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1:04 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Fenway’s First Season

Photo by: KarinaEmm

Mike Napoli’s three-run double in the first inning of last night’s World Series opener put the Red Sox on the path for an 8 to 1 drubbing of the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.  The cardinals committed three costly errors and lost star right fielder  Carlos Beltran who injured himself running into Fenway’s unusually low right field wall -- while making a spectacular catch, that robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam.  That is just one of the quirks of Fenway, the old-school ball park that throbbed with sox fans last night. It’s one of few remaining fields in the nation that isn’t named for a bank, or a drink. Fenway has a personality--and a history--today’s sox fans sit in the same spot where even more raucous fans sat in in 1912, when Fenway Park opened its doors.

Glenn Stout tells the story of the idiosyncratic park’s construction, christening and enduring charm in the book “Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ball Park, A Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year”.  We spoke to him last year when the book came out...and pulled it from the archives today…a great day to celebrate Fenway Park .

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1:56 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Why Are Some Things Considered Disgusting?

Revulsion kept early humans from eating spoiled meat, or snuggling up to people covered with oozing sores. Today, some cultures prize cheeses writhing with maggots, or drink liquor made from fermented saliva. This is not a trick to get you to “eeewww” but a way to evoke the visceral nature of disgust, which as Rachel Herz found, is powerful enough to convict suspects, incite genocide, and make us writhe and wretch within seconds. 

Rachel is an instructor at Brown University and expert on the psychology of smell and emotion and the author of “That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion.”

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Urban Farming: A Bright Spot In The Collapse Of A Once Great City

Photo courtesy By Gerbriel Kamener and Sown Together

Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy this summer opened up the floodgates for stories of its decline. Documentary films, photo essays, and articles reveal a once-proud American city, home to world’s highest-paid workers and a strong middle class, as a shell of its former self. Some residents are finding hope among the abandoned neighborhoods, crumbling municipal buildings, and rusting car factories that made the motor city hum.

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Word of Mouth
11:27 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Because It's Pretty Hard to Catch a Pyramid

Credit emilstefanov via flickr Creative Commons

Simple, universal, playable, the ball is among the most recognizable artifacts of human culture. It’s also the driver of an estimated five-hundred-billion- dollar- a-year sports industry. Harvard anthropologist John Fox set off on a global adventure and dug into the ancient past to uncover the origins and evolution of our favorite ball games. His book is called The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game. We discussed the book with John last year when the book was released.

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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Where Soldiers Come From

We hear the words honor, duty and sacrifice a lot around Veteran’s Day – and rightly so. What we rarely hear about are the individual, human stories that lead men and women to pick up the mantle of those powerful words and to fight in America’s name. “Where Soldiers Come From” follows a pack of close friends from Michigan’s icy Upper Peninsula as they transform from small town teenagers to National Guardsmen fighting in Afghanistan.

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Off the Beaten Tenure Track

Got my PhD... Now what?
Photo be Clark Gregor, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

An increasingly common anxiety for freshly-minted undergraduates is finding a job in their field with a decent enough salary to pay off their student loans. For those with new advanced degrees, the stakes are even higher...  2008 figures from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity estimate that 16% of those qualified to be college professors, lawyers, and doctors are working jobs at the high school graduate level. Helping wayward professionals put their highly-trained brains to work, is Jon F.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Inside Halden Prison

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Recent dispatches from the trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik have stirred politicians and online groups to urge Norway’s justice system to re-examine its maximum sentence of twenty-one years, given the severity of the charges.

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Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

My Client, the Frozen Egg

Photo by Tidewater Muse, via Flickr Creative Commons

If grandparents paying for potential grandchildren to be put on ice sounds a little strange, how about the emerging legal field of trust and estate rights for frozen embryos, eggs, and other, well biological material? When word of mouth senior producer Rebecca Lavoie read a Bloomberg Business Week article about a Manhattan lawyer representing frozen embryos in trust cases, she went right to the source to find out more.

