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August 14 2012


How Congressman Paul Ryan Is Shaping the GOP

January 27 2012


A Boy's Magical 'Touch' Predicts The Future

"Basically, it's a variation on the new CBS series Person of Interest, except that the stories are propelled by a human computer, not an actual one."

December 08 2011


In 'Homeland,' It's Hard To Know Whom To Trust

November 27 2011


Stephen Colbert

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July 19 2011


What The Word 'Compromise' Really Means : NPR

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the compromises we refuse to make say the most about our character. "Sometimes we stand on principle for the heady satisfaction of showing that we can't be pushed around," he says. http://www.npr.org/2011/07/19/138468870/what-the-word-compromise-really-means

June 13 2011


J.J. Abrams: The 'Super' Career Of A Movie-Crazed Kid : NPR

Super 8 director J.J. Abrams says the inspiration for his latest science-fiction thriller came from his own childhood obsession with filmmaking. He shares his thoughts on the film industry and on trying to make movies more enjoyable for audiences. http://www.npr.org/2011/06/13/137108820/j-j-abrams-the-super-career-of-a-movie-crazed-kid?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

May 25 2011


Trey Parker And Matt Stone On Their Broadway Hit Musical 'The Book Of Mormon' : NPR

Take the creators of South Park and the composer of Avenue Q. Add solid musical storytelling, Mormons, Uganda, AIDS, a chorus line and a healthy amount of smut — and you have The Book of Mormon, Broadway's blasphemous, hilarious and oddly endearing new hit.

May 21 2011


Mos Def's Career, Still Arcing Upward : NPR

Rapper and actor Mos Def is co-starring in the new film 16 Blocks. Recently he played a cop in the indie film The Woodsman, also starring Kevin Bacon. Mos Def's most recent rap album is The New Danger. Def has appeared in the films Bamboozled, Monster's Ball, and Brown Sugar. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5243641

May 19 2011


Trey Parker And Matt Stone On Their Broadway Hit Musical 'The Book Of Mormon' : NPR

Take the creators of South Park and the composer of Avenue Q. Add solid musical storytelling, Mormons, Uganda, AIDS, a chorus line and a healthy amount of smut — and you have The Book of Mormon, Broadway's blasphemous, hilarious and oddly endearing new hit.

May 17 2011


Area 51 'Uncensored': Was It UFOs Or The USSR? : NPR

Area 51 is classified to the point that its very existence is denied by the U.S. government. Journalist Annie Jacobsen says it's not because of aliens or spaceships — but because the government used the site for nuclear testing and weapons development. http://www.npr.org/2011/05/17/136356848/area-51-uncensored-was-it-ufos-or-the-ussr

May 06 2011


'How We Decide' And The Paralysis Of Analysis

Jonah Lehrer is pathologically indecisive. "I found myself spending literally a half an hour, 30 minutes, in the cereal aisle of the supermarket, trying to choose between boxes of Cheerios," he says. "That's when I realized I had a problem." The struggle over cereal led Lehrer to contemplate much bigger questions — like what was actually happening in his head as he stood in the cereal aisle, and how much of that was rational versus emotional.

May 02 2011


It's Showtime for Ira Glass, 'This American Life'

Ira Glass is the host of the popular public radio program This American Life. A TV version of his show will premiere on Showtime in March. What will it be like to make the transition?

April 04 2011


The High Probability Of Finding 'Life Beyond Earth'

Science journalist Marc Kaufman says we're closer than ever to finding out if there's life on other planets in the universe. He details the current research and challenges for scientists in First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth. http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/135040012/the-high-probability-of-finding-life-beyond-earth?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

March 29 2011


'Moby-Duck': When 28,800 Bath Toys Are Lost At Sea : NPR

In 1992, a cargo ship container tumbled into the North Pacific, dumping 28,800 toys into the ocean. What happened to those toys led writer Donovan Hohn on a worldwide journey filled with beachcombers, oceanographers, ship captains and environmentalists. http://www.npr.org/2011/03/29/134923863/moby-duck-when-28-800-bath-toys-are-lost-at-sea?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

February 16 2011


Twitter's Biz Stone On Starting A Revolution : NPR

The co-founder of Twitter talks about how the service was used in Egypt to help organize the protests, and about the rumors that the popular microblogging service could be purchased by Google or Facebook. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/16/133775340/twitters-biz-stone-on-starting-a-revolution?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

February 14 2011


V.S. Ramachandran's Tales Of The 'Tell-Tale Brain' : NPR

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran, a pioneer in the field of visual perception, explains how his simple experiments in behavioral neurology have changed the lives of patients suffering from a variety of neurological symptoms in The Tell-Tale Brain. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133026897/v-s-ramachandrans-tales-of-the-tell-tale-brain?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

February 11 2011


Fact-Checking The Church Of Scientology: Journalist Lawrence Wright : NPR

New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright explains how he found a number of inconsistencies between documents the Church of Scientology says are official records of founder L. Ron Hubbard's war service and the actual official military records that Wright obtained. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/08/133561256/the-church-of-scientology-fact-checked

February 02 2011


Brian Greene: A Physicist Explains 'The Hidden Reality' Of Parallel Universes : NPR

It is possible that there are many other universes that exist parallel to our universe. Theoretical physicist Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, explains how that's possible in the new book, The Hidden Reality. http://www.npr.org/2011/01/24/132932268/a-physicist-explains-why-parallel-universes-may-exist?&sc=tumblr

'New York Times' Executive Editor Bill Keller: The Impact Of Assange And WikiLeaks : NPR

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller explains why the paper decided to publish the classified dispatches and cables from WikiLeaks, the effect those documents had in Tunisia and Egypt, and why he came to regard WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as indifferent to the people whose lives were at risk. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/01/133277509/times-editor-the-impact-of-assange-and-wikileaks?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

January 09 2011


Jon Stewart: America's Ruling King Of Fake News : NPR

On Oct. 30, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted dueling rallies on the National Mall. Called "The Rally to Restore Sanity" and the "March to Keep Fear Alive," respectively, the two rallies closely mimicked Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor Rally," also held in Washington, D.C. http://www.npr.org/2010/12/28/132364938/jon-stewart-americas-ruling-king-of-fake-news
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