social sciences

Word of Mouth
1:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

7.15.14: MLB Interpreters, English's Loaned Words, And The Arsonist

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With more than a quarter of the players born outside the US, professional baseball is the UN of American pro sports. We take a look at a position crucial to a team’s success:  the interpreter…and how the job requires more than mere translation. Plus, France’s government is banning English words like ‘fast-food’ and ‘hashtag’ in the name of cultural preservation…we find out why the words are unlikely to disappear from the vernacular anytime soon. And, Sue Miller speaks about her new book, The Arsonist.

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Word of Mouth
11:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

5. 27. 14: Saving Social Science, Funeral Food, And Food 2.0

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You’ve seen the studies: wearing seatbelts makes you happier! Facebook users are depressed! The internet harms teenage brains! But how reliable are these studies? Today Word of Mouth puts social science to the test. Then we continue with a look into a curious tradition that has been lost over the years: funeral cookies, “A snack called death.” Plus, venture capitalists in Silicon Valley aren’t just banking on the future of tech, they’re pouring money into the future of food… why one start-up is spending millions on an eggless-egg.

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Word of Mouth
12:51 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Pay Less...Hate More?

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A newly-released study by several economists shows significant correlation between the number of big-box stores, specifically Walmart, and the number of hate groups in a region. Dr.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Are WE ruining research?

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Word of Mouth keeps its eye out for stories that are interesting, counterintuitive, many of which come from the world of science. It’s part of our mission to find the under-reported, simmering, surprising ideas that make us go “what?”

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