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Exploring The Invisible Universe That Lives On Us — And In Us

Bacteria aren't all bad for you. In fact, they may well be the reason you're healthy. Scientists are just starting to figure out the role that the microorganisms that live on the human body play in human health. We dive in to take a microbe's eye view of the hidden world of the human microbiome.

Study Sheds Light On Criminal Activity During Time Change

Over the weekend, most areas of the U.S. observed Daylight Saving Time. The clocks were turned back one hour, and an hour of daylight was moved from the evening to the morning. New research indicates the time change has a big downside: an apparent increase in crimes.

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Scientists are asking people to contribute samples of their gut microbes to help figure out how those microbes affect human health. But ethicists say sharing that information, as well as the personal health data that make it useful to researchers, poses risks. That's especially true for children.

Far From Diwali's Lights, The Warm Glow Of Home

South Asian communities around the world are celebrating good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness. Sunday is Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. The holiday isn't well-known in the U.S., though, so families rely on themselves to keep the tradition alive.

Newark Considers What Life Will Be Like After Cory Booker

Booker brought the city lots of attention and investment to the New Jersey city as mayor. But now that he's a U.S. senator, will the trend continue? Booker helped change Newark's perception, but the city still faces persistent crime. Mayoral candidates are taking that issue — and their ideas for solving it — to voters.

How An Aqueduct Turned Los Angeles Into A 'Garden Of Eden'

The pipeline that brings water out of California's Owens Valley to metropolitan Los Angeles turns 100 this month. The water wars it has spawned over the century still simmer, and the issues of water use, scarcity and stewardship are inextricable — if often invisible — to life in the city.

Unusual Results Anticipated For Governors' Races

Voters in Virginia and New Jersey go to the polls Tuesday to pick their next governor. NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Arun Rath from Northern Virginia, where President Obama just held a rally for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor.

How Employees Act While Under Surveillance

A new study shows that restaurant workers under surveillance are less likely to steal. The study also reveals that employee surveillance enhances a restaurant's bottom line. Host Arun Rath discusses the effects of increasing employee surveillance with one of the study's authors, Lamar Pierce.

Va. Governor's Race: Nationally Significant Or Just Nasty?

Virginians go to the polls Tuesday to pick the man they dislike the least to be their new governor: longtime Clinton moneyman Terry McAuliffe or hardline Tea Party conservative Ken Cuccinelli.


N.Y. Stop-And-Frisk Reforms On Hold For New Year, New Mayor

The legal battle over the New York City Police Department's controversial policy took a dramatic turn last week. A federal judge had ruled the practice unconstitutional, but an appeals court put that order on hold. What will happen next will partly depend on who New York's next mayor is.