"I feel sort of like a vampire would feel. I want to suck the blood of science and dispose of the corpse." - Jad Abumrad, this week's V.I.P. (that's <em>Very Important Puzzler</em>) and host of the public radio show <em>Radiolab</em>.
Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We'll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC's Radiolab, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.
The Flaming Lips on stage at the Belmont in Austin, Texas. The band played its 2002 album, <em>Yoshimi Battles </em><em>the Pink Robots</em>.
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Dave Grohl (left) and Stevie Nicks both spoke in front of (separate) large audiences at SXSW during the day on Thursday. Later that night, they performed together in a concert by Grohl's Sound City Players.
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<strong>All Teal Everything:</strong> The Brooklyn band Conveyor play sunny-sounding pop.
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The Flaming Lips on stage at the Belmont in Austin, Texas. The band played its 2002 album, <em>Yoshimi Battles </em><em>the Pink Robots.</em>
The span of South by Southwest is so huge that sometimes the festival can be about the bands you miss as much as the ones you see. After the hectic Thursday on the streets, bars and venues of Austin, Texas, the All Songs Considered crew regrouped to recount the long walks, long lines, tough decisions, missed opportunities and happy accidents of day three.
ACL welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses. The National plays songs from its acclaimed record High Violet, while Band of Horses highlights its latest LP Infinite Arms.
Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 8:00 am
"The meek shall inherit the earth" — that seems to be the latest message from the United Nations Development Program.
Their 2013 Human Development Report chronicles the recent, rapid expansion of the middle class in the developing world. It also predicts that over the next two decades growth in the so-called "Global South" will dramatically shift economic and political power away from Europe and North America.
Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:43 am
Pope Francis, in his first audience with the cardinals since becoming head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and urged the evangelization of the church's message.
Francis said of Benedict, who served as pontiff for eight years before his historic resignation last month, that he "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers."
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points, and calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.
Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to build and detonate the world’s largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. The United States led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break all records. The bomb-makers on both sides were flying blind as they pushed the technology far into unknown territory. Trace this chilling story, fully told for the first time.
The loneliest animals are the most endangered species on the planet. Collected and protected by dedicated scientists, these animals represent the end of the line for their species. In many cases, intensive captive breeding programs have been launched with the aim of sustaining these animals and the hope of returning them to the wild. Viewers are taken into high-security, high-tech labs where scientists attempt to breed new generations and into the field to discover what forces have led to the demise of entire species.
Robots and algorithms can now build cars, write articles, and translate texts — all work that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee looks at recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.