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Mystery Guest

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:24am

Rebecca McMackin works in Brooklyn, and she has hired some temporary workers to help her out with an interesting problem. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out who these workers are, and what they do.

Pie In The Skymall

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:24am

In this game, contestants tell us if something is a real or fake SkyMall product.

All U.S. Blood Donations Should Be Screened For Zika, FDA Says

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:06am

The recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration represent a major expansion in testing blood for Zika. Earlier, the agency had advised testing only in areas with an active outbreak.

Brazilian Police Charge Ryan Lochte With Making A False Report

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:06am

The saga of the swimmer and the robbery-that-wasn't continues. The charge against the 32-year-old U.S. Olympian carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison in Brazil.

Songs We Love: Sarah Potenza, 'Monster'

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:55am

The brassy roots-rocker's anthem conveys her determination to revel in her corporeality and flamboyant performance style. "That kind of flash is Americana," she says. "It is big."

Reports: New Trump Campaign CEO Faced Domestic Violence Charge In 1996

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:46am

Stephen K. Bannon, the new Trump campaign chief, is the third top Trump adviser who's landed in hot water during this campaign.

Nina Diaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:37am

As a solo artist on leave from Girl In A Coma, the singer finds new ways to sound ferocious. Here, she performs three songs from an album due out in the fall.

Top Stories: Latest On Italian Quake; Bolivian Minister Killed

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:37am

Also: Housing Secretary Castro visits flood damaged Louisiana; many large wildfires continue to burn in the West; and President Obama quadruples the size of a national marine park off Hawaii.

In Bolivia, Striking Miners Kidnap And Kill High-Level Minister

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:06am

The country's deputy interior minister was going to talk with the miners about their demands. Officials say he was seized Thursday and then beaten to death.

FOJBI Friday: Meet Michael Parker, Public Speaker For Science

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:00am

Joe Palca is not the only fan of "Big Ideas" in science. Immunobiologist Michael Parker is prepping for a SeptemberTEDx talk on the ways microbes have helped shape human evolution.

Can Slow-Moving Art Disrupt Our Hectic Routines?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Early in his career, video artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo noticed the way people breeze past works of art. He describes how his deliberate, slow-moving installations encourage people to stop and think.

What Can We Gain By Writing A Letter By Hand?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Lakshmi Pratury reflects on the dozens of letters she received from her father, while he was alive, and on the painstaking time it takes to pen a letter.

When Was The Last Time You Did Absolutely Nothing?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says one path to happiness is ten minutes, each day, to stop and enjoy the sensation of doing nothing.

What Happens In The Brain Of An Extreme Procrastinator?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Blogger Tim Urban explains his process of extreme procrastination in which his brain wages war between instant gratification and the moment of pure panic just before a deadline.

Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Despite being a self-described 'pre-crastinator, psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down — even procrastinate — tend to be more creative, original thinkers.

Why Would Millions Tune Into 'Slow TV'?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Norwegian TV producer Thomas Hellum describes why his programs — which feature hours of train rides, fishing, and knitting — help viewers slow down and return to life in 'real time.'

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pete's Dragon' And Kids And Their Monsters

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:19am

On this week's show, we visit with Disney's latest live-action effort and talk about why kids have, and love, their friendly monsters.

North Korea Reveals Netflix-Like Streaming Service

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:57am

One official said it's "elevating the people's cultural life" by allowing its citizens to stream state-run TV. Which is to say binge watch propaganda in the comfort of their own home.

Professor Uses Beer To Brew Up Interest In Chemistry

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:52am

A chemistry professor at the University of Southern Maine started asking students to lab-test beer. By the way, testing doesn't mean tasting. Students aren't allowed to drink beer in class.

Suburban Women Key To Victory In Pennsylvania Senate Race

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:00am

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty are battling it out in the Philadelphia area suburbs.

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