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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:26 am
Thu February 2, 2012

A Famous Gorilla Plays The Recorder, And We All May Learn Something

Koko with a recorder
Ronald H. Cohn The Gorilla Foundation

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 8:17 am

Koko the gorilla is world-famous for her ability to communicate with humans using phrases in American Sign Language, and for her gentle play with pet cats. Now, a new study on Koko's play with wind instruments shows that she skillfully controls how she breathes.

That's a knockout conclusion because scientists have thought that humans alone, out of all the primates, can gain skillful, voluntary control over the act of breathing.

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Planet Money
10:24 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Will Taxpayers Be On The Hook For American Airlines' Pensions?

Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 4:01 am

American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in November. The company needs $18.5 billion to cover its pension promises to current and former employees, but it has only set aside $8.3 billion.

Taxpayers could wind up on the hook for billions. Here's why.

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Mountain Stage
10:23 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley And Kim Fox On Mountain Stage

From left, Kim Fox, Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley performed on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 7:00 am

Three of the greatest voices in modern bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley and Kim Fox, appear on a special Mountain Stage, recorded at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn./Va.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Anger, Blame And Protests In Egypt After Deadly Soccer Riot

Fans rushed on to the field Wednesday after the soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 5:50 am

The tragic riot following a soccer game Wednesday in Port Said, Egypt, which left more than 70 people dead and at least 1,000 wounded, "highlights the problems with security in this country," NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson said earlier today in a conversation with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:23 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Komen Says Efficiency, Not Politics, Drove Planned Parenthood Change

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 3:06 pm

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