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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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  • Analysts Divided On U.S. Arming Syrian Rebels
    This week President Obama said it was important to remain prudent in coming to conclusions about chemical weapon use within Syria, something he said could change the nature of U.S. involvement there. Melissa Block talks to analysts Andrew Tabler and Joshua Landis about U.S. involvement in arming rebels in Syria.
  • Why Chemical Weapons Have Been A Red Line Since World War I
    The use of chemical weapons has been taboo since World War I, when poison gas inflicted a million casualties. Despite the destruction of large stockpiles, controlling or destroying remaining weapons remains tricky.
  • How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap
    At Harvey Mudd College in California, about 40 percent of the computer science majors are women. That's far more than at any other co-ed school. And it's thanks in large part to the school's president, Maria Klawe. She has worked hard to keep women interested in computer science and empower them to succeed in the field.
  • Obama Taps Congressman To Oversee Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
    The Obama administration announced a new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. North Carolina Democrat and veteran congressman Melvin Watt ousts the current controversial head.
  • The Federal Deficit Is Actually Shrinking
    The Congressional Budget Office projects the deficit will drop below 4 percent of GDP next year and below 2.5 percent in 2015. Still, despite the improvement in the short run, the federal government faces long-term deficits, mostly tied to health care costs.
  • Letters: Fight On Everest, Jason Collins' Coming Out
    Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about a fight on Mount Everest, the coming-out of NBA center Jason Collins and an app that uses ambient noises to help you sleep.
  • Actress Deanna Durbin Left Fame, Success Behind In Hollywood
    Audie Cornish and Melissa Block remember movie actress Deanna Durbin, who is said to have saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy before she vanished from public view 64 years ago. Her death was reported Wednesday by her fan club. She was 91 years old.
  • Don't Miss The Premiere Of The World's Smallest Movie
    The groundbreaking movie was made by manipulating individual atoms with a high-tech scanning tunneling microscope.
  • Coaxing The Baby To Sleep: A Violinist's Hand-Picked Lullabies
    Rachel Barton Pine says that while recording an album of music designed to help babies sleep, it helped to keep her own infant daughter in mind.
  • Three Friends Of Boston Bombing Suspect Arrested
    Dina Temple-Raston talks to Audie Cornish about the three people who face charges in connection with the Boston marathon bombing.

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