Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
In this episode: Composer, arranger, producer, and musician Van Dyke Parks has worked with an array of artists from The Beach Boys to Bonnie Raitt to Skrillex. Now, he's released Songs Cycled, his first album of new material in over 20 years .
Plus: Does your baby need a soundtrack? Père Music, a new startup, will compose a theme for your child – for a tidy sum. We talk with the co-founders.
And: Classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery goes beyond his genre — he's performed classic rock songs by Jimi Hendrix and Cream, and has collaborated with musicians from many other genres. He performs live in the studio.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A recently released study from Beth Israel Medical Center claims that music — specifically music therapy — can have a positive impact on the development of premature babies. Dr. Joanne Loewy explains the study to Soundcheck and demonstrates some of the soothing sounds and lullabies helpful to premature babies.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
In this episode: A new study from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City shows that premature infants can benefit medically from music therapy. We talk with Dr. Joanne Loewy, leader of that study, about the type of music therapy that was used, and how this could change the type of care that premature infants receive.
Plus: Novelist, poet, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux joins us for a live performance.
And: As we gear up for our Sunday webstream with Iggy Pop and The Stooges, we ask a few musicians and critics to share their stories of the punk icon.
Plus: We talk with writer Joyce Cohen about life with hyperacusis, a condition characterized by an extreme over sensitivity to sound.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820
Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring's height, eye color and intelligence. The science may be closer than you think. Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity? Our debaters are Sheldon Krimsky, Lord Robert Winston, Nita Farahany, and Lee Silver.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
A new video technology that amplifies small color changes and slight movements can, when pointed at people, tell what's going on inside.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Within civilizations made out of hunter-gatherers, the practices for raising children and caring for the elderly are far different than in the developed world in the West. But, there may be lessons to be learned from these traditional societies. Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying culture and civilizations in Papua New Guinea. His latest book is called, "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?"
Monday, August 20, 2012
For as long as we have had medical care, doctors have always faced tough choices. One area where this is increasingly being played out is in Neonatal Care Units, where 500,000 premature American babies are cared for each year.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
Everyone pretty much agrees that singing to babies is a good thing. Singing can help strengthen the bond between parent and child; it nurtures brain development; and in fact, women are being taught to sing to their babies while they're still in the womb. Heck, even dogs know that it's important.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Today the world's population reached seven billion. Duncan Kennedy, reporting for the BBC, spent the first few hours with that seven billionth baby — or one of the newborns that could lay claim to the title — Alice, in Australia. He spoke with her new parents about the advent of a new life in their world, and about what it's like to be the parents of a child on a 7 billion person planet.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Scientists have found that babies can become fluent in foreign languages at an extremely fast rate; one that begins to slow down by their first birthday. What is it about the make-up of their brains as newborns that gives them this ability? Could adults train their brains to be more like the brains of babies?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Melonie Ware was a daycare provider in Georgia who was sentenced to life in prison for shaking a nine-month-old baby to death in 2004. But in a 2009 retrial, a court declared that the medical examiner's findings were insufficient, concluding that the baby most likely died because complications due to sickle-cell anemia, and acquitted Ware.
Doctors have credited hundreds of untimely infant deaths to shaken baby syndrome over the years. But more and more, medical experts are starting to doubt that baby shaking was the cause of death in certain cases. A new Frontline documentary, airing tonight on PBS stations, examines some of these cases, including Ware's.