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Towering truths about tall people

Towering truths about tall people
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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 […]

Boris Karloff: Thriller

Boris Karloff: Thriller

You know him best as Frankenstein, but actor Boris Karloff appeared in 200 films. His daughter Sara Karloff joins Larry to discuss the new DVD box set, Thriller. From 1960 to 1962, Karloff hosted–and frequently starred in–the films showcased on the NBC anthology series. Sara celebrates her father's life and legacy and takes questions from […]

American hypocrites (is that redundant?)

American hypocrites (is that redundant?)

The outcry of government opponents has become fairly widespread around the country. The list of critics goes on and on, with some pointing their fingers and shouting “socialist!” without a nod. But what would these Americans say if they lost their mortgage tax relief, their Social Security benefits, or their state’s stimulus funds? They’d probably […]

Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?

Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?

Today’s vastly growing porn industry, estimated to have a $96 billion global worth, has come a long way since the 1950s Playboy pinups. Over the years, the commercialization of pornography has led to the drastic objectification of women and the dehumanization of sexual relationships, according to anti-porn activist Gail Dines. And, thanks to the internet, […]