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Gluttony useful response to scarcity

In Food, Health, NPR on February 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

An evolutionary look at why, in times of economic hardship, we may be “hard-wired” to eat foods higher in fat and calories – even though we know better. Read more here.



“Evolutionary biologists have long speculated that in prehistoric times, when the blueprint of modern human behavior was created as our ancestors struggled for survival, gluttony may have been a useful response to scarcity: If you knew — or feared — a famine was coming, it made sense to tuck away as many calories as possible to prepare for it.”

Kentucky, from “Unbridled Spirit” to “Kicks Ass”

In News, NPR, Pop Culture on January 29, 2013 at 1:41 am

In Kentucky, two young ad execs are advocating for this new state slogan:


Proposed new state slogan

“You have to stand out, and you have to take risks if you want to do this branding and to get noticed…you need mantras that people can rally behind.”

Read more here.

200 years of Mr. Darcy

In History, NPR, Pop Culture, Television on January 29, 2013 at 1:15 am

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is celebrating it’s 200th birthday. The BBC naturally had lots of coverage, which brought my attention to Austenland, a rom com/mockumentary about a young woman obsessed with Pride & Prejudice. Watch the movie trailer and Sundance review here.



Happy 200th Pride & Prejudice!

Happy 200th Pride & Prejudice!

• Also worth reading: “Janeites: The curious American cult of Jane Austen” [BBC]

• The Real Jane Austen, book review. [Fresh Air]

Deadliest Jobs in America

In All Things Considered, Health, International, NPR on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Two neat graphics from Planet Money:

Deadliest Jobs in America

What Americans Do For Work



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.”


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

“By the time I reach Patagonia in 2020, about 80 to 90 percent will be wired.”

In Technology, Travel on January 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

Journalist Paul Salopek is embarking on a 7 year *walk* around the world…

paul salopek