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"Citizen Canine" The Evolution of Our Pets

Cats and dogs have become such a part of the family fabric that in many households, they're akin to children. It's a role that's changed repeatedly and drastically since these animals ran wild centuries ago, and it's come with a fundamental shift in how we view companion animals: from property to near-personhood. "Science" journalist David Grimm joins Kojo to talk about how our connections to pets are changing laws, industries, and lives.

Yes, There's A Cat Named Kojo

Kojo The Cat

DC resident Jason Szanyi named his cat (above) after Kojo Nnamdi. He writes "Kojo (the cat) is just as much of a fan of the show and regularly hangs out in the kitchen with me when the show is on."

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Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
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The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.
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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

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