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Warplanes were pounding rebel-held areas of Aleppo hours after Syria's government launched a new offensive amid the collapse of a cease-fire earlier this week — and internationally renowned rescue volunteers say their centers are being targeted by the airstrikes.

The regime announced the offensive on state media Thursday. "A Syrian military official said airstrikes and shelling in Aleppo might continue for an extended period and the operation will expand into a ground invasion of rebel-held districts," The Associated Press reported, quoting Syrian state media.

Congratulations are in order, kind of, for a few exemplary researchers and one massive multinational corporation.

This year's Ig Nobel awards — the rather-less-noble-than-the-Nobel awards for "improbable" research and accomplishments — were announced Thursday night.

The honorees included a man who lived as a goat, a man who lived as a badger, a man who put tiny pants on rats and tracked their sex lives, a team who investigated the personalities of rocks, and Volkswagen.

Who Is Responsible For That Pile Of Poop?

Sep 23, 2016

A group of villagers walks through Jiling, in the Nuwakot district of central Nepal, with eyes glued to the ground. They cut narrow paths around rice fields and yield to goats until they find what they are looking for: A brown, stinky, fly-covered pile.

"It's poop," laughs 40-year-old Chandra Kumari. Human poop.

Leading the expedition is Sanjaya Devkota, who works for the U.N. Habitat through the Global Sanitation Fund. He asks who's responsible for the offending pile.

Mohammed Badran was forced to flee his home in Syria when he was 19. But don't feel bad for him.

Earlier this week, Badran was a guest at the United Nations' Summit for Refugees and Migrants, where he made clear something that gets lost in coverage of the refugee crisis: A person fleeing their home is not a victim forever. Being a refugee isn't an identity, he says.

A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Sep 23, 2016

Jonathan and Ophira read entries from a travel guide; all you have to do is figure out what city they're describing. Easy enough, except that this travel guide was written by someone who never left their home, and only researched the cities by watching movies.

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Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Sep 23, 2016

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

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Mystery Guest

Sep 23, 2016

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in a round of Mystery Guest! Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

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Something, James Something

Sep 23, 2016

"Joyce. James Joyce." That's how you'd respond to Jonathan Coulton singing about the author of Finnegan's Wake. We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

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Mr. Mojo Risin'

Sep 23, 2016

Strap in, everybody, because it's time for ANAGRAMS ON THE RADIO! We decided to inject a little rock-n-roll into our anagram game by adding the most famous anagrammed name in rock — Mr. Mojo Risin', the anagram for The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

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Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Sep 23, 2016

Natasha Lyonne premiered three movies in two weeks--Yoga Hosers, a Kevin Smith comedy/horror film about two girls who fight Canadian Nazis in the form of sausages; Antibirth, a horror farce about a party girl who finds herself pregnant with a demon after a crazy night; and Intervention, about a group of friends who come together to give a couple a marriage intervention. "That's my genre," she told host Ophira Eisenberg, of the off-beat projects she's been involved in.

Sharing Pairing

Sep 23, 2016

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word. For example, if we said, "a non-competitive race for charity," you'd answer, "Fun Run."

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The central Italian town of Amatrice is still a mess of toppled buildings and rubble. Buried there are centuries worth of art and artifacts.

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Donna Tam

Doctor morale continues to be low, which may limit patients' access to care, according to a study released this month.

The study was conducted by The Physicians Foundation, a not-for-profit interested in knowing how the Affordable Care Act affects doctors. The organization surveyed more than 17,000 physicians. The numbers seemed pretty dire for the profession:

What kind of economy will our next president inherit?

Sep 23, 2016
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Marketplace staff

We know from lots of polling that the economy is still a main driver of political decisions. As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump head to the debate stage on Monday, Americans will be listening for their plans for "achieving prosperity." So, what kind of economy will one of these candidates inherit?

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JaeRan Kim

It’s wait and see for opponents and supporters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a pipeline project designed to move hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day from North Dakota's oil fields to refineries in Illinois.

Passwords? There's a technology for those

Sep 23, 2016
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Gigi Douban

In an FAQ posted Thursday following news of a security breach in which 500 million user accounts were compromised, Yahoo covered the basics: what sorts of information hackers stole, what to do next. And then there’s a bunch of information on the measures Yahoo takes to secure passwords.

For a few years, the island fox was a rare find in the wild. But thanks to speedy conservation efforts, the tiny West Coast relative of the mainland gray fox is on the rebound. In fact, since the Endangered Species Act was first enacted in 1973, the island fox has shown the fastest recovery of any endangered mammal, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Cloud computing brings big data centers, but few jobs

Sep 23, 2016
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Lizzie O'Leary and Hayley Hershman

Data centers are opening across the country, often in small, rural areas. They help you binge watch, back up your photos and let you collaborate on work. Quentin Hardy wrote about them in the New York Times.

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The anthropology of online communities

Sep 23, 2016
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Eliza Mills

The idea of a social network isn't new to anyone with an internet connection, and by now we're used to interacting with friends and colleagues through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other sites designed to help people keep in touch. 

But how about the places on the internet where people can interact and connect with strangers? Communities can form online around specific interests, hobbies and goals, without any in person relationship at all, and sometimes without even using a real name.

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016
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Marketplace

This week, Andrea Seabrook and The Atlantic's Gillian White play the Long and Short game. We also look at pressure cookers, fertilizer and other everyday items that can be used to make weapons, and the ways we can start keeping tabs on them. Listeners call in with the questions they've always wanted to ask about money, plus Lizzie catches up with Flint schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab as kids head back to school. Television cooking personality Alton Brown takes the Marketplace quiz.

Weekly Wrap: Big Banks, Big Pharma

Sep 23, 2016

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Linette Lopez of Business Insider and Felix Salmon of Fusion join for this week's edition of The Weekly Wrap. This week, they talked about Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's poor attempt at defending the EpiPen price hike, the Wells Fargo scam and the rumored sale of Twitter.

Marketplace for Friday, September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016
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Gigi Douban

On today's show: how Yahoo protected passwords, how Facebook measured video — and the shortfalls of both. Plus, a chat with one of Donald Trump's trade advisers and a wrap of the week's business news.

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