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 The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:23

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

 Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:12

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

 Home, Food Or Health Care: A Choice Many Renters Can't Afford | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:04

As of 2012, rentals made up 35 percent of American households. Their numbers are growing, but the demand isn't easing rental rates. Many renters now pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent.

 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:18

Thousands of civil rights activists descended upon Mississippi in 1964 to help register African-American voters. For many, the first stop was intensive training — including how to take a beating.

 Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Coldblooded, Warmblooded Mix | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:09

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

 At The Head Of Her Class, And Homeless | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:03

Rashema Melson is the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She's always excelled at her homework — but for the past six years, she hasn't had a home to do that work in.

 Bye-Bye To The Home Of A Favorite Internet Conspiracy Theory | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:00

The U.S. military is closing a facility scientists have used to study the edge of Earth's atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists suspect it's also been used for nefarious activity — like mind control.

 California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:33

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

 When A Parent Goes To Prison, A Child Also Pays A Price | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:22

More people are going to prison, and more children are impacted as a result. What effect does that have on kids? The question is rarely researched, but Ifetayo Harvey knows the answer firsthand.

 Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:31

The Missionary Training Center, which prepares young adults to spread the Gospel around the world, is recognized as a model for language instruction. And the program only takes a few weeks.

 Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:07

A law to educate inmates about their rights and how to report sexual violence crimes went into effect in 2003. But most states are still not in full compliance. Others are protesting the rules.

 A Year After Snowden, U.S. Tech Losing Trust Overseas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:06

It's not every day that an industry in hypergrowth loses trust with its customers in a big way. That's what has happened with American companies in cloud computing such as Cisco.

 The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:39

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

 How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:34

With new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, vaccinating — and not vaccinating — is still an area of great concern.

 With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:08

The Affordable Care Act's poll numbers may rise now that seven million more Americans have a stake in its survival. Yet even a small number of people can still make trouble for the law.


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