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5:13pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Science

In Massachusetts Lab, Scientists Grow An Artificial Rat Limb

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:00 am

In the study, muscle cells were injected into the cell-free "scaffolding" of a rat limb, which provided shape and structure onto which regenerated tissue could grow.
Bernhard Jank, MD Ott Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine

A team of scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston made news earlier this month when they published research in the journal Biomaterials describing how they'd created the world's first bioartificial limb in the laboratory.

Or, in other words: scientists have now grown the entire forelimb of a rat in a lab.

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5:13pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Music Interviews

The Hills Are Alive: Maria Schneider Lets Memory Guide The Music

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 10:41 pm

Maria Schneider's latest album is The Thompson Fields.
Courtesy of the artist

9:03am

Sun June 14, 2015
Arts & Life

Shooting Barbs At The Stars: Kathy Griffin On Comedy And Intolerance

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

Kathy Griffin, onstage for her Like a Boss Tour.
David A. Beloff Getty Images

Kathy Griffin has spent her career going for the joke. The comedian has developed a style that eviscerates celebrities, while sharing delightfully bizarre stories that could only happen in Hollywood.

Along the way, she's won fans who feel she tells it like it is ... and enemies who think she goes too far.

On her new tour, called "Like A Boss," Griffin will be traveling to 80 cities between June and December. And, she tells NPR's Rachel Martin, no topics are off-limits — even Caitlyn Jenner.

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2:03am

Sun June 14, 2015
Music

Charlie Hunter: One Less String Attached

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

Charlie Hunter.
Courtesy of the artist

The last time Charlie Hunter came to the NPR studios, he brought an eight-string guitar with fanned-out frets that included bass strings. He's now pared down to just seven strings, but his guitar still produces a big, fat sound. Let The Bells Ring On is Hunter's new album, and it features two jazz innovators: trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte. It's a record that goes every which way, but in places is rooted in gospel and the music on which he grew up.

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5:10pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Sports

Academic Foul: Some Colleges Accused Of Helping Athletes Cheat

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faces charges of NCAA violations including the existence of sham classes and grade inflation for student-athletes.
Gerry Broome AP

Some college athletes are cheating, and the NCAA is cracking down on universities that enable them to do it. Earlier this year, the NCAA came down hard on Syracuse University for academic fraud.

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5:10pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Author Interviews

'Seven Good Years' Between The Birth Of A Son, Death Of A Father

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

Israeli writer Etgar Keret is beloved around the world for his funny, haunting and frequently fantastical short stories. But he's hardly one to stick to a single medium: on top of his stories, he's written graphic novels, TV shows, movie scripts and a children's book. And public radio fans may know his work from its numerous appearances on This American Life.

But for 25 years — whether in print, on air, on screen or in comic-book form — he only wrote fiction.

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5:21am

Sat June 13, 2015
Author Interviews

Lawyer Argues That Virtual Trials Would Make Justice System More Fair

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 2:18 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

The death of Kalief Browder shined more harsh light on the American justice system. Browder was held at New York's Rikers Island prison complex for three years after being accused of stealing a backpack at 16. He was never tried, much less convicted, but spent nearly two years in solitary confinement and was savaged by gangs. Browder was finally released with no charges in 2013, but suffered aftereffects from incarceration.

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5:03am

Fri June 12, 2015
Television

Strange Magic Bubbles Up In New 'Mr Norrell' Adaptation

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 3:05 pm

Eddie Marsan plays the reclusive magician Gilbert Norrell in a new TV adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell.
Matt Squire BBC/JSMN Ltd

4:25pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Author Interviews

Napoleon In America: Not As Strange As It Sounds

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:25 am

Robert Siegel interviews Munro Price, author of Napoleon: End of Glory about napoleon's failed plan to relocate to America after the defeat at Waterloo.
Courtesy of OUP

Here's a preposterous idea: Napoleon Bonaparte, defeated at Waterloo, his 15-year run as dictator, conqueror and self-crowned emperor at an end, escapes to the United States. Well, as preposterous as that idea might sound, 200 years ago this month, Napoleon Bonaparte was thinking precisely that thought: Flee to America. How serious was he, and what would he have done if he'd become a Jersey boy? Munro Price is a professor of modern European history at Bradford University in England and the author of Napoleon: End of Glory.

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3:54am

Tue June 9, 2015
Author Interviews

If Jimmy Fallon Gets His Way, 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada'

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 10:16 am

Fallon's new book has a daddy bee, dog, rabbit, cat and donkey (one of his personal favorites) all trying — and failing — to get their babies to say "dada."
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

A lot of things seem to come easy for The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon: comedy, music, dancing. Fatherhood didn't. Fallon and his wife struggled with fertility issues for years before they had their two daughters. Now one is almost 2, the other is not yet 1 and both are the inspiration for Fallon's new children's book, Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada.

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