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Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Give Me Liberty

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Givemeliberty_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin ventures out into the streets with a distracted driver and a van full of unlikely characters in Give Me Liberty.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Strange Harvests -- Groks Science Show 2019-08-14

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 16:19

Grokscience_small The natural world is filled with resources that are harvested without thought for the long term consequences.  Can we live sustainably with the environment?  On this episode, Edward Posnett discussed strange harvests.

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

552-Night Sky Surprise

From Al Grauer | Part of the Travelers In The Night series | 02:00

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Celtic Connections (Series)

Produced by WSIU

Most recent piece in this series:

Celtic Connetions 1934

From WSIU | Part of the Celtic Connections series | 58:37

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This week we raid the record shelves to highlight tracks from no-longer-new releases, some going back several decades ago.

Celtic Connections offers radio listeners a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the western European lands occupied at one time or another by people of the Celtic tribes and their descendants, including Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia, as well as Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and other parts of North America where the Celtic influence has been felt.

 

The program's host, Bryan Kelso Crow, also brings you great music from England and from Scandinavia and other European regions, all of which have connections with a Celtic past.

 

Each week on Celtic Connections, you can count on hearing the finest selections from new releases as well as from Celtic classics. We also offer occasional concert performances, recorded exclusively for Celtic Connections, along with original interviews with some of the top names in the Celtic music world.

Blank on Blank (Series)

Produced by Blank on Blank

Most recent piece in this series:

Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: Future Shock, Innocence and Innovation

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 16:07

Theexperimenterslogo_social_chalkboardgreen_small Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: an author and an anthropologist who endeavored to understand the impact of scientific invention. In this episode of our series, The Experimenters, we hear from two visionaries who believed that while we’ve started a technological revolution, we don’t quite know where it’s going to take us. But maybe most interesting of all – we get to hearing these archival interviews from the very future these thinkers were trying to imagine. Mead and Toffler guide us into a view of what the present might have been — or perhaps in some ways actually came to pass.

Science Update (Series)

Produced by Science Update

Most recent piece in this series:

Giraffe Spot Inheritance

From Science Update | Part of the Science Update series | 01:00

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Xpressions (Series)

Produced by Don Hill

Most recent piece in this series:

Ping

From Don Hill | Part of the Xpressions series | 01:44

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Prx_photo_xpressions_update_small XPRESSIONS is a cheap & cheerful 'drop in' interstitial. Makes a great daily or weekend feature! Pieces are added weekly. And if you'd like the whole series --all 318 items -- just ping me!  

Authentic South (Series)

Produced by Tanner Latham

Most recent piece in this series:

Resurrecting Slave Cabins at Montpelier (7:00 version)

From Tanner Latham | Part of the Authentic South series | 07:12

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This episode of Authentic South begins over 200 years ago. In the late 1700s, there was a famous French general named La Fayette. (Lafee-ette) He was a champion of the American cause during our Revolution, and he actually fought under George Washington. He became a national hero here. And after the war, he traveled around our country and was showered with praise.

 

Streets were named in his honor. Monuments that still stand in town squares were erected to him. Cities were named after him, including, interestingly, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

 

This guy was a big deal.  

 

And during one of his trips in 1825, La Fayette visited James and Dolley Madison at their home Montpelier in Virginia. And the French general wrote that one of the most interesting sights he witnessed in America was the log cabin there of a woman named Granny Millie. She was a slave who was 104 years old at the time, and she lived with her daughter and granddaughter. We know that when La Fayette met her, she showed him her only treasure, an old worn copy of the ancient book Telemachus.

 

For years, at historic plantation sites across the South, the focus was on the big house and not on the slave cabins such as Granny Millie’s. But as contributor Kelley Libby tells us, cabins like that are being resurrected on the grounds of Montpelier.

 

Kelley Libby is an associate producer for a program called With Good Reason, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. That’s where this story first aired. For more information on the Slave Dwelling Project, visit slavedwellingproject.org.

 

As always, the Authentic South theme is by Chris Hoke and Brett Estep.

