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People vs. Power – the battle to save Soviet Jews

People vs. Power – the battle to save Soviet Jews

At the end of World War II nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union. They were unwanted by the repressive Stalinist state, but forbidden to leave. Those who tried were followed by the KGB, harassed or forced into menial labor or imprisonment. In December 1987, on the eve of a historic summit [...]

Previewing the Consumer Electronics Show and the gadgets of 2011

Previewing the Consumer Electronics Show and the gadgets of 2011

It’s like fashion week in Paris but for technology in Vegas — the three-day Consumer Electronics Show, where 3D TVs and tablets-to-boot strut their stuff on the strip. New York Times tech writer David Pogue joins Patt to preview this season’s most chic colors and styles. Could the accessory of the moment be a Netflix [...]

Riddle me this – could a puzzle a day keep the Alzheimer’s away?

Riddle me this – could a puzzle a day keep the Alzheimer’s away?

Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions was to get into shape this year. Maybe you even bought a shake-weight and have been using it every day. Well, good luck turning your winter weight into a six-pack before summer. But if you really want to up your game, you may want to start exercising your [...]

A bright idea? California girds itself for darker future lit by compact fluorescents

A bright idea? California girds itself for darker future lit by compact fluorescents

Along with Kodachrome film, 2010 marks the end of a uniquely lit era—in early compliance with the Energy Independence and Security Act, California is requiring 100-watt incandescent light bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient. And come New Year’s Day 2012, you won’t be able to buy 100-Watt incandescent bulbs anywhere in the [...]

Happy New Year’s Eve! I have no plans

Happy New Year’s Eve! I have no plans

Ah New Year’s Eve, a night of inflated expectations, expensive tabs and hopes for the coming new year that are wrapped up in the symbolism of one overblown night. OK, so we’ve had some bad New Year’s Eve experiences on the Patt Morrison program but as 2010 rolls into 2011, and with an economy that [...]

Rewinding 2010 – the year in music

Rewinding 2010 – the year in music

What was the big music news in 2010? Major collaborations between legendary artists: Elton John & Leon Russell, Neil Young & Daniel Lanois, Brian Wilson and – would you believe – George Gershwin? Big box set releases commemorated Lennon’s 70th birthday, Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and everything The King ever recorded – [...]

Why we use euphemisms and what they say about our culture

Why we use euphemisms and what they say about our culture

Kick the bucket. Bun in the oven. Powder your nose. Euphemisms have been with us forever and they aren't going away any time soon. Where did they come from? Did you know that euphemisms originally became widely used as a clever way to avoid blasphemy? In his new book, Euphemania, author Ralph Keyes traces the [...]

This time, he won’t be back: the legacy of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

This time, he won’t be back: the legacy of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

In a campaign commercial during his 2003 run for governor, in the midst of a historic and historically crazy recall campaign against Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger promised simple, decisive action once he took office. “Here’s my plan,” said the eventual governor. “Audit everything. Open the books. And then we end the crazy deficit spending.” Things [...]

Top science stories of 2010 – scandalous speculation & watershed moments

Top science stories of 2010 – scandalous speculation & watershed moments

The interbreeding of early humans and Neanderthals backed by DNA evidence, a microbe that lives on arsenic (or does it?), the electric car makes an electrifying comeback, WikiLeaks delivers a hard lesson in data security, an Icelandic volcano with a nearly unpronounceable erupts, a disaster that blackened Gulf waters – these are some of the [...]

Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Congress wrapped up its so-called lame-duck session last week with an unexpected string of victories for President Obama and Democrats, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the nuclear-arms reduction agreement, a health bill for 9/11 responders, a food safety bill, middle-class tax cuts and the extension of jobless benefits. But legislators taking a [...]