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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
American scientists and intellectuals in the fight against fascism before World War II.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Ever wonder why humans cry? A professor of behavioral neurology answers some questions, and helps give us a better understanding of how a feeling in our guts can come out as water in our eyes.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, founder of the Amazon Conservation Team, talks about the “uncontacted,” isolated groups living deep in the South American forest resist the ways of the modern world. He's featured in the article “The Lost Tribes of the Amazon,” by Joshua Hammer, in the March issue of Smithsonian magazine.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Monday, January 07, 2013
What can citizens of our modern world learn from traditional societies? Author Jared Diamond discusses that question, which he explores in his latest book. Plus: City Comptroller John Liu on his State of the City address; a preview of the 113th Congress and Washington's Sandy aid package; sexual assault protests in New Delhi; and a new book explains how to think like Sherlock Holmes.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
David Graeber, an American anthropologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and author of DEBT: The first 5,000 years discusses the Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee-- the Occupy movement's effort to abolish debt and offer a bailout for the 99%.
There's a fundraiser tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. Info here.
Friday, March 02, 2012
It’s the standing belief among most archaeologists that North America remained unpopulated until about 15,000 years ago, when Siberian people traveling over an Asian land-bridge traveled into Alaska and then moved down the West Coast. But in recent years, a series of surprising archeological finds at five sites along the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia coast offered evidence of a different possibility. Prehistoric blades found on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Tilghman Island, Maryland, appear to closely match those used by stone age Europeans known as the Solutreans.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
At present, there are nearly 7,000 languages being spoken worldwide. However, due to ageing populations and globalization's English-only emphasis, a language dies out every 14 days. At this rate, nearly half the world's languages will vanish in 100 years. Very often, these languages are lost without any record: no clues about pronunciation, let alone grammar or vocabulary.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Twenty years ago American folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax designed "The Global Jukebox," a database that used descriptive tools to identify and link archival music and dance footage. The Global Jukebox was essentially Pandora — but conceived long before technology that could realize it existed. Ten years after his death, Lomax's dream may finally be realized: all of his recordings have been put online, but it will take at least another year to get his collection of dance film into the database.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Robin Fox, professor of social theory at Rutgers University, anthropologist, poet, essayist, and the author of The Tribal Imagination: Civilization and the Savage Mind, analyzes how human social history, including tribalism, continues to affect societies.