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A Baby Plant in a Box... With its Lunch03/20/15
Today, seed plants make up about 90 percent of the world's flora. But that wasn't always the case.
From Sideshow to the Big Top: The History of the Circus
Daily life once ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Banks closed, schools canceled classes, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show.
So Close to Humans, So Far Extinct
Around 60,000 years ago, humansmigrated out of Africa. But, they were not alone. Neanderthals play an important role in the story of human evolution.
The Touch, The Feel, The Worldwide Domination, of Cotton
The story of cotton is tied to the story of modern capitalism, a constantglobal struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners.
From 'The Scarlet Letter' to YouTube: Shame Isn't Going Anywhere
As Valentine's Day is right around the corner,this week's Please Explain segment is all about a common, but perhaps unfortunate feeling thatcan creep in around this time: shame.
Expect 1-3 Feet of Snow... Or Maybe 4 Inches. Predicting Blizzards.
We can land a spacecraft on the frigid surface of a comet, butwhy can't we accurately predictsnowfall?
What the Future Has in Store for Your Brain
For this week's Please Explain, guest host Manoush Zomorodiheads to the frontiers of neuroscience.
Inside The Mind Of An Actor
For this week's Please Explain, we learn about a discipline very close to Martha Plimpton's heart: acting!
The Science of Studying Eruptions
More than 50 people died ata recent volcanic eruption in Japan. Iceland continues to experience its largest volcanic event in centuries.How do we predict which spot will pop next?
How Do We Keep the Resolutions We Make? Harness The Power of Habits.
In time for New Years resolution-making (and keeping), Charles Duhigg will explain habits, why we form them, and how we can break them.Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter at The New York Times and author ofThe Power of Habit: Why We Do...
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Grammy-winning bandleaderVince Giordanoand trumpeter, vocalist, and composerBria Skonbergteach us aboutswing music!They will both be appearing in Town Hall's second annual winter variety show, featuring modern takes on classic holiday songs from the...
How do Grand Juries, and Trial Juries, Influence Our Criminal Justice...
Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, and Bennett L. Gershman, professor at Pace University School of Law, join us for this week’s Please Explain, all about the jury system. We will dig into the history of the jury...
From Louis XIV To St. Petersburg To Lincoln Center: The History of...
Ballet originated in the Renaissance and was embraced byFrance’s Louis XIV, who danced leading roles,designed costumes and wrote librettos. Ballet wound its way from Paris to Milan and Vienna, St. Petersburg, eventually landing in the United...
How the Best Minds In The Field Search for Life in Outer Space
Sara Seager, Planetary Science and Physics Professorat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, tell us all about how astronomers look for extraterrestrial life and...
Will The Internet Remain Accessible to All?
On November 10, President Obama posted a video and statement on the White House website, urging the FCC to protect Net Neutrality,which ensuring all internet traffic is treated equallyfor everyone. The President stated that losing Net Neutralitycould...
Digging Up Ancient Artifacts, Human Remains, Lost Civilizations
For this week’s Please Explain, Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble, and archaeologist Dr. David Hurst Thomas dig up the details of the field of archaeology. They tell us how things are...
The History of Medical Quarantines, and What That Could Mean For...
Kaci Hickox, the Ebola health worker who was the first person forcibly quarantined under New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial health order, was released on Monday, October 27. She returned home to Maine, and said that she would defy the the...
Why Do Kids Sext and Is It a Crime?
For this week's Please Explain, Hanna Rosin discusses teen sexting, the pervasive trend of teenagers who send and spread, naked pictures of themselves and their peers on their cell phones. She's joined by Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief...
Where Does the Word Ketchup Come From? And Other Questions on the...
This week’s Please Explain is all about the language of food. Dan Jurafsky, professor of linguistics and computer science at Stanford University, investigates why we eat toast at breakfast and raise a toast at dinner, whether Thanksgiving turkey has...
Many Varieties of Seeds Are Becoming Extinct. Meet Two People Who Are...
Decades ago, as agriculture became centralized, seeds were selected foryield, and many varieties nearly went extinct. Now, a fewintrepidfarmers,entrepreneurs, and chefs and bringing back these heirloomseeds. On this week's Please Explain, we're joined...
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