On the Radio

Week of June 15, 2014

Future Faces

06.15.2014

What’s the future of our faces? With new facial transplantation surgeries and the latest news about the NSA collecting images for facial recognition anaylsis, we're wondering about what we see in the mirror every day. 

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  1. Finding Faces

    Did you hear the news about the NSA collecting thousands of photos of faces every day, as part of a facial recognition effort? The New York Times' Natasha Singer gives us an update on the state of facial recognition.

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  2. Protecting Faces

    So if you want to protect your privacy when you’re online or on the street, what do you do? Photographer Adam Harvey is developing a DIY solution...

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: Facing Age

    One future that most of face is seeing someone in the mirror we don’t quite recognize. Here’s Donna McNeil’s story about facing aging.

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  4. Changing Faces

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    There’s an emerging option for people with severe facial disfigurements. The first facial transplant happened in France in 2006. Since then about 30 people have undergone the grueling surgery. In 2012, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez led a team at the University of Maryland Medical Center that attempted the most extensive face transplant yet.

    You can also listen to the extended interview with Dr. Rodriguez.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Downloadable Selves

    Physicist Michio Kaku's Dangerous Idea? A virtual "library of souls."

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  6. On Our Minds: Soccer in Brazil

    Got World Cup fever? Here's Roger Kittleson on how Brazilian politics, culture and passion is wrapped up in soccer.

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Weird Fiction

06.15.2014

Welcome to the creepy, freaky world of weird fiction - from H.P. Lovecraft to emerging star Jeff Vandermeer - where there's a very thin line between the real and the surreal.  Also, the modern master of mythic fiction, Neil Gaiman.

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  1. Southern Reach Trilogy - Jeff Vandermeer

    Imagine the government has sealed off part of Florida after people start dying there and strange new life forms pop up. Just what is happening in Area X? That's the premise of Jeff Vandermeer's mind-bending Southern Reach Trilogy.

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  2. Ursula Le Guin on Science Fiction

    Some writers are proud to call their work science fiction. Others resist the dreaded ghetto of genre fiction.  Sci-fi and fantasy legend Ursula Le Guin tells us what she thinks.

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  3. H.P. Lovecraft's Sound - Dean Lockwood

    H.P. Lovecraft died in 1937, but his horror stories have influenced writers from Borges to Stephen King. Lovecraft had a special talent for conjuring up things so monstrous that words can't describe them, though he used sound to create his creepy atmosphere.

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  4. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" - Neil Gaiman

    Neil Gaiman is famous for his mythic fiction - from old gods haunting American back roads to children raised by ghosts.  He talks about how our lives are shaped and scarred by childhood experiences.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Critical Thinking

    Rebecca Goldstein's Dangerous Idea?  Teach children to be rigorous critical thinkers.

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  6. On Our Minds: Lawrence Krauss on the Big Questions

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    Lawrence Krauss isn't only a famous physicist; he's also the subject, along with Richard Dawkins, of the documentary film "The Unbelievers."  He tells Steve Paulson that science has replaced philosophy and religion as the place to deal with the Big Questions.

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