The Takeaway

The Moon Is a Galactic Garbage Can

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In total, the moon hosts more than 400,000 pounds of man-made material. But is this trash a problem, or just the cost of doing space travel?

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The Dumb Culture Gabfest Edition

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Dan Kois discuss the Nathan Fielder's absurd advice on his Comedy Central TV show "Nathan For You," Blake Lively's lifestyle website Preserve, and the surprising literary power of children's books.



What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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The Takeaway

Saturn Just Birthed a Baby Moon Named 'Peggy'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New images NASA received from the Cassini spacecraft seem to show the small moon being born, a little icy rock dubbed “Peggy.”

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The Times They Are a-Changin'

Monday, December 30, 2013

At the start of this new year we crack open some fossils, peer back into ancient seas, and look up at lunar skies to find that a year is not quite as fixed as we thought it was.


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The New Yorker: Fiction

Robert Coover reads Italo Calvino

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Robert Coover reads "The Daughters of the Moon," by Italo Calvino.


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: The Sun and the Moon

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tony Award-winner Liev Schreiber reads a dazzling fantasy by Italo Calvino, introduced by Radio Lab's Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.



Krulwich Wonders: Falling Off The Moon

Friday, January 25, 2013


In the story The Little Prince, a boy from a tiny planet lands on Earth. The boy is tall, the planet small, and you worry he might fall off. In real life, real Earthlings once had a hint of this experience. It was 1972, and you can go there with them.

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Mooning Over Opera

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

In operas, the moon has come to signal lunacy in mad scenes, represent expressions of love and suggest the darker forces within characters. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers why the moon is such a force.

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The Takeaway

The Life and Legacy of Neil Armstrong

Monday, August 27, 2012

When astronaut Neil Armstrong took those first steps on the surface of the moon 43 years ago, he became a hero to millions, an icon of mankind’s potential and a symbol of the triumph of American democracy over Soviet communism.

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The Brian Lehrer Show


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

James Attlee, author of Nocturne: A Journey In Search of Moonlight, talks about his exploration of a vanishing resource -- moonlight.

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The Takeaway

Watch Lunar Eclipse...or Wait Another 400 Years

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For the first time in over four hundred years, a lunar eclipse lands on the winter solstice. On the morning after this auspicious coincidence, we catch up with some professional star gazers to get a sense of the event’s astronomic and historical significance. We speak with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of NOVA's "Science Now," along with Cameron Hummel, a PhD Student at Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy. 

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Stargazing Special: Total Lunar Eclipse Coincides with Winter Solstice

Monday, December 20, 2010

In honor of this momentous event and the first day of winter, here's our video of the Paul Winter Consort playing "Sweet for Solstice" in the Soundcheck studios.


The New Yorker: Out Loud

James Wood on the unhinged power of Keith Moon

Monday, November 22, 2010

James Wood on the unhinged power of Keith Moon.



Siting the Harvest Moon

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall began on Wednesday with the rising of a full moon. The Harvest Moon, so-called because of the extra light it gave farmers to work later for bringing in their crops, rose on the autumnal equinox, a rare cosmic event which hasn't happened for almost 20 years. It won't happen again until 2029.


The Takeaway

Takeouts: Afghan Bombing, Mike Leach, A Blue Moon

Thursday, December 31, 2009

  • Afghanistan Takeout:  At least 8 Americans are dead after a suicide bombing at a remote base in Afghanistan. Details are still emerging, but reports say most of the dead are CIA employees, which could make this one of the most deadly events in the intelligence agency's history. Anand Gopal, from the Wall Street Journal, joins us from Kabul.
  • Sports Takeout: After allegations of player abuse, Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach was fired yesterday - Ibrahim Abdul-Matin explains why.
  • Astronomy Taketout: Jack Horkheimer is the writer and host of PBS' "StarGazer," as well as the director emeritus of the Miami Planetarium; he joins us to talk about the rare event of seeing a 'blue' moon on New Year's Eve.



The End of the Shuttle Program?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Miles OBrien, freelance space reporter and former CNN chief science/technology/environment correspondent, talks with Brian Lehrer about the void in leadership at NASA and what it means for the shuttle program.

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The Takeaway

Don't you dare bring that lunar dust into my house young man!

Friday, April 24, 2009

It gets in your shoes, in your eyes, and your mouth and your hair and don’t get me started on when it gets in your space capsule. We're talking about lunar dust and any astronaut who has been to the moon will tell you: it sticks to everything. This incredibly stickiness is a hindrance to equipment and space armor and until now no one knew why. Now as NASA says it wants to make another lunar visit a priority, the solution may be at hand. Just yesterday details of a new study by Australian scientist Brian O’Brien came out giving some new facts on moon dust.

Joining The Takeaway to help us understand the sticky situation is Miles O'Brien, longtime intergalactic reporter, joins us to tell us all about it and everything else going on in outer space.

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