Today, a walk down the Silk Road, where savvy web-browsers can buy anything from weapons to weed to weird. Also, how one teacher works to help immigrant and refugee schoolchildren learn language and adapt to a new home through pictures. Plus, the Total Artifical Heart, a primer on Permaculture, and a ride through the wilderness of Idaho in search of pioneer apples.
Pastor Joel Kruggel of the Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford talks about his congregation's work providing Sudanese refugees with their own place of worship, as well as computer literacy classes and computers.
Today, a sperm donor discovers decisions can have unintended consequences. Plus, a double dose of awesome internet viral videos and worthy time-wasters. Also, a family who must divide in order to stay together through mental illness. And a church works to provide Sudanese refugees with computer literacy skills. Lastly, the future is now for prosthetics: a look at bionic appendages.
More evidence that some people are losing faith in American exceptionalism: Chinatowns everywhere are vacating as residents head back home in search of the "Chinese Dream". Journalist Bonnie Tsui explains the circumstances surrounded the growth and decline of American Chinatowns.
Our 11 for '11 series continues with Raymond Tallis, author of Aping Mankind, on why our focus on brain-science may be overrated. PLUS, the next segment of the WBEZ series "Out of the Shadows", and why American Chinatowns are becoming American ghost-towns. And a brief look at the science of polling.
Where are all these fracking earthquakes coming from? The correlation between natural gas and shifting plates. Also, Agent Twitter and Double-O-Social Media: predicting riots, epidemics and other social phenomena through aggregate online data. Plus, World of Adcraft: the growing gimmicks of big-budget video game advertisements. And an interview with Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke. His latest novel is Damned.
The latest attempt to predict the future: scientists use digital data from Twitter, traffic webcams, and bazillion other places to create a model that can foresee epidemics, social upheaval, and more. That' the theory anyway. Much like the weather, you can't always count on the forecast. Sharon Weinberger writes for Nature. She tell us more about the project.
U.S. spy agencies use twitter and other online data as a digital fortune cookie. The first part in a WBEZ series on mental illness in youth. Video games advertising gets gimmicked out. And investing locally: how to make a buck and help your neighbors, too.
You've seen bumper stickers: shop local, eat local... now, a grassroots call to invest local. And like any good movement, it utilizes a catchy word-combo. Joining us to talk about it is Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit it.
The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that rattled the east coast back in August triggered speculation about whether the controversial gas drilling technique called fracking may have been responsible. Fracking involves drilling thousands of feet into the shale deep below the earth’s surface, then fracturing the earth by pumping millions of gallons of sand, water, and chemicals into the shale to release natural gas. So far, contamination of groundwater supplies has been the focus of those opposing big energy’s push to expand fracking.
Late last month, students at Wolcott High School in Connecticut were on lockdown. An announcement on the intercom warned of a threatening intruder. Doors were locked and police swooped in with dogs…drug-sniffing dogs as it turned out. But there was no gun-toting maniac roaming the halls. It was a “lockdown intervention drill”… a ruse to clear the halls for a school-wide drug search.
The growing evidence for a connection between the controversial drilling technique called"fracking" and earthquakes. A shocking tactic used by a Connecticut high school to clear the hallways for a drug search. And a new documentary follows a group of friends on their journey from impulsive teenagers to soldiers in Afghanistan, and then back again.
Novelist Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame reads his funny but disturbing short story, Romance, then discusses 12 step programs, Occupy Wall Street, and his latest novel Damned with WoM host Virginia Prescott. Enlightening conversation - but not for the faint of heart. This broadcast contains adult material (and censored curse words) that may not be suitable for kids and could be considered offensive to some listeners.
In the Eighteenth century, explorers set out to catalog the variety of life on Earth... Until then, even educated people believed in mythological creatures lurking outside the relative safety of their home environments. Today, there are two million documented species on Earth. Richard Conniff, Guggenheim Fellow and Guest Columnist for the New York Times discusses his new book "The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life On Earth".
Adrian Slywotzky, author of the new book Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It, discusses a revolutionary new eldercare model called Caremore. He explains how trimming toenails and rides to the doctor can save dollars and improve quality of life.
Caremore, a company that has revolutionized eldercare - providing better care and doing it profitably. The "next big thing" prediction for Apple - under new leadership. And 18th century explorers who fearlessly set out to catalog the variety of species that roam the earth.
The other drug war South of the Border. An investigative reporter uncaps Big Pharma's secretive drug trials in South America. And researchers uncover the strange paradox of why Americans want to give their money to those with more, not less. A
GalleyCat's Jason Boog talks about Amazon's foray into the publishing biz with some major authors signing on. And Alyssa Rosenberg, culture critic and contributor to The Atlantic, talks about how campaigns on shows like Glee compare to real-life political races.