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On The Media

The World's Greatest First Name is Back, as an App

Friday, October 10, 2014

Specifically, an app to allow you to talk to one guy named Ethan. 
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The Takeaway

Ole Miss May Drop its Nickname

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The issue of symbolism is one Ole Miss, or the University of Mississippi, is struggling with now. University of Mississippi officials are reviewing the school’s nickname as part of a bigger inquiry into the school’s historic associations with symbols of the Confederacy.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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On The Media

Google Plus Dropped Its Real Name Policy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three years after launch, Google Plus users can use (almost) whatever fake name they want.

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Radiolab

A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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Radiolab

Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Oh Romeo, oh Romeo," cried Juliet. Being human, she and her boyfriend had names. Is there any other animal that does this? Has names for each other? Oddly enough, yes!

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The Takeaway

For a Name to Change, Mindset Must Come First

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Today The Takeaway looked at the controversy surrounding the name of a school in Florida. But that’s just one example in the nation—there are also race-based names attached to creeks, street signs and sports teams. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on the psychological effects of a name and whether any historical value is lost in the changing of a name is Dr. Leah Wright, professor of history and African American studies at Wesleyan.

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The Takeaway

The Role of Names in Racism & Cultural Pride

Monday, September 23, 2013

We've started a discussion about names and race. Specifically, how names may identify our racial and economic profile. Nikisia Drayton decided not to name her child a name that would strongly identify him as African American. We wanted to hear other opinions on this issue. Akiba Solomon is managing editor for Colorlines.com. She is proud of her distinct name.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Freakonomics: What's in a Name?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The latest episode of Freakonomics explores how much your name is your destiny. Host Stephen Dubner discusses the episode and what he learned. Listeners: Is your name your destiny? Let us know here, or call 212-433-9692!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gun Deal; Freakonomics Names; Apes and Humanism; Jay-Z Goes to Cuba

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Deals on guns and the budget are being worked out in Washington. We get the latest. Then  Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics explains how the name you're given at birth can influence your life path and determine factors such as success in school and career opportunities. Plus: Primatologist Frans de Waal talks about what apes teach us about humanism; Julia Sweig of the Council on Foreign Relations puts the Jay-Z/Beyoncé Cuba trip in context; and an update on the city's bike share program.

 

Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter?

Monday, April 08, 2013

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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Soundcheck

The Name Game: When It's You They're Singing About

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Songs that mention you by name have a funny way of sticking around. Contributor Faith Salie talks about songs that mention her by name (actually, by noun) -- plus, we hear from the person who literally wrote the book on rock and roll baby names. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

John Colapinto on the business of naming

Monday, September 26, 2011

John Colapinto on the business of naming.

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