January 26, 2011 Lacanian Analysis on Late Night TV Slavoj Žižek appears on Boston's NiteBeat to promote The Puppet and the Dwarf, a Lacanian Analysis of Modern Christianity. In this sound-byte interview hosted by Barry Nolan, Žižek explains the analogy of the totalitarian vs the tolerant father.
January 25, 2011 David Mitchell on Man Flu Is it really the lethal destroyer of immune systems its cracked up to be? Or is it, in fact, a terrible myth perpetrated by women? Well let you decide, but you can rest assured that David has got his mind made up on the subject.
January 24. 2011 IBM Centennial : People Who Changed the Way the World Works What does it mean to be an IBMer? Every employee experiences the company in different ways, but the global impact IBM has made on business and society over the last 100 years gives us all a common framework. "They Were There" is told by first-hand witnesses — current and retired employees and clients — who were there when IBM helped to change the way world works.
January 21, 2011 Turbine-Free Wind Power Conservationists argue that wind turbines pose a risk to birds, bats and sensitive habitats like shorelines. People living close to wind farms, meanwhile, complain of constant noise and vibration. This year, engineers responded with a new way to draw electricity from the wind: oscillating wind panels.
January 20, 2010 Road Train Drives Car for You Want to read your paper, eat breakfast and drive to work - all at the same time? Then hop aboard the road train. The idea comes from Sweden where a semi-autonomous convoy of cars has been tested out in a pilot scheme. The car in the front of the line is driven as usual, and communicates to the cars behind it wirelessly.
January 18, 2010 LBJ Buys Pants In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed pants, so he called the Haggar clothing company and asked for some. The call was recorded (like all White House calls at the time), and has since become the stuff of legend. Johnson’s anatomically specific directions to Mr. Haggar are some of the most intimate words we’ve ever heard from the mouth of a President.
January 14, 2010 Quentin Tarantino's First Movie It's Mickey's birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.My Best Friend's Birthday, was completed, but the final reel was destroyed in a lab fire that broke out during editing. Much of the script later became the basis for True Romance.
January 11, 2010 A Mystery: Why Can't We Walk Straight? Try as you might, you can't walk in a straight line without a visible guide point, like the Sun or a star. You might think you're walking straight, but as NPR's Robert Krulwich reports, a map of your route would reveal you are doomed to walk in circles.
January 6, 2010 Vaccine Scare a "Fraud" Thirteen years ago, Andrew Wakefield claimed the MMR vaccine was linked to autism. This caused a drop in the number of children vaccinated, and put many more at risk to measles, mumps and rubella. Now, after a lengthy investigation, the British Medical Journal has said Wakefield's report has been discredited. He has been stripped of his medical licence and is being called a fraud. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports.
January 3, 2010 Alain de Botton: A Kinder, Gentle Philosophy of Success Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.