Measuring Intelligence; Comedian Trevor Noah; Deciphering an Ancient Code; Bradley Manning Trial

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Brains on a shelf (neil conway/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman on why the ways we measure intelligence in children often fails to predict adult success. South African comedian Trevor Noah talks about his new one-man off-Broadway show “Born a Crime,” about growing up in Apartheid South Africa as a mixed-race child. We’ll find out why it took scholars 50 years to break a code that enabled them to read Europe’s earliest written records. Plus, we’ll get the latest on the Bradley Manning trial.

Redefining Intelligence

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—who was relegated to special education as a child—argues that the way we traditionally measure intelligence is misguided. In Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined he looks at the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional ideas about the childhood predictors of adult success.


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Comedian Trevor Noah on "Born a Crime"

South African comedian Trevor Noah discusses his new off-Broadway solo show, “Born a Crime,” about being born mixed-race under Apartheid in South Africa.

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The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

New York Times reporter Margalit Fox tells a real-life intellectual detective story about how an ancient language on tablets unearthed in Crete was deciphered. In The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code, she paints portraits of three pivotal figures. English archeologist Arthur Evans who discovered a cache of ancient tablets; Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code.

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Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project on the Supreme Court's DNA Collection Ruling

What does the ruling mean?

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The Bradley Manning Trial

Ed Pilkington talks about the court-martial trial of PFC. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks. Pilkington is chief correspondent on the trial for the Guardian, and one of the few journalists to attend nearly every pre-trial hearing. 

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Guest Picks: Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah was on our show June 13, 2013. Find out a few of his favorite things!


Background on Gene Patenting and Today's Supreme Court Decision

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled, in a unanimous decision, that human genes can not be patented. The decision will shaped medical research in the decades to come. To find out more about gene patenting, we've collected our interviews on how it works and why the US Patent Office had already offered tens of thousands patents on genes.

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