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For renowned high-wire walker Philippe Petit, embracing life is about really living with the world as your stage and the people and objects around you as your props. Philippe Petit's creative process is the subject of his new book "Creativity: The Perfect Crime."
Friday, June 21, 2013
In a Guardian livechat this week, NSA leaker Edward Snowden advised Americans to consider the trade off they make between privacy and security: "Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it." These "X kills more people than Y" comparisons crop up all the time, in discussions of terrorism, gun control, even obesity. Brooke talks to risk analyst Peter Sandman about why they aren't very persuasive.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Glenn Croston explains the risks we face every day in the world and why we're not good at dealing with common risks in our lives. For example, heart disease is responsible for one in five deaths, but we more often worry about rare events like shark attacks (one in a million) and airplane crashes (one in twenty thousand). His book The Real Story of Risk: Adventures in a Hazardous World investigates what accounts for our poor ability to perceive and react to the risks that really matter.
Monday, December 10, 2012
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
Dashboard video cameras are common in Russia. In case you get bumped into, or bump someone else, insurance companies want to see what happened. So we have a video record of what it's like to drive there. You don't want to see this compilation video. (Oh yes you do.)
Friday, December 07, 2012
The threat of man-made machines rising up against humanity sounds like the premise of a science fiction movie, but a group of academics in the UK are looking into the possibility that such a threat could become reality. A new research center at the University of Cambridge is examining extinction-level risks to humanity, from the rise of killer robots to nuclear war. Brooke speaks with Martin Rees, an astrophysics professor and co-founder of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk.
TV On The Radio - Don't Love You
Thursday, June 21, 2012
John Coates, senior research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge, explains what the laws of financial boom and bust—and risk-taking in general—have to do with testosterone. In The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust, he explains his research and offers lessons from the new field—the biology of risk.
Friday, January 14, 2011
With the new year comes some new global risks, according to geopolitical risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group's recent report, "Top Risks 2011." Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses North Korea, US policy gridlock, WikiLeaks-style "info-anarchists," and other political risks that made this year's list.
→ Ian Bremmer will be taking part in a panel discussion, "Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2011," on Wednesday, January 19 12:00 PM at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 East 64th Street.
Tickets and information available at CarnegieCouncil.org
Thursday, June 03, 2010
The oil industry, Wall Street, and NASA all have this in common: very smart people have the freedom to take huge risks – and those same very smart people are the only ones who can fix it when things go wrong.