The Future Of Nonhuman Rights
4:03 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Recognizing The Right Of Plants To Evolve

According to recent reports from a research team led by Australian biologist Monica Gagliano, some plants such as chili peppers may be able to "hear" other plants.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:55 am

If proposals calling for rights for animals are on the table, why not rights for other living things? Plants, for instance.

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Planet Money
2:19 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Energy Independence Wouldn't Make Gasoline Any Cheaper

Friedemann Vogel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 2:05 pm

Just about every president since Richard Nixon has set energy independence as a goal, and both major candidates have brought it up the current campaign.

As it turns out, there is a place, not so far from here, that has achieved energy independence: Canada.

Canada produces far more oil than it consumes. They're not dependent on the Middle East! They've got all the oil they need!

I called Stephen Gordon, a professor of economics at Université Laval in Quebec City, to ask him about what energy independence means for his nation.

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Animals
2:19 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Hey, Sexy Dino, Show Me Your Feathers

This artistic interpretation shows an adult and juvenile feathered ornithomimid dinosaurs.
Julius Csotonyi Science

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 6:43 pm

Some of the weirdest animal behavior is about romance. That's especially true with birds — they croon or dance or display brilliant feathers to seduce the reluctant.

This sort of sexual display apparently has a long pedigree: There's now new evidence that some dinosaurs may have used the same come-on.

The source is a kind of dinosaur that was built like a 400-pound ostrich. It lived about 75 million years ago and is called ornithomimus, meaning "bird mimic."

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StoryCorps
2:19 am
Fri October 26, 2012

After 30 Years Of Surgeries, Doctor And Patient Dance

Marcela Gaviria met Dr. Dempsey Springfield when she was 12, and he performed an operation to save her leg from complications from cancer. Since then, he's performed countless operations on her.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:44 am

When Marcela Gaviria was 7 years old, she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a type of childhood bone cancer. She survived, and the cancer was cured — but it nearly took her leg.

When Gaviria was 12, she needed a bone transplant and met surgeon Dempsey Springfield, who performed the operation.

"I was pretty scared, I remember, and I think I survived a very sort of traumatic moment 'cause you were so kind," Gaviria, now 43, told Springfield at StoryCorps in Boston.

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It's All Politics
2:19 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Do Political Ads Actually Work?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:31 am

Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on television advertising in the presidential race. Most of it is negative, and almost all of it is concentrated in nine battleground states.

If you live in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin, you cannot get away from the ad blitz being waged by both sides. For the folks who track political advertising at Kantar Media CMAG, these commercials tell a story.

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Shots - Health News
2:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

President Embraces 'Obamacare'; What Would Romney Do?

During a campaign speech at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 18, President Obama once again embraced the term "Obamacare" while discussing the Affordable Care Act.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:22 am

It's hard to find an issue on which President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney disagree more than health care.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act is considered President Obama's signature legislative achievement, as well as something Romney has vowed to repeal.

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Raices
11:18 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Violeta, Mercedes, Amparo y Chabuca...

Amparo Ochoa-http://amparo.cantonuevo.org

Mon. Oct 29 7:30p: Raices will honor four great classic Latin American singers and song writers for you to enjoy and remember on our Day of the Dead: Violeta Parra from Chile, Mercedes Sosa from Argentina, Amparo Ochoa from Mexico, and Chabuca Granda from Peru. We’ll play some of their songs and briefly talk about their lives and songwriting. Tune in to get a real feeling of Latino American women’s voices and their contribution to our musical culture.

Raices
11:03 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Violeta, Mercedes, Amparo y Chabuca...

El Comercio, Chabuca Granda

Mon. Oct. 29. 7:30p:  Raices will honor four great classic Latin American singers and song writers for you to enjoy and remember on our Day of the Dead: VIOLETA PARRA from Chile, MERCEDES SOSA from Argentina, AMPARO OCHOA from Mexico and CHABUCA GRANDA from Peru. We’ll play some of their songs and briefly talk about their lives and songwriting. Tune in to get a real feeling of Latino American women’s voices and their contribution to our musical culture!

Raices
10:18 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Cuban Pianist Hilario Duran

Credit Hilario Duran - Cuban Jazz All Stars

Sat. Oct. 27, 3p: Cuban Pianist and Composer Hilario Durán is interviewed from Canada by host Cristina Baccin.

One of the  most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz will be in Albuquerque with Canadian flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett. They join their forces with legendary Cuban percussionist Candido Camero to present a new creation:  "Cuban Raphsody" at the Outpost Performance Space, on November 1st at 7:30pm.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

US Representative Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) on KUNM

For more than 13 years, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat, has been representing Texas’s 20th district in Washington D.C. During his tenure he’s held a seat on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and he’s the outgoing chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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