Well isn't this just super cool?
Love and Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez were on NPR last week to talk about the music that helped shape their groundbreaking alt comics series. (Just in time for me to figure out my Hopey Halloween costume! Easier said than done, it turns out.)
posted by jarsizedsibyl
on Sep 30, 2012 -
A colorful mural
adorns Chao Tsung-song / Tibet House in Corvallis
, Oregon. Commissioned by Corvallis businessman, David Lin, the 100 foot long mural depicts at one end, a cheerful Taiwanese countryside scene, and at the other, police beating Tibetan protesters
and a Tibetan monk
in the process of self-immolation. The Chinese government has requested that the mural be destroyed. Mr. Lin and Corvallis city mayor, Julie Manning, say, "no
posted by Phyllis Harmonic
on Sep 20, 2012 -
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 23, 2012 -
'Who's on First', the ASL version
(vimeo). A little more on this from NPR
, including link to MLB.com video of Jerry Seinfeld's comments on the original skit.
posted by found missing
on Jul 22, 2012 -
NPR show us
and tells the story
of five men who agreed to stand directly below and observe a nuclear explosion.
On July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers and one photographer stood together on a patch of ground about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. They'd marked the spot 'Ground Zero. Population 5' on a hand-lettered sign hammered into the soft ground right next to them.
posted by gilrain
on Jul 18, 2012 -
Consumer Reports May 2012: What to reject when you're expecting
(10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy; 10 things you should do during your pregnancy; 5 things you should do before you become pregnant
). Mentioned in particular is the conclusion found in a federal study: Babies Take Longer To Come Out Than They Did In Grandma's Day
."One big implication: Today's obstetricians may be rushing to do cesarean sections too soon because they're using an out-of-date yardstick for how long a 'normal; labor should take... The definition of a 'normal' labor — the range of times when a woman in labor reaches certain milestones — was laid down in the 1950s. Contemporary obstetricians still use that 'labor curve.'"
posted by flex
on May 11, 2012 -
Claressa Shields, a 16 year old boxer preparing for the Olympic trials, records a radio diary
. It's about 16 minutes long.
posted by insectosaurus
on Mar 3, 2012 -
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
is the longest-running cultural program on National Public Radio - having been hosted by Ms. McPartland from June 4, 1978 through November 10, 2011. Her guests included Eubie Blake
, Carla Bley
, JoAnne Brackeen
, Ray Charles
, Alice Coltrane
, Chick Corea
, Bill Evans
, Herbie Hancock
, Andrew Hill
, Dick Hyman
, Ahmad Jamal
, Keith Jarrett
, Hank Jones
, Oscar Peterson
, Michel Petrucciani
, Marcus Roberts
, and McCoy Tyner
posted by Trurl
on Feb 19, 2012 -
Always an enigma, John Zorn
, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship
, founder of avant garde record label Tzadik
proponent of radical Jewish culture
, leader of the hard core group Naked City
, creator of the Masada songbook,
of other things,
has, with the likes of Mark Ribot, Cyro Baptista and Mike Pattoon, released a heart-breakingly lovely Christmas record, A Dreamer's Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Dec 12, 2011 -
This past August a murder charge was dismissed against Nga Truong, a young mother who had confessed to Worcester, MA Police interrogators in 2008 that she had smothered and killed her 13 month-old baby, Khyle. A judge later concluded that confession was coerced -- extracted in part by police "deception," "trickery and implied promises" -- and the case was dropped. (pdf)
. Her case raises questions: What coercive power do detectives have who are driven to extract confessions? Under what circumstances might someone admit to a crime they have not committed? WBUR
(Boston's NPR station) investigated Truong's case and has an extensive report, Anatomy of a Bad Confession: Part One
and Two [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Dec 10, 2011 -
Daniel Yergin was recently interviewed on
NPR's always informative Planet Money
podcast. Yergin—most famous for his 1992 Pulitzer-winning opus on 20th century petroleum development, The Prize
—has penned a sequel
, of sorts, examining the modern quest for sustainable energy amidst the looming threat of climate change. If The Prize
was an epic glorification of the quest for money, oil and power, The Quest
is a look at those who might have to clean up the whole mess. "The heroes are the engineers and scientists of the energy world — the geeks, in other words." [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese
on Nov 15, 2011 -
Marshall Terry, a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, NC eats a pepper
that is being submitted to Guiness as the world's hottest. Caution: there is hurling and hallucinating.
posted by zzazazz
on Nov 10, 2011 -
A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker. [NPR.org]
Poet Emily Dickinson withdrew from society for most of her adult life. And yet, she was known to lower a basket full of cakes from the window of the home she rarely left to crowds of expectant children on the street below. The Poet's House in New York City
put on exhibit an original manuscript of a Dickinson cake recipe that contained coconut. That recipe calls for the following ingredients.
1 cup coconut,
2 cups flour,
1 cup sugar,
1/2 cup butter,
1/2 cup milk,
1/2 teaspoon soda,
1 teaspoon cream of tartar.
posted by Fizz
on Oct 24, 2011 -
"I remember back in the '90s, when I first heard about their discovery of cell receptors activated by pathogenic microorganisms. I was in this bar called Alumni Club on Clark Street in Chicago. It's gone now, which is fine because it was terrible. Doesn't matter, I guess, but me and my buddies had just polished off a mound of wings and, like, seven buckets of Corona when this dude comes in blabbing about the critical role dendritic cells play in adaptive immunity. I almost kicked the hell out of him on the spot, but I have to admit the slides he brought made me a believer." Dennis O'Toole uses the Nobel Prize to satirize sports commentary in hilarious fashion
posted by jbickers
on Oct 4, 2011 -
Dissolve my Nobel Prize! Fast!
It's 1940. The Nazis have taken Copenhagen. They are literally marching through the streets, and physicist Niels Bohr has just hours, maybe minutes, to make two Nobel Prize medals disappear.
posted by sweetkid
on Oct 3, 2011 -
Over the summer, NPR solicited the input of its listeners to rank the top science fiction and fantasy books of all time. Over 60,000 people voted for the top picks which were then compiled into a list by their panel of experts. The result? This list of 100 books with a wide range of styles, little context, and absolutely no pithy commentary to help readers actually choose something to read from it. SF Signal comes to the rescue with this handy flowchart.
posted by Artw
on Sep 27, 2011 -