesterday, the Labor Department withdrew the proposed rules "that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards."

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Major College Football Edges Closer To Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Arts and Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Behind a Mask, Part II (Louisa May Allcott)

An enigmatic governess navigates several possible romances, but what are her true motives?

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
11:19 am
Fri April 27, 2012

It's All Politics, April 26, 2012

Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:12 pm

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Mitt Romney sweeps five primaries and all but locks up the GOP nomination. Even Newt Gingrich agrees Romney is the presumptive nominee. More veepstakes speculation on Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Two centrist House Democrats bite the dust in Pennsylvnaia, while Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch lives to fight another day.

NPR's Ken Rudin and guest host Mara Liasson have the latest political news in this week's roundup.

Science, Health and Technology
11:07 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Debate continues over Westwood Avenue trees

A photo of one of the trees on Stewart Rd. in Columbia.
Chad Herwald City of Columbia

A dispute about the removal of several old trees from a “leafy” Southwest Columbia neighborhood may be a step closer to a resolution.

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