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  1. Oliver Sipple - Radiolab

    In a flash of heroism and humanity, Oliver Sipple saved a life and became something he never wanted to be.

    One morning, Oliver Sipple went out for a walk. A couple hours later, to his own surprise, he saved the life of the President of the United States. But in the days that followed, Sipple’s split-second act of heroism turned into a rationale for making his personal life into political opportunity. What happens next makes us wonder what a moment, or a movement, or a whole society can demand of one person. And how much is too much?

    Through newly unearthed archival tape, we hear Sipple himself grapple with some of the most vexing topics of his day and ours - privacy, identity, the freedom of the press - not to mention the bonds of family and friendship.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/oliver-sipple/

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  2. Nukes - Radiolab

    President Richard Nixon once boasted that at any moment he could pick up a telephone and - in 20 minutes - kill 60 million people. Such is the power of the US President over the nation’s nuclear arsenal. But what if you were the military officer on the receiving end of that phone call? Could you refuse the order?

    This episode, we profile one Air Force Major who asked that question back in the 1970s and learn how the very act of asking it was so dangerous it derailed his career. We also pick up the question ourselves and pose it to veterans both high and low on the nuclear chain of command. Their responses reveal once and for all whether there are any legal checks and balances between us and a phone call for Armageddon.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/nukes/

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  3. These Are a Few of Robert Krulwich’s Favorite Things

    A correspondent for National Public Radio, award-winning producer Robert Krulwich regularly appears on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He is co-host of RadioLab, a nationally distributed radio series that explores new developments in science for people who are curious but not usually drawn to science shows. No stranger to TV, Krulwich contributes to ABC’s Nightline, World News Tonight and World News Now. His talent for on-air teaching is often called upon to make complicated subjects comprehensible. Over the years, he’s used ballet companies, puppets, and animals (live and stuffed) to help illustrate hard-to-understand concepts in finance, biology, and economics. 

    http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/429

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