Society and Culture http://nhpr.org en The Neanderthal Mind http://nhpr.org/post/neanderthal-mind <p>To call someone a Neanderthal is to liken one to the heavy browed, ape-like troglodytes we see in history books or movies, but were they more sophisticated?</p><p>Sophisticated might be stretching it a bit, but a debate has surfaced in the scientific community about whether Neanderthals had a more complex culture than previous thought, and maybe even the cognitive powers equal to anatomically modern humans of the time.</p><p>Journalist <strong>Marek Kohn’s </strong>has been following the debate, his article “<a href="http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human/marek-kohn-neanderthals/" target="_blank">The Neanderthal Mind</a>” appeared in the latest issue of Aeon magazine. He says the story starts with a perforated shell some fifty thousand years ago.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:46:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29174 at http://nhpr.org The Neanderthal Mind For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep http://nhpr.org/post/japanese-linguist-long-and-lonely-schlep A smattering of Yiddish words has crept into the American vernacular: Non-Jews go for a nosh or schmooze over cocktails. Yet the language itself, once spoken by millions of Jews, is now in retreat.<p>But you don't have to be Jewish to love Yiddish. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:38:00 +0000 Lucy Craft 3159 at http://nhpr.org For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep After 567,000 Miles And 48 Years, Florida Woman Parks Her 'Chariot' http://nhpr.org/post/after-567000-miles-and-48-years-florida-woman-parks-her-chariot When 93-year-old Rachel Veitch picked up the newspaper on March 10 and realized that the macular degeneration in her eyes had developed to the point where she couldn't read the print, she knew it was time to stop driving.<p>But there's much more to the Orlando, Fla., woman's story.<p>The decision meant she would no longer be getting behind the wheel of her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, a car she calls "The Chariot." Veitch has pampered her ride for nearly five decades and 567,000 miles.<p>You read that right: 567,000 miles. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 2952 at http://nhpr.org After 567,000 Miles And 48 Years, Florida Woman Parks Her 'Chariot' College Student Pieces His Way To Lego Mastery http://nhpr.org/post/college-student-pieces-his-way-lego-mastery <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7DSMp_wyJ0</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:18:00 +0000 Susie An 2938 at http://nhpr.org College Student Pieces His Way To Lego Mastery Facebook May Not Be So Friendly For Those With Low Self-Esteem http://nhpr.org/post/facebook-may-not-be-so-friendly-those-low-self-esteem Posting on Facebook is an easy way to connect with people, but it also can be a means to alienate them. That can be particularly troublesome for those with low self-esteem.<p>People with poor self-image tend to view the glass as half empty. They complain a bit more than everyone else, and they often share their negative views and feelings when face to face with friends and acquaintances.<p>Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, wondered whether those behavior patterns would hold true online. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 2750 at http://nhpr.org Facebook May Not Be So Friendly For Those With Low Self-Esteem Italian 'Nonnas' Bring Taste Of Home To Staten Island http://nhpr.org/post/italian-nonnas-bring-taste-home-staten-island America is dotted with countless restaurants large and small. Many of those are well-loved for their distinct character — and for what they can teach diners about cooking, and about life.<p>One such establishment is Enoteca Maria, an Italian restaurant on New York's Staten Island.<p>After losing his mom and sister, owner Joe Scaravella missed sitting down with family for home-cooked meals. So he created something of an oxymoron: a place to go <em>out</em> for a home-cooked meal.<p>He opened the restaurant and put an ad in the paper. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:07:00 +0000 David Greene 2647 at http://nhpr.org Italian 'Nonnas' Bring Taste Of Home To Staten Island Battle Over Barber Poles Spins In Minnesota http://nhpr.org/post/battle-over-barber-poles-spins-minnesota What's red, white and blue, and has spun its way into controversy? It's the barber pole.<p>The pole sometimes rotates outside the shops of cosmetologists or hair stylists who don't employ barbers. That's made some barbers across the country unhappy.<p>Minnesota is the latest state to explore making it illegal to display a barber pole, unless you are a licensed barber.