Galanes on Gossip; Poet Billy Collins; Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes tackles your questions and quandaries about gossip! Billy Collins, two-term Poet Laureate of the United States talks about his first compilation of work in 12 years. Scholar Martha Werner and artist Jen Bervin talk about a new book of Emily Dickinson’s poems that she wrote on scraps of envelopes.

Philip Galanes on Gossip

Many of us can't resist a juicy bit of gossip, but talking about people behind their backs has caused a lot of problems, hurt feelings, and heartache. New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes gives advice on how to deal with gossip! He’ll answer listener questions about gossip among friends and family, and at work. Galanes is the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

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Billy Collins, Two-Time Poet Laureate

Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins, discusses putting together his first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years, Aimless Love. He talks about his singular voice, which combines plain speech with imaginative surprise.

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Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems

Artist Jen Bervin and Emily Dickinson scholar Martha Werner discuss putting together the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever—a deluxe edition of her late writings, presented exactly as she wrote them on envelopes. The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems presents all 52 of the envelope writings reproduced life-size in full color both front and back, with an accompanying.

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Fish that Glow Underwater

John Sparks, curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ichthyology, and David Gruber, associate professor of biology at Baruch College and a research associate at the AMNH, discuss a recent study that found widespread biofluorescence in fishes, identifying more than 180 species that glow in a wide range of colors and patterns. Published in PLOS ONE, the  report looks at why so many marine species emit light. They'll talk about how the research may lead to the discovery of new fluorescent proteins that could be used in biomedical research.

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The Dangers of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

Domestic oil production has surged in recent years in places like North Dakota, and cities like Albany, NY, have become unlikely hubs for oil traveling by train. Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold discusses a series of high-profile derailments that have raised questions about the safety of transporting crude oil over the nation’s rail network. He’s also the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.

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