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Laughing at a sensitive subject: Crohn’s disease can be such a pain in the butt!

Laughing at a sensitive subject: Crohn’s disease can be such a pain in the butt!

There’s nothing funny or cool about Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the intestines that cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, from abdominal pain to diarrhea and vomiting. Having Crohn’s disease is not something that you’re necessarily eager to announce to the world—not unless your name is Ben Morrison, you suffer from Crohn’s disease, [...]

This is how Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band rolls

This is how Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band rolls

In these days of dwindling music sales, it’s hard to imagine how a band of any size can keep it together. Make that an 18-piece jazz ensemble and it’s nearly incomprehensible. Unless, that is, you’re talking about Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Goodwin is a GRAMMY-winning composer and arranger, known in Hollywood for his cinematic [...]

Does the release of big box office movies on-demand mark the end of the movie theater?

Does the release of big box office movies on-demand mark the end of the movie theater?

The good news is you may be able to watch big movie releases on-demand in your living room much sooner than in the past. The bad news is it's sparked a feud between movie studios, filmmakers and theater owners. Four major movie studios, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios have [...]

James Gandolfini opens up about Tony Soprano and God of Carnage

James Gandolfini opens up about Tony Soprano and God of Carnage

James Gandolfini is best known for playing the likeable, sociopathic mob boss Tony Soprano for six seasons on HBO. But the actor has starred in numerous films in a wide variety of roles including Get Shorty, In the Loop, All the King’s Men and the just aired HBO movie Cinema Verite about the reality TV [...]

What if we chose "Forks over Knives?"

What if we chose "Forks over Knives?"

What if research showed that eating a plant-based diet could fend off heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis? What if research showed that this diet, in some cases, could actually reverse those diseases? Well, in the new documentary Forks over Knives two prominent researchers show exactly that. The evidence [...]

The origins of the United States and its horticultural interests

The origins of the United States and its horticultural interests

To understand the making of America, author Andrea Wulf believes we must see George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams as farmers first. It turns out, the Founding Fathers relished farming and gardening as much – if not more – than politics. In her new book “Founding Gardeners,” Wulf reveals how the founders’ [...]

Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany

Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany

Hitler and The Third Reich are both seldom seen as being topics to laugh at. That is unless you’re Rudolph Herzog: in which case you’ve already written a book about how funny both are! Additionally, if you were Rudolph Herzog, you’d know about the hippest comedy scenes in Germany, the whispered jokes, the smoky anti-Nazi [...]

‘Cause you got…personality

‘Cause you got…personality

If you took a personality test, could you fail? If you have a life coach, might he bench you? In reality, personality tests are no joke, and have long been used as serious approaches to examine the mental stability of pilots, police officers and others in high-pressure occupations. Recently, there has been a trend to [...]

Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

For just about everyone, there is something out there that is annoying. How is it that the littlest things, such as your coworker tapping her foot or your husband picking at his teeth, can just about drive us crazy? NPR science correspondent Joe Palca and Science Friday’s Flora Lichtman must have been really annoyed at [...]

Truth, beauty and goodness in the 21st century

Truth, beauty and goodness in the 21st century

In an age when anyone with a computer can produce and circulate instant information, what is “truth?” When photographs, and even faces, can be doctored to fit popular standards of attractiveness, how do we define “beauty?” And with the explosion of internet rumors and the ease of illegal downloading, does anyone value “goodness?” Every civilization [...]