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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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 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

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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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Word of Mouth
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

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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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Word of Mouth
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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