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On Being

Joy Ladin — Gender and the Syntax of Being: Identity and Transition [remix]

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through her story of transition from male to female — in an orthodox Jewish world.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through her story of transition from male to female — in an orthodox Jewish world.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Invent the World's Darkest Material

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Batman, Coco Chanel, and Johnny Cash all had a thing for classic black. But a new material is so strikingly dark, it makes these icons look like they're wearing faded gray. Vantablack is a color the human eye has never seen before.

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On Being

Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Two Thirds French Edition

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the controversial film Blue is the Warmest Color, French TV show, the Returned and speak with author Claudia Roth Pierpont about her new book Roth Unbound.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Snowe; Centrists Unite; Ask a Bioethicist

Friday, August 02, 2013

Former US Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine, talks about the nature of compromise and progress in Washington politics and what changes she thinks would encourage bipartisanship. Then, author Charlie Wheelan continues the conversation about political common ground with his Centrist Manifesto. Plus: a full hour of Ask a Bioethicist on thorny biomedical questions of our day; and the unlikely influences on our behavior, including certain shades of color.

Radiolab

Hot People And Cold Cars; Cold People And Hot Cars

Friday, July 26, 2013

Car colors are getting cooler, even wintry: All over the world, car buyers are choosing white, silver, gray or black. So who favors warm, springtime colors? Think of a place where you spend half the year bundled up with mittens.

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On Being

Joy Ladin — Gender and the Syntax of Being: Identity and Transition

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through her story of transition from male to female -- in an orthodox Jewish world.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through her story of transition from male to female -- in an orthodox Jewish world.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Unveils Four New Taxicab Colors (Updated)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

No, it's not an ode to the Brazilian flag: it's one of four possible color schemes for D.C.'s taxi cabs (photo by Martin Di Caro)

D.C. could eventually have one cab color to rule them all. Or stripes.

Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled four new color schemes on Monday, one of which will be chosen next year as the new paint job for the district’s 6,500 taxicabs, a process that will take years to fully implement. The multicolored striped patterns are one piece of a larger modernization effort that is coming together slowly -- too slowly for D.C.’s top taxi regulator.

One D.C. city council member said he was "appalled" by the color choices.

“I’m a very impatient person and I would like to speed it up,” said Ron Linton, the head of the Taxicab Commission.

Although district lawmakers passed a taxicab modernization bill this year, the most important changes have yet to come to fruition: GPS smart meters, credit card payment machines and touch screen monitors for customers in the back seat.

The new paint jobs will be introduced when taxi drivers replace their aging vehicles; by 2018 no cab on Washington’s streets will be older than 7 years, as per a new regulation, Linton said.

“The people who ride in the cabs were pushing and pushing for a modernization program,” said Linton, referring to a survey undertaken by the office of D.C. Council member Mary Cheh that found widespread dissatisfaction with the current conditions of taxicabs. That survey also found the public’s preferred color to be yellow (38%).  Red was second (15%).

Linton’s office will choose the winning color scheme next year, taking into consideration public opinion.  The public may vote for their favorite inside Verizon Center through January 7 where two sample future taxicabs are on display, or choose designs online.

(UPDATE, 12/11/12 1:30pm: Two D.C. city council members -- one of whom said he was "appalled" by the color choices - say they will consider legislation to end the public vote so a new color scheme can be chosen.)

Last month a panel of administrative law judges killed the district’s plan to install credit card machines in cabs because of problems with the contract awarded to VeriFone, which beat out seven other tech firms. Linton says the matter is still being resolved by the District Office of Contracting and Procurement.

“We selected Verifone on the basis of what was, in my judgment, an honest evaluation and a cost analysis,” he said.

At a news conference to unveil the proposed color schemes and encourage the public to vote on their favorite, Mayor Gray said changes to the district’s taxis are necessary not only to improve the hospitality industry but for the cabbies, too.

“The changes have to come,” Gray said. “This industry has got to change to be competitive. I actually think the cab drivers will make more money as a result of this.”

Gray said touch screen monitors that offer riders the option of tipping 15, 20, or 25 percent will induce larger tips.

“As opposed to what you have now where people in a cash business sometimes give nothing or give a meager sum, I think the cab drivers will ultimately do better as a result of the changes we’re proposing.”

When those changes ultimately arrive is unclear, although Gray and Linton said it will take years to fully implement the new color scheme.  Roughly one-third of taxicabs have installed credit card machines on their own, Linton said.

As for D.C.’s cabbies, some have been reluctant to accept changes that are commonplace in other cities.  A common complaint is credit card processing fees will bite into a day’s pay. Others say GPS smart meters are an invasion of privacy. As for the proposed color patterns, one cabbie waiting for customers outside Union Station on Monday was not impressed.

“It looks ugly. It’s no good for the city color,” said B.K. Anthony, who drives a light blue SUV. “It looks junky.”

For the record, Mayor Gray called the colors “funky.”

 

 

: The multi-colored patterns of yellow and green OR red and white are – in the words of some D.C. councilmembers – appalling!  And now two lawmakers say they will consider legislation to end the public vote so a new color scheme can be chosen.  Councilmembers prefer a solid color like yellow or red to the striped patterns unveiled by the D.C. Taxicab Commission yesterday, which would have the final say on a color regardless of what the public picks. A survey conducted by Councilmember Mary Cheh on the state of the district’s cab industry found that 38 percent of respondents want all-yellow cabs, 15 percent want red.

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Radiolab

Ringmaster to the Rainbow

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latif Nasser introduces us to a pioneering figure with a complicated legacy -- a woman named Natalie Kalmus who made her mark in Hollywood by  doing everything in her power to become the "ringmaster to the rainbow."

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Radiolab

Color Walking

Friday, June 29, 2012

After running across a delightful experiment (which we stumbled on while researching our Colors show), our intrepid interns Phia & Brendan decided to give it a whirl. Take a look.

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Radiolab

All the Covers of the Rainbow

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

If you liked what you heard in our Colors episode and want to know more about the dozens of amazing artists who recorded covers for the show, check out this list. 
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Radiolab

Why Isn't the Sky Blue?

Monday, May 21, 2012

What is the color of honey, and "faces pale with fear"? If you're Homer--one of the most influential poets in human history--that color is green. And the sea is "wine-dark," just like oxen...though sheep are violet. Which all sounds...well, really off. Producer Tim Howard introduces us to linguist Guy Deutscher, ...

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Radiolab

The Perfect Yellow

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jad and Robert wonder if maybe they could add to their color palette. Jay Neitz wondered the same thing, sort of. Take a monkey that can't see red, for example. Couldn't you just give them the red cones they were missing? So he took the human gene for red cones, ...

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Radiolab

Colors

Monday, May 21, 2012

Radiolab rips the rainbow a new one.

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