Dr. Ian Crozier stands with a group of survivors and a nurse at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He contracted Ebola and was on the brink of death but survived. Courtesy of WHO/J Amone hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient. His kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says that in the 1660s, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade." WikiCommons hide caption

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The Salt

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice, but it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

"Canadian culture is so new and almost nonexistent that it's easy for us to see through the eyes of other nations," says Mychael Danna of his scores. Danna won the 2013 Academy Award for his score for Life of Pi. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Music Interviews

A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.

By the 1960s, humpback whales and other whale species had been hunted extensively, sometimes to the point of near extinction. Then a recording of humpback whale songs helped shift public opinion on the hunting of all whale species. Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Animals

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. His recordings weren't just academic; they were woven into popular music and kicked off an entire movement.

The documentary film Every Last Child chronicles the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Women play a key role — they are welcome in homes to share information, while men are not. Courtesy of "Every Last Child" hide caption

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Goats and Soda

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. Every Last Child is the result.

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