The Birds and the Bees

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Today we’ll have an on-air barbeque taste test with two famous pitmasters. Then, the phrase "bird brain" is used as a put-down, but we’ll talk to a leading neurobiologist and a cognitive scientist about the parallels between human and bird brain development. We’ll go an expedition to discover the origins of the universe by using a telescope in a balloon...with filmmaker Paul Devlin and a scientist. And we'll hear the latest on the Iranian elections from Christiane Amanpour in Tehran. Plus, Please Explain is all about bees.

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Big Apple Barbeque

We celebrate the 7th annual Big Apple Barbeque Block Party by speaking with Kenny Callaghan, pitmaster and executive chef of Blue Smoke, and Patrick Martin, a pitmaster from Nolensville, Tennessee, including an on-air sampling of different styles of barbeque. The Big Apple Barbeque Block Party is June 13-14, ...

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Iranian Election

Elections are being held today in Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been locked in a neck-and-neck race with reform-minded former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and in recent days the campaign has become particularly heated. We’ll talk to CNN’s Chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour from Iran.

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Filmmaker Paul Devlin and his brother Mark Devlin discuss Paul's film "BLAST!" It follows Mark, a cosmologist, as he leads a team of scientists launching a revolutionary new telescope under a NASA high-altitude balloon, with the hopes of figuring out how all the galaxies were formed. "BLAST!" opens at Cinema ...

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Avian Einsteins

Leading bird scientists Erich Jarvis and Irene Pepperberg explore how striking parallels between bird and human brains are providing new insights into how we acquire language and links between hearing and movement. Neurobiologist Erich Jarvis leads a Duke University team that studies how songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds learn and pass ...

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Please Explain: Bees

The honeybees is just one species of bee, and they often get the most attention, but there are an estimated 20,000 different species of bees in the world. Bees play an important role in pollinating plants, and many have highly developed methods of socialization and communication. We'll learn all about ...

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