TED Radio Hour
TED Radio Hour
Jan 8, 2021
Listen Again: School Of Life
Play • 53 min
Original broadcast date: October 20, 2020. Right now, many kids aren't in their classrooms — but there is so much to learn outside of school as well. This hour, TED speakers explore life lessons that teach us far more than any textbook. Guests on the show include politician Stacey Abrams, sailor Tracy Edwards, educator Alvin Irby, and LGBTQ rights advocate Ash Beckham
Death, Sex & Money
Death, Sex & Money
WNYC Studios
I Was Your Father, Until I Wasn't
Tony* wasn't sure what to say when the woman he'd slept with told him she was pregnant. First, he says, there was a long pause. They weren't a couple, and he didn't want to say the wrong thing. "I told her that it was her choice and if she chose to keep it, then I would be a good dad," he remembers. "I was freaking out." At the time, Tony was in his mid-20s, working as a bartender and photographer in a college town out west. Tony started paying child support for his daughter near the end of the pregnancy, went to prenatal appointments, and took parenting classes along with the baby's mother. On the day his daughter was born, Tony cut the umbilical cord. And Tony was an active father. As soon as his daughter could take a bottle, he says he started sharing custody of her, sometimes watching her three or four days a week. "We were really just good buddies," he says. "It felt good to have purpose, and it felt amazing to love something so much, in a completely new way." Money became a source of tension, though, between Tony and the baby's mother. So did the fact that as his daughter got older, she started looking less like him or her mother. Tony decided to get a paternity test when his daughter was about a year old. "I couldn't play it dumb forever," Tony says—but he also feared the results. "That's not something that you want to know, especially when you love something so much." Tony quickly learned the truth: he had a zero percent probability of being the biological father. He called the mother to tell her, and soon after that, he met Victor*, the man who is his daughter's biological father. Over beers, they talked about Tony's shock, Victor's suspicions from the sidelines, and their plan for the little girl they both considered a daughter. More than two years later, they joined me to talk about the logistics and emotions of the transition that followed, which included packing up a pickup truck with nursery furniture to move it from Tony's place to Victor's. This episode first aired in 2017. *Last names have been withheld for privacy reasons.
30 min
Curiosity Daily
Curiosity Daily
Discovery
This Artificial Sun Is Hotter Than The Real Sun
Learn about an artificial sun that’s hotter than our actual sun; whether math really is a universal language; and what words like “fresh” really tell you about how fancy your food is.  South Korean researchers created an artificial sun that's hotter than our actual sun by Grant Currin Korean artificial sun sets the new world record of 20-sec-long operation at 100 million degrees. (2020, December 24). Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-12-korean-artificial-sun-world-sec-long.html  Nield, D. (2020). South Korea’s “Artificial Sun” Just Set a New World Record For High-Temperature Plasma. ScienceAlert. https://www.sciencealert.com/south-korea-s-artificial-sun-just-set-a-new-world-record-for-high-temperature-plasma  ‌Tala, T., & Garbet, X. (2006). Physics of Internal Transport Barriers. Comptes Rendus Physique, 7(6), 622–633. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crhy.2006.06.005  Delbert, C. (2020, December 28). Korea’s Artificial Sun Just Ran for 20 Astonishing Seconds. Popular Mechanics; Popular Mechanics. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a35084113/korea-artificial-sun-fusion-reactor-runs-for-20-seconds/  Tokamak. (2015). ITER. https://www.iter.org/mach/Tokamak  Home: 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020) | IAEA. (2019, December 6). Iaea.org. https://www.iaea.org/events/fec-2020  Is math really a universal language? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from John) PBS Idea Channel. (2013). Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | Idea Channel | PBS [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbNymweHW4E  ‌Baidou, Alain. (2006). Briefings on Existence. State University of New York Press. https://s3.amazonaws.com/arena-attachments/769564/8b787039810debb75794401980b224d6.pdf  Madden, J. J., Lakoff, G., & Núñez, R. E. (2002, August). Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics Into Being. ResearchGate; Mathematical Association of America. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/239547225_Where_Mathematics_Comes_From_How_the_Embodied_Mind_Brings_Mathematics_Into_Being  Thaller, M. (2019, March 7). The evolution of mathematics, from agriculture to quantum mechanics. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/videos/mathematics-universal-language  What Words Like "Fresh" Really Tell You About How Fancy Your Food Is by Arika Okrent Jurafsky, D. (2014). The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu. W. W. Norton & Company. https://amzn.to/3rgRJbY  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15 min
