For the Love of Science With Alan Alda; Lyrics as Evidence?; Doctors’ Notes

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The World Science Festival kicks off this week, so actor and science enthusiast Alan Alda and festival co-founder Brian Greene preview some of their favorite events. Plus: a look at a pilot program that lets some patients read what their therapists have written about them; The history of New York City’s role as one of the world’s financial powerhouses; and are rap lyrics art…or evidence?

Rap Lyrics: Art or Evidence?

New York Times Metro reporter Stephanie Clifford discusses the murder and racketeering trial of the rapper known as Ra Diggs and the judge's decision to allow his lyrics and videos to be used as evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

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After 'Might and Right' Speech, What Changes?

Fred Kaplan says at West Point, President Obama did something that perhaps no other president has: made clear when and how he would use force and when he would not.

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When Doctors and Patients Share Notes

Lena Sun, health reporter at The Washington Post, discusses her story on a pilot program at a Boston hospital that allows mental health patients to read the notes their doctors are writing during therapy sessions. The program grew out of a national push for more access to health records for patients, but some patients and doctors worry that care will suffer.


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Alan Alda Takes on the World Science Festival

In "Dear Albert" - a staged reading of letters written by Albert Einstein - you get an impression of a man grappling with big ideas...and a complicated love-life. Alan Alda, actor and co-founder of the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, discusses why Einstein's letters so moved him. He's joined by Brian Greene, co-founder of the World Science Festival and professor of mathematics & physics at Columbia University. They are both taking part in lots of activities this week as part of the festival, including the announcement of the winners in the "What Is Color?" challenge.

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New York as the City of Money

Jessica Lautin, assistant curator at the Museum of the City of New York, and writer and historian Steven Jaffe talk about New York's history as the nation's financial center and their book, Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012.

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