 

And to see pictures of the cabins and to hear other episodes of the show, click on over to AuthenticSouth.com. You can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and SoundCloud. We are part of the Public Radio Exchange (prx.org) and we’ve got our own page at WFAE.org.

 

Until we go South again, thanks for listening.  

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for August 19, 2019 - September 13, 2019

From ChavoBart Digital Media | Part of the CurrentCast series | 20:00

Cc_square_logo_240_small CurrentCast is a daily, 60-second radio feature that educates the public about water issues, promotes an appreciation for aquatic environments, and encourages an educated discussion about this critical resource. This 4-week round includes the following pieces:

Air Date - Title

Mon., Aug. 19 - Mapping what lies beneath: One graduate student is using sonar to map the Milwaukee harbor.

Tue., Aug. 20 - The softer side of the Muskegon lake shoreline: Muskegon used to be known as the Lumber Queen of the Midwest. Now conservationists are replacing the industrial shoreline with meadows.

Wed., Aug. 21 - Invasive Eurasian ruffe: This aggressive little fish is causing trouble in Lake Superior.

Thu., Aug. 22 - Bridging the divide: One specialist says urban and rural stakeholders must work together to ensure clean water for all.

Fri., Aug. 23 - Breakwalls: Breakwalls can do more than protect a harbor from waves.

Mon., Aug. 26 - Loads of Litter: A significant amount of the trash tossed in coastal communities ends up in the water.

Tue., Aug. 27 - Good algae: Algae that looks like matted, green hair might look like a swamp monster, but it can be beneficial to the ecosystem. 

Wed., Aug. 28 - Clean water is good for business: Members of the Great Lakes Business Network work to protect the Great Lakes. 

Thu., Aug. 29 - Good fences-good water: Fencing their cattle out of streams and ponds is one thing farmers can do to protect local water.


Fri., Aug. 30 - Leaky pipes: Aging pipes in Milwaukee are leaking wastewater into the ground before it reaches the treatment plant.

Mon., Sep. 2 - Watermarks: Artists are raising water awareness through physical markers.

Tue., Sep. 3 - Climate change in the Great Lakes: Communities in the region are already experiencing many climate change impacts.

Wed., Sep. 4 - Microbes on meds: When traces of human medication end up in the water, microbes at the bottom of the food web are affected.

Thu., Sep. 5 - Getting the drift: When plastic ends up in the Great Lakes, it’s carried away on currents.

Fri., Sep. 6 - Putting down roots: Grass carp, a variety of Asian Carp, have been appearing in the Great Lakes for decades.

Mon., Sep. 9 -  WaterSense Hotel Challenge: Applying best practices can help hotels save water.

Tue., Sep. 10 - The Watershed Approach: Water in the middle of the country enters the watershed and eventually makes its way to the ocean.

Wed., Sep. 11 - Precision Agriculture: Hi-tech instruments go down on the farm.

Thu., Sep. 12 - Gravity and Groundwater: Satellites that measure changes in gravity can alert us to potential floods.

Fri., Sep. 13 - How Deep Are the Great Lakes: How far is it to the bottom of the Great Lakes?

 

American Routes (Series)

Produced by American Routes

Most recent piece in this series:

19-35: Labor Day Live, 8/28/2019

From American Routes | Part of the American Routes series | :00

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Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical (Series)

Produced by Footlight Parade

Most recent piece in this series:

Footlight Parade: 1999 on Stage (FP19:31)

From Footlight Parade | Part of the Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical series | 57:43

Fp1931_small 10 productions from the year ranging from the revival of Rodgers and Hart's "Babes in Arms" to the explosive rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and including "Parade" and the Tony Award-winning "Fosse."

