Thu April 17, 2014
The Salt

Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:19 am

It's the Sichuan peppercorn in dishes like spicy ma po tofu that makes your mouth buzz. Researchers wanted to know if that buzz is connected to the tingling you feel when your foot falls asleep.

The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.

What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when people who suffer from paresthesia experience constant tingling in their limbs.

Diana Bautista, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, wondered: Could these sensations be connected?

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Thu April 17, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

What do we know about caffeine?

On today's Your Call, we'll speak with Murray Carpenter on his new book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us. Caffeine is the largest, least-regulated, and least-understood drug trade in the United States. Most people don't know how much caffeine they consume or where it comes from. How does caffeine affect our bodies and minds? And should it be regulated?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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Wed April 16, 2014
Around the Nation

John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:27 am

John Edwards leaves a federal courthouse during his trial on charges of campaign corruption in 2012.
Chuck Burton AP

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.

Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.

In 2012, Edwards faced six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political donors to help hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008.

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Wed April 16, 2014
Radio Poets 4/17

Radio Poets: Justin Rubio

Justin Rubio is a student at San Francisco's E. R. Taylor Elementary School, where he writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring his voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

I Found a Rock

By Justin Rubio

E.R. Taylor

5th Grade


I found a rock it was pretty heavy so

When I picked it up I fell on my 

Knee it hurt but I didn’t care

 Did I mention it was gold and shiny


I found Simon he had a 

Diamond it was as big as a bike

He gave it to me for that shiny rock


I found a found but there

Were arms holding it, I inserted

 the diamond and it gave me the fossil.


I went into the pueblo

And traded it for a treasure chest.

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Wed April 16, 2014

Crosscurrents Presents: A Practical Guide to Disaster

Crosscurrents Presents: A Practical Guide to Disaster

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Wed April 16, 2014
Your Legal Rights 7pm 04.16.14

Family Law: Divorce Options and the Collaborative Practice

Family Law: Divorce Options and the Collaborative PracticeGuests:  George Richardson, Certified Specialist in Family Law; Ann Buscho, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist; and Stephanie Maloney, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 415-841-4134.

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Wed April 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 6:17 pm

What you're prescribed may depend on what samples your doctor gets from drug companies.
Steve Cole iStockphoto

Every "free" sample comes with a price.

Dermatologists who accept free tubes and bottles of brand-name drugs are likelier to prescribe expensive medications for acne than doctors who are prohibited from taking samples, a study reports Wednesday.

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Wed April 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.24.14 Integrity

Johnny Cash

99% Invisible: “Structural Integrity”  When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center was the seventh-tallest building in the world.  But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts. 

Blank on Blank: "Johnny Cash on the Gospel" "I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on." A previously unheard interview recorded in 1996.

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Wed April 16, 2014

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:43 am

Unlike many young women in her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Yael Mizrachi drives and has two university degrees. She's also having a difficult time finding a spouse.
Emily Harris NPR

Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.

"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.

Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.

"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.

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Wed April 16, 2014

Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:20 pm



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