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Hurricane Rita Forces Further Evacuations

Residents of Texas and Louisiana are being encouraged to evacuate now as Hurricane Rita looms in the Gulf of Mexico.

For some people, this second storm is forcing yet another move. At a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, La., people who sought shelter from Hurricane Katrina are once again told they must gather a few items and leave.

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Alix Spiegel has worked on NPR's Science Desk for 10 years covering psychology and human behavior, and has reported on everything from what it's like to kill another person, to the psychology behind our use of function words like "and", "I", and "so." She began her career in 1995 as one of the founding producers of the public radio program This American Life. While there, Spiegel produced her first psychology story, which ultimately led to her focus on human behavior. It was a piece called 81 Words, and it examined the history behind the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.