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Week of January 25, 2015

Extinction

January 25, 2015

Our planet is facing a mass extinction crisis. By the end of the century, we could lose up to half of all living species. But people are working hard to save endangered species and habitats, and a few scientists are even trying to bring lost species - like passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths - back to life.

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  1. How To Clone a Mammoth - Beth Shapiro

    Could we actually clone a mammoth? Yes and no, says biologist Beth Shapiro--a pioneer in the new science of de-extinction. She takes us behind the scenes to examine the science and ethics of resurrecting extinct species.

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  2. Are You Ready for the Next Mass Extinction?

    Coral reefs and many of the oceans' marvels may disappear before this century ends, according to a new scientific study. Science writer Elizabeth Kolbert says we're facing the sixth great extinction. She tells stories from the front lines of the fight against extinction, from Panama to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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  3. Recording America's Rarest Bird

    The story of finding and recording the rarest bird in America: the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.

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  4. From the Sabertooth to the Grizzly

    Doug Peacock is a legend in wilderness circles. A friend of Edward Abbey, Peacock was a Vietnam vet so traumatized by the war that he escaped into the wilderness once he returned to America. He says grizzlies saved his life.

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  5. BookMark - E.O. Wilson's The Meaning of Human Existence

    Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, recommends E.O. Wilson's "The Meaning of Human Existence."

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  6. On Our Minds: Hip Hop, Free Speech and Violence in France [Playlist]

    Hisham Aidi—an expert on globalization and social movements—discusses the role of hip hop in the French-Muslim community and the recent debates about the genre.

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Train Station

Traveling Time (R)

January 25, 2015

Are you planning a winter getaway? Are you headed to a quiet beach, or somewhere more adventurous? In this hour, we talk with writers, philosophers and veteran itinerants about hitting the road. Plus, a look at New York's High Line, more than five years into its reinvention.

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  1. Old Roads to Rome

    Travel writer Tony Perrotet has spent his career traveling all over the globe, but he skipped the Mediterranean tour, choosing Tierra del Fuego or the Amazon over Rome. But the discovery of an ancient guide book launched him on his most exotic journey yet, in the footsteps of the Ancients.

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Aboard Niagara

    Some of the greatest trips give us that feeling of traveling back in time. Last summer, Aubrey Ralph did nearly that, when he spent nine days sailing aboard a 200 year old tall ship, across two Great Lakes. He was with the reconstructed U.S. Brig Niagara as she shoved off from her home port in Erie, PA.

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  3. The Road to Tantra - Asra Nomani

    When Asra Normani got an assignment to research Tantra - an ancient form of yoga - she thought she'd have an adventure. She ended up on a journey of the spirit and the heart.

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  4. The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton

    Why do we have such an appetite for adventure? And why do many artists seem to spend so much time on the road? Those questions inspired philosopher Alain de Botton's book called "The Art of Travel."

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  5. BookMark: Karen Russell on "A High Wind in Jamaica"

    Karen Russell bookmarks "A High Wind in Jamaica," by Richard Hughes.

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  6. On Our Minds: The New High Line

    Have you been to the High Line yet? It’s one of Manhattan's newest parks. In the summer, it's full of sunbathers, lush plantings and strolling locals. It’s also about 30 feet above the ground, built on the bed of an old elevated train line. Writer Annik LaFarge talks about the park, five years into its reinvention.

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