WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

The U.S. Mission To Mars

Not long ago the idea of Earthlings visiting Mars was confined to the realm of fiction. But scientists say NASA's current mission to Mars could bring us closer to making such a visit a reality. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was launched last November. The detachable rover named "Curiosity" is scheduled to land on the red planet on August 6. The mobile lab will spend two years searching for evidence that Mars might have contained life. With NASA facing sharp funding cuts, there's a lot riding on the success of the mission. Some say it could determine the future of the nation's entire Mars program. Diane and her guests talk about their hopes and fears for the Mars landing and mission.

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New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long Lost Art

During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.
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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
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Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
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Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis

A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.

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