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The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs

Researchers want to create a widely effective drug that targets viruses much in the same way that penicillin kills a wide range of bacteria. Science writer Carl Zimmer profiles the scientists who are developing these antiviral drugs, and the technology behind it, in his latest piece for Wired magazine.
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The Jazz Drummer Who Makes Music Out Of Everything

Han Bennink hears sonic possibilities in many objects beyond the typical drum set. The Dutch drum maestro, one of the leaders in European free jazz and free improvisation, joined Fresh Air for an in-studio interview and concert. Before he left, he drummed on virtually everything in the office.
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'Our Challenges Are Complex,' First Lady Says

Michelle Obama's new signature public issue is to give support to U.S. military veterans and their families. In an interview with host Michel Martin, the first lady discusses that plan, as well as two issues in the news: the Trayvon Martin killing, and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's statements about Ann Romney.
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Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries

In his new book, Heaven on Earth, English barrister Sadakat Kadri describes how early Islamic scholars codified — and then modified — the Shariah laws that would govern how Muslim people lead their daily lives. He then reflects on the present day, describing how today's religious scholars interpret the Shariah.
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Lost And Found: Rare Paul Revere Print Rediscovered

Brown University announced it found the rare engraved print by the Revolutionary War icon inside an old medical book. The print depicts the baptism of Jesus and is one of five in existence. The finding is timely as Wednesday marks the 237th anniversary of Revere's ride.
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Fresh Air Weekend: R.A. Dickey, Carole King

In her new memoir, A Natural Woman, Carol King details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon. Also, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey talks about being the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues.
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Poet Marie Howe Reflects On The 'Living' After Loss

"Poetry holds the knowledge that we are alive and that we know we're going to die," poet Marie Howe tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. One of Howe's most famous poems, "What the Living Do," was recently included in The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry.

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