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5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Julie Klausner: The Pop Culture Maven

Julie Klausner.
Mindy Tucker

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:13 pm

The constant flow of celebrity scandals, blockbuster films and reality TV shows these days can seem overwhelming — and in some cases, quite trivial. So leave it to comedian Julie Klausner to make pop culture relevant. As the media ambassador for Vulture.com, the entertainment site for New York magazine, Klausner recaps shows like The Real Housewives reality series, makes weekly videos on pop culture topics, and appears on TV to discuss what's taboo and what's worth following.

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

i-Plurals

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Mike Blejer and Anna MacEwan.

(APPLAUSE)

MIKE BLEJER: Hi.

EISENBERG: Hi to both of you. Anna, you are an elementary school nurse.

ANNA MACEWAN: I am.

EISENBERG: Who is known as the singing nurse. Because you sing all the time?

MACEWAN: Yeah. That's what they say. That's usually at the hospital that I do more of the singing, but not so much at the school.

EISENBERG: OK.

MACEWAN: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Foodie Can't Fail

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On stage right now we have Joelyn Wilkosz and Emma Schwartz.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hello, ladies.

EMMA SCHWARTZ: Hello.

JOELYN WILKOSZ: Hi.

EISENBERG: I'm going to let you in on a secret. We put both of you in this particular game because you're both big cooks. You guys are into food. But do you consider yourself foodies? Emma?

SCHWARTZ: Embarrassingly, yes. That term is just - it's a little played out.

EISENBERG: It's a little played out?

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Do You Believe In Something?

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

So let's welcome our next two contestants: Tracey Rhys and Stewart Shutler.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Wonderful to have you here. Stewart, you are from Canada?

STEWART SHUTLER: Yes.

EISENBERG: Making us basically from the same family.

SHUTLER: Pretty much. Sure.

EISENBERG: You're in Hamilton; is that correct?

SHUTLER: Yes. That's right. Close to Toronto.1

EISENBERG: OK. Let me ask you this. What's the difference between a Trekker and a Trekkie?

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ted Talks

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

As your next two contestants, Eric Cohen and Lily Rothman have arrived at their puzzle podiums.

ERIC D. COHEN: Nice to be here.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Happy to have you. Eric, you're a psychiatrist?

COHEN: I am indeed.

EISENBERG: Father?

COHEN: I am.

EISENBERG: Pop culture lover?

COHEN: That's what I'm told and that's what I gather. Yeah.

EISENBERG: You gather.

COHEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Lily, you are a reporter that covers entertainment and pop culture.

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Flip It And Reverse It

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

The Missy Elliott song "Work it" is actually about word games. Hear us out: Her lyrics, which command us to "flip it and reverse it," could also be applied to movie, book and TV show titles. In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg describes a re-imagined pop culture premise, and you must flip and reverse the order of the words in its title.

After the game, house musician Jonathan Coulton covers the Elvis Costello tune, "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror."

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

NYC Lawmakers Override Bloomberg On Police Oversight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference with New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly last week.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:26 pm

New York's City Council has approved a new layer of oversight for the nation's largest police force, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg a week after the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics were deemed "indirect racial profiling" of blacks and Latinos.

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Research News
5:28 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

This may look like a mad scientist's garage sale, but it's actually the most precise clock ever built.
Jim Burrus NIST

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 7:00 pm

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.

"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth very uniformly," Ludlow says. "Each swing would take exactly the same amount of time."

That's stability. But what if something perturbs the system, like a mischievous toddler?

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ichiro Suzuki Joins Two Other Baseball Greats With 4,000th Hit

Ichiro Suzuki got his 4000th hit on Wednesday, joining Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the only baseball players to reach that milestone.

Education
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Do The Data Exist To Make A College-Rating System Work?

President Obama delivers a speech on education at the University of Buffalo on Thursday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:46 pm

President Obama unveiled a plan on Thursday that would, for the first time, tie federal student aid to a new rating system for colleges and universities. While the president's message that higher education costs should be reined in was simple enough, the sweeping proposal is anything but.

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Business
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Is Government's Renewed Push On Mortgage Fraud Too Late?

Foreclosures increased dramatically as a result of risky subprime loans during the 2000s.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 5:42 pm

"Remain aggressive." That's the message Attorney General Eric Holder says he has given to prosecutors around the country about pursuing wrongdoing by financial institutions — particularly, wrongdoing related to the financial crisis of 2008.

But as the five-year anniversary of the crisis approaches, the record of prosecutions against high-level Wall Street executives has been dismal.

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Environment
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

'Uncertain' Science: Judith Curry's Take On Climate Change

Judith Curry with her dogs, Rosie (left) and Bruno, in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. The climatologist focuses on the uncertainties of climate change far more than on the consensus of climate scientists.
Richard Harris NPR

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:10 pm

While the Obama administration presses forward with plans to deal with climate change, Congress remains steadfast against taking action. It's not easy to find a scientist who will agree with that point of view. But Republicans have found an ally in a climate scientist by the name of Judith Curry.

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The Salt
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

The heirloom corn variety has only eight rows of kernels and hence, its name: New England Eight Row Flint.
Courtesy of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:35 am

One day about eight years ago, chef Dan Barber of the famed Blue Hill restaurant at Stone Barns in the Hudson River Valley got a FedEx package from someone he didn't know.

Inside were two ears of corn. And a letter.

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Former Chinese Politician Has Spirited Defense At Trial

The former politician Bo Xilai offered a spirited defense in court in China on Thursday, surprising observers who had expected a quick show trial to end the country's biggest political scandal in decades. However Bo was allowed to cross-examine witnesses and tell judges he had been framed in the bribery charges against him. He said he had confessed to the charges under psychological pressure during interrogation.

NPR Story
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Unemployment Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Levels

More than 330,000 people filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That sounds like a big number — and is a slight increase over the previous week — but it's being taken as some very good news. For a month, now, fewer new people are asking for unemployment insurance than at any time since November, 2007. That's before the Great Recession.

Middle East
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Syrian Doctor Describes Treating Chemical Weapons Victims

Hundreds of people are believed to have perished in an alleged government-launched chemical weapon attack earlier this week on the rebel stronghold of Ghouta, outside of Damascus. Melissa Blocks speaks with Abo Abdulrahman, a doctor from a field hospital there, who reports an enormous influx of patients coming into his clinic.

Africa
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Latest Clashes In Egypt Bloodier Than 2011 Revolution

Melissa Block talks to Heba Morayef, Director of Human Rights Watch's Egypt office, about their latest report on human rights violations.

Africa
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Mubarak's Release Sparks New Debate Over Egypt's Future

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday and immediately flown to a military hospital in Cairo. The court-ordered release does not mean the end of his problems. The 85-year-old Mubarak is still facing charges of conspiracy and murder in a re-trial that could begin as early as this weekend. A small group of Mubarak supporters gathered outside the prison for his release, but overall the decision to transfer him to the hospital has not ignited any street protests.

Afghanistan
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Some Afghans Already Cynical About Next Year's Election

April 5, 2014 — that's the day Afghans are scheduled to head to the polls to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. He's constitutionally banned from running for a third term. But, in a country that loves a good conspiracy theory, many think that Karzai will find some way to stay in power. Even if he doesn't, there are still many questions about how free and fair next year's vote will be.

Around the Nation
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

911 Call Captures School Employee Talking Down Gunman

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:37 pm

We hear some of the 911 call from a Georgia school clerk to the police earlier this week. Antoinette Tuff, who works at the McNair Discovery Learning Center, talked a 20-year-old gunman who was brandishing an AK-47 and shooting at police, into giving himself up.

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