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Word of Mouth
9:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Frozen Grandbabies

Photo by Jason DeRusha, via Flickr Creative Commons

We begin with a new strategy for wanna-be grandparents. There’s a growing trend among women in their thirties and forties to freeze their eggs in many cases, to increase the chances of becoming a mother later in life, after establishing a career, say, or finding the perfect partner. The procedure is still considered experimental, and the cost is staggering. However, doctors are reporting a new wave of underwriters supporting egg-freezing patients, their parents.

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Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Style for the Ages (and the Aged!)

from Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen, published by powerHouse Books

Not everybody can make white hair and over large glasses look fashionable – but then few carry have the flair of 90-year old socialite and now makeup mogul, Iris Apfel. One of the striking subjects of a new book by Ari Seth Cohen called Advanced Style. The book, like the blog which inspired it, puts New York City’s stylish woman past a certain age on parade.

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Word of Mouth
11:04 am
Tue May 22, 2012

High Tech Athletic Support

Photo by Julie Pring, via Flickr Creative Commons

Every four years, the world gears up to become rabid, two-week fans of sports we’d never otherwise watch those featured in the Summer Olympics, like swimming, gymnastics, even equestrian eventing. For the elite athletes who compete at the Olympic level, however, the games are anything but a quadrennial concern. They’re the reward for working the hardest, being the best, and increasingly, it seems, having the latest hi-tech gadgetry in your corner.

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Word of Mouth
10:36 am
Tue May 22, 2012

The See All Sample

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The expansion of forensic databases by US federal agencies. DNA collection of convicted felons is a well- publicized procedure. Recently released documents reveal that the department of homeland security and other federal agencies will be required to collect DNA from any person over the age of fourteen who has been detained -- regardless of criminal activity -- and that plans to include children under 14 are being explored.  

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Women of Wine

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Sip a glass of Italian wine tonight with dinner.  Savor its full-bodied flavor, or its delicate notes of plum or cherries.    If you really concentrate, you might detect another subtle but important flavor - equality.  Italian women are revolutionizing the way vino is made, promoted and sold.  And women in corporate boardrooms might not be a new phenomenon; their entrance in the world’s male-dominated cantinas and vineyards is, especially as   they’re making changes that are nothing to sniff at.  Nancy Greenleese reports.

 

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Word of Mouth
11:52 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Robo-Esoterics

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Among this summer’s anticipated films is Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s prequel to his groundbreaking sci-fi flick, Alien. The plot centers on a crew of inter-galactic explorers – among the cast of characters is a humanoid robot, or android, who sounds decidedly more ominous than say, the Jetson’s old-model household cleaner, Rosey.

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Word of Mouth
11:25 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Theatre…NO MORE!

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When Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman hit Broadway and swept the Tony’s in 1949, it was a middle-class masterpiece – a transformative play that could bring even stoic-factory workers and tough-love fathers to tears. These days, the price of a ticket for the Broadway revival may be as out of reach for the average American family as a pro sports career was for Biff. 

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Mon May 21, 2012

America the Tourist Un-friendly

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America’s war on tourists. Since 9/11, increased security measures and visa restrictions have made travel to the US an increasing hassle. Earlier this month, President Obama announced plans to attract twice as many tourists to America in the next decade. He projected that the initiative would add two-to- three million jobs and result in $250 billion in revenue by the end of 2021. Matthew Yglesias is on board.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Word of ... Advice

Photo by Brady Dillsworth, via Flickr Creative Commons

CHARLES WHEELAN, professor at Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago and is author of 10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said and Naked Economics, veered off the motivational script when addressing the 2011 class at Dartmouth, telling the graduates “your worst days lie ahead.”

Wheelan on Talk of the Nation

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed May 16, 2012

The “Who Done It” of Vladimir Lenin’s Death

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A Soviet news reel shows teary mourners shuffling past the body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.  The Bolshevik leader and chair of the soviet state in its early years died of a he died of an apparent massive stroke in 1924 at age 54. His embalmed corpse still throngs of visitors to his tomb in Moscow’s Red Square, and was the topic of an annual clinicopathological conference held at the University of Maryland.

