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“…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.




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. [ play]

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

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.  

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.”

Intelligence in the Human-Machine

In Chicago, NPR, Pop Culture, WBEZ on January 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Photo courtesy of David Dehann /

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn duetting with her own brain this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Information on the free performance.

Did you know the Jetsons only had one season?

In All Things Considered, NPR, Pop Culture, Technology, Television on January 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

Listen to Audie Cornish‘s interview with Matt Novak on the 50th anniversary of the Jetsons. Yes, you read that right, it’s been 50 years since the cartoon aired…and it’s still influencing us today. The Jetsons