The classic observer of human behavior would tell you all of our decisions have a rational basis. But new research indicates that “rational” may not be based on any conscious factors, but instead, is more deeply hardwired in our DNA. Vladas Griskevicius is co author of a new book called “The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.” He talks with Marcie Sillman.
Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:35 am
Republican Chris Christie's decision Monday to drop his administration's legal challenge to same-sex marriage made perfect sense for the governor of New Jersey,
But for the potential 2016 presidential candidate, whose path would presumably start in Iowa — where the Republican Party is dominated by social conservatives — the calculation is a bit more complicated.
Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa's powerful evangelical conservative, put it bluntly Monday.
It's Friday and that means it's time for The Record's News Quiz, one of public radio's most popular news quizzes. One lucky contestant will show their news knowledge and if they prevail their photo will grace KUOW's Facebook page. Marcie Sillman hosts.
As part of KUOW’s continuing coverage of the legacy of former House Speaker Tom Foley, The Record’s Steve Scher speaks with Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush, US District judge for the Eastern district of Washington, and lifelong friend of the late congressman.
Quackenbush and Foley were born in the same Spokane hospital in the same year. Connected through their fathers, who were also good friends, the two built a solid friendship of their own. Both men attended law school at Gonzaga University and became deputy prosecutors for the Spokane District Attorney’s office.
When Foley decided to run for Congress in 1964, he chose his friend to oversee his campaign. Quackenbush continued to serve as Foley’s campaign manager for every campaign until he was nominated as a federal judge by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
In Tukwila, Wash., a growing Bhutanese community is slowly adapting to modern American life while at the same time wanting to keep their Bhutani roots alive. Allan Kafley finds himself in a perfect position to help bridge these two worlds.
In Jennifer Maier's poem, "Responsible Person," a young boy practices constructing a self by building a paper version of the man he hopes to be in the future.
His father and the poem's speaker, "not his mother, the woman after his mother" look on, noting that he looks "like someone // you could count on, one of the numbered / good on which the world depends."
When Dave Isay first launched the StoryCorps project – an independent archive of interviews between two people – nobody wanted to participate. StoryCorps staff at Grand Central Station would have to grab commuters and convince them to come into the tiny recording booth to share their stories.
Back in the early seventies, Elliott Gould liked to wear one pink Converse gym shoe and one blue Converse gym shoe. It’s the kind of goofy and surprising choice a character played by Gould might make. Gould is an American actor whose work defines a naturalistic approach to film acting.
He starred in the TV show MASH and movie "The Long Goodbye," and he's a member of the fabled five-timers club of guest hosts on Saturday Night Live. Gould spoke with The Record's Steve Scher.