Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Word of Mouth for 12.03.11

PART 1

 “Clean coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gases and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. “Carbon Sequestration” is an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. We spoke with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor for Boing-Boing; she visited a carbon sequestration demonstration in Alabama.

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A conversation with Matthew Yglesias, Business and Economics correspondent for Slate, about a tension growing in some states between dentists and hygienists.

PART 2

Internet Sherpa and NHPR’s host of All Things Considered, Brady Carlson, returns for another look at “Here’s What’s Awesome”. Today: Pizza is a vegetable, Barney Frank argues with a dining room table, an 82-year old woman tries Pop-Rocks for the first time, and an 8-bit Mario Opera.

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Who doesn’t love an underdog?  In popularity and profits, Mixed Martial Arts has knocked out boxing in the past decade.  The Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA’s flagship event, was sold in 2001 for two-million dollars.  Today it’s worth an estimated one billion.  Matthew Polly is the definitive MMA underdog. He’s a writer who dove, George Plimpton style, into the grueling world of MMA.  His new book is called Tapped Out.

PART 3

L.A. mortician and blogger Caitlin Doughty does her best to add a little transparency to an occupation typically operating behind thick velvet curtains. She’s the young, hip, and humorous host of the “Ask a Mortician” series on YouTube .

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Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby shares the strangest Twilight-inspired merchandise available online.

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