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France votes in crucial presidential election 6 MIN, 31 SEC

On Sunday -- just days since the murder of a policeman on the iconic Champs-Élysées stirred fears of terrorism -- voters in France will choose between 11 candidates in the first round of a presidential election. The world is watching. So is Alissa Rubin, Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

Guests:
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)

The politics of science and America's future 35 MIN, 38 SEC

Tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science, which will be held in Washington and 400 other cities across the country, was scheduled before President Trump formally proposed massive cuts in federal funding for research in medicine, public health, energy and the environment. That's complicated the original goal of March organizers: to stress the vital importance of what they do without being perceived as another unhappy, partisan interest group. Many scientists are alarmed about losing the benefits of their work — and America's advantage over other countries that might never be recovered. But others fear that public protest will politicize work that needs to be free of partisanship to be most effective. 

Guests:
Rush Holt, American Association for the Advancement of Science (@RushHolt)
Benjamin Corb, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (@bwcorb)
Richard Spinrad, Oregon State University
Clark Miller, Arizona State University (@clarkamiller)

More:
AAAS to Congress on the value of science
Clark on science and government

The (failing) US Postal Service, from Montana to Washington 8 MIN, 1 SEC

The late Johnny Carson, host NBC's The Tonight Show, once joked about the US Postal Service. "But we do treat your mail with respect, from the time you put your letter in the mailbox to the time the letter receives, we make sure that your letter sees as much as the United States as possible."


Almost 4000 post offices have been closed around the country. Nowhere is postal service more important than in rural states like Montana—and letters see a lot of that state before they get where they're going. Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette has a story about the tiny Eastern Montana town of Rosebud.

Guests:
Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette (@TomLutey)

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