Author Interviews
12:50 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

Susan Orlean is a staff writer for the New Yorker and has contributed articles to Vogue, Rolling Stone and Esquire. She is the author of several books, including The Orchid Thief.
Gasper Tringale

This interview originally aired on Fresh Air on Jan. 9, 2012. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend is now out in paperback.

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Animals
12:50 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Animal Stage Trainer Makes Stars Out Of Pound Pups

Bill Berloni was responsible for making sure that chihuahua Bruiser could both bend and snap in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde.
Paul Kolnik

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:09 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Fresh Air on July 18, 2008.

A new revival of the hit musical Annie is now in previews on Broadway, scheduled to open Thursday. In the new production, the canine co-star Sandy is played by "Sunny," who has an understudy named "Casey." Bill Berloni trained them both — and, like the original Sandy in the original Broadway show, those dogs, too, were rescue dogs, found in animal shelters.

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The Spark
12:41 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

SoLace Studios Artist Barb Polin

Marbled-color leather designs. Photo credit: SolaceINC.com

Barb Polin left corporate America to wander her way into creating thriving SoLace Studios in Elkton. 

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Shots - Health News
12:33 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Attention, Shoppers: Health Care Prices Go Online In Colorado

If that ski run goes bad in Colorado, at least you'll be able to find the best price for a scan of your knee.
iStockphoto.com

If you need an MRI of your knee in Colorado, the price varies — a lot.

You can pay anywhere from $350 to $2,336. It's a huge range, but the truly remarkable thing about the prices is that we know them at all.

Prices for health care aren't public in most places, making shopping for the best deal nearly impossible. And patients pay different amounts for the same procedure based on their insurance coverage, too.

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NPR Story
12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Seeing Sandy From Space

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Next stop, our Sandy coverage continues with the Video Pick of the Week. Hi, Flora. Flora Lichtman's here.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira. Yeah, how could we resist?

FLATOW: And how can we add something no one has ever seen?

LICHTMAN: I think we might be able to this week.

FLATOW: Yeah, yeah.

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NPR Story
12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

As Storm Recovery Continues, Looking To The Future

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:45 pm

Communities along the East Coast are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, dealing with electric outages, flooded streets, damaged sewage plants and fractured transportation lines. Can cities rebuild stronger, more resilient infrastructure to weather the storms of the future?

NPR Story
12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Genetic Clues May Help Unravel Cause of Crohn's

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, a look at what current research tells us about what causes inflammatory bowel disease and the potentially simple way to treat it.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

It's All Politics, Nov. 1, 2012

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Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:47 pm

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Superstorm Sandy, the October Surprise no one anticipated, throws a monkey wrench into the final days of the campaign. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving spend the final pre-election podcast scouting the key presidential battleground states and have a forecast for control of the House and Senate in advance of Tuesday's voting.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for their pre-Election Day political roundup.

The Spark
12:18 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Robot Expert's "EaSiEE as Pi" Project

Charlottesville’s Susan Skalak, who’s run printer-producing robots for IBM and taught mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia, has gone back to elementary school --on a mission she’s calling EaSiEE as Pi. 

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The Spark (Fri noon)
12:16 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Look! A Queen Bee!

Mr Southerly and a few thousand friends. Image credit: Bibb Frazier

A talk with Norman Southerly about his bees. WMRA's Martha Woodroof has a close encounter with the queen bee. 

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