Orchid Hypothesis

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Monday, November 23, 2009

People get passionate about their handheld devices. WNYC staffers Jim Colgan, a producer for The Takeaway, and Mark Phillips, a producer with On the Media, debate the virtues of their machines. Atlantic Magazine contributor David Dobbs talks about the orchid hypothesis and why genetic vulnerabilities might actually be genetic benefits with the right kind of nurturing. Plus a call-in for everyone making the Hajj.


Jim Colgan, David Dobbs and Mark Phillips

March of Outrage

Rev. Herbert Daughtry, pastor at the House of the Lord Pentecostal Church (413 Atlantic Avenue, between Nevins & Bond Streets), talks about today's "Day of Outrage" over gun violence. He's joined by Rossana Rosado, publisher and CEO of El Diario New York and by WNYC reporter Arun Venogopal.

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Chamber of Commerce Hot over Climate Change Battle

David Fahrenthold, Washington Post staff writer discusses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's lobbying around climate change legislation and the recent departure of some chamber member corporations.

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iPhone vs. Droid

The Motorola Droid is the latest smartphone to hit the market. Is it an 'iPhone killer'? To settle the issue, two WNYC producers, On the Media's Mark Phillips, an Android enthusiast, and The Takeaway's Jim Colgan, an iPhone aficionado, bring their water-cooler debates on the air for a showdown.

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The Orchid Hypothesis

A new theory of genetics asserts that mankind's most troublesome genes may be vital to our adaptability, if given the right kind of nurturing. David Dobbs, contributor to The Atlantic, writes about the orchid hypothesis in this month's issue and discusses his findings.

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Addressing Racism at the USDA

Secretary Tom Vilsack has brought 34-year veteran Pearlie Reed back to address troubled race relations at the USDA. First up, investigating the 3,800 complaints of racial discrimination a recent review found to have potential merit. Terence Samuel, deputy editor of The Root, takes a look at what Secretary Tom ...

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The Hajj

The largest gathering on Earth, the Hajj, is happening this week. The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca draws some 3 million people to Saudi Arabia from all over the world. Blogger Aman Ali, talks about the meaning and experience of the Hajj, which his parents are making this year. ...

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Uncommon Economic Indicators at the Dinner Table

Flickr photo by Presta

Flickr photo by Presta

Starting somewhere around Thanksgiving, here in the U.S. we enter a season of reflection and celebration. We get together with friends or family and allow ourselves some well-earned downtime to observe traditions.

Many WNYC listeners have sent in stories to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators that focus on gathering at the table. We have noticed over the past year that food--whether we talk about lunch, groceries or going out--is on everyone's mind during tough financial times. As you pause during your holiday, think of these dinner stories below from other WNYC listeners.

Mary Goddard
tells us

A small, family-owned/operated restaurant in upstate NY (Olmsteadville) has created 'Recession Buster Sundays.' Scott, the chef, and Theresa, the server, offer their Sunday meals as a 'pay as you want'. They serve what my husband and I consider to be gourmet meals.

...and in Queens, Michael noticed another restaurant offer:

A new restaurant in Forest Hills is offering 'bring a friend for free' on one day a week, and on another day, 'Pay what you think is fair.'


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