Science

December 16, 2014 | NPR · Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can’t rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.
 

December 13, 2014 | NPR · The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
 

December 9, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.
 

NASA
December 8, 2014 | NPR · The water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain, NASA researchers say.
 

NASA/ESA/M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute)
December 8, 2014 | NPR · A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All of the others have been, well, crummy.
 

December 6, 2014 | NPR · NASA’s Orion spacecraft — built to take a human crew into deep space — completed a successful test flight Friday. NPR’s Arun Rath talks with landing and recovery manager Stuart McClung.
 

December 5, 2014 | NPR · NASA successfully launched and landed a test version of its next-generation Orion spacecraft on Friday morning. The unmanned test is the first for the follow-on to the shuttle.
 

AP
December 4, 2014 | NPR · After several issues, including high winds, stuck engine valves and a boat downrange of the launch site, the space agency said it would cancel today’s planned launch of the new vehicle.
 

NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Williams
December 4, 2014 | NPR · Most telescope cameras can only capture a small patch of sky at a time. But a new camera has a much larger field of view, and its backers are hoping for help in deciphering its reams of data.
 

December 3, 2014 | NPR · NASA plans to launch an unmanned capsule named “Orion” from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. NASA hopes that Orion will one day carry astronauts beyond Earth’s orbit and even to Mars.
 

 

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News

AP/Paramount Pictures
December 18, 2014 | NPR · One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.
 

EPA/Landov
December 18, 2014 | NPR · President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.
 

Reuters/Landov
December 18, 2014 | WITF · Environmental groups cheered New York’s decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York’s loss is Pennsylvania’s gain.
 

Arts & Life

Film Movement
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

Courtesy of Serial
December 18, 2014 | NPR · Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Ahead of The Colbert Report‘s last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. “I didn’t realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices,” he said.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

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