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Month: November 2011

Distillations #135 – Black Friday

Attention all shoppers, this episode of Distillations is all about what happens to you chemically when you hit the mall. First, producer Sheri Quinn has the story of her mom, a shopoholic. She interviewed my good friend Mauricio Delgado, a neuroscientist at Rutgers, Newark, about what happens in your brain when you shop. Then, Lindsay Patterson explains the dangers hiding in… receipts?

Image courtesy of Flickr user kevinspencer.

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Distillations #134 – Is Anybody Out There?

In this latest episode of Distillations, we ask the age-old question: are we alone in the universe? First, a segment about how two famous cosmologists battled it out over the Big Bang. Then, producer Andrew Stelzer visits the SETI Institute to learn about the search for extra terrestrial life, and, once we find it, how we’ll go about making conversation. If you’re a space nerd like me, you’ll love hearing the Arecibo message. It’s like an intergalactic techno song. So cool.

Image courtesy of NASA.

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Audio Slideshow – Ron Haviv, Congo

I recently completed a series of three audio slideshows in collaboration with Thomas Keenan of Bard College’s Human Rights Project and the VII Photo Agency for the Zoom Photo Festival in Quebec. Each show highlights the experiences of a photojournalist working with an NGO in a war-torn region. The first is about photographer Ron Haviv working with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in January 2009. He documented the efforts of the ICRC to reunited lost children with their families among other things.

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