Miles O'Brien

Miles O'Brien appears in the following:

High Tech Tools and the Hunt for the Boston Bombers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In a new NOVA documentary, "Manhunt-Boston Bombers", producer Miles O’Brien examines the high tech tools used by law enforcement officials, combined with solid detective work, to find the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Understanding the Brains of Mass Killers

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What compels a person to open fire upon innocent people? In a new documentary produced by NOVA, journalist Miles O'Brien investigates how far nueroscientists have come in determining what makes the brain of a violent adolescent different than that of a normal brain.  


New Planes from Boeing Grounded Amid Safety Concerns

Friday, January 18, 2013

A whole model of planes is being grounded this month for safety reasons. After an incident in Boston and another involving the emergency landing of a plane in Japan, Boeing 787s around the world are now being held on the ground by regulators. Miles O’Brien is a broadcast news journalist specializing in aviation, space and technology.

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A Third of Americans Can't Afford a Dentist

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For some Americans, dental care means a sturdy chair, a fluoride swish, and a free toothbrush. But for one in three Americans, it's a nightmare, including astronomical bills, crippling credit card debt, panicked visits to the emergency room, and life-threatening disease.

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Transit of Venus Visible in Today's Sky

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Seeing the transit of Venus is a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There was a transit in 2004 and another one will occur tonight. If you miss that, you'll have to wait (and live) until 2117 to see it again.


Is the Private Era in Space Officially Upon Us?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The United States, Russia, Japan, the European Union, and SpaceX: what do they all have in common? If all goes smoothly over the next few days, each entity will have successfully brought a vessel to the International Space Station. Yesterday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and its unmanned Dragon capsule lifted off en route to the International Space Station, marking the first ever flight for a commercial spacecraft bound for the space station. Michael Lopez-Alegria, former NASA astronaut and current president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and Miles O'Brien, science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, discuss the future of space travel.

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Frontline Doc Looks at Fukushima and Nuclear Energy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year brought attention to the safety risks associated with atomic energy. Before Fukushima, nuclear energy was on the rise and many countries developed plans to build more power plants. But after the disaster, nuclear energy became a subject of international debate and countries like Japan and Germany started to shut down reactors. How should the United States deal with nuclear energy?

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Top of the Hour:The Iraq War Legacy, Morning Headlines

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The last U.S. combat troops left Iraq early this morning. 50,000 non-combat forces will remain. What else will we leave behind, and what is the continuing legacy of the war? We're joined by Christian Science Monitor correspondent Jane Arraf. That and this morning's headlines.


Top of the Hour: The End of Combat Troops in Iraq; This Morning's Headlines

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The last U.S. combat troops in Iraq have left the country...now what? What is the legacy of the Iraq War, and what comes next? That and this morning's headlines.

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Top of the Hour: Israeli Ambassador to the US; This Morning's Headlines

Friday, June 04, 2010

Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says that the flotilla headed to Gaza was populated by "hired thugs." That and this morning's top headlines. 

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Top of the Hour: Israel and Gaza; This Morning's Headlines

Friday, June 04, 2010

The latest incident in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians brings the difficulty of creating peace in the area into sharp relief. We ask Vanity Fair's Rich Cohen about more cargo ships approaching Israel's blockade of Gaza; that and this morning's headlines.  

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Modernizing the Airplane: GPS to Replace Radar

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Senate passed a $34.5 billion bill on Monday that will bring in GPS technology to replace radar. This is an attempt to help modernize our country’s dated air traffic control system. Science and aviation reporter Miles O’Brien explains the new system and why it's only happening now.


The Genius in All of Us

Monday, March 08, 2010

When you hear the word "genius," you might think of Einstein, Mozart, or Da Vinci. But how they became geniuses is the subject of debate. Where they born that way? Or does it come from sheer tenacity? 

We begin a week-long conversation about genius and how any of us can get that way. David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong," tells us about some surprising research about what it takes to, as he puts it, "get good at stuff." Turns out it's not as hard as you might think.

Segment : [2F]      SLUG: [GENIUS]              [CH] leads

Guest:        David Shenk, author of “The Genius in All of Us”.   

Location:    IN STUDIO


Please pay attention to the arc – it’s important that we hit on Mozart at the end.  Also please note that there is a lot of audio pulled to pepper in over this series – a well of “geniuses on genius” to draw from.


ROLES (if they exist)


David Shenk will intro the ideas behind the book/the week - a debunking of “genius” as an inborn trait, in favor of the idea that high achievement comes from the interplay of genes and experience.


Betty Hart (prerecord) will support this claim with her research.  She discovered that early intelligence is *highly* correlated with the number of words spoken in the home.


Jim Flynn (prerecord) will support this claim with his research.  He discovered that, in the last century, the average worldwide IQs rose dramatically.




--straw man (genius is from god/genes)

--genes aren’t destiny - state thesis (genes x experience)

--intelligence can grow - support thesis (pre-record audio)

--practice is key - (Mozart)

--tomorrow, we’ll talk to a genius.







We can all agree on who the geniuses are - Einstein, Mozart, Da Vinci, Edison.  But where does that genius come from?  Is it a gift from god?  Is it in our genes?  And - here's the question that's important to all of us - are only a select few chosen to excel, while the rest of us are doomed to mediocrity?  Not so, says David Shenk.  He’s the author of “The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong”.  This week, all week long, David Shenk will join us in a conversation, here and on the website at thetakeaway.org, about how we can *all* tap into our own extraordinary abilities.  




