April 3, 2009

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Show Summary: creationists win a battle over textbooks in Texas; how is the internet affecting our brains?; an argument in favor of yellow journalism.

Darwin's in the Details

For two decades, critics have argued that the Texas Board of Education's science standards have allowed creationism to creep into public schools and textbooks. Last week the board changed the language, creating the latest arena in the clash between creationists and the scientific community. Both

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The Net Effect

Is Google making us stupid? Is it making us smarter? Have we lost our ability to concentrate? Are we more social or more isolated as a result of our constantly interconnected lives? Brooke takes a look at some of the research ...

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The Future Brain

Technology is such an integral part of our lives but will it soon be part of our bodies as well? Computer scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil thinks so. He predicts that by 2045 we will have merged with our technology and that we'll be smarter, healthier ...

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Paper Trail

A recent study by Princeton economics Professor Sam Schulhofer-Wohl showed that the 2007 closure of The Cincinnati Post resulted in lower voter participation and less incumbent turnover in municipal government. Schulhofer-Wohl is careful not to extrapolate but says the results don't bode well for democracy in the age ...

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Yellow Fever

Last week, Slate’s press critic Jack Shafer wrote in praise of yellow journalism: “At its best it was terrific, at its worst it wasn’t that bad.” So, does the yellow stuff deserve its tawdry reputation? We asked W. Joseph Campbell, author of Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the ...

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Chain Rule

We all know that Orson Welles drew his inspiration for the film “Citizen Kane” from the life of William Randolph Hearst. But over time, the character called Kane has become so conflated with the man named Hearst that we tend to think of the movie as a biopic. Kenneth Whyte’s ...

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