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Word of Mouth
1:05 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

America the Amateur

Photo by brizzle born and bred, via Flickr Creative Commons

America loves amateurs. The country was founded by dilettantes and enlightened rebels. Cities, farms and businesses were seeded by adventurous greenhorns and neophytes. Writer Jack Hitt argues that the DIY spirit that generated untold number of patents and subscriptions to Popular Mechanics drives the country’s success and identity. The popular TV shows The Voice and Project Runway continue a long tradition of discovering and rewarding talent.

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Word of Mouth
12:39 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Photographed, but not forgotten

Photo by Pete Ashton, via Flickr Creative Commons

 Five years ago, the New York Times moved into a gleaming new office tower in mid-town Manhattan. The shimmering structure by Starchitect Renzo Piano was commended for being green and digital-ready. Half a block away, the paper’s archives could not be more dissimilar. The sub-sub-basement -- affectionately known as the Morgue --  is cramped with hundreds of cabinets, stuffed with twelve million clippings and more than six million photographs from the paper’s 160-year history.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

From Elvish to Klingon

Photo by *nettie*, via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s a fiction writer’s job to create authentic worlds  and suspend disbelief. One of the more time-consuming techniques in their toolbox? Inventing new languages – like the two forms of elvish used throughout J.R.R Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings. Michael Adams is a professor of English at Indiana

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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

A Comicon for the Rest of Us

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The annual San Diego Comicon attracts crowds in excess of 100,000 people.  But there are plenty of colorful cosplay outfits, industry peeps, classes, and special events expected at a much closer and much smaller convention in Portland, Maine – Tristan Gallagher is co-owner of Coast City Comics in Portland.  He’s one of the organizers of the second Coast City Comicon – which is raising funds on

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Word of Mouth
12:53 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Sustainability on the Home Front

Photo by Keving Matteson, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

 A decade ago, few people were talking about sustainability, especially in the South Bronx. It was there that Majora Carter founded programs for green-collar jobs, spearheaded policy changes, and helped transform a toxic dump into a riverside park. From a local movement to “green the ghetto,” she has inspired people across the nation to secure the environmental, educational and economic futures of their own communities.

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Word of Mouth
12:34 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Super Problems, Super Shrink

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Last weekend, the box-office bowed to the marvel blockbuster dream-team The Avengers, which pits a group of righteous superheroes against their greatest villain yet:  their own neuroses.

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Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Wed May 9, 2012

From Keg-Stands to Start-up

Photo by slworking2, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Produced by Jonathan Lynch

In the 1980s classic comedy revenge of the nerds, there was a clear cut boundary between the titular nerds and the preppy, popular frat boys that sought to humiliate them. A recent culture trend in Silicon Valley is looking to completely upend that convention by fusing the two. A new breed of software engineers is on the horizon, and they are just as likely to fine tune code as they are to lift weights and party on the weekend.

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Word of Mouth
1:04 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Of Zombies and Ants

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Recently, popular books like Max Brook’s World War Z, and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One took serious literary stabs at the realm of the living dead.

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11:26 am
Tue May 8, 2012

A Fantastic Voyage to Kill Superbugs

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Nano-technology is enabling breakthroughs in a number of scientific fields at an unimaginably small scale. Consider that the basic unit of measurement for nano-particles is 40,000 times smaller than the width of the average human hair.  Recently, researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital developed a nano-particle capable of infiltrating the human immune system and delivering a targeted dose of powerful antibiotics.

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Word of Mouth
10:47 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Closeted MD

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We begin with homophobia in American hospitals. A recent, New York Times op-ed by Dr. Pauline Chencaught  our eye. In an era of rapidly expanding acceptance and rights for gays and lesbians, her question, “does medicine discourage gay doctors?” is one we had not yet heard asked. So, we invited Dr. Chen to tell us more. 

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Word of Mouth
10:35 am
Mon May 7, 2012

From Light to Sound

Photo by Menage a Moi, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

How laser technology is being applied to a new line of cochlear implants.  Now, can someone please just get us some freaking shark with some freaking laser beams attached?

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9:43 am
Mon May 7, 2012

The Cyber Writer’s Bête Noire

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Raw Story Executive Editor Megan Carpentier joins us to discuss the ever retrievable well of internet content and provides some helpful hints for would-be web writers, based on the lessons of a few who took some pretty wrong turns.    

 

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