Leonard Lopate - Please Explain
Cults have been around for thousandsof years, and they exist throughout the world, but when news reports break about a cult, it often seems like they have sprung up out of nowhere. For this week's Please Explain, we will beexamining the world of...
From Lobo to Fido: The Story of Domestication
Evolution is commonly seen as a process that happens in the wild, far away from human involvement. But humans and animals have evolved alongside each other for ages. The reason your dog understands you so well is largely due to evolution, and...
The Human Threats to The Livelihood of Birds
Please Explain this week is all about birds: how human activity is drivingseveralspecies to extinction, and what some people are doing to try and change that. Douglas Kass and Roger Kass, directors of the film Emptying the Skies, discuss the fate of...
Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Dark Matter a New Name: 'Fred'
Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson joins us for Please Explain: The Cosmos! Most recently, he’s the host of National Geographic Channel’s first-ever late-night series, StarTalk. Based on Tyson’s incredibly popular podcast of the same name, the new...
The Sweet Adelines and The Lustre Quartet Explain The...
Members of TheSweet Adelines and the Lustre Quartetjoin usfor this week's Please Explain, which is all about barbershop quartets!
The Conservation Efforts Trying to Keep Frogs From Going...
In 2009, a frog was discovered in a rain forest in Ecuadorthat changed its skin texture from smooth to spiky,and in 2014,a new species of frog was found in Staten Island.
Pesticides, Produce, and Your Health
This week's Please Explain is all about the pesticides used in agriculture, their health effects, and whether buying organic matters.
A Baby Plant in a Box... With its Lunch
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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