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Why does thunder rumble? Acoustic professor Trevor Cox explains that it has to do with the way lightning is a jagged line. "Each little kink is actually generating the sound, and the reason thunder rumbles is because the sound takes different time to come from different kinks because they're all slightly different distances from you," he says. Mariana Suarez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has traveled around the globe to hear whispering arches and singing sand dunes. Closer to home, he can also explain why your singing sounds better in the shower.

One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

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In 1975, Shoah director Claude Lanzmann (left) interviewed Benjmain Murmelstein, the last surviving Elder of the Jews of the Czech Theresienstadt ghetto, at his home in Rome. The resulting film is The Last of the Unjust. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

Claude Lanzmann's documentary profiles a Viennese rabbi put to work in a Czech concentration camp. Although Benjamin Murmelstein was himself not a free man, he was despised by fellow Jewish prisoners.

For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

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Jimmy Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show on Monday. "I hope I do well," he told the audience. "I hope that you enjoy this." Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hide caption

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Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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The works of Henry David Thoreau have influenced generations of readers, but Thoreau himself wasn't always celebrated. His schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd. AP hide caption

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Most of us have never been submerged under more than a few feet underwater. But just a few meters down, the water compresses the tissues of your body so that you become more dense. At that point, "You're more likely to sink than float," says Dr. Kevin Fong. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Extreme Medicine,' Lake Street Dive, 'When We Get Home'

Dr. Kevin Fong practices "extreme medicine" from deep sea to outer space. Lake Street Dive comes out with a new album called Bad Self Portraits. And a military couple describes their long recovery in Plenty of Time When We Get Home.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Extreme Medicine,' Lake Street Dive, 'When We Get Home'

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In All Is Lost, Robert Redford plays an unnamed sailor, stranded at sea on a badly damaged yacht. Daniel Daza/Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate hide caption

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Eleven-year-old Jaron "Bear" Williams practices trumpet before marching in his first Mardi Gras season. The Whole Gritty City follows young student marching bands as they prepare for coveted spots in the New Orleans parade. Courtesy of CBS hide caption

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In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.

In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

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Elizabeth Kolbert says the "taxicab yellow" Panamanian golden frog was nearly wiped out by a fungal disease. It's just one of the species affected by what scientists call the Sixth Extinction. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit.

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

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Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache

The band prides itself on technique over originality, but is nonetheless passionate about its craft.

Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache

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Most of us have never been submerged under more than a few feet underwater. But just a few meters down, the water compresses the tissues of your body so that you become more dense. At that point, "You're more likely to sink than float," says Dr. Kevin Fong. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.

In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

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For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

Kayla Williams and Brian McGough met in Iraq in 2003. Williams' new memoir, Plenty of Time When We Get Home, describes their homecoming after McGough suffered physical and cognitive injuries in an IED explosion.

For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

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Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

Church uses the power he's accrued from hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants.

Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

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"The term 'vegan leather' makes me think that you peeled a carrot and took the skin and made a jacket out of it," says Tim Gunn, pictured above at the Under the Gunn finale fashion show. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Weekend: Tim Gunn, 'Borgen' And The Parenting Paradox

Project Runway's Tim Gunn "makes it work," John Powers says Borgen is Denmark's West Wing (but better), and Jennifer Senior explores the trials and triumphs of parenting in her book All Joy and No Fun.

Fresh Air Weekend: Tim Gunn, 'Borgen' And The Parenting Paradox

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