Piers Morgan; German Words for the Human Condition; What Keeps Physicists Awake

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Piers Morgan, host of the CNN show Piers Morgan Live, talks about his approach to the news. Ben Schott on the wonderful German words to describe our lives. And Scientific American's Clara Moscowitz discusses the five questions that keep physicists awake at night.


Piers Morgan on Shooting Straight

Piers Morgan, host of the CNN show Piers Morgan Live, discusses his childhood in England to his career as a tabloid editor to his rise to fame in the United States. Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney offers an inside view of the real-time drama behind covering breaking news stories such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, Hurricane Sandy, and the massacre at Newtown. He talks about his love affair with America and with the news business.

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German Words for the Human Condition

Ben Schott explains the German language and discusses his book Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition, a dictionary of newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. German allows you to construct specific words for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow.

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What Keeps Physicists Awake at Night?

Clara Moskowitz, an associate editor at Scientific American, talks about  the things that particle physicists most want answers to. Her article "5 Unanswered Questions That Will Keep Physicists Awake at Night” appears on Scientific American’s Observation blog.

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