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“I’m With Fatty” author weighs in on food, failure & losing fifty pounds in fifty miserable weeks

“I’m With Fatty” author weighs in on food, failure & losing fifty pounds in fifty miserable weeks

“I'm with Fatty” chronicles Edward Ugel’s yearlong journey to figure out how to live in a world without dim sum, prosciutto, and constant culinary gratification. Ugel is a committed foodie but at 36 years old, he weighed in at 263 pounds. His doctor ordered him to drop fifty or risk keeling over in line at [...]

Evangelical NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

Evangelical NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

An appeals court ruled yesterday to resume federal funding of embryonic stem cell research after U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued a preliminary order barring the funding on Aug. 23. That’s the kind of skirmish skeptical scientists envisioned when President Obama appointed the evangelical Dr. Francis Collins head of the National Institutes of Health [...]

Jorge Atalla’s Sequestro

Jorge Atalla’s Sequestro

In 2002, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jorge Atalla first developed the concept for his newest film Sequestro. For four years, he and his camera crew followed the Sao Paulo police department’s Anti-Kidnapping Division on its mission to reduce kidnapping in Brazil. In 2000, there were thousands of abductions in Sao Paulo alone, and in the years [...]

Towering truths about tall people

Towering truths about tall people

Author Arianne Cohen, 6’3”, went to the library looking for a book about tall people. When she discovered that one didn’t exist, she wrote The Tall Book – A Celebration of Life from on High. “Talls,” as she calls them, make more money, run more companies, win more elections and are smarter when compared to [...]

Who gives more, the haves or the have-nots?

Who gives more, the haves or the have-nots?

It's one of life's great ironies – those who have more give less. Research shows that the wealthy are quite a bit more, well, greedy than the poor. One study found that households earning less than $25,000 a year donated an average of 4.2 percent of their incomes while those making $75,000 or more gave [...]

Buck Owens: Inside the private, sensational world of a country star

Buck Owens: Inside the private, sensational world of a country star

Buck Owens was the top-selling country artist of the 1960's, and his musical style- called the Bakersfield Sound after his adopted hometown- countered the slick overproduction of Nashville country with electric guitars and a rock and roll backbeat. Later, Owens solidified his celebrity as the co-host of the variety show Hee Haw for 17 years. [...]

BP releases report on the “casual chain of events” that led to the Horizon disaster

BP releases report on the “casual chain of events” that led to the Horizon disaster

This morning, more than four months after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf, BP released an internal report that outlined the 8 failures that lead to the massive oil spill. BP took on some of the blame but managed to heap a fair amount onto cement contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean. Popular Mechanics [...]

Inside James Ellroy

Inside James Ellroy

Behind noir classics like <i>L.A. Confidential</i>, <i>The Black Dahlia</i>, and <i>American Tabloid</i> is an author, an author who has, for the most part, kept his story relatively private. James Ellroy was 10 when his recently divorced and alcoholic mother hit him. He wished her dead, and three months later, her body was found dumped on [...]

Plugging in your brain

Plugging in your brain

It’s the stuff of science fiction…scientists take a computer plug and insert it into an opening in a patient’s head, enabling the subject to broadcast her thoughts through a computer. Now scientists at Duke and Brown University, as well as other centers, are starting to figure out how to connect computers to our minds. In [...]

Testing Teachers: an American RadioWorks documentary from American Public Media

Testing Teachers: an American RadioWorks documentary from American Public Media

Teachers are at the center of education debate today because a huge body of research has shown that teachers matter a lot to the educational success or failure of children. Studies show students who get the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers also say that achievement gaps [...]