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TED Talk
7:35 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Pamela Meyer explains how to spot a liar.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:50 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Pamela Meyer's TEDTalk

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

About Pamela Meyer

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Performing Arts
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Working Towards A New Theater By, For And About Black Americans

Tyrone Brown outside ACT Theatre
Credit courtesy ACT Theatre

When Tyrone Brown was a kid, just six or seven years old, his mom took him to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater for a performance of the long-running musical, "Annie."

"She actually just dropped me off at the theater and let me watch it by myself," Brown says.

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Seattle History
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

When Gay Kids Had To Sneak Around For Counseling

Representatives for Seattle Counseling Services at a Seattle gay pride event.
Flickr Photo/Derrick Coetzee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Ann McGettigan, executive director of Seattle Counseling Service, about the history of the organization and her role in the LGBT community. The program was founded in 1969, when its founder noticed that there were runaways in Pioneer Square -- many of them had been kicked out of their homes. 

Surreal
6:15 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Book News: Cache Of Unpublished Pablo Neruda Poems Found In Chile

More than a dozen unpublished poems by Chilean writer Pablo Neruda have been found by researchers. He's seen here in 1971.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 9:12 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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WWII Entertainers
2:51 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Author Lisa See And The 'Chop Suey Circuit'

Credit Lisa See's book "China Dolls."

Marcie Sillman interviews author Lisa See about her book, "China Dolls." It is a fictional account of Asian-American entertainers in the late 1930s through WWII that were apart of the so-called "Chop Suey Circuit."

Sports
2:51 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Did The U.S. Patent Office Just Mark The End Of Indian Mascots?

A Washington Redskins helmet.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Jay Rosenstein, journalism professor and producer of "In Whose Honor?", about the history of Indian mascots and the significance of the U.S. patent's office cancelation of the Washington Redskins' trademark.

Controversial Project
2:50 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Robobees: The Future Of Pollination Or Mini Spies?

Several RoboBees sit on the ground next to a penny, while another is held in tweezers with the wings activated.
From Wikipedia

Marcie Sillman talks with Aljazeera America journalist Kaelyn Forde about her story on the RoboBees Project and why some environmentalists want to stop it.

Twists And Cornrows
9:46 am
Wed June 18, 2014

African Hair Braider Sues Washington Over License Dispute

Salamata Sylla demonstrates African hair braiding on her daughter while her son watches on.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

An African hair braider is suing the Washington State Department of Licensing after an investigator told her she needs a cosmetology license to stay in business.

The suit is one of several filed across the country on Tuesday by hair braiders protesting state regulations they say don’t apply to them.

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Science
8:19 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

"Dance for PD" classes use music to temporarily ease tremors and get Parkinson's patients moving.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:47 pm

Even if you can't keep a beat, your brain can. "The brain absolutely has rhythm," says Nathan Urban, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

When you concentrate, Urban says, your brain produces rapid, rhythmic electrical impulses called gamma waves. When you relax, it generates much slower alpha waves.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:18 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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Patent
7:43 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled

Several of the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations have been canceled. The team will appeal the decision.
Nick Wass AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:25 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark of the NFL's Washington Redskins, after ruling in a case brought by five Native Americans who say the name disparages them. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the team to change its name. It is also subject to appeal, which the team has confirmed it will pursue.

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Manga Excepted
7:41 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Japan Bans Possession Of Child Pornography

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:51 am

Japan has banned the possession of child pornography, with some notable exceptions: manga, animation and computer graphics.

Parliament's upper house approved the measure Wednesday; the lower house passed the bill last month.

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Tech Culture
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Buy Into Tweeting Or Relentless Self-Promotion

Flickr Photo/Andreas Eldh (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde interviews author David Zweig about his new book, "Invisibles: The Power Of Anonymous Work In An Age of Relentless Self-Promotion."

Author Interview
3:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Can Comedy Wake Up Your Soul?

Credit Iman Jamal Rahman's book "The Laughter of the Sufis."

Marcie Sillman talks to Imam Jamal Rahman, one of the three Interfaith Amigos, about his new book "Sacred Laughter Of The Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom."

Music
7:37 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Rodney Crowell performs at a Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:54 am

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

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