Friday, May 20, 2005
Human Nature: South Korean Stem Cell Advance
Alex Chadwick talks with Will Saletan about the latest developments in stem cell research. This week, South Korean scientists announced they successfully created embryonic stem cells that genetically match injured or sick patients—a breakthrough with huge promise to treat disease and injury. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Mark Jordan Legan presents a roundup of what critics are saying about the weekend's film releases. This week, he examines Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist and the long-anticipated Stars Wars—Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Listen to the segment.
Moneybox: U.S., China Clash on Currency
Daniel Gross explains how China keeps its currency value artificially low. Earlier this week, the U.S. Treasury Department accused China of manipulating world trade by pegging its currency, the yuan, to the value of the U.S. dollar—in effect, lowering the value of its own currency and attracting overseas investors. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Ad Report Card: Ho-Hum Lexus Tech
Seth Stevenson reviews the latest Lexus commercial blitz, featuring explorers and daredevils discovering the new Lexus on-off ignition buttons in an ancient ice cave, an underwater lair, and a heavily guarded art museum. Listen to the segment.
History Book Blitz: 1776 as History and Myth
Madeleine Brand talks with David Greenberg about the ongoing tension among historians over how to make history accessible without compromising the facts. The discussion comes as award-winning author David McCullough releases his latest work, 1776, detailing the military strategies of both armies during the American Revolution. Listen to the segment.
Monday, May 16, 2005
War Stories: Problems With Military Base Closures
Alex Chadwick talks with Phillip Carter about the recent Pentagon announcement of military base closures around the country. Carter argues that closing the selected bases could undermine homeland security and diminish support for the military in affected communities. Listen to the segment.
Hollywood Economics: Bogus Box Office Numbers
Alex Chadwick talks with Hollywood economist Edward Jay Epstein about why he thinks weekend movie box office figures are meaningless. Listen to the segment.