Word of Mouth
12:38 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Ira Flatow: Live at UNH

A special broadcast of NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday host Ira Flatow, recorded in front of a live audience at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.  

In part one, Flatow talks about the declining state of science coverage in the news, and his hope that new media will be the new outlet for spreading the gospel of science. In part two, I sit down with Flatow and we talk about his career, the challenges of expanding online platforms, and address questions form the audience. 

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Movie Reviews
11:54 am
Thu May 3, 2012

'The Avengers': A Marvel-ous Whedonesque Ride

Thor (Chris Hemsworth, left) and Captain America (Chris Evans) join up with Iron Man and the Hulk to save the Earth in The Avengers.
Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 6:29 pm

Two spheres merge in The Avengers: the Marvel Comics universe and the Whedonverse, fans' name for the nerdy wisecracking existentialist superhero world of writer-director Joss Whedon.

The Whedon cult is smaller but maybe more fervent, inspiring academic conferences on such subjects as free will vs. determinism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I find a lot of Whedon's banter self-consciously smart-alecky, but I love how he can spoof his subjects without robbing them of stature.

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Around the Nation
11:48 am
Thu May 3, 2012

The Consequences Of Homicide By Hazing

On Wednesday, several people were charged in the alleged hazing death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, Jr. He was found unresponsive aboard a chartered bus after a football game in November 2011. Host Michel Martin speaks with Orlando Sentinel reporter Denise-Marie Balona.

Sports
11:48 am
Thu May 3, 2012

NFL Rocked By 'Bounty' Scandal, Death Of Seau

News recently broke that New Orleans Saints' coaches were giving bonuses to their players for hard hits. The NFL responded by suspending coaches and now, players. The sports world was also shocked by the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, who played for the San Diego Chargers. Host Michel Martin talks with sports reporters Dave Zirin and Pablo Torre.

Around the Nation
11:48 am
Thu May 3, 2012

What's Fun About 5? Songs, Hugs And Kisses

Over the past five years, Tell Me More has produced more than 1,300 hours of programming that have piqued the interests of even the youngest listeners. To celebrate Tell Me More's fifth anniversary, host Michel Martin talks with Isaiah Carroll, Olivia Williams, Ila Brooks and Marta Hulme about what's fun about being five.

Food
11:48 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Cinco De Mayo: Excuse To Indulge In Tacos, Salsa?

As the Mexican holiday approaches this weekend, host Michel Martin and writer Gustavo Arellano look at America's layered relationship with Mexican culture and food.

Television
11:47 am
Thu May 3, 2012

The Man Who Revitalized 'Doctor Who' And 'Sherlock'

Steven Moffat is the co-creator of Sherlock. He's also the lead writer and executive producer for the British science-fiction TV show Doctor Who.
Toby Canham Getty

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 12:35 pm

TV writer and producer Steven Moffat specializes in injecting new life into old, familiar characters and stories. He first worked his magic on the revived edition of Doctor Who, leading to several BAFTA and Hugo Awards for the series.

More recently, he has turned his eye to the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. As the co-creator of the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, Moffat is responsible for updating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional creation for a modern-day audience.

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World Cafe
11:41 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Band Of Skulls On World Cafe

Band of Skulls' new album is titled Sweet Sour.
Steve Gullick

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 1:14 pm

The English group Band of Skulls makes music that recalls The Black Keys and The Kills' heavy, distorted, guitar-driven rock. On its 2009 debut, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, Band of Skulls proved it could own several styles of classic rock. But the follow-up, Sweet Sour, is comparatively airtight — and has already hit the U.K. charts.

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Television
11:40 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: From 'Seinfeld' To 'Veep'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won several awards, including Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe.
Melanie Acevedo Courtesy of Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will forever be known to millions as Elaine Benes, the character she played for nine seasons on Seinfeld. But she was also an early cast member of Saturday Night Live, and she won the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress while starring in the CBS series The New Adventures of Old Christine, which ran for five seasons after Seinfeld.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:03 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Debating Language: The Role of Culture And Biology (Part 2)

A modern "Tower of Babel" stands in Buenos Aires in 2011. Argentine artist Marta Minujin built the tower out of thousands of books in languages from all over the world.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 3:13 pm

Cognition + Culture + Communication = Language

With this formula as shorthand, in his new book Language: The Cultural Tool, linguist Dan Everett argues that the variability in human cultural life explains the variability in human languages.

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