NPR Picks

Friday
Jul152011

Brain Bugs

"In Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives, Buonomano explains how and why our brains sometimes fail us when we try to do things like remember long lists of information, add large numbers in our heads or make long-term decisions. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that the brain's weaknesses and strengths have evolved over thousands of years, based on what our ancestors needed — and didn't need — to survive."

Thursday
Jul142011

Mediterraneans Abandon Their Famous Diet

It is hard to believe that Italians are as overweight as this segment indicates. I saw very few overweight, and virtually no obese, Italians during my 10 days in May.

 

Sunday
Jul102011

The Troubled History of the Supermarket Tomato

"Supermarket tomatoes may look delicious — smooth, red and unblemished — but for the most part, they taste like nothing at all."

Saturday
Jul092011

Privatizing Outer Space

"Hollywood history is littered with cautionary tales about corporate takeovers of outer space, but in 2001: A Space Odyssey, things looked oddly familiar: Interstellar travelers flew Pan Am and stayed in Hilton hotels."

Friday
Jul082011

Thursday
Jul072011

Thursday
Jul072011

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