Research News
6:13 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:07 am

During an experiment, marketing professor Remi Trudel noticed a pattern in what his volunteers were recycling versus throwing in the garbage. He then went through his colleagues' trash and recycling bins at Boston University for more data.

He found the same pattern, says NPR's Shankar Vedantam: "Whole sheets of paper typically went in the recycling, but paper fragments went in the trash."

Same type of paper, different shapes, different bins.

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It's All Politics
8:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Republican Tactics Slow Down Obamacare Prep

An online course for Affordable Care Act "navigators" in Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 6:23 pm

As Republicans try to figure out how to defund President Obama's health care law, some members of the party are attacking Obamacare on other fronts, too.

One House committee is investigating groups that were contracted to educate people about how to enroll, and the tactics are slowing down preparation for the rollout of the health care exchanges scheduled next Tuesday.

Investigating The "Navigators"

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Pledged To Secrecy
6:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Comanche Code Talkers Honored By State And Nation

Pvt Floyd Saupitty (Comanche) pictured between two soldiers en route to Okinawa
Credit USMC Archives /

Personal photographs, military uniforms and a Nazi flag captured during World War II are some of the items on display at a new exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers.

The exhibit that opened Thursday in the southwestern Oklahoma community of Lawton honors 17 Comanche men who used their language as a secret code during the war.

The exhibit's opening coincides with the upcoming expected presentation of Congressional Gold Medals.

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Law Enforcement Will Need A Warrant
4:41 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bill Restricting Use Of Drones To Be Revived Next House Session

Example of unmanned drone
Credit sam_churchill / Flickr Creative Commons

As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles continues to grow, a state legislator says it is imperative that laws are put in place to protect the privacy rights of citizens from unwarranted surveillance by the government.

Moore Republican Rep. Paul Wesselhoft held a study on the use of drones Thursday before the House Energy and Aerospace Committee.

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Affordable Care Act
1:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

VIDEO: Oklahoma Senator Coburn Dislikes GOP Strategy To Defund Obamacare

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) shakes President Obama's hand in this undated photo.
Credit Tom Coburn / Facebook

The U.S. Senate resumed consideration Thursday of the House continuing resolution to fund the government for the next fiscal year that begins Tuesday.

But Oklahoma's junior U.S.  Senator says he won't vote for any continuing resolution. Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says CRs don't allow managers at federal agencies any opportunity for long-term planning.

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Affordable Care Act
12:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Are You Eligible For Subsidized Health Insurance? Use This Calculator To Find Out

Credit James Martin / Flickr

Oklahomans will be able to shop for and purchase insurance on the new health insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1. Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1, 2014, or face a tax penalty.

Many people are uncertain how much it will cost to purchase insurance through the exchange, or if they will be eligible for subsidized coverage or Medicaid.

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World Views
11:56 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Beyond The “Three Rs”: Environmental Conservation In The 21st Century

A "rambunctious garden" in San Francisco, Cali.
Emma Marris Tumblr

Environmentally-conscious waste disposal has been a mainstream movement for nearly half-a-decade, but journalist Emma Marris says conservation in the modern era can go beyond the mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:43 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Return of the Milkman: Oklahoma Lawmakers Study Raw Milk Delivery

Donald Ray prepares a cow for milking on his step-father's small dairy farm in rural Creek County.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The state Department of Agriculture says the number of Oklahomans choosing raw milk over pasteurized is growing.

But currently, the only way to get a hold of any is to physically drive to a dairy farm and buy it directly from the producer.

It’s illegal to deliver or advertise raw milk in Oklahoma — for now.

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Native American
10:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Chief: Cherokee Nation "Did Everything Possible" To Keep Veronica

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker says the nation "did everything possible" to stop a 4-year-old Cherokee girl from being transferred to her adoptive parents in South Carolina.

Baker released a statement Wednesday about the custody transfer of 4-year-old Veronica. The Cherokee Nation and Veronica's biological father, tribal member Dusten Brown, had been fighting with the toddler's adoptive parents to keep Veronica in Oklahoma.

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Planet Money
9:32 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Episode 371: Where Dollar Bills Come From

Robert Benincasa NPR

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 10:46 am

Every single dollar bill in the world — every $20, every $100, everything — is printed on paper made at one small mill in Massachusetts. That's been the case for 130 years.

On today's show, we visit the mill. And we hear the story of the guy who jumped out a hotel window to win the government contract to print all that paper.

Note: This episode was originally posted last year.

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