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On-Air This Week: Falling

We plunge into a black hole, take a trip over Niagara Falls, and upend some myths about falling cats. Tune in to a station near you for stories of falling.

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Gravitational Anarchy

In this short, we revisited a mystery from our Falling episode--a mystery involving falling cats, statistics, and terminal velocity. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire, took us to task for using "bad data," while science writer David Quammen stepped in to defend the data set in question. Meanwhile, the debate rages on ...

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Update: Devil Tumors

In our Famous Tumors episode, we take a look at what happens when cancer becomes contagious. Now, new findings about a second contagious cancer discovered in Tasmanian devils has us, and researcher Elizabeth Murchison, wondering whether transmissible tumors may be more common than we once thought.

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Krulwich Wonders: Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways

Robert takes a look at a series of dissected cities, and finds himself falling for the charmingly crooked bits and pieces of one in particular.

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Space Capsules

Imagine trying to sum up life on Earth on one little record... for an alien or humans of the far-off future. What sounds would you use? What images? We asked Margaret Cho, Philip Glass, Alice Waters, Michael Cunningham, and Neil Gaiman what they'd send into space.

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Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiously regular pace. Why this eight-year progression? Let's ask.

 

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Lions and Tigers and Illegal Wildlife Goods (Oh My!)

If you caught our episode on big-game hunting, you know how contentious it can be when animals are killed and traded illegally. But what happens to all those illegal hunting trophies once they are confiscated? In Colorado lies one warehouse with nearly 1.5 million illegal wildlife items

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George In New Jersey

What if the Galapagos Island's most beloved creature turned up right next door in scenic Woodland Park, New Jersey?

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Reasonable Doubt: Update

Watched "Making a Murderer" and pining for an update to our story about Penny Beerntsen? We’ve talked to the producers of the show and have an update!

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