BITS: THE ART OF COMMUNICATION (Series)

Produced by Halli Casser-Jayne

Most recent piece in this series:

BITS: RICHARD ARMOUR

From Halli Casser-Jayne | Part of the BITS: THE ART OF COMMUNICATION series | :55

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What is BITS? We start with the varied definitions of bit. A bit can be a small portion, degree, or amount such as a bit of lint; a bit of luck. On the other hand a bit can be a brief amount of time, a moment as in Wait a bit. Or how about a short scene or episode in a theatrical performance? Or a bit part? Keeping with our theatrical theme, a bit can be an entertainment routine given regularly by a performer; an act. Let’s take our definition of bit further. A bit can be the sharp part of a tool, such as the cutting edge of a knife or ax or a particular kind of action, situation, or behavior as in I got tired of the macho bit. How about a matter being considered as in What's this bit about inflation? The Brits consider a bit a small coin: a three penny bit. BITS for our purposes are an amalgamation of all and is about our bit to contribute and share by bringing you a bit of knowledge as information and entertainment, and as a matter to be considered. So have a listen to our brief, daily dose of BITS where a little knowledge goes a long way brought to you by the artist of communication Halli Casser-Jayne, host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. For more information visit bit.ly/YEswYS.

The Audubon Moment (Series)

Produced by John Nelson

Most recent piece in this series:

The Crested Caracara

From John Nelson | Part of the The Audubon Moment series | 01:00

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The Audubon Moment is a series dedicated to helping listeners in your radio market identify the birds that can be found in their own back yard or local environment. Over 100 segments have been produced for this series with is funded through a grant from Toyota Together Green by Audubon.

With over 47 million American's identifying themselves as birders, this series could be a valuable tool in bringing in new members to your public radio listening audience.

Vinyl Cafe (Series)

Produced by Vinyl Cafe

Most recent piece in this series:

The Vinyl Cafe February 14th, 2016, "Break Up Songs"

From Vinyl Cafe | Part of the Vinyl Cafe series | 54:01

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Gems of Bluegrass (Series)

Produced by Philip Nusbaum

Most recent piece in this series:

Another Look at Evolving With Body and Soul

From Philip Nusbaum | Part of the Gems of Bluegrass series | 06:44

Phil_w_zeitfunk_small Bluegrass music is in a constant state of evolution. Bluegrass artists are drawn to the catalog of songs by the Father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. One of the popular songs from the Monroe canon, is With Body and Soul.

PRX Remix Select (Series)

Produced by PRX Remix

Most recent piece in this series:

Remix Select: Episode 433, 8/21/2019

From PRX Remix | Part of the PRX Remix Select series | 59:00

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  • This Is PRX Remix Wash Out
    Broke For Free
    00:00:18
  • The Long Shadow
    Strangers
    00:35:35
  • Off Ramp- LA
    Youarelistening.to
    00:00:28
  • The Everyday Gift of Writing
    Becoming Wise
    00:06:40
  • PRX Remix Isn't Shy
    Ray Pang, Davia Nelson & nightWalk by airtone
    00:00:38
  • Fruit as a Bribe
    BirdNote
    00:01:44
  • light reflections on the ceiling
    Lullatone
    00:00:30
  • A Flash of Brilliance
    Carl Scott
    00:09:50
  • unfolding fans
    Andrew Bird
    00:00:57
  • Why We Refrigerate Fruits and Vegetables
    A Moment of Science
    00:02:03
  • Willy The Whale
    Compiled By Melinda Simon & Mark Fay
    00:00:59
  • Remix Sonic ID
    Remix
    00:00:06

Says You! Full Hour Show (Series)

Produced by Says You!

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Shelf Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Shelf Discovery: Spill the Beans by Sarah Mlynowski

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Shelf Discovery series | 03:00

Spillthebeans_small Each week on Shelf Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kamer offers listeners a brief look inside the pages of a new book. From mysteries to memoirs, classics to chick lit, busy readers are sure to find plenty of picks to add to their shelves. On this week's show, Kristin joins a pair of adventurous young siblings as the climb the beanstalk in Spill the Beans by Sarah Mlynowski.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Series)

Produced by Phil Mariage

Most recent piece in this series:

ANGER

From Phil Mariage | Part of the Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow series | 51:25

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There's a good chance that most of us have experienced...even today...the subject of our topic...Anger. Has the experience of anger changed at all over the generations? My guests today are Dr. Erik Messias Associate Prof Psychiatry UAMS, past president of AR. Psychiatric Society and associate Dean for faculty affairs at UAMS...Marvin Lucas Licensed Practical Counselor for 9 years here in Little Rock and author ...and Dylan Mclemore Assistant Prof. Public Relations at the University of Central Arkansas. He researches the affects of partisanship and social identity on media and public discourse.

