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May 8, 2012

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China's government has forced popular news channel Al Jazeera English to close its only bureau in the country. London is preparing for the Olympic Games this summer by launching a series of exercises to test its readiness. Natural gas consumption…

Segments From this episode

Al Jazeera China correspondent expelled

May 8, 2012
The expulsion of the correspondent of Al Jazeera English from China is a blow to the rapidly expanding news service.

Breasts: An environmental history

May 8, 2012
Author Florence Williams talks about her new book, "Breasts," and how environmental pollution affects them.

Cars without drivers head to Las Vegas

May 8, 2012
The first car to get this license is a Google-modified Prius. What is the car going to look like on the road?

Natural gas use high, price remains low

May 8, 2012
U.S. utility companies are burning a record amount of natural gas. But the price is still stuck near 10-year lows.

New diagnosis for autism could cut funding for some

May 8, 2012
A change to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual changes how autism is diagnosed. A lot of money in social services is at stake.

Sendak passes away, his legacy of books goes on

May 8, 2012
Children’s books -- the real books -- are selling well and defying the trend toward e-books. Author Maurice Sendak would be pleased.

Herculean effort to fix a city's budget

May 8, 2012
Hercules, Calif. was on the brink of bankruptcy. So the town made major sacrifices to stay solvent.

As London readies for Olympics, some fear chaos

May 8, 2012
British authorities are checking their level of preparedness for the Summer Olympics in London in July. Some Brits say they aren’t ready.

China’s government has forced popular news channel Al Jazeera English to close its only bureau in the country. London is preparing for the Olympic Games this summer by launching a series of exercises to test its readiness. Natural gas consumption in the U.S. is on the rise as energy producers are beginning to favor natural gas plants over coal. In the San Francisco Bay area, the small community of Hercules avoided bankruptcy by cutting its budget and staff nearly in half. And we hear about the economics of an autism diagnosis, and the natural history of breasts.

Music from the episode

Bed Death Oryx & Crake
Mathematics Mos Def