12:00pm

Fri December 28, 2012
NPR Story

Chef Jack Bishop on 'The Science of Good Cooking'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. Chefs are like, a little bit like golfers: They're always looking for tips to improve their game. So as you prepare for the last big party of 2012 or the first one of 2013, we have some gastronomical tips to improve your cooking and baking skills and the reasons behind why they actually work.

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12:00pm

Fri December 28, 2012
NPR Story

Book Challenges Kids With Science-Based Mysteries

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm

Move over, CSI and NCIS, there's a new game in town. Authors Eric and Natalie Yoder share some of their 'One Minute Mysteries' that can be solved with logic and knowledge of science — and without the aid of a magically fast DNA lab or improbable photo enhancement software.

12:00pm

Fri December 28, 2012
NPR Story

Get The Most Bang From Your Bubbly

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm

In time for New Year's Eve, Science Friday examines the chemical reactions that transpire in fluted glassware. Ira Flatow and Richard Zare, a chemist at Stanford University, pore over the science of bubbles — from how to keep that open champagne fizzy (forget the cork) to why beer tastes better from a glass rather than a bottle.

12:00pm

Fri December 28, 2012
NPR Story

Making Resolutions That Stick

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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12:00pm

Fri December 28, 2012
NPR Story

'Consider the Fork' Chronicles Evolution of Eating

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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12:00pm

Fri December 28, 2012
NPR Story

The Renaissance Man Who Got It All Wrong

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. You've heard of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Galileo, Newton, maybe even Pascal and Hooke, all Renaissance men who, between them, innovated in painting, sculpture, physics, math, chemistry, astronomy, architecture, philosophy, the list goes on. But how about Athanasius Kircher? Yeah, have you heard of him? Not ringing - no bells are ringing?

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11:48am

Fri December 28, 2012
Movie Interviews

Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 4:23 pm

Doris Day will celebrate her 88th birthday on Tuesday, April 3.
Sony Picture Archives

As part of our year-end wrap up, we are sharing the best Fresh Air interviews of 2012. This interview was originally broadcast on April 2, 2012.

The biggest female box-office star in Hollywood history, Doris Day started singing and dancing when she was a teenager, and made her first film when she was 24. After nearly 40 movies, she walked away from that part of her life in 1968, and started rescuing and caring for animals.

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11:48am

Fri December 28, 2012
Pop Culture

Colbert On Musical Moments And 'America Again'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 4:23 pm

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross. This week we've been revisiting some of our favorite interviews of 2012, and we conclude the week by presenting two more: Terry's visits with Stephen Colbert and Doris Day.

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10:46am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

As Water Level Falls, Concerns About Mississippi River's Barge Traffic Rise

This WWII-era minesweeper once was a floating museum in St. Louis. Swept away in a 1993 flood, it has been under water in the river for most of the years since. But the ship has been exposed as the river's water level has fallen. (Photo taken on Dec. 14.)
Army Corps of Engineers

With a gauge at the tricky section of the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., already registering a remarkably low water level — and projections that it will fall further in coming days and weeks — trade groups are warning that barge traffic through that part of the river may have to halt completely as soon as next week.

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9:56am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Salt

An Evolutionary Whodunit: How Did Humans Develop Lactose Tolerance?

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:41 pm

Thousands of years ago, a mutation in the human genome allowed many adults to digest lactose and drink milk.
iStockphoto.com

Got milk? Ancient European farmers who made cheese thousands of years ago certainly had it. But at that time, they lacked a genetic mutation that would have allowed them to digest raw milk's dominant sugar, lactose, after childhood.

Today, however, 35 percent of the global population — mostly people with European ancestry — can digest lactose in adulthood without a hitch.

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