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Fresh Air for February 19, 2014

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'

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'?

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

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Fresh Air for February 18, 2014

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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With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

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Fresh Air for February 17, 2014

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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In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

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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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Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

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Fresh Air for February 15, 2014

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'

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

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Fresh Air for February 14, 2014

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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At 77, Robert Redford Goes Back To His Roots

At 77, Robert Redford Goes Back To His Roots

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