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The Story Pitch We Caught And Released: The 'Assfish'

Each week, some story ideas make it on air while others die at the pitch meeting. Editor Ed McNulty gets a second chance to sell Rachel Martin on a story about a bony-eared fish with a funny name.

'Blackfish' Director Calls New SeaWorld Policy 'A Defining Moment'

Sea World is shutting down its controversial Orca shows. In light of this, Rachel Martin revisits a conversation with Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary Blackfish.

In California, Poisonous Death Cap Mushrooms Are The Forager's Bane

Death caps, which are abundant throughout California, can easily be confused for edible mushrooms. But just one of these unassuming, greenish caps contains enough poison to kill someone.

Wanted: Female German Astronauts

Aerospace engineer Claudia Kessler is searching for Germany's first female astronaut. The country's previous 11 astronauts were all men, which she says highlights German sexism in the sciences.

In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood

Why are some California reservoirs releasing water even though the state is going through an extreme drought? Turns out it's to prevent an even bigger disaster. But the strategy may change soon.

Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.

Hatched! Eaglet Emerges From Its Egg On D.C. Eagle Cam

A little wing flap came more than 24 hours after the first "pip" — a hole in eggshell — was spotted, bringing sighs of relief and joy to the baby bird's fans.

Flint Residents Tired Of Talk And Tests, Eager For Solution

A group of Virginia Tech researchers exposed the drinking water contamination in Flint, Mich., last summer. Now, they are back to retest the waters — and determine if the water is still dangerous.
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LISTEN: We Get Close, But Not Too Close, To The Bald Eagle Cam Nest

Armando Trull talks to National Arboretum Director Richard Olson about the bald eagles First Lady and Mr. President as the birds prepare to welcome two eaglets into the world.


SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Program In Partnership With Humane Society

SeaWorld announced it will end it's orca breeding program, phase out orca performances and partner with the Humane Society of the U.S. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby and Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle.