When studying nature, we often focus on predatory relationships. But there are other kinds of relationships in nature as well. Some, like the suckerfish and shark, fall under the category of commensalism. Others, like coral and algae, are built on mutualism, or symbiosis. Katie McKissick, also known as “Beatrice the Biologist” online, explains.
Last month, Bob Filner was accused of inappropriate conduct by 16 women. After intense public scrutiny, the democratic mayor of San Diego enrolled in two weeks of intensive behavioral therapy, which ended on August 10th. Sandhya Dirks, has been covering the Filner story for KPBS News in San Diego. She joins The Takeaway to discuss what the next steps for Filner may be.
The Republican National Committee voted unanimously last Friday to pull their partnership with CNN and NBC due to the networks' planned films focusing on Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kathleen Hall Jamieson explains the decision, and how it could affect the upcoming presidential election. Jamieson is the Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tacos predate the arrival of Europeans in North America, and over the centuries, they’ve evolved from a Mexican food staple to one of America’s greatest fusion cuisines. This week, Fronteras is airing a five-part series on the mighty taco. Kicking it off and giving a sneak peak to the Takeaway is David Martin Davies, a lifelong taco lover and news director of Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.
Technology isn't stopping one Pennsylvania summer camp from trying to get kids to connect more deeply with nature and one another. The camp decided to conduct an experiment by letting its campers use gadgets as much as they wanted after the devices were away from the campers a period of time. Manoush Zomorodi, of WNYC's New Tech City, has followed the progress of this camp from initial withdrawal to the lessons learned after.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen give five movies the Bechdel Test. Will any of them pass? On the chopping block are two biopics ("Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Jobs"), one suspense thriller ("Paranoia"), Werner Herzog's documentary short about texting and driving ("From One Second to the Next"), and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor ("Kickass 2").
This week’s big movie releases include the star-packed “Butler,” the biopic/Apple promo “Jobs,” the geeks-spying-on-geeks tech suspense thriller “Paranoia,” and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor “Kickass 2.” As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer weigh in with their thoughts.
Attorney General Eric Holder is the 82nd person to hold the title in United States history. But will Holder be remembered best as the man who eased up on drug sentencing, the man who refused to prosecute financial institutions, or will his legacy be marked by other accomplishments or failures? Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and author of “Do as I Say: Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss Holder's accomplishments, failures and his overall legacy.
Joseph Polchinski is part of a four-man team that’s rethinking our ideas about black holes. In the process, he and his team might overthrow Einstein’s theory of relativity. It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact, Polchinski's work is shaking up the physics world, and raising new questions about how the universe began.
Greg Louganis is a gay athlete who won a total of four gold medals in 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic Games for diving. He also has personal experience with Olympic boycotts. Back in 1980, he was favored to win two gold medals in the Moscow games, but was unable to compete due to the boycott. Louganis joins The Takeaway to discuss Russia's stance against LGBTQ people and whether or not that could hurt the games in 2014.
This week's Movie Date podcast features a wide range of movies that have Rafer and Kristen asking: When should a movie go direct to video? Is a Harry Potter ripoff ever as good as Harry Potter? How much nuance can an audience handle? Are fifty allegories too many? And is incest humor ever actually funny? On the chopping block: "Planes," "Percy Jackson," "We're the Millers," "Lovelace," and "Elysium."
In 1951 when Henrietta Lacks was 31-years-old, doctors harvested her cells while treating her for cancer. Researchers have been using those cells ever since—in over 74,000 medical experiments—while giving none of the profits to the Lacks family. But this week, the National Institutes of Health decided to change that. Rebecca Skloot, author “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” explains.
Dane Cook, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Amanda Seyfried—that's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. Five new films are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
Yesterday Alan Alda, the Emmy winning actor and writer, as well as visiting professor and advisory board member at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, received the lifetime achievement award at “The Executive Summit: Learning in the Digital Age.” Alda joins The Takeaway to discuss the award and why he thinks science is crucial to our advancement as a society.
As America’s first real porn superstar, Linda Lovelace was both celebrated as a symbol of sexual liberation and derided for participating in the objectification of women. Despite her stardom, Lovelace never set out to be a star. Her back story was much more complicated and, at times, tragic. The new film, “Lovelace,” starring Amanda Seyfried, tells the story of Linda Lovelace's public and private life. Its directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman explain what went into their new biopic, and how Lovelace's survivors feel about it.
It's thought that Albert Einsten once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Well, Einstein’s endorsement of the cluttered desk now has the backing of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Ryan Rahinel is the author of a new study on orderliness, decision-making and creativity. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings about messy desks and the research behind it.
You and your television set may be caught in a standoff between the Time Warner Cable and CBS Television. Time Warner's current contract with CBS expired this weekend, blocking out CBS stations, and cable networks owned by CBS, in large parts of New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Jon Lafayette, Business Editor for Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, joins us to examine the stalemate and what's next for the media giants.
This week, Kristen wonders if the creators of "Two Guns" have difficulty counting, Rafer wonders if the creators of "The Canyons" have difficulty accepting that it's no longer 1983, Kristen has questions about porn, and Rafer feels the need to defend Lindsay Lohan's acting. It's all in honor of the highly anticipated new Bret Easton Ellis/Paul Schrader film, "The Canyons" (featuring porn star James Deen) and the new Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington action comedy, "Two Guns."
Lindsay Lohan, Pornstars, Denzel and Marky Mark. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "The Canyons"and "Guns 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.
Paul Schrader, the screenwriter famous for “Taxi Driver,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and many other films, is attracting attention for his newest film, in limited release this Friday, called “The Canyons.” Starring Lindsay Lohan and porn superstar James Deen, it was written by Bret Easton Ellis and funded with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.