13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:25 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Of Alien Intelligence, The Supernatural And Divinity

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Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:13 pm

Could we distinguish ultra-advanced aliens from gods? I know; it sounds like a preposterous question, but hear me out.

Sci-fi classics, such as Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, explore precisely this idea, that highly advanced alien intelligences would be essentially indistinguishable from gods. This is not news, really, as it has already happened right here on Earth a few centuries ago.

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Challenge: Use The Moog Doodle To Play The 'All Things Considered' Theme

Google's Moog Doodle.
Google.com

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 6:05 pm

  • A clip of the current 'All Things Considered' theme
  • Bob Boilen reporting, in 2002
  • Two early versions of the 'All Things Considered' theme

You've probably know by now that Google is paying homage to Robert Moog today with a Doodle that's a virtual version of the iconic Moog Synthesizer. Moog died in 2005. Today would have been his 78th birthday.

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Word of Mouth
11:54 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Enemies: A History of the FBI

Photo Credit Roger Schultz, via Flickr Creative Commons

Recently CNET reported that the FBI had been lobbying congress for a law that would require social networking companies and other web-based communication systems to make sure their systems are surveillance-compatible. FBI director Robert Mueller seemed to confirm that in an appearance last week before the senate judiciary committee.

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Election 2012
11:51 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Does Obama Have A Messaging Problem?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 12:46 pm

Republicans have pounced on a comment by Newark, New Jersey mayor and Obama re-election surrogate Cory Booker. He called the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital "nauseating." Host Michel Martin discusses the art of messaging with former presidential speechwriter Mary Kate Cary, and journalism professor Cynthia Tucker.

Race
11:51 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Civil Rights Leader: Equality Means Equality

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 12:46 pm

The NAACP is officially supporting same-sex marriage. The group says marriage equality is a civil right and is encouraging black voters to support the issue if it shows up on state ballots. Host Michel Martin talks with Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the group.

Fitness & Nutrition
11:45 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Happy Feet: Tips For Healthier Running

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Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 2:58 pm

After hearing a lot about barefoot running, New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds decided to try it out for herself. An amateur runner for several decades, Reynolds says she thought the transition would be easy. But almost immediately, she got injured.

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North Country
11:37 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract

Dan Hebert, one of the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Colebrook Planning Board Tuesday night removed what the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort have said was an impediment to the redevelopment needed to allow hundreds of people to get back to work.

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Word of Mouth
11:31 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

Photo credit Beadmobile, via Flickr Creative Commons

Here's What's Awesome...

Plagiarism doesn't work.

Science suggests consuming organic food has an effect on our morals.

What's Internet Explorer? Chrome becomes number one browser!

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Family Matters: The Money Squeeze
10:54 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Family Matters: Meet The Families

AnnaBelle Bowers, 87, talks to her granddaughter Carley, 17 (right), and her friends after they returned from lacrosse practice. "I'm not rich money-wise, but with my family I'm a millionaire," Bowers says.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Even as the recovery gains steam, record numbers of people are living under a roof where adult children, middle-aged parents and elderly grandparents must learn to live together. In a series called "Family Matters," NPR's Morning Edition explores the lives of three multigenerational households struggling with issues of money, duty and love.

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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Minority Report Made Reality

Photo credit Henry, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Modern advertisers will put commercials and billboards just about anywhere, but they’re not nearly as intrusive as depicted in the futuristic 2002 Steven Spielberg thriller Minority Report, where street side billboards address city-goers by name, and holographic spokespersons are literally projected into your path.

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