Patterns of Abuse, Patterns of Approval

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A view of the buildings at Rikers Island. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

New York Magazine’s much-loved “approval matrix” is about to hit the airwaves. The magazine’s editor Adam Moss and comedian Neal Brennan, the show’s host, discuss the new TV show. Plus: a new report describes a culture of abuse at Riker’s Island; why some people do just fine with only five hours of sleep a night; and a look at how improvements in gay rights have shifted the sexual identities of straight people. 

Rikers for Teens: 'A Deep-Seated Culture of Violence'

After a federal report found a pattern of abuses against teen prisoners, hear from a caller inside the prison about what conditions are really like.

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The No-Sleep Secret

Renata Pellegrino, senior research associate at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the lead author of "A Novel BHLHE41 Variant is Associated with Short Sleep and Resistance to Sleep Deprivation in Humans", and Dr. Allan Pack, Head of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, explain how a gene mutation may be responsible for those people who seem to do just fine with barely five hours of sleep a night.

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Finding Quiet in the Open Office

Do you work in an open space office?  Where do you go when you need a little privacy or quiet?  And are there new rules that go along with the new floor plan?  Call us at 212-433-9692 to share your hacks and strategies for combining collaboration and reflection and still getting along with co-workers.

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What It's Like for Women In Tech

There's lots of talk about getting more young girls to code, but what's life like in Silicon Valley for women right now? And what do consumers miss out on because of tech's diversity problem?

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Twists and Turns in Being Straight

James Joseph Dean, associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and author of Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture (NYU Press, 2014), looks at how advances in gay rights have changed straight sexual identities -- no longer the default assumption.

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The Approval Matrix Comes Off the Page

New York Mag's beloved "Approval Matrix" is now a Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York Magazine, and Neal Brennan, host of the new show, discuss the enduring appeal of that Highbrow/Lowbrow/Brilliant/Despicable grid, and the challenge of bringing it to life for the small screen.

→ Tune In: The Approval Matrix premieres Monday 8/11 at 11am on Sundance T.V.

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A Call from Rikers

After a scathing federal report shed light on abusive treatment towards young inmates, a caller from Rikers Island talks about what he is seeing inside: "They are constantly screamed at all day long. 'You're bad, you're bad.' So eventually they believe they are bad and they just act out."


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