<p>Ken Kirkpatrick, who is helping lead the charge in the state, couldn't be in a better spot to promote his cause. He cuts the hair of Minnesota lawmakers in the Capitol Barber Shop in the Capitol building in St. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2553 at http://nhpr.org Battle Over Barber Poles Spins In Minnesota Paging Dr. Fill: Computer Takes On Crossword Experts http://nhpr.org/post/paging-dr-fill-computer-takes-crossword-experts There's a new kind of technology that may be able to beat you at your own game — at least if your game is a crossword puzzle. Its name is "Dr. Fill," but unlike the TV psychologist, this doctor solves less complicated problems. Its solutions only go down and across.<p>The computer program will be an unofficial competitor at the 35th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York this week. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2465 at http://nhpr.org Paging Dr. Fill: Computer Takes On Crossword Experts Girl Scouts: 100 Years Of Blazing New Trails http://nhpr.org/post/girl-scouts-100-years-blazing-new-trails It's hard to imagine Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Lucille Ball as part of the same club. But they were all, at one time, Girl Scouts. Founded 100 years ago in Savannah, Ga., the Girl Scouts now count 3.2 million members.<p>Girl Scout cookies have become as much of an American tradition as apple pie. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 2425 at http://nhpr.org Girl Scouts: 100 Years Of Blazing New Trails A Mom Becomes A Man, And A Family Sticks Together http://nhpr.org/post/mom-becomes-man-and-family-sticks-together This spring, Les and Scott GrantSmith will mark their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple raised two daughters along the way. But 15 years ago, they hit a crisis that nearly shattered their family. Les was keeping a secret, and that became a problem. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 23:21:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2429 at http://nhpr.org A Mom Becomes A Man, And A Family Sticks Together Zumba Is A Hit, But Is It Latin? http://nhpr.org/post/zumba-hit-it-latin Zumba isn't just a fitness craze; it's an international business with more than 12 million enthusiasts in its classes. You can buy Zumba CDs, a Zumba video game and Zumba clothes. For many students — who show up in spandex to body-roll, fist-pump and booty-shake — it's their first taste of Latin music and dance steps. Now, some Latin dancers are trying to make more of a distinction between their art — and what happens in a Zumba class.<p>Zumba enthusiast Damarus Diaz is Puerto Rican, and she likes the way Zumba has brought Latin rhythms and steps to the rest of the world. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 2294 at http://nhpr.org Zumba Is A Hit, But Is It Latin? Jennifer Lopez In 'Q'Viva': A Talent Search Goes Bilingual, With A Dash Of Drama http://nhpr.org/post/jennifer-lopez-qviva-talent-search-goes-bilingual-dash-drama Their marriage may be over, but singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have come together for a new TV show that seeks out talent from throughout Latin America. It's been airing on Spanish language TV in the U.S. and in 21 countries. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:34:00 +0000 2277 at http://nhpr.org Jennifer Lopez In 'Q'Viva': A Talent Search Goes Bilingual, With A Dash Of Drama Swedish Fat Tuesday Delicacy Kept Alive In Portland http://nhpr.org/post/swedish-fat-tuesday-delicacy-kept-alive-portland Back when refrigeration wasn't up to modern standards, Fat Tuesday was a time to clear your house of indulgent foods. This led to lots of rich recipes, from Shrove pancakes to King Cake. In Sweden, the specialty is semlor. A group of people in Portland, Ore., are keeping that dish — and a few other Swedish traditions — alive.<p>Picture soft, sweet rolls, sort of like brioche, piled with creamy almond filling. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:46:00 +0000 1996 at http://nhpr.org Swedish Fat Tuesday Delicacy Kept Alive In Portland Flipping 'The Bird' Just Isn't Obscene Anymore, Law Professor Argues http://nhpr.org/post/flipping-bird-just-isnt-obscene-anymore-law-professor-argues <h6>(Note: This is a post about obscenity. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 1762 at http://nhpr.org Flipping 'The Bird' Just Isn't Obscene Anymore, Law Professor Argues 3 Hidden Themes Of This Year's Super Bowl Ads http://nhpr.org/post/3-hidden-themes-years-super-bowl-ads <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhkDdayA4iA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-9EYFJ4Clo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1HMR9nRmlY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4igYHZ-hmGo</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:55:22 +0000 Linton Weeks 1695 at http://nhpr.org 3 Hidden Themes Of This Year's Super Bowl Ads