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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Stephen Hawking

May 28, 2014 — Soccer fan Stephen Hawking turns sports pundit and applies general logistic regression to England's odds in the World Cup. On penalty kicks: "England couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo."
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Feb 5, 2014 — Stephen Hawking wants to do away with black holes (as we know them) so he can save the two pillars of modern physics: general relativity and quantum mechanics. At stake is our understanding of the nature of space and time, and how matter affects, and is affected by, both.
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Sep 17, 2013 — The man, who has lived for years with Lou Gehrig's disease and is considered among the world's most brilliant living scientists, said: "We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?"
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Jul 24, 2013 — Also: James Lasdun on turning down Doris Lessing; Stephen Hawking's new memoir; why Barnes & Noble isn't dead yet.
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May 8, 2013 — The physicist said his decision as based on the advice of his Palestinian contacts. Hawking is one of the most prominent figures to join the academic boycott of the Jewish state. His decision has been criticized and labeled hypocritical.
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May 16, 2011 — "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail," he tells The Guardian. "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
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Sep 3, 2010 — The famed physicist argues in a new book that "spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing."
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May 12, 2010 — Steven Hawking tells you how to build a time machine.
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