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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:02 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Desert Trackways: 7-Million-Year-Old Clues To Elephant Social Complexity

A family of elephants in Kenya's Maasai Mara game reserve.
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Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 8:07 am

For 14 months of my life I was lucky enough to reside in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Funded by the National Science Foundation to study baboons, I lived surrounded by a gorgeous array of mammals and birds. I was fascinated, in particular, by the elephants who roamed the savannas and swamps.

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Blog Of The Nation
3:02 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

March 8th: What's On Today's Show

In our second hour, guests discuss the unique challenges of divorcing later in life.
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Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 10:02 am

Controversy Erupts Over Ethnic Mapping

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Planet Money
3:01 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

The Porcupine Black Market Comes To Pennsylvania

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Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 12:32 pm

"If you're familiar with porcupines, they can cause an enormous amount of damage to a rural home," Jerry Feaser told me. "They literally chew through things."

Feaser works for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which has lately been wrestling with porcupine trouble. State law lets homeowners kill animals that are causing damage to homes — provided the animals are caught in the act.

"The problem is that porcupines are nocturnal, and the [low] likelihood that someone is actually going to catch them in the act is an obstacle," Feaser told me.

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The Salt
3:01 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Settles Lawsuit With His Waitstaff

Chef Mario Batali prepares dishes for the crowd at the world premiere of Volkswagen's new Jetta compact sedan in New York City in 2010.
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Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 2:26 pm

If he's not at one of his 16 restaurants in New York, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, Mario Batali is easily found on TV these days.

One day he's making meatloaf with his co-host on the new daytime show The Chew. The next he's having a friendly cook-off with a rival celebrity chef on Good Morning America. Or traipsing through Europe for PBS, sporting his reddish ponytail, baggy shorts and not-so-fashionable clogs with celeb food enthusiast Gwyneth Paltrow.

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The Salt
3:01 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

A Seed Company That Helped Presidents And Immigrants Garden Falters

D. Landreth Seed Co. President Barbara Melera with a bunch of peanuts at her Philadelphia Flower Show booth.
Max Matza for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 4:11 pm

While members of the Constitutional Convention were in Philadelphia back in 1787, many stopped by the D. Landreth Seed Co. store to buy radishes, broccoli and parsley, among other things. Landreth counted American presidents from George Washington to Franklin D. Roosevelt as customers.

But despite its historic significance, one of the country's oldest seed companies has been struggling to survive.

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