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Friday, September 14, 2007

On today's show: Bestselling author and Harvard Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker tells us what everyday speech reveals about the way our minds work. Then a curator from the Brooklyn Museum of Art describes what's new with their collection of millennia-old mummies. Also, we'll get the scoop on the 2007 Brooklyn Book Festival. And for our latest Please Explain, we'll take a look at HMOs.

The Stuff of Thought

Time magazine has called Harvard Professor Steven Pinker one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World Today." His latest book, The Stuff of Thought, delves into the mental processes behind everything we say, from swear words to polite greetings, from baby names to technical jargon, explaining what the ...

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Mummy's the Word

In preparation for a major touring exhibition opening in 2008, the Brooklyn Museum of Art is using new scientific technologies to analyze the five human and 50 animal mummies in its collection. Curator Ed Bleiberg will explain what CT scans, X-ray fluorescence, and GC Mass Spec have revealed about these ...

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Brooklyn Book Festival 2007

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes - also a debut author with the crime novel Triple Homicide - will join us to discuss the ever-expanding Brooklyn Book Festival.

Brooklyn Book Festival 2007 takes place this Sunday, September 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ...

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Please Explain: HMOs

More than half of all Americans who have health insurance belong to health maintenance organizations, more commonly called HMOs. On today's Please Explain, Professor Michael Sparer of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health will answer your questions about the history of HMOs, how they work, how plans differ from ...

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