12:32pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Wednesdays Become Eclectic

KCRW Presents: Hot Chip

Hot Chip.
Charlie Youle

Hot Chip's 2010 album One Life Stand topped many "best of" lists last year and was a mainstay on KCRW's airwaves. For its Morning Becomes Eclectic debut, the U.K. electro-pop group played highlights from that release, while adding special extra touches, like steel drums in "I Feel Better." The guys had been touring quite a bit and were in fine form: When they get a solid groove going, you can just tell they're in a zone.

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12:28pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music

A screencap from the Grand Rapids Lip Dub.
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12:23pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Author Interviews

Leading The Charge To Make Better Electric Cars

When the automobile first emerged at the end of the 19th century, there were two types of cars on the road: gasoline-powered cars and electric cars. And at first, it was unclear which type would attract more drivers.

"Electric cars had some early advantages," says science writer Seth Fletcher. "Gas cars were loud and dirty and nasty, and they had to be started with a hand-crank, which could sometimes backfire and break your arm. And electric cars were clean and quiet and civilized and they worked well in the city."

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12:14pm

Wed June 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

Lawmaker Defends Ark Park

After being criticized in a New York Times editorial for crossing the church-state divide, the controversial Ark Encounter has a supporter in state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who is proud the park is being built in his district.

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12:12pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Conservationist Calls Beshear Wrong on Coal

Responding to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s claim that the federal government is the reason for rising utility bills, the director of the Kentucky Resources Council says the governor should strive to lower electricity consumption instead of blaming regulators.

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12:07pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Planet Money

This Blog Post Costs $3.99

When something costs $3.99, you just round up and tell yourself it costs $4.00. Right?

Maybe not.

A growing body of research suggests that charging, say, $3.99 rather than $4.00 may actually be an effective trick.

In one study, researchers offered people a choice between two different pens.

When the pens were priced at at $2.00 and $3.99, nearly half of the people chose the more expensive pen.

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12:02pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Canadian Men Allegedly Used Hidden Camera To Cheat On Med School Exam

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Premed students have long had a reputation, sometimes deserved, for cutthroat competition in the quest for top grades and test scores. Now, there are high tech ways to get an edge that nobody could have dreamed up even a few years ago.

Two men in British Columbia face criminal charges for an elaborate scheme that allegedly used a pinhole camera, wireless transmitter and a group of unwitting students to cheat on the MCAT, the standardized test that's used by most medical schools in making admissions decisions.

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12:00pm

Wed June 1, 2011
NPR Story

Paying With Your Smartphone, Not So Smart

Imagine using your smartphone as your wallet. Google, Mastercard and Citibank recently teamed up to launch tap-to-pay trials in San Francisco and New York. The idea is to use coupons, a store's reward card or pay for your groceries with just a few taps on your phone. Tell Me More's personal finance contributor Alvin Hall talks about the pros and cons of "smartphone wallets."

12:00pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

June 1st: What's On Today's Show

In the second hour, author Elena Mannes explores the power of music, the effect music has on the brain, and its role in the health care field.

The Political Junkie

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12:00pm

Wed June 1, 2011
NPR Story

Cooking In AP Style: A Stew Of Words Spelled Right

The way journalists write affects how the public consumes news and understands the world. One topic deeply connected to our daily lives is food. The Associated Press recently released the print edition of its 2011 Stylebook, which offers a new food guidelines section. Whether in broadcast, print or in the blogosphere, many follow the Stylebook. The new section focuses on food, wine and spirits. Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch talks about compliling the food guideline and spells out some of the trickiest words out there.

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