Christina Thompson

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When Modernism Met Science Fiction: Three New Wave Classics

A fan named Peter Graham once said that the golden age of science fiction is 12. That's true for me, although like many other fans I'd insist that <i>my</i> first exposure to SF happened during the <i>real</i> golden age. The decade from 1965 to 1975 was science fiction's so-called New Wave, when the genre took on …

Searching For The Science Behind Reincarnation

Say a child has memories of being a Hollywood extra in the 1930s. Is it just an active imagination, or actual evidence of reincarnation? Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia studies hundreds of cases like this and joins NPR's Rachel Martin to share his research on the science …

New York Weighs Easing Limits On Marijuana Use

New York may join a group of states that have loosened restrictions on marijuana: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering allowing the use of the drug for medicinal purposes.<p><i>The New York Times</i> first reported the story. Here's more from the paper:<p>"The shift by Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who had long …

Eating Tea And Other Food Predictions For 2014

<b>Listen · 2:56</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>At the beginning of every year, we read the tea leaves to see what new food trends we'll be tasting in the coming months. This year, the tea itself is the trend.<p>Tea leaves will be big in entrees, desserts and, of course, cocktails. Starbucks has …

Upcoming Books To Read In 2014

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Daniel Alarcon, the author of <i>At Night We Walk in Circles</i>, about the new books he is most excited about for 2014.<p><b>Listen · 3:14</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>2014 has just begun, and this …

Online quiz finds iPhone users the smartest

<b>An online quiz set up by British bookmaker Ladbrokes has found that iPhone users are quicker to answer problems correctly than other smartphone users.</b><p>…

Quizzes

Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 concepts bring new Samsung design patents to life

After a couple of new design patents have been awarded to Samsung on the last day of the previous year, a couple of new smartphone concepts have emerged imagining what the future Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 would look like in case Samsung would actually use the design shown in those …

Electronics Industry

See Stephen Colbert's Cameo In The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

It's not easy to become famous as a giant Tolkien nerd—we live in a world that includes this tattoo, after all—but Stephen Colbert has done an impressive job of it. America's favorite fake-conservative talk show host went all out for <i>The Hobbit</i> a year ago, decking out his set like Bag End and …

Lady Gaga Replaces R. Kelly with Christina Aguilera On New Version Of “Do What U Want”

Lady Gaga is releasing a new studio version of her latest single “Do What U Want.”<p>The song was originally a collaboration between the “Born This Way” …

Colorado’s First Day of Recreational Marijuana Sales: 10 Things To Know

It’s nearly a new year, and Colorado businesses are getting ready to sell a new leaf. Jan. 1 is the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales …

Doctors And Teens Both Avoid Talking About Sex And Sexuality

Many doctors aren't asking teenagers about sex or sexuality, and those who do are spending just 36 seconds on the topic, on average. That's not much time to get into sexually transmitted diseases or birth control, let alone sexual orientation, dating or other big topics.<p>And teenagers are so bashful …

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013

In 2013, Chicago newspapers and television stations kept a daily deadly count, listing those slain each day, most by gun violence. One of the most noted occurred early in the year when Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was shot and killed about a week after performing at inauguration events in Washington, …

American Dialect Society To Vote On Word Of The Year

Later this week the American Dialect Society will announce its word of the Year. Renee Montagne discusses word contenders with linguist Ben Zimmer, who is the language columnist for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p><b>Listen · 4:00</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>It's that …

Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring'

Remember Brick's frequent trips to "Echo Spring" in <i>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</i>? Echo Spring, Olivia Laing reminds us in her illuminating new book, is a nickname for the liquor cabinet, drawn from the brand of bourbon it contains. Symbolically, she adds, it refers to something quite different: "perhaps to …

Cruz Green Eggs And Ham: Political Hit Or Miss?

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was a political hit or miss, depending on whom you ask. Host Michel Martin and guests talk about Cruz and other politicians of note for this year's 'Tell Me Awards.'<p><b>Listen · 6:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I'm Michel Martin. This is TELL …

Elephant deaths rise in Tanzania after shoot-to-kill poachers policy is dropped

Elephant deaths in Tanzania have risen dramatically since the government abandoned a shoot-to-kill policy against poachers, officials admit.<p>Lazaro Nyalandu, the deputy minister of natural resources and tourism, said 60 elephants were "butchered" in November and December, compared with two in …

Despite Health Law, Many People May Be Left Underinsured

People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January, as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect.<p>But a recent analysis by Avalere Health found that many people may still find themselves underinsured, spending more …

More than 2 million people signed up for Obamacare, says White House

More than 2 million people have enrolled for health insurance through the federal and state health exchanges, Obama administration officials said Tuesday.<p>While considerably short of the 3.3 million enrollees the Obama administration was hoping for by now, the number is a dramatic improvement from …

The NSA Reportedly Has Total Access To The Apple iPhone

As with most good stories, revelations of the NSA spy program will almost certainly keep getting worse before anything gets better.<p>Yesterday we reported on claims—based on leaked NSA documents—that the spy agency was rerouting laptops ordered online to install spyware and malicious hardware on the …

5 Takeaways From the New York Times Benghazi Investigation

An in-depth New York <i>Times</i> investigation published Saturday sheds new light on questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound …

Britney Spears’s Vegas Show Is a Big Fat Hit, Obviously

The pop diva’s ambitious new Las Vegas residency, ‘Piece of Me,’ launched Friday night. Critics loved it. Fans LOVED it. Why were we all so …

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Favorite Books, TV, Movies And Music Of 2013

Fresh Air Weekend <i>highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This</b> …

Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

<b>Listen · 4:43</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>This was a busy year for Vice President Joe Biden: He was President Obama's point man on gun control; he traveled widely, pushing for infrastructure spending; and he recently returned form a trip to Asia, where he met with the leaders of China, …

The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

From fake tweets to feigned poverty, the Internet was ablaze with hoaxes in 2013. Tess Lynch reported on the "rise of the hoax economy" for Grantland, calling out the biggest dupes of the year.<p>Lying isn't new, but the nature of the lies is changing, Lynch writes: "Our focus has shifted from the …

What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem

<i>Just how far does a dollar go? We'll try to answer that question as part of an occasional series on what things cost around the world. In this installment, NPR's Emily Harris looks at the price of headwear in Jerusalem.</i><p>In Israel and the Palestinian territories, headgear is big business. How much …

Lines to Remember: A Year in Poetry

<b>Each</b> year’s end, amid the summing-up, the avid reader scratches her head. Which were the best books? Editors assign a number, a genre, a time frame. …

Literature

One Grump or Two?

Spotlight on Downton Abbey’s two great dames as Season Four arrives.<p>If <i>Downton Abbey</i> has a message (aside from the fact that you really can own too much silver), it is that life goes on. Matthew Crawley may end up dead in a ditch, but he leaves behind a baby boy for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) to …