Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, takes the stage to discuss his latest foray into a field he has made his own -- a biological analysis of human history.
Computers are often associated with certain intangibles: data, communication, and storage space rank among them. At a recent hacker conference, a speaker presented his ability to tap into and display anything on the monitors of a public train system. Increasingly, computers are gaining an ability to control things in the real world. In anticipation of this threat, Ed Skoudis has created a real-life miniature training ground for tomorrow's cyber-warriors.
Last semester, students attending a course on philanthropy at University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Studies Department were given one-hundred thousand dollars to dispense to area non-profits. Yesterday, Virginia Prescott caught up with Doug Bauer, Executive Director at the Clark Foundation – who co-teaches the course alongside Greg Goldman, Vice President of Development at the non-profit Philadelphia Zoo.
They’re twelve feet tall, twelve feet wide and crush metal into scrap for fun. They have names like Maximum Destruction, Eradicator and Thrasher. If you’re envisioning a new breed of comic book villains, think again. They’re some of the gigantic debutantes of a new season of Monster Truck Madness. The touring circuit known as Monster Jam 2013 landed in New Hampshire last week. Sean Hurley put in some earplugs and visited the spectacle for this radio field trip.
Sean Hurley's story on Monster Trucks got us thinking about all those awesome Monster Truck names, like Gravedigger and Big Foot. Anyone with a TV knows those names sound great with heavy metal and lots of reverb designed to make us run (NOT WALK!!!) to the arena on Sunday (SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!) So we were surprised to find so many Monster Trucks have names that are...well...kind of lame. Check out our list, and listen to what a commercial might sound like if they got top billing:
It has been a century since one of the most publicized scientific hoaxes was presented to the world, and only sixty years since the find was exposed as a fraud. Here to talk about the centennial anniversary of the discovery of Piltdown Man is Robert Goodby. He’s an archeologist and Associate Professor at Franklin Pierce University.
As the Syrian revolution grinds on, middle-class Damascus clings to the rituals of everyday life. Photographer Emma LeBlanc and Phil Sands capture the other story of the revolution. It is the story of a tension that has come to define this new Syria in transition, though the quiet, frightened, quotidian voices of the majority are those less often heard amidst the shouts for freedom and those for president Bashar.
Today, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee with a goal of countering the influence of the gun lobby. the new PAC leverages public calls for stricter gun controls following the Sandy Hook shooting last month.
The author and philosopher Alain de Botton addresses the chasm between our private feelings and real world experience of sex in “How to Think More About Sex." It’s one of two new books in The School of Life Series – a smart and frequently funny twist on the “self-help” genre, which he curates.
Check out this short film that accompanies the book:
The non-profit Code for America brings together coders, artists, and designers to create easy to use applications that address the specific needs of local communities. Mick Thompson, engineer in residence and 2012 fellow at Code for America joined us to talk about how code and collaboration leads to better lives for citizens.
The last few weeks of 2012 were dominated by media coverage of the fiscal cliff crisis. News outlets covered everything from the projected impact of the cliff to shouting matches between legislators. Lost in the mix throughout the crisis were important, but less sensational news stories. Joshua Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy and he joins us to talk about some of these backseat news items.
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A new study shows that the act of holding a gun changes perception, as participants saw guns that weren't actually there. And Clay Wirestone wraps up the latest in video game trends, and looks forward to what's coming in 2013
TED cracks down on pseudoscience at local spinoff TEDX conferences. And film critic Garen Daley tells us what we can expect on the big screen in 2013
We’re beginning the new year with some "culture-vores" about which trends and habits they expect to fade out or faze in during 2013… Joining us for more on the literary scene is Jason Boog, editor of the publishing news website Galley Cat...and, for more on what’s coming up for food in 2013, we asked Maine chef and cookbook author, Kathy Gunst – who cautions that watching for culinary trends is not an entirely objective undertaking.