10:01am

Fri March 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

In Open Source Rocket Competition, Collaboration Takes Off

A screenshot shows how a team would track changes to its rocket project on a Sunglass platform.
Sunglass

Here's the challenge: Build a rocket engine. Don't worry, you don't need much.

At the SXSW festival in Austin on Saturday, startup companies DIYRockets and Sunglass are launching a competition to create 3-D-printed rocket engines with open source (read: free) technology.

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9:53am

Fri March 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Could A 'Brain Pacemaker' Someday Treat Severe Anorexia?

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 7:23 am

Kim Rollins of Ontario, Canada, struggled with anorexia for more than 20 years. After starting deep brain stimulation 14 months ago, the 36-year-old says she's in recovery.
Courtesy of Krembil Neuroscience Centre

Many people who get anorexia recover after therapy and counseling. But in about 20 to 30 percent of cases, the disease becomes a chronic condition that gets tougher and tougher to treat.

Right now, doctors have few options for helping these patients, mostly women, whose disease can be crippling or fatal.

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9:37am

Fri March 8, 2013
Author Interviews

The History Of The FBI's Secret 'Enemies' List

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:00 am

John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation gives a speech on November 17, 1953, in Washington.
Bob Mulligan AFP/Getty Images

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2012.

Four years after Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tim Weiner published Legacy of Ashes, his detailed history of the CIA, he received a call from a lawyer in Washington, D.C.

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9:25am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Presidents, Dignitaries Gather For Hugo Chávez's Funeral

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:42 am

In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Cuba's President Raul Castro salutes as he stands next to the coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez.
AP

Presidents and dignitaries from around the globe are gathered in Caracas this morning to pay their final respects to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

CBS News reports:

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9:05am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Salt

We Like 'Em Big And Juicy: How Our Table Grapes Got So Fat

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 2:37 pm

Left to their own devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little girdling and hormone treatment.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

It's no secret that many Americans have a fetish for big food. Whether it's a triple-decker cheeseburger or a 128-ounce Big Gulp, some portions in the U.S. have gotten freakishly large.

But not all of our supersizing is unhealthy.

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9:04am

Fri March 8, 2013
Movies

'Oz': Neither Great Nor Powerful

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:34 am

James Franco stars as the Wizard of Oz before the Wizard meets Dorothy in Oz the Great and Powerful.
Walt Disney Pictures

Oz the Great and Powerful. Say that name aloud and you will smile, I guarantee you: It will conjure up so many images, characters, actors, songs. Then hold that smile as long as you can, because you won't be doing much smiling at the movie called Oz the Great and Powerful, the so-called "prequel" to The Wizard of Oz from Disney Studios.

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9:04am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'JFK Profile In Courage Award' Going To Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

On Wednesday, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, attended a news conference at the site of the 2011 attack in which she was shot, 12 other people were also wounded and six people were killed.
Joshua Lott Getty Images

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 gun attack that left six people dead and 13 others (including Giffords) wounded, is this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

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8:50am

Fri March 8, 2013
Asia

U.S. To Honor India Gang-Rape Victim

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It is International Women's Day. To mark that occasion, First Lady Michelle Obama joins of Secretary of State John Kerry to recognize women around the world who have shown exceptional courage, as they put it, in advancing women's rights. The nine honorees include the 23-year-old Indian woman whose brutal gang-rape last December inspired a movement to end violence against women in India.

From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

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8:50am

Fri March 8, 2013
NPR Story

Venezuela, World Leaders Mourn Hugo Chavez

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Leader from around the world have arrived in Venezuela to pay their final respects to President Hugo Chavez, who used his country's oil wealth to put in place his vision of socialism during 14 years in power. And this larger-than-life leader presumably will continue to inspire his followers. The Venezuelan government plans to embalm his body and keep it on display in a glass coffin.

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8:45am

Fri March 8, 2013
REST IN PEACE, MICHAEL

Saturday Memorial for New Dimensions' Michael Toms

Michael Toms, co-founder of New Dimensions Radio, died on January 24th, 2013 at the age of 72.

There will be a celebration of Michael Toms'  life Saturday, March 9th from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary in San Francisco. 

All are welcome.  Friends who will speak include Charles Tart, Patricia Sun, Ralph Metzner, Stephen Hill, Dorothy and Jim Fadiman, Justine Willis Toms, and Master of Ceremonies Phil Catalfo. 

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