1:22pm

Wed June 1, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

From Garbage To Art: How To Change The World

"The moment when something is transformed into something else is the most beautiful moment; it's a magical moment," said Brazilian artist Vik Muniz in the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land (in Portuguese, "Lixo Extraordinário"), directed by Lucy Walker, João Jardim and Karen Harley.

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1:22pm

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Alaska Set To Release Thousands Of Palin Emails

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests dating back to the 2008 presidential elections, Alaska is set to release more than 24,000 pages of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her governorship. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 2,415 pages are exempt from the request and that:

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1:20pm

Wed June 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

Heat Good for Farms, Not Cattle

It’s the beginning of June but the thermometer seems to be reading like a day in mid July.  High heat and humidity this early in the summer can make it uncomfortable.  But, Bourbon County Extension Agent, Glenn Mackie says many farmers welcome this weather.  “The heat is good for our crop people because we’ve been cool and wet.  It’s dried the soil out where we can get in and finish our planting.  We’ve finished up corn pretty much.  Planting soybeans and making hay.  This is good weather to make hay in,” said Mackie.

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12:40pm

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong's Lawyers Demand On-Air Apology From '60 Minutes'

Lawyers for cyclist Lance Armstrong are asking for an on-air apology from CBS News' 60 Minutes. Last month, the news magazine aired an interview with Tyler Hamilton, one of Armstrong's teammates, in which he said he saw Armstrong take performance-enhacing drugs. Hamilton also alledged that the International Cycling Union helped him conceal a positive test result at a Swiss event.

The AP reports:

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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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