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SCIENCE STUDIO: Lane Martin

Lane Martin is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Martin's work focuses on developing materials that will change the way we live. In particular, he works on the synthesis, characterization, and utilization of advanced functional electronic materials. Ultimately his research is aimed at enabling dream applications in areas ranging from new modes of computation, memory and data storage, energy conversion, sensing and transduction, actuation, and much more.

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The oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family, Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in Bell Gardens, a southeast Los Angeles city. This week, we spoke with her about her first full collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, which uses both humor and sincerity to capture moments in time with a sense of compassion for the hard choices we must make to survive. 

Community gardens means bringing plants and people together. A recipe for success, but also comes with its challenges. This week, we shared tips on how to be successful for this next gardening venture.

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Longevity is hard to come by in the fast-shaping entertainment industry, but the actor Sam Elliott has carved out a career and a filmography over the last 50 years that suggests he's every bit as tough and tenacious as many as the characters he plays on screen. Sam Elliott was in El Paso in August for the U.S. premiere of his latest film, and we were lucky enough to spend some extra time together in the studio.
The conversation wandered far enough to fill two programs, and you can listen to part II of our conversation with Elliott next Saturday, September 29.

The mission of the Trost Society is to promote the legacy of Trost & Trost, one of the most iconic architectural firms of the American Southwest, and to educate the public about the architectural heritage of our region and the benefits of historic preservation.

Their Fall 2018 Rebuilding Trost event takes place on September 27, 2018 and will feature Paul Foster as keynote speaker. The event will be hosted in the atrium of the beautifully restored White House Department Store – now known as the Center Building. 

Shakespeare on-the-Rocks will celebrate its 30th season in the theater at the Chamizal National Memorial. The Festival opens with a new production of Macbeth followed by The Comedy of Errors and of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The Dallas Police Department has fired Officer Amber Guyger after she fatally shot a black man in his own home earlier this month.

Guyger told investigators that she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Sept. 6 after she mistakenly entered what she believed was her apartment in the same complex and saw someone she thought was a burglar. The incident has raised tensions in Texas, with demonstrators demanding that she be fired.

As the son of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Derek Black was once the heir apparent of the white nationalist movement.

Growing up, he made speeches, hosted a radio show, and started the website KidsStormfront — which acted as a companion to Stormfront, the white nationalist website his father, Don Black, created.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein remained in his job on Monday afternoon after a visit to the White House that sparked a flurry of reports suggesting he might resign or be fired.

A person close to Rosenstein said he was expecting to be fired after the New York Times story on Friday about his early tenure in office.

If you've ever tried to ripen a piece of fruit by sticking it in a bag with a banana, you've harnessed the power of ethylene.

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By now, you’ve heard about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She’ll testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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President Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after another round of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, this time from when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale.

Kavanaugh denounced the charges as "smears," and said he will "not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process."

Trump, speaking to reporters on his way into the United Nations on Monday morning, said Kavanaugh "is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way."

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Satellite radio giant SiriusXM is buying the Oakland, Calif.-based digital radio company Pandora in an all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion, the companies announced Monday. The deal is expected to close in early 2019.

The merger would create "the world's largest audio entertainment company," SiriusXM CEO James Meyer said in a conference call. The deal would still need to be reviewed by antitrust regulators and shareholders, he added.

Philadelphia-based Comcast outbid 21st Century Fox on Saturday to take control of British broadcaster Sky for about $39 billion.

The U.S. cable giant came out on top in a three-round auction held by British regulators by offering about $2 more per share.

Both Comcast and Fox wanted Sky to compete with online streaming services Netflix and Amazon.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Walmart Inc. on Friday, alleging the company has unlawfully discriminated against pregnant workers for years at one of its warehouse locations in Wisconsin.

The complaint, filed in federal court on behalf of Alyssa Gilliam, claims Walmart failed to accommodate workers' pregnancy-related medical restrictions, even though job modifications were provided to non-pregnant employees with physical disabilities. It also says the company denied pregnant workers' requests for unpaid leave.

China has warned the U.S. to withdraw sanctions on its military or face consequences. The U.S. imposed the sanctions on Thursday over China's purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

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Television and film set in dreams and hallucinations struggle with the fundamental limitations of the rational mind. Too often, what people experience as visions in TV and movies aren't strange enough. They're slightly bent, but not as off-balance as real dreams and hallucinations tend to be.

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During World War II, the British were worried about their own countrymen with Nazi sympathies.

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The Dallas Police Department has fired Officer Amber Guyger after she fatally shot a black man in his own home earlier this month.

Guyger told investigators that she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Sept. 6 after she mistakenly entered what she believed was her apartment in the same complex and saw someone she thought was a burglar. The incident has raised tensions in Texas, with demonstrators demanding that she be fired.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said separatists who killed at least 25 people at an Iranian military parade are linked to the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, and he threatened that those responsible "will certainly be severely punished."

A group called Al-Ahwaz reportedly claimed responsibility for Saturday's violence.

As the son of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Derek Black was once the heir apparent of the white nationalist movement.

Growing up, he made speeches, hosted a radio show, and started the website KidsStormfront — which acted as a companion to Stormfront, the white nationalist website his father, Don Black, created.

When President Trump delivers his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, one phrase is unlikely to show up: "rocket man."

A lot has changed since Trump used that derisive nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his address at the U.N. last year — remarks where he also said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary.

International charities are reeling after Panama revoked the registration for a search-and-rescue ship they say is the only one of its kind in the central Mediterranean used to save migrants in danger. They say it amounts to a death sentence for hundreds of people trying to reach safety.

By now, you’ve heard about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She’ll testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein remained in his job on Monday afternoon after a visit to the White House that sparked a flurry of reports suggesting he might resign or be fired.

A person close to Rosenstein said he was expecting to be fired after the New York Times story on Friday about his early tenure in office.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

President Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after another round of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, this time from when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale.

Kavanaugh denounced the charges as "smears," and said he will "not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process."

Trump, speaking to reporters on his way into the United Nations on Monday morning, said Kavanaugh "is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way."

If you've ever tried to ripen a piece of fruit by sticking it in a bag with a banana, you've harnessed the power of ethylene.

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