1.29.15: The Myth Of The No-Go Zone, The Origins Of Gatorade, & The Uncommon Core

Jan 29, 2015

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In a rare move, Fox News apologized for referring to areas in Europe as Muslim-only “no-go zones.” On today’s show: the origins of the “no-go-zone” myth, and why it persists.

Then, we tackle a very different kind of origin story—the curious experiments that launched the most successful non-carbonated beverage in the U.S.: Gatorade.

And we continue our series on offbeat college courses: The Uncommon Core. Today: "Zombies in Popular Media".

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

The No-Go Zone Myth

History of Gatorade

  • Neil Amdur is the president and owner of the multimedia company, Amdur Productions and former sports editor for The New York Times. He co-directed, along with David Beilinson, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the history of Gatorade.
  • You can watch the documentary at this link: 30 for 30 Shorts: The Sweat Solution

The Uncommon Core: Zombies

  • Our series The Uncommon Core, highlights offbeat courses offered at colleges and universities across the country. Today: popular media through the lens of the undead.
  • Read more at this link.

A Contest to Build the Real-Life Hedge Maze from The Shining

  • The historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is holding a contest for students and architects alike, to design a maze that will welcome visitors from all over the globe.
  • If you'd like to try your hand at designing a hedge maze at an iconic hotel, here's the link to the contest: The Stanley Maze Comes to Life

Millennials in Mourning

Six Feet Above

  • For many people, the very thought of death provokes feelings of anxiety, helplessness, and dread. But one woodworker in Maine has an interesting way to help his clients prepare for the inevitable. Julie Lowrie brings us the story.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.