12.16.15: Hillary's Changing Names, Do Fish Feel, & Science Myths

Dec 16, 2015

Personal branding is a part of all political campaigns, but female candidates face different considerations. On today’s show, a look at what the evolution of Hillary Clinton’s name signifies for women in politics, and why she took on Bill's surname in the first place.

Then from Newton and the apple to the solitary genius of Darwin, the scientific world is rife with myths and legends. Among the most pervasive, that Galileo’s imprisonment was long and excruciating.  We’ll find out more about the origins of these stories, why they persist, and how they shape our view of science.

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Hillary's Changing Names

David A. Graham is staff writer for The Atlantic, where he covers global news and U.S. politics and he wrote about what Hillary Clinton’s decision to change her name says about women in American politics“A Short History of Hillary (Rodham) (Clinton)'s Changing Names”.

Nikko Concrete Commando

The story of the guy who etched his name in 1,000 slabs of San Francisco concrete--and the reporter who spent years tracking him down. This story came to us from the podcast 99% Invisible.

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Do Fish Feel?

Dan Nosowitz is a writer for Modern Farmer, where he wrote about a new study that complicates the long held point of view that fish don't seem to exhibit the same kinds of the fear and pain responses as other types of animals. "New Research Shows Fish Have Feelings, Too. Maybe."

Busting Science Myths
Credit Credit Harvard University Press

Think back to the first time you learned about gravity. It's likely you heard about a young man named Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree in a garden, contemplating the world around him, when an apple suddenly bonked him on the head. Then in a moment of brilliance he discovered the law of universal gravitation.

Well, as much as we may want to believe in those solitary-genius-eureka-moments, Ronald Numbers argues that they are little more than fables. But where did the stories come from? And why do they persist? Numbers delves into these questions in Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science, a book of essays he co-edited with Kostas Kamporakis.

Imagine All the People

Casey's just four, but he already has a grandson - or so he says. What can imaginary friends do for kids and adults? Pien Huang brings us this story which was produced as part of the STEM Story Project - distributed by PRX and made possible with funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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