Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.
Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.
Fresh Air is produced at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and broadcast nationally by NPR.
We all crave power - to run laptops, charge cell phones, and play Angry Birds. But if generating energy is easy, storing it is not. Remember when your computer conked out during that cross-country flight? Why can’t someone build a better battery?
Discover why battery design is stuck in the 1800s, and why updating it is key to future green transportation (not to mention more juice for your smartphone). Also, how to build a new type of solar cell that can turn sunlight directly into fuel at the pump.
Plus, force fields, fat cells and other storage systems. And: Shock lobster! Energy from crustaceans?
Dan Lankford – Former CEO of three battery technology companies, and a managing director at Wavepoint Ventures
Jackie Stephens – Biochemist at Louisiana State University
Kevin MacVittie – Graduate student of chemistry, Clarkson University, New York
Nate Lewis – Chemist, California Institute of Technology
Alex Filippenko – Astronomer, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Williams – Physicist, San Francisco Bay Area
What is it like to be a dog, a shark, or a bird? Long the subject of human daydreams, this question is now getting serious attention from scientists who study animal senses. The senses define our experience of the world—they shape our minds, and help make us what we are. Humans rely on smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound, but other animals have super-powered versions of these senses. A few animals, like electrically-sensitive sharks, even have extra senses we don’t have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can “see” with his ears, viewers will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine.
NOVA meets with researcher Kathryn Lord from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst/Gettysburg College, who has reared a group of wolves from birth to see how they interpret visual information and how it contrasts with dogs. She discovers that the process of domestication on dogs may have given dogs greater flexibility to rely on all of their senses, while wolves are evolutionarily hardwired to use their sense of smell above all other senses. But it’s not just the senses that are remarkable—it’s the brains that process them. How does a swallow’s tiny, one-gram brain take in the flood of visual information that enables the bird to whiz within inches of buildings while flying at 40 miles an hour? Is it possible for a dog to smell time? How has the evolution of the dog—from its wolf ancestors—reshaped its brain? NOVA goes into the minds of animals to “see” the world in an entirely new way.
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And at 8 pm April 23, tune in for part three of the series:
INSIDE ANIMAL MINDS: WHO’S THE SMARTEST?
What makes an animal smart? What forces of evolution drive brains to become more complex? Many scientists believe the secret lies in our relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures—including humans—seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet. Off the coast of Florida, viewers will see dolphins team up to catch fish by whipping up a wall of muddy water that drives the meal right into their companions’ waiting mouths. It seems that the dolphins are working together to plan their hunt. But are they really? Biologists go on a quest to decipher the secrets of animal societies, from the seas of the Caribbean to the plains of Africa. Do dolphins and elephants have “language”? Do chimps have a sense of fairness? And are any animals besides ourselves capable of feeling empathy? NOVA meets with Dr. Diana Reiss, animal psychologist at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md., who investigates whether dolphins have a sense of self and can recognize themselves as individuals.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; * Leila Josefowicz, violin
IVES: The Unanswered Question
*SALONEN: Violin Concerto
[*Encore: SALONEN: Lachen Verlernt (2002) for solo violin]
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5
[LAP fill: STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring. LAP/Salonen]
In the first two-part mystery, Blood on Their Hands, airing at 8 pm Sundays, April 13 and 20, Alice Merren is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of her former Bletchley Park colleague. Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own. The investigation leads to a young woman who seems to have had a relationship with the deceased and in whose home they find documents suggesting a military cover-up of a chemical spill. The women use the skills honed at Bletchley Park — and take dangerous chances — to try to exonerate Alice.
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Beginning Monday, April 14, WILL-AM will add a fourth hour of Morning Edition from 9 to 10 am, replacing BBC World programming at that time.
The change was necessary because BBC World changed its schedule during the 9 am hour, and the new line-up is incompatible with WILL-AM's commitment to agriculture programming at 9:50 am.
BBC content continues to air on WILL-AM weekdays at 2:35 pm, and as part of The World at 3 pm. WILL-AM also airs BBC World programming Monday-Thursday from 9 pm – 5 am; Friday from 9 pm – 6 am; Saturday from 11:30 pm – 6 am; and Sunday from 11 pm to 5 am.
On Thursday, April 10, Illinois Public Media News begins a series of reports on air and online about the challenges of living with mental illness in our region. Over the course of the following few weeks, we’ll hear the stories of a mother and her son who is living with schizophreia, a couple living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and many more.
- At 6:40 and 8:40 am Thursday, April 10, during Morning Edition, we’ll hear a report from WILL’s Sean Powers, who investigates some of the reasons many patients are waiting up to six months to get a first time appointment with a psychiatrist.
- At 6:40 am and 8:40 am on Friday, April 11, Sean talks to Holly and Rich Brandt of St. Joseph about their life together coping with diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
- Live at 10 am on Friday, April 11, WILL’s Focus will look at what some hospitals are doing to try and shorten those wait times and provide better care, including using telemedicine where patients talk to a doctor they see and hear on a monitor.
The series continues at 6:40 and 8:40 am on Thursday, April 17 and 24. And, each week during Here and Now, we'll hear oral histories from those living with mental illness and their loves ones. Tune in at 12:45 pm or listen and read about their stories online.
During the next few weeks, we’re also interested in hearing what you have to say about mental illness in central Illinois. We’ll be hosting a twitter chat Friday, April 11, at 11 am. Tweet us #WILLchat.