On Being with Krista Tippett
On Being with Krista Tippett
On Being Studios
The Question “Who Am I,” and Movies We Love
So many of us have been getting through this year by watching movies at home by ourselves, or with friends on Zoom, inventing new ways to grieve and to hope, to keep ourselves laughing, all through the simple act of watching stories unfold on our screens. Movies have the power to unearth the many layers of our identities; to help us answer the question: Who am I? And that is what we trace, by way of a few beloved movies including _The Color Purple_, _The Fly_, and _Blockers_, in this episode. Danez Smith — is a Black, queer, HIV-positive writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. They are the author of _Homie_ and _Don’t Call Us Dead_, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Tony Banout — is the Senior Vice President of Interfaith Youth Core. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he studied at the Divinity School and was a Martin Marty Center and Provost fellow. Shea Serrano — is an author, journalist, and former teacher whose work has been featured in The Ringer and Grantland. He’s the author of _The Rap Year Book_, _Basketball (and Other Things),_ and _Movies (and Other Things)_. Emily VanDerWerff — is a writer and the Critic at Large for Vox. Virgie Tovar — is an author, activist, and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on weight-based discrimination and body image. She is the author of _You Have the Right to Remain Fat _and _The Self-Love Revolution_, and hosts the podcast Rebel Eaters Club. Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
51 min
Science Friday
Science Friday
Science Friday and WNYC Studios
Tech Unions, Color Perception, Fish Vs Birds. Feb 19, 2021, Part 2
Reprogramming Labor In Tech More than 6,000 warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama are midway through voting on whether they should unionize. If the ‘yes’ votes win, it would be unprecedented for the company: The last time a unionization vote was held by Amazon’s United States employees, back in 2014, a group of 30 technicians ultimately voted not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers. Meanwhile, at Google, a group of more than 800 have recently joined the Alphabet Workers Union, which was formed in early January. The AWU is a minority union, a kind of union that cannot negotiate contracts. But, the union has said, they will still be able to advocate for workers who would be excluded from a traditional union, like the temporary workers, contractors, and vendors who make up more than half of Google’s global workforce. And in the world of app-based gig workers, a debate has been raging for years about whether Uber and Instacart workers are full employees with rights to overtime and collective bargaining—or contractors, which have neither. In California, state law has changed twice in the last year to try to answer this question. SciFri producer Christie Taylor talks to legal scholar Veena Dubal, and historian Margaret O’Mara, about this rise in union activity, and the way tech companies have impacted our lives—not just for their customers, but also for their workers. Fish Versus Feather: Georgia’s Salt Marsh Smackdown At Science Friday, we love a smackdown, whether it’s a debate over which mammal has better sonar—dolphins versus bats—or which planet is the best to host signs of life—Mars or Venus? But when it comes to fish versus birds, we don’t need to manufacture drama. Nature gave us its own. Corina Newsome, a graduate student at Georgia Southern University, was studying how seaside sparrows adapt to nest flooding, an environment where the most likely predators are animals like minks and raccoons. That’s when she caught on film a very unusual interaction: A fish entered a sparrow’s nest, and killed one of the new hatchlings. Newsome joins Ira to explain what she saw, and how climate change is helping to turn the tables on this predator-prey relationship. The Neuroscience Behind Seeing Color The basic mechanics of how we see color sounds simple enough—light hits an object and bounces into our eye. Then, our brain processes that information. But how we perceive color is much more complicated. Neuroscientist and artist Bevil Conway is mapping out how the neurons in our brain respond to color to make a neurological color model. He explains how color might encode meaning, and the plasticity of our visual system.
47 min
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