David, you don’t hear so much, anymore, about talent coming from God.  But you do hear a lot about genes.  When my child was born, people said, oh, he’s got your eyes, or your nose, and when he does something great, I’m tempted to say, oh, he got that from me.  But your book seems to say that that idea isn’t *quite* right.


[yes, genes are nothing without expression – without experience.]


So, when people visit the sperm bank and choose a smart man… does that ensure they’re going to have a smart child?


[not really.  There is no *smart*ness in genes.  It’s a lot about how you help those genes be developed]


But it’s true that some kids just do better in school, right from the start.  We recently talked to a researcher you mentioned in her book.  Her name is Betty Hart, and she was trying to figure out what happened in the years before pre-school that made some students much better prepared.




“we observed for an hour a day and recorded all the talk that went on.  some parents talked very little to the kids, some parents talked huge, huge amounts, as you can see from the numbers...”


David, what were those numbers, and why do they matter?


[it’s not about smart people inheriting smart genes, it’s about early exposure.]


So, just how smart can we get?  David, in your book you speak to a researcher named Jim Flynn.   We talked to him earlier about some work he did, comparing IQ scores over the last century – and here’s what he discovered.




 “IQ gains were moving at about 3 points a decade. well, over a hundred years, that would be thirty points, wouldn't it?  well, if our grandparents were 30 points below us, that would put them at 70.  and 70 is the cutoff point for mental retardation.  and that hardly seemed to make any sense..”


David, what does he mean by that?


[our brains are plastic, the parts we use get much bigger and better.] 


So, if genius isn't something that's just *given*, what does it take to *attain* genius?


[well, not so much.  Mozart got his gift from quite a lot of practice]


For more on this idea, visit our website where you can read an excerpt from the book.  Or you can email us with questions, at TKTKTK.  David will be answering those on the site.


Well, tomorrow we’ll talk to someone who really took that challenge to heart.  We'll speak to Sarah Chang, a concert violinist who first picked up the violin at age 4. 






“and the solution that I hit on was that it's not so much that we're brighter than they are, but that we've put on scientific spectacles.  you see if you asked a kid in 1900 what dogs and rabbits have in common, they'd say you use dogs to hunt rabbits.  well that's the wrong answer.  you're supposed to say they're both mammals.”






 “if you mean are we exercising parts of our brain that we didn't exercise in 1900, for example the parts that deal with abstractions and logic, then probably under a microscope would look a little different.”





 “it's an important message.  that people realize that they can't count on capacity.  they've got to do their part!  tell the kids about things..”




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p 35-37 Jim Flynn’s study

p 37-39 Betty Hart’s study

p 50-51 Mozart story


ARTICLE (if any)

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Kurds Play Strong Role in Iraq Elections

Monday, March 08, 2010

The votes are still being counted this morning after Iraq's national election yesterday, and results aren't expected until later this week. One of the key areas of voting in the country was the oil rich northern region of Kurdistan. Thanks to the area's oil reserves, the Kurds have exercised a significant amount of influence and power in Iraq's politics in recent years, often acting as a cohesive block. We're joined by Jim Muir, a BBC correspondent in Baghdad, who tells us more about the general election and the unique role Kurds are playing.


Takeouts: Obama Pushes Health Care in Pennsylvania, March Madness Begins

Monday, March 08, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Health care is back on the front burner for President Obama this week, and today he travels to Glenside, Pa. to push health care at Arcadia University. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us more.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: In like a lion, march madness begins now that college basketball is heating up across the country. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the UConn women's basketball team tying their own record for consecutive wins, and number one team Syracuse losing.

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Where Should Sex Offenders Live After Prison?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Chelsea King, a 17-year-old girl from San Diego, was raped and killed last month by John Gardner, a man with a history of sex crimes. Gardner was previously incarcerated for molesting a 13-year-old girl in 2000, but was let out of prison early in 2005. The case has sparked a heated national dialogue about the strength of laws intended to protect children from sex offenders. And the question of where sex offenders should live has come up in Florida, as offenders there struggle to adjust to society after prison sentences.

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Do Educational Videos Have Educational Value?

Monday, March 08, 2010

A lot of people set their children in front of the television to watch educational videos and programming — from "Sesame Street" to "Baby Einstein" — with the hope that these shows will help their children to learn. But a new study out last week in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, says these videos don’t actually make kids smarter, and may in fact impede their learning.


The Oscar's Losers: Cablevision Subscribers

Monday, March 08, 2010

You’ll be hearing a lot about the winners of last night’s glamorous Oscars, but you may not hear about its millions of losers. A dispute between Cablevision and ABC left more than three million New York area cable subscribers unable to see last night’s awards ceremony.


Surviving Without the Internet in South Korea

Monday, March 08, 2010

Could you live without the internet for a whole week? No email. No Facebook. No TheTakeaway.org. If that thought fills you with horror then you'll feel for two families in South Korea—the “most wired” nation in the world, with the fastest broadband speeds and the highest percentage of its population online. As part of the BBC’s “Superpower” season, which is looking at how the Internet has changed the world, these two families were asked to cut themselves off from the Internet for a whole week.


This Week's Agenda: Iraqi Elections, Biden in the Middle East, Financial Reform

Monday, March 08, 2010

In this week's agenda, Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent, look at what to expect this week. They'll look at the aftermath of Iraq's national elections, Vice President Biden's visit to the Middle East, and the latest news on financial reform.