We're surrounded by cool technology. Skype allows us to talk to people on the other side of the world. We have iPods that let us carry thousands of songs in our pocket.
But how about an iPhone app that lets you record the sounds of your hometown, then remix them into a unique audio portrait? That’s the idea behind Middletown Remix a project that running from now until May at Wesleyan University and the town it calls home.
Pete Seeger may be one of the most important folk singers of the 20th century. But he’s more than a musician – he’s a political activist and an environmentalist too. At age 93, he is still thriving. He was even featured on the Colbert Report in August.
Here's how we see it. We get an hour a day on this amazing medium of public radio.On average, we do about 20 new shows a month, give or take. Do the math and that's about 230 or 240 episodes a year. To do that, we need to go pretty fast, and we started to worry that the countryside was flashing past us.
I freely confess that today's show arose from my own sense of consumer exasperation. I don't buy many things, but occasionally one's cellphone breaks and one has no choice. I went to Verizon. The guy and I picked out a phone for me.
He quoted me a price of $200 plus a $50 mail-in rebate. With the feeble, ebbing strength of my dying old phone, I managed one final wheezing flickering internet browser. The MSRP for this new phone was 80 bucks. I pointed this out to my new friend.
Women do everything now, but not many of them do the auto mechanic thing. When was the last time you saw a woman handling sales in an auto dealership? On the repair side, the job keeps changing to place greater reliance on smarts and diagnosis, with less emphasis on brawn. That doesn't mean you don't have to take a wheel off sometimes, but fixing a car can very easily be women's work.
The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Instead of one black America, now there are four:
• a Mainstream middle-class majority with a full ownership stake in American society;
Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.”
They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008...but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer.
Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays guitar. His wife Nancy plays cello and his brother Sean plays trumpet. Along with Mathew Crowley and Henry Lugo, they’ll be playing songs from the band’s new record, “How Long.”
Energy drinks aren't new. In the late 1800s, there was something called Vin Mariani, which was coca leaves soaked in wine and had about 6 miligrams of cocaine or more per fluid ounce. Thomas Edison drank it to stay awake. Ulysses S. Grant said it helped him finish his memoirs.
OK, type something pretty basic into Google. Pablo Picasso. Right away you'll get services trying to sell you really crappy college papers about Pablo Picasso. You'll get Wikipedia, of course. If you sharpen your search terms, you'll find other stuff, some of it even interesting. You might even find out he's the most stolen artist in the world with more than 1,000 pieces still missing.
A well known author. A Roller Derby athlete. A poet and performance artist. A farmer. A comedy performer. A psychology researcher. Those are just some of the people we sent out today to vote in the primaries and report on the experience.
What is cheating? In games, It takes myriad forms. There's the spontaneous cheating that mainly tests the watchfulness and judgment of the officials. How much can I push you or nudge you with my elbow? Can anybody see this cheap shot to your face as we football linemen hunker down before the snap?
If I told you that England is in the midst of a translation crisis, you'd probably assume it had something to do with the Olympics. Not so much.
The British court system recently awarded a contract to one company, Applied Language Solutions, for all the legally mandated interpreting work that goes on in court. The problem is that ALS has proved to be repeatedly inadequate. It sends interpreters who are not up to the job...or they don't show up at all, halting the proceedings and costing the government thousands of pounds.
In 1896 -- a time when Scientifc American ran a regular "Cycling notes" column -- the following item appeared. "Count Leo Tolstoi, the Russian novelist, now rides the wheel, much to the astonishment of the peasants on his estate."
It's the last day of July. Our shows this month were about urban beekeeping, musical mashups as a distinct genre, anxiety, internet trolls, why certain songs get stuck in your head, artificially enhanced athletes, conversion to a different religion, a pervasive pop aesthetic called twee, the history of corn, noise, nudism, the history of the TV remote control.
I'm what Daniel Smith, one of today's guests, would call a "stifler."
I have anxiety attacks and a lot of background anxiety, but most people who know me would have no idea how bad or how recurrent my anxiety is. Because it's embrassing, right? Our culture connects anxiety with a kind of generalized cowardice. You're supposed to suck it up and face life with your shoulders squared up.
Today's edition of The Nose is an occasionally tense conversation about a series of issues all of which swirl around the issue of free speech. Chick-fil-A, a sandwich chain, sends millions of dollars in corporate profits to vehemently anti-gay groups, including ones that practice “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy. Its CEO went public this week with his anti-gay-marriage views.
Here is life imitating the show. I live in a quiet neighborhood, but last night there was heavy construction nearby. I'm guessing a water main broke out on one of the main roads. It wasn't loud in my bedroom but it was audible, especially the beep-beep-beep noise of heavy equipment backing up. I fell asleep, but at 3:30 I was wide awake. There may have been several contributing factors, but the noise from the road crew was one of them.
It's tough to generalize about internet trolls. If there's a common denominator, it's that they thrive on attention and response. An internet troll who is not making anybody crazy is not a happy troll.
In 2009, a troll calling himself Bob M. took up residence on the comment threads of my newspaper column. He was uncommonly vicious. He even took it upon himself to do a little research, find out that my father had died of cirrhosis and taunt me about that.
"Maybe you'll start hitting the bottle, like daddy," he wrote.