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“They look like mountain bikes on steroids”

In Nature, NPR, Travel, Weekend Edition on January 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

You likely have never heard of “fat biking,” but it’s one of the fastest-growing segments of the cycling industry. From station KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska, hear how Alaskans are getting (and enjoying?) outdoors…even in subzero weather.

Bike shop owner Kevin Breitenbach rides a fat bike in the White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska in March.[npr.org / Josh Spice]

Bike shop owner Kevin Breitenbach rides a fat bike in the White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska in March.
[npr.org / Josh Spice]

“…the God we present is bankrupt.”

In Morning Edition, NPR, Pop Culture, Science on January 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm

This week, NPR’s Morning Edition aired a conversation called “Losing Our Religion” – speaking with religious leaders and young adults (which I was happy to hear 30 was still considered “young adult”) on the growing number of the unaffiliated and disillusioned. An interesting discussion considering that according to the Pew Research Center one-third of Americans under 30 have no religious affiliation.

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Necks for Sex

In International, NPR, Travel on January 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

A quick read on “necking” in the male giraffe community. Now this would have been neat (traumatizing??) to see on a school zoo trip.

From ‘Make Me Fat’ app to ‘Make Me Asian’…yes, someone approved this

In International, NPR, Pop Culture, Technology on January 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

This is one of those ideas that you can’t believe went through many rounds of  ‘OK’s…i yi yi.

“”Make Me Asian,” a smartphone app that drew the ire of Asian-American activists for what they say are stereotypical depictions, is no longer available on the Google Play Store.” Read story here.

A screenshot from the "Make me Asian" app page in the Google Play store. The app is no longer available. [npr.org/google play]

A screenshot from the “Make me Asian” app page in the Google Play store. The app is no longer available. [npr.org/google play]

“…It’s circulating in the rodent reservoirs”

In Health, International, NPR, Science, Travel on January 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Well this is comforting. Hear microbiologist Elisabeth Carniel discuss the reemergence of the plague.

A copper engraving from 1656 shows a plague doctor in Rome wearing a protective suit and a mask. / Artwork by Paul Furst /Wikimedia.org

A copper engraving from 1656 shows a plague doctor in Rome wearing a protective suit and a mask. / Artwork by Paul Furst /Wikimedia.org

Now microbiologists have evidence that strains of the plague may be able to reactivate themselves and trigger new outbreaks — even after lying dormant for decades.

OFICINA DE EMPLEO…and a flash mob

In International, Music, NPR, Travel on January 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I’m just as sick of flash mobs as you are…but the setting, timing, and song choice for this one…you can’t help but smile.

“Spanish unemployment tops 26 percent, and most economists forecast that rate will get worse before it gets better.”

Read.

Why should Jodie Foster publicly have to ‘come out’?

In Here and Now, NPR, Pop Culture, Television on January 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Here and Now had Michelangelo Signorile (Huffington Post Gay Voices) on to discuss Jodie Foster’s some-what uncomfortable speech at last night’s Golden Globe Awards.  

A 14-year old Aaron Swartz

In Chicago, Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia, NPR, Technology, WBEZ on January 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

In 2001, at 14-years old, wiz-kid Aaron Swartz gave an interview on WBEZ’s Eight-Forty-Eight about the user’s changing roll in the exchange of information on the internet.  A fascinating, bright, and fearless internet activist, Aaron’s untimely passing this weekend has us all mourning his exceptional life and brilliant mind.

15 yo Aaron Swartz and Lawrence Lessig at the launch party for Creative Commons in 2002.  / courtesy wikipedia.org

15 yo Aaron Swartz and Lawrence Lessig at the launch party for Creative Commons in 2002. / courtesy wikipedia.org

In a 2007 speech called “How to Get a Job Like Mine,” given at a computer conference, Swartz gave such advice as “be curious,” “say yes to everything” and “assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing either.”

Stalking a Giant Squid

In All Things Considered, NPR, Science, Technology, Travel on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Scientist Edie Widder on All Things Considered discusses her amazing video footage (first-ever) of the giant squid and her technique to capturing the elusive sea creature in action. Discovery Channel will be airing a documentary in late January.

Courtesy of Edie Widder/Discovery Channel

Courtesy of Edie Widder/Discovery Channel

“The reason we know giant squids exist is that they happen to float when they die. But we really [have] only explored 5 percent of the ocean, and I think we’ve explored that in the wrong way. I think we’ve scared a lot of animals away. So what about the stuff that doesn’t float when it dies?”

Two Albums, Two Toddlers, and One Mini-Van

In Music, NPR, Pop Culture, Travel, Weekend Edition on January 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Morning Edition Sunday interviewed the husband-wife duo that make up Big Harp, a “low-key folk-rock laced with subtle irony and dark humor” band signed by indie favorite Saddle Creek Records. Their sophomore album, Chain Letters, will be released later this month. Hear the story and check out their sound.

“I didn’t start touring, playing music until I was like 25, and Hank was born when I was 26, so I only had a year of doing it the other way,” he says. “It was really fun, but this way it feels a lot healthier. We wake up early in the morning don’t stay out too late.”