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An Ebola Vaccine Is Not the Answer

Instead, we need a treatment and better quarantine measures.<p>In a widely shared <i>Onion</i> article from a few days ago, scientists "announced" that an Ebola vaccine was still 50 white people away. This was a jab at pharmaceutical companies, who, cynics think, will only set their R&D wheels in motion if …

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Watch Bang On A Can Occupy 'Arthur'

We've all seen the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet and a Philip Glass score take star turns on <i>Sesame Street</i>. Now another beloved PBS kids' show has put art music front and center. The animated <i>Arthur</i> has downtown music doyens the Bang on a Can All-Stars visit Elwood City for a concert. It's …

Ukraine crisis in maps

<b>The crisis in Ukraine began in November 2013 when pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych's government abandoned a deal with the European Union in favour of stronger ties with Russia.</b><p>Ukraine has been torn between east and west since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ukrainian is the main …

Russia

Somalia: African solutions for African problems? | Africa

One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase "African solutions for African problems".<p>While "ASAP" is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the romantic motto, have proven that they are not indigenously …

The Novel After the Arab Spring

In the opening pages of Ahmed Saadawi’s novel “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” a suicide bombing shakes a neighborhood in the Iraqi capital:<p>They all turned towards the explosion at the moment a mass of flame and smoke ate up the cars and human bodies surrounding them, cut several electricity lines and …

Russia's President Visits Annexed Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Crimea's "return to the motherland," in his first appearance in the territory since Russia annexed the Ukrainian region in March.<p>The visit was ostensibly to mark Victory Day, Russia's most important secular holiday that honors the 1945 Soviet victory over the …

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars,' 'Louie' And Other Phenomena

Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour<p><b>Listen · 48:47</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>We're joined this week by the lovely Petra Mayer of NPR Books, who brings her serious sci-fi and fandom chops to our opening chat about the big <i>Star Wars</i> news. (From her early comment that one of the prequels should be …

Web Roundup: The Body and Big Data

This month’s web roundup will take a brief look at the body in the face of big data. You may have heard that a panel from the recent Theorizing the …

Field Notes on Activism — Cultural Anthropology

For decades now, the field of anthropology has produced a vast amount of scholarship on social movements and protest, providing unique insights into …

Anesthesia

[i] Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, <i>What is Philosophy?</i>, translated by Hugh Tomlinson and Graham Burchell (New York: Columbia University Press, …

Improving Health Through Coverage Expansion | Annals of Internal Medicine | American College of Physicians

Weeks before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, a provocative column in <i>The Atlantic</i> (1) posed this question. It drew on …

Gary Becker and the Economics Revolution That Wasn’t

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession, there was a lot of talk about the failure of economics and the need for a new paradigm. That was the context in which Paul Krugman wrote what became a famous essay on saltwater versus freshwater economics (“How Did Economists Get It …

The Politics and Anti-Politics of Infectious Diseases Control — A Special Issue of Medical Anthropology

The current issue of <b>Medical Anthropology</b> came out recently, and it is a special issue entitled “The Politics and Anti-Politics of Infectious Diseases …

The anthropology of humanitarianism

Erica Caple James conducted her dissertation research in trying circumstances: in Haiti, following the 1994 removal of the country’s military …

R.I.P., Gary Becker

60 Words

This hour we pull apart one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. We examine …

George W. Bush