"You exist in this galaxy, you exist around this star, you exist on this planet, you are a member of this species — and all of these are part of knowing what you are." - David Christian iStockphoto hide caption

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How It All Began: TED Radio Hour

In this hour, TED speakers explore our origins as a species — who we are, where we come from, where we're headed — and how we're connected to everything that came before us.

Brian Parrello, shown at his grandfather's house in 2002 with his dog Madison, was 19 years old when he died in Iraq. Courtesy Shirley Parrello hide caption

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StoryCorps

After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'

Lance Cpl. Brian Parrello was 19 when he was killed by an IED; he was the only member of his platoon who didn't come home from Iraq. Since then, his fellow Marines have grown close to his parents.

Evelyn FitzGerald, 2 months old, is in a Princess Leia — of Star Wars renown — costume made from recycled clothes by her mother Shenandoah Brettell of El Segundo, Calif. "I made the wig out of yarn and the belt out of felt," says Shenandoah, who listens to NPR member station KPCC. Shenandoah Brettell hide caption

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The Protojournalist

Second-Hand Costumes For Fun And Nonprofits

Forget Thanksgiving — Halloween is the big holiday season for thrift shops.

The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of dozens of car models subject to a recall for faulty air bags. The air bag manufacturer, Takata, supplies bags for more than 30 percent of all cars and is one of only three large air bag suppliers. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/AP hide caption

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Business

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.

A lone Mayo Clinic wheelchair sits on the Cascade Creek walking trail near Kutzky Park in Rochester, Minn. Elizabeth Baier/MPR News hide caption

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Shots - Health News

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape MPR

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. Some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

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