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Eating On Mars? Be Sure To Pack The Tortillas

It's not the hard work that will make astronauts lose it on long planetary missions — it's boredom. And something that can become very boring very fast is a rote menu. A simulated Mars mission reveals why cooking for others will be vital on long space journeys, and why wraps rule.
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What's Making Headlines Outside Of Washington?

Congress has gone home for its annual August recess, so Tell Me More takes a look at headlines in places across the country. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Mike Leary from the San Antonio Express-News and Dana Coffield of The Denver Post.
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Mali's Challenger Concedes, As Zimbabwe Fights Election Results

Guest host Celeste Headlee and editor Ammad Omar crack open the inbox for listener feedback and story updates. This week, they discuss recent elections in Africa.
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Could Prison Spell The End Of The Jackson Dynasty?

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to prison for illegal use of campaign funds. Is this the end of the Jackson legacy or could he make a comeback? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Book News: English Translation Of New Murakami Novel Expected In 2014

Also: Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka at home in Nigeria; an unexpected Eugene O'Neill artifact; a poet turns to Craigslist.
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Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."
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Can Quinoa Farming Go Global Without Leaving Andeans Behind?

At a "quinoa summit" this week, farmers from around the world are trading tips on how to turn this ancient Andean grain into a large-scale crop. Some Andean farmers who currently grow quinoa are asking, "What happens to us?"
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Drowning In Zucchini? 3 Recipes Can Help

Zucchini is the gift that keeps on giving — until it's really not such a great gift anymore. We asked three cooks which recipes they turn to when they're tired of the prodigious vegetables.
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A Gossipy, Nostalgic History Of A Publishing 'Hothouse'

The prestigious publishing company Farrar, Straus and Giroux helped define the intellectual life of post-World War II America. Boris Kachka's book explores the company's history, from its founding in 1946 to its sale to a German conglomerate in 1994 and beyond.
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Of Neurons And Memories: Inside The 'Secret World Of Sleep'

Think of everything your brain processes in a single day: your breakfast, a stain on a book cover, a meeting at work. If you remembered all those things, your brain would reach capacity. Author and neuroscientist Penelope Lewis says sleep helps sort through the memories that are worth keeping.

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