 

Fugitive Waves (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

Most recent piece in this series:

Burning Man — Archiving the Ephemeral

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Fugitive Waves series | 18:58

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On the night of Summer Solstice 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James built and burned an eight-foot wooden figure on San Francisco's Baker Beach surrounded by a handful of friends. Burning Man was born. 
This weekend, the 34th annual Burning Man gathering begins to assemble on a vast dry lake bed in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, the nomadic ritual's home since 1990. An estimated 80,000 people will come.   
How do you archive an event when one of it's driving principles is "leave no trace?" Where The Burning Man is in fact burned? What is being kept and who is keeping it? The Kitchen Sisters take a journey into the archives of this legendary gathering to find out.

99% Invisible (Standard Length) (Series)

Produced by Roman Mars

Most recent piece in this series:

99% Invisible #170- Children of the Magenta (Standard 4:30 version)

From Roman Mars | Part of the 99% Invisible (Standard Length) series | 04:30

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On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers, three pilots, and nine flight attendants boarded an Airbus 330 in Rio de Janeiro. This flight, Air France 447, was headed across the Atlantic to Paris. The take-off was unremarkable. The plane reached a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. The passengers read and watched movies and slept. Everything proceeded normally for several hours. Then, with no communication to the ground or air traffic control, flight 447 suddenly disappeared.

 

Days later, several bodies and some pieces of the plane were found floating in the Atlantic Ocean. But it would be two more years before most of the wreckage was recovered from the ocean’s depths. All 228 people on board had died. The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorders, however, were intact, and these recordings told a story about how Flight 447 ended up in the bottom of the Atlantic.

The story they told was was about what happened when the automated system flying the plane suddenly shut off, and the pilots were left surprised, confused, and ultimately unable to fly their own plane.

earlyautopilot2[Early Autopilot. Credit: Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution]

The first so called “auto-pilot” was invented by the Sperry Corporation in 1912. It allowed the plane to fly straight and level without the pilot’s intervention. In the 1950s the autopilots improved, and could be programed to follow a route.

By the 1970s, even complex electrical systems and hydraulic systems were automated, and studies were showing that most accidents were caused not by mechanical error, but by human error. These findings prompted the French company Airbus to develop safer planes that used even more advanced automation.

Airbus set out to design what they hoped would be the safest plane yet—a plane that even the worst pilots could fly with ease. Bernard Ziegler, senior vice president for engineering at Airbus, famously said that he was building an airplane that even his concierge would be able to fly.

Airbus_A300_B2_Zero-G[One of the first Airbus planes for commercial use. Credit: Stahlkocher.]

Not only did Ziegler’s plane have auto-pilot, it also had what’s called a “fly-by-wire” system. Whereas autopilot just does what a pilot tells it to do, fly-by-wire is a computer-based control system that can interpret what the pilot wants to do, and then execute the command smoothly and safely. For example, if the pilot pulls back on his or her control stick, the fly-by-wire system will understand that the pilot wants to pitch the plane up, and then will do it at the just the right angle and rate.

Importantly, the fly-by-wire system will also protect the plane from getting into an “aerodynamic stall.” In a plane, stalling can happen when the nose of the plane is pitched up at too steep an angle. This can cause the plane to lose “lift” and start to descend.

stall[From top: a plane in normal flight; a plane in a stall. Credit: Wikipedia Commons.]

Stalling in a plane can be dangerous, but fly-by-wire automation makes it impossible to do. As long as it’s on.

