Painted Gnomes Allowed To Roam On Oakland Utility Poles

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/170781602/170782126" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The British have long said, "Keep calm and carry on." But the catchphrase may need an update for health care. Keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk hide caption

toggle caption Keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

A well-traveled root: A vendor sells sweet potatoes at a market near Manila in 2011. The Portuguese brought the root to the Philippines all the way from the Caribbean. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Famously Fake People Throughout History

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/169772289/169772535" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A copper engraving from 1656 shows a plague doctor in Rome wearing a protective suit and a mask. Artwork by Paul Furst /Wikimedia.org hide caption

toggle caption Artwork by Paul Furst /Wikimedia.org

Microbiologist Emma Allen-Vercoe invented the Robogut, a mechanical device that mimics conditions in the human colon. Courtesy of thestar.com hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of thestar.com

And The Symbol Of The Year Is ...

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/169209925/169210055" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

You'd need a lot of these — think in terms of railroad cars to haul them — to have $1 trillion. Shannon Stapleton /Reuters /Landov hide caption

toggle caption Shannon Stapleton /Reuters /Landov

It Would Take Way More Seagulls To Lift James' Peach

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168724508/168724710" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Another Think Coming? Scrutinizing An Oft-Misused Phrase

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168678901/168678952" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Don't blame the braised eggplant. Two people reportedly poisoned a Beijing restaurant's eggplant dishes, similar to the one shown here, in an attempt to boost the business of a rival eatery. yoppy/Flickr.com hide caption

toggle caption yoppy/Flickr.com

Chiara Andolina, a malaria researcher in Thailand, feeds her mosquito colony by letting the insects bite her right arm. These mosquitoes are picky and will dine only on live human blood. Ben de la Cruz/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Ben de la Cruz/NPR

Mosquito Maven Takes Bites For Malaria Research

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/167048030/168444012" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

For Those Who Fear The Number 13, The New Year Could Be Frightening

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168292521/168292506" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript