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Science Diction

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Science Diction

Science Friday and WNYC Studios

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What does the word “meme” have to do with evolutionary biology? And why do we call it “Spanish flu” when it was never Spanish? Science Diction is a podcast about words—and the science stories within them. If you like your language with a side of science, Science Diction has you covered. Brought to you by Science Friday and WNYC Studios.
 
UEN SciFi Friday offers a weekly science fiction feature film from the heyday of SciFi – the 1920’s to 1970’s. Join other Utah science fiction movie fans after the film for an accompanying podcast where Utah scientists discuss topics from the movie. Watch the movie, Fridays at 9pm on UEN-TV. For more information: www.uen.org/tv.
 
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler gives away all of his stories as free, serialized audiobooks. Described as "Stephen King meets Michael Crichton meets Chuck Palahniuk," Scott's stories of hard-science horror will have you tapping a vein as you Jones for next week's fix. Subscribe to hear major-release hardcover novels read by the author, as well as short fiction and the "FridayFix," a random piece of weekly nonsense. For more info on the author, visit http://www.scottsigler.com
 
The life science industry is full of challenges. But it’s also full of passionate experts. Dive into our podcast each month to talk about some of the biggest issues in the eClinical space. We’ll be inviting partners to come share their insights and expertise, so please share your questions or topic suggestions with us to join the conversation!
 
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Midday

WYPR Baltimore

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Monday-Friday from noon-1:00, Tom Hall and his guests are talking about what's on your mind, and what matters most to Marylander's, the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine. We welcome your questions and comments. E-mail us at midday@wypr.org
 
Take a glimpse into the world of applied positive psychology with The Flourishing Center. Host Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, takes you through each episode giving you insights, the science, and life hacks that you can apply so you can live an authentically happy and flourishing life. In the Science Says Episodes, Emiliya uncovers new research in positive psychology and how to apply the science to your life. In the Flourishing Fridays Episodes, she showcases a Life Hack which is a proven and practic ...
 
This account is no longer in use. I did 2 hours a night 5 nights a week for two years but then suspended the show for a year. I am now using Here Be Monster's account and am only doing a 2 hour weekly show. Midnight Pacific Wed mornings (Tuesday night if you prefer) If you want to contact me please do so on my Facebook page called "The Pinko the Bear Show" Or at my new network/website www.thecommonsprojectnetwork.com where you can find tons of lefty leftist shows;) Cheers. Cheers and Solidar ...
 
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The Ancient Neanderthal Traces Hidden In Your Genome Just how much of your genome is uniquely human? It turns out the number of genetic components in the human genome that trace back only to modern humans, and not to other human lineages or ancient ancestors, are surprisingly small. In a paper published recently in the journal Science Advances, res…
 
Tom's next guest is Dr. James Karmel. He’s a Professor of History at Harford Community College and the Director of the Harford Civil Rights Project. The Project team has put together an interactive online and mobile-app exhibition that chronicles the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s in Harford County. Dr. James Karmel joins us on Zo…
 
Tom's Newsmaker guest today is Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. The County is Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction. The Towson Loop was recently introduced to address traffic congestion in the County Seat, and Mr. Olszewski is moving to electrify the County’s fleet of cars. School construction and renovation remain hot topics. And …
 
It’s the Midday Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen is a visiting professor at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, a contributing columnist at The Washington Post, a CNN medical analyst, and mother of two. The former Baltimore City Health Commissioner…
 
Cillian sat down with Fanaka Tolvaj, a.k.a. "the bitch who knows everything." Cillian thought he'd pushed his past down, hidden it away, but Fanaka won't let him ignore his failures or his cowardly betrayal of a solemn oath. Written by Scott Sigler and J.C. Hutchins Performed by Scott Sigler Directed by AB Kovacs Production Assistance by Allie Pres…
 
Biden’s Administration Preps For A Crucial Climate Conference This week, CDC advisers gave their support to approve COVID-19 vaccine boosters for those who received Moderna and J&J vaccines. The recommendations would follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of “mixing and matching” booster shots from different vaccine developers…
 
Tom's guest for the hour today is the acclaimed writer, Elizabeth Strout. She is the best-selling author of eight novels and many short stories. She won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel, Olive Kitteridge. A film series adaption of that book starring Frances McDormand on HBO won eight Emmy Awards. Elizabeth Strout’s previous novel, …
 
Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. In this sneak peek episode, the team is joined by Dr. Carl Ascoli, Chief Scientific Officer at Rockland Immunochemicals. Drawing upon de…
 
Time again for a visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom this week with her review of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's live production of Mohegan playwright Madeline Sayet's Where We Belong, being presented at Baltimore's Center Stage. Directed by Mei Ann Teo, Where We Belong is a one-woman autobiographical narrative in whic…
 
Now, we turn our attention to a program at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) that is working to address the lack of diversity in the biomedical field, by inspiring students to pursue STEM-based careers. It’s called the CURE Scholars Program. CURE stands for Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences. Now in its sixth year at UMB, the CURE…
 
We begin today with Midday on Politics. Sean Yoes joins me. He’s a former columnist for the Afro Newspaper, and as he keeps his journalist's eye trained on the local political scene, he's venturing into some independent media projects. He’s now hosting a new podcast called Sean Yoes is Live from West Baltimore. As of tomorrow, you can find that on …
 
Tom's Newsmaker guest today is Dr. Sonja Santelises, the CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools. Students and teachers have returned to their classrooms. Teachers and staff are required to be vaccinated, and everybody is wearing masks while indoors. As Liz Bowie reports in the Baltimore Sun, the City School system is the only one in the Baltimore…
 
Tom's next guest is Emily Sullivan, WYPR’s City Hall and politics reporter, who joins us with news that less than 20% of the $9.2 million donated to competitive candidates in Baltimore’s 2020 mayoral race came from city residents, according to a new report from Maryland PIRG Foundation. Sullivan says the left-leaning advocacy group found that non-i…
 
Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of three White men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man from Brunswick, Georgia. Video from the incident in February of last year shows two of the men confronting and shooting Mr. Arbery as he was jogging. The men are charged by Georgia authorities with malice and felony m…
 
Maryland’s COVID numbers continue to trend in the right direction. The CDC reports that more than 85% of adults in our state have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. That’s about six points better than the national average. Our positivity rate is down about 31% since August, and hospitalizations are down since their peak at 65% a few months…
 
When high schooler Gracie Cunningham posted a TikTok asking where algebra came from, she probably didn’t expect to become a viral sensation. There were the usual Twitter trolls, but some unexpected voices also began piping up, causing a flurry in the math world.Thank you to Chad, the listener who suggested that we do an episode on algebra. If you h…
 
Now, it’s Midday on Transportation. Dr. Lawrence Brown of Morgan State University coined the phrase “The Black Butterfly and the White L” to describe the boundaries between Black and White neighborhoods in Baltimore, and the socio-economic disparities between them. A new report on transit equity shows environmental and public health impacts within …
 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died this morning at the age of 84. In a statement posted on Facebook, his family said that Gen. Powell was fully vaccinated, but he died due to complications from COVID 19.Gen. Powell was the first African American to serve as national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US secretary o…
 
Cillian and company tried to finish the job of delivering a case they hauled across the galaxy, only to find that the delivery was a setup. Who was responsible for it? Someone Cillian thought long-since dead. He flew out into the desert to meet her — to meet the Bitch Who Knows Everything. Written by Scott Sigler and J.C. Hutchins Performed by Scot…
 
Tom's guest today is the acclaimed author, Alice McDermott. She is the winner of a National Book Award. Three of her novels have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and she’s garnered many other prizes and accolades in a career that has spanned 40 years, and counting. She’s an insightful observer of the passing parade and her prose is a delight …
 
On Long Island, A Tribal Nation Faces Growing Pressures The Hamptons on Long Island are known as a mansion-lined escape for wealthy New Yorkers. But the area is also home to the Native residents of the Shinnecock Tribal Nation. An estimated 1,500 Shinnecock members are left in the U.S., and about half live on the Nation’s territory on Long Island. …
 
More Boosters, For More People This week, an FDA advisory committee met to pore over data and debate the role of COVID vaccine boosters. And on Thursday, they voted to recommend Moderna boosters for older Americans, as well as people in certain at-risk groups. This recommendation came just a few weeks after the FDA authorized a Pfizer booster for s…
 
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year; the kick-off of a shopping frenzy that retailers hope will sustain them for many months. This year, those hopes may be dashed. Supply chain problems are affecting sectors up and down the economy. What can sellers and buyers expect this year? Joi…
 
In Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan, Oakland, California is held-up as a city that has had significant success in reducing violence. In 2019, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence published a report entitled A Case Study in Hope: Lessons from Oakland’s Remarkable Reduction in Violence. It documented t…
 
It's time for another visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom this week with her review of Everyman Theatre's live (and streamed) production of Flyin' West. Pearl Cleage's 1992 play tells the story of four 19th-century Black women forging a new life, working their own land, and beating the odds as strong-willed homesteaders …
 
Today on Midday, it’s Midday on Cars. Tom's guest is John Davis, the creator, producer and host of MotorWeek, the weekly automotive TV magazine that's produced by Maryland Public Television (MPT) and syndicated on PBS stations across the country and on the Velocity Cable Network (now the MotorTrend Network). The 41st season of MotorWeek kicked off …
 
If you haven’t heard the latest news about the search for Gabby Petito, and the boyfriend with whom she was last seen, that information is not hard to come by. Ms. Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, embarked on a cross country trip in June. Ms. Petito was in touch with her parents throughout the summer until the end of August, when her communic…
 
Today, Indigenous Peoples Day is being observed in more than a dozen states. Maryland isn’t among them. But the movement to ditch the traditional Columbus Day holiday is growing, in favor of celebrating the unique contributions Native Americans have made, and continue to make to our nation. Several cities in Maryland have replaced Columbus Day with…
 
In 2026, the United States, Canada and Mexico will share the stage of the largest World Cup Soccer Tournament in history. It’s expected that 16 different North American venues will host matches between an expanded roster of teams from around the globe. Eleven of those venues will be in the United States. And maybe, one of them will be right here in…
 
Aya Omiata is the Olorun's newest crew member. Trained since childhood to be a lethal, tactical chess master, she's fled her home in the League of Planets and has been on the run ever since, right up until she joined Cillian's crew. But she's only a member of that team on an interim basis — can she make the cut and make the ship her home? Written b…
 
Tom's guest today is the writer Sarah Ruhl. She is among the top 20 most frequently performed playwrights in the country. She has been nominated for a Tony award and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also published a terrific collection of essays, a book of poems, and a memoir of her friendship with the poet Max Ritvo. Her new b…
 
The Hot And Cold Past Of The Air Conditioner In the Northeast, the leaves have started changing colors, heralding the season of pumpkins, sweaters, and the smell of woodsmoke. But in some parts of the country, the heat hasn’t let up. In cities like Dallas, Phoenix, and Miami, temperatures were up in the high 80s and low 90s this week—and with clima…
 
First Malaria Vaccine Is Approved by WHO The malaria parasite is one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, killing on average about 500,000 people per year—half of them children under the age of 5, nearly all of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the World Health Organization has finally approved RTS,S or Mosquirix, the first vaccine against …
 
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