Unlike autopilot, the “fly-by-wire” system cannot be turned on and off by the pilot. However, it can turn itself off. And that’s exactly what it did on May 31, 2009, as Air France Flight 447 made its transatlantic flight.

planned route[The dotted line begins where Flight 447’s last contact with the control tower was made. Credit: Mysid]

When a pressure probe on the outside of the plane iced over, the automation could no longer tell how fast the plane was going, and the autopilot disengaged. The “fly-by-wire” system also switched into a mode in which it was no longer offering protections against aerodynamic stall. When the autopilot disengaged, the co-pilot in the right seat put his hand on the control stick—a little joy stick like thing to his right—and pulled it back, pitching the nose of the plane up.

This action caused the plane to go into a stall, and yet, even as the stall warning sounded, none of the pilots could figure out what was happening to them. If they’d realized they were in a stall, the fix would have been clear. “The recovery would have required them to put the nose down, get it below the horizon, regain a flying speed and then pull out of the ensuing dive,” says William Langewiesche, a journalist and former pilot who wrote about the crash of Flight 447 for Vanity Fair. 

The pilots, however, never tried to recover, because they never seemed to realize they were in a stall.  Four minutes and twenty seconds after the incident began, the plane pancaked into the Atlantic, instantly killing all 228 people on board.

 

There are various factors that contributed to the crash of flight 447. Some people point to the fact that the airbus control sticks do not move in unison, so the pilot in the left seat would not have felt the pilot in the right seat pull back on his stick, the maneuver that ultimately pitched the plane into a dangerous angle. But even if you concede this potential design flaw, it still begs the question, how could the pilots have a computer yelling ‘stall’ at them, and not realize they were in a stall?

It’s clear that automation played a role in this accident, though there is some disagreement about what kind of role it played. Maybe it was a badly designed system that confused the pilots, or maybe years of depending on automation had left the pilots unprepared to take over the controls.

“For however much automation has helped the airline passenger by increasing safety it has had some negative consequences,” says Langewiesche. “In this case it’s quite clear that these pilots had had experience stripped away from them for years.” The Captain of the Air France flight had logged 346 hours of flying over the past six months. But within those six months, there were only about four hours in which he was actually in control of an airplane—just the take-offs and landings. The rest of the time, auto-pilot was flying the plane. Langewiesche believes this lack experience left the pilots unprepared to do their jobs.

Voo_Air_France_447-2006-06-14[Pieces of the wreckage of Flight 447. Credit: Roberto Maltchik]

Complex and confusing automated systems may also have contributed to the crash. When one of the co-pilots hauled back on his stick, he pitched the plane into an angle that eventually caused the stall. But it’s possible that he didn’t understand that he was now flying in a different mode, one which would not regulate and smooth out his movements. This confusion about what how the fly-by-wire system responds in different modes is referred to, aptly, as “mode confusion,”  and it has come up in other accidents.

“A lot of what’s happening is hidden from view from the pilots,” says Langewiesche. “It’s buried. When the airplane starts doing something that is unexpected and the pilot says ‘hey, what’s it doing now?’ — that’s a very very standard comment in cockpits today.'”

Langewiesche isn’t the only person to point out that ‘What’s it doing now?’ is a commonly heard question in the cockpit.

In 1997,  American Airlines captain Warren Van Der Burgh said that the industry has turned pilots into “Children of the Magenta” who are too dependent on the guiding magenta-colored lines on their screens.

William Langewiesche agrees:

“We appear to be locked into a cycle in which automation begets the erosion of skills or the lack of skills in the first place and this then begets more automation.”

However potentially dangerous it may be to rely too heavily on automation, no one is advocating getting rid of it entirely. It’s agreed upon across the board that automation has made airline travel safer. The accident rate for air travel is very low: about 2.8 accidents for every one million departures. (Airbus planes, by the way, are no more or less safe than their main rival, Boeing.)

