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12:15 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

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12:15 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

No Hits, No Problem: Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run

In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. This way, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Little Feat, and Randy Newman got big career boosts. They also took a chance on Captain Beefheart, and although neither a hit single nor a hit album resulted, some very interesting music did. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story.

Goats and Soda
10:44 am
Tue March 31, 2015

If Drones Make You Nervous, Think Of Them As Flying Donkeys

It's a drone delivery! This 'copter is ferrying medicine from a pharmacy to the headquarters of Deutsche Post in Bonn, part of a test of drone capabilities.
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Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 12:04 pm

One week last year, Jonathan Ledgard was talking with White House officials about how drones could deliver cargo to remote Africa. The next week, he was in a remote African village, telling elders how drones could change their lives.

He heard the same fears from both audiences: Will the drones crash into our houses? Will they spy on us? Will they attack us?

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Major Power Outage Darkens Dozens Of Cities In Turkey

Parts of the subway system were shut down in the city of Bursa when a major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday.
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A massive power outage hit dozens of Turkish cities and provinces today, bringing public transportation services to a halt, and disrupting businesses that have no backup power.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu said officials are investigating all possible causes, including a terror attack, for the electricity shutoff across Turkey, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

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Shots - Health News
10:19 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

While you're resting, your armpit bacteria are hard at work pumping out stinky thioalcohols.

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 11:22 am

The human armpit has a lot to offer bacteria. It's moist, it's warm, and it's usually dark.

But when the bacteria show up, they can make a stink. That's because when some kinds of bacteria encounter sweat they produce smelly compounds, transforming the armpit from a neutral oasis to the mothership of body odor. And one group of bacteria is to blame for the stink, researchers say.

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