The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Science Enough?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Curtis White, novelist, essayist, English professor at Illinois State University, and author of the Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers, defends poetry and philosophy against the culture of "scientism," despite his own atheism.

Event: Curtis White in conversation with with Lewis Lapham at Melville House 145 Plymouth St. in Brooklyn (DUMBO) tonight at 7pm,


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The Takeaway

Princeton's First Female President Shirley Tilghman Stepping Down

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

After 11 years in the job Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University’s first female president, will be stepping down at the end of the academic year. What does she consider her biggest accomplishment?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Plagiarism in Scholarly and Medical Journals

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Harold Garner, Executive Director and Professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, and Melissa Anderson, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, talk about scholarly and medical journal articles being retracted with increasing frequency because of software that can detect plagiarism and bad data. They’ll discuss the problems of plagiarism and peer reviewing and what happens when people are accused of it.

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The Takeaway

Is the Academic Job Market a Ponzi Scheme?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Going back to school for a masters or doctorate degree may seem like a smart move in this economy. And universities are happy to get grad students, upon whom they rely for inexpensive, labor-intensive research and to teach undergraduates. But while getting a PhD might stave off the job search for five to seven years, the prospects for getting a teaching job at a university afterwards are slim. The long-term professional positions will be few and far between. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that while academic positions are expected to increase by 15 percent over the next ten years, most of those positions will be for graduate assistants and non-tenured instructors. Is it a "social trap", with academic hopefuls getting the short end of the stick? 

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