Langewiesche thinks that we are ultimately heading toward pilotless planes. And by the time that happens, the automation will be so good and so reliable that humans, with all of their fallibility, will really just be in the way.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 11.54.13 AM[The magenta guiding lines of automation, from a 1997 presentation by pilot Warren Van Der Burgh.]

Producer Katie Mingle spoke with William Langewiesche, a former pilot who wrote an article in Vanity Fair about this flight, as well as Nadine Sarter, a systems engineer at the University of Michigan. This episode also features the voice of Captain Warren Van Der Burgh.

Paul Messing's Audio Producer's Grab Bag (Series)

Produced by Paul Messing

Most recent piece in this series:

Orchestral Fanfare :30

From Paul Messing | Part of the Paul Messing's Audio Producer's Grab Bag series | :32

Orchestra_prx_240_small A classic fanfare, orchestral in nature. Thirty seconds, and a great interstitial element between spoken word pieces.

The Sundilla Radio Hour (Series)

Produced by Sundilla

Most recent piece in this series:

The Sundilla Radio Hour #331

From Sundilla | Part of the The Sundilla Radio Hour series | 59:00

Dsc_0704-150x150_medium_small The Sundilla Radio Hour for the week of 08/19/2019 featuring new music from Cej, Amy Speace, and Ben Winship.

Rockin' in the Days of Confusion (Series)

Produced by Stephen R Webb

Most recent piece in this series:

DC 1934

From Stephen R Webb | Part of the Rockin' in the Days of Confusion series | 59:00

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How_can_you_be_in_two_places_at_once_small The late 60s and early 1970s saw the emergence of a new kind of comedy, that took its cues from the emerging counter-culture. Among the most successful of these "underground" comedy groups was the Firesign Theatre. Originally formed as an audio improv group appreaing on an L.A. radio station, the Firesign Theatre soon found itself with a record contract. Their most successful album was How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All, featuring (as the entire second side of the LP) The Further Adventures Of Nick Danger. This week we feature that first Nick Danger adventure in its entirety. As for the rest of the show, check out our playlist at http://thehermitrambles.blogspot.com/ for the complete details.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 19.175: Assassin Bugs, 9/2/2019

From WFIU | Part of the A Moment of Science series | 02:00

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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie (Series)

Produced by Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

Most recent piece in this series:

291: Political Junkie Full-Hour Show #291, 8/23/2019

From Ken Rudin's Political Junkie | Part of the Ken Rudin's Political Junkie series | 53:58

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President Trump's decision to go from blasting Muslim Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to questioning the loyalty of "Jewish people" who vote for Democrats was seen as baffling at the least, a deliberate anti-Semitic trope at the worst.  Dartmouth Professor Bernard Avishai talks about what Trump is trying to accomplish by defining the Democratic Party as anti-Israel and anti-Jewish.

 
An upcoming special congressional election in North Carolina, to fill a vacant seat whose result was thrown out in 2018 because of an illegal absentee vote scandal, is seen as a barometer for what may be in store in 2020.  Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer is analyzing the battle between Dan Bishop (R) and Dan McCready (D).


The latest controversial comment by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has Rekha Basu of the Des Moines Register calculating whether he can win re-election next year in his overwhelmingly Republican district.


And with Trump being thwarted by Denmark in his bid to purchase Greenland, Mette Nor Claushoj, our special Danish Political Junkie correspondent, tries to make sense of it all.

Imaginary Worlds (Series)

Produced by Eric Molinsky

Most recent piece in this series:

Superheroes in the Ring

From Eric Molinsky | Part of the Imaginary Worlds series | 27:59

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Masks, capes, secret identities – Mexican wrestling (aka Lucha Libre) has a lot in common with the superhero genre. But trying to be a superhero has its own set of challenges in real life. I visit two Lucha Libre matches in New York City and talk with wrestlers (aka luchadors) about the joy of being famous and anonymous at the same time. Photographer Lourdes Grobet reveals how she went behind-the-scenes with luchadors without exposing their identities, and professor Heather Levi reveals the unusual origin of the iconic Lucha Libre mask.