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Scott Pruitt is out as head of the EPA 9 MIN, 18 SEC

Scott Pruitt has resigned as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. In a tweet, President Trump said he accepted Pruitt’s resignation, saying he did an “outstanding job” leading the agency. But Pruitt was plagued by scandal after scandal, from asking his staff look for a job for his wife, to having a soundproof phone booth installed in his office.

Guests:
Aaron Blake, Washington Post (@AaronBlake)

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A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.

The neuroscience behind how much pain we can handle 9 MIN, 38 SEC

Irene Tracey is known as the Queen of Pain, and she calls her lab the “torture chamber.” She runs the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University. She studies how people’s brains react to pain. New Yorker writer Nicola Twilley offered to be Tracey’s test subject. Researchers stuck needles in Twiley’s calf, burned the back of her hand with a laser, and applied a cream to her shin, which contained capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the burning sensation in chili peppers. What does the research tell us, how might it be used, and is it ethical to hurt people for research?

Guests:
Nicola Twilley, New Yorker / Gastropod (@nicolatwilley)

'The Devil's Half Mile:' Murder-mystery based on America's first financial crisis 15 MIN, 20 SEC

It’s been a decade since the 2008 financial crisis, but many are still feeling the effects. Financial journalist Paddy Hirsch understands how the market imploded back then better than most. In 2007, he started working as for public radio’s business show Marketplace. Now he’s out with a new novel based on the nation’s very first financial meltdown. It happened in New York in 1792, and it gave rise to Wall Street.

Guests:
Paddy Hirsch, author of the book “The Devil’s Half Mile” (@paddyhirsch)

Nell Painter on being 'old' in art school 14 MIN, 23 SEC

Nell Irvin Painter is a celebrated historian, and the author of books such as “The History of White People” and “Creating Black Americans.” When she retired as a professor of American history from Princeton University in 2005, art called to her. At age 64, she went to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers for her BFA, then the Rhode Island School of Design for her MFA. Most of her classmates were quite young. They were skeptical of her -- including one teacher who said she’d never be an artist. Now Nell Painter is out with a new book about her second act.


Artist Nell Painter. Credit: John Emerson. 

Guests:
Nell Painter, author of “Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over” (@PainterNell)

Old In Art School

Nell Painter

CREDITS

Human brain illustrated with millions of small nerves courtesy of ra2 studio.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or
Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir

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