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Trump's prosody

Yesterday I showed a pitch contour from one of Hillary Clinton's speeches ("Political /t/ lenition", 8/7/2016), and promised to take a broader look at her characteristic prosodic styles. But today I'm going to feature one of Donald's prosodic stylings. From the Trump/Pence rally in Des Moines, Iowa, 8/5/2016: We're gonna use great business leaders ___to work […]

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. This American Life sent four people to explore refugee camps in Greece. They did a very nice job of explaining the bottlenecks towards getting them settled. From Marketplace, in the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

NASA Suspends Future Live TV Feeds from the International Space Station --"Move Follows UFO Cover Up Claims"

NASA has announced that the space agency has suspended future live TV feeds from the International Space Station. UFO theorists will now surely look at NASA's move as further confirmation after a live NASA video feed by the ISS was....

Mike Pence Does Not Understand Evolution

It is my universal experience, after more than thirty years of confronting various forms of evolution denial or creationism, that creationists simply do not understand evolution. If any do understand it, they pretend not to. I guess they have no choice – they are motivated to deny an established scientific theory. They need to pretend […]

Shopping at the Strand with Michael Orthofer

How should one approach an overwhelming bookstore, namely the famous Strand in New York City?  Where to start, which books should you discard, and how do you make those final choices?  What if you could pick only three books to takeShow More Summary

Book shopping at Strand

In conjunction with my recent conversation with Tyler Cowen (watch and/or read), I also had the opportunity to go book-shopping with him -- on camera -- at the Strand bookstore, and you can now watch the (cut-down-to-manageable-size)...Show More Summary

When Humans Play God

This story was adapted from an episode of New Hampshire Public Radio’s podcast Outside/In. Listen to it here: Show of hands: Say you had a swarm of wood-boring beetles and you wanted to get rid of them. These beetles were never supposed to be here—they were brought in from Asia, unintentionally. Show More Summary

Speech errors

There are rumors that Donald Trump's campaign staff is feeling stressed — longtime ally of Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager: "Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal." — John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 3, 2016 Maybe it's just lack of sleep, but Mr. Manafort's Meet The Press interview last Sunday does seem remarkably […]

Can Mel Gibson Pull Off a Portrayal of OED Editor James Murray?

The news came as something of a shock to the dictionary world: As announced in the Hollywood Reporter, Mel Gibson is set to star as James Augustus Henry Murray, the first principal editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, in an adaptation...Show More Summary

"Grounded" --'Beautifully Challenging' SciFi Short Film: A Journey Through Space

One astronaut's journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed...

Garlic — A Sensory Pleasure or a Social Nuisance? [podcast 75]

Whether garlic is a sensory delight or a social horror is the big question in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams  — with dramatic...Show More Summary

Blue Origin Test Flight Was a Successful Failure. Literally, in Fact.

Some good news from Blue Origin: Jeff Bezos, the CEO of the rocket company, reports that the last test flight, where one of the three crew capsule parachutes was intentionally undeployed, was a success. This was the fourth flight ofShow More Summary

when is european social theory garbage?

I confuse people. Sometimes, I come off as the humorless American social science empiricist. “Show me a z-score or get out of my office!” Other times, it sounds like I drank the cool aid at the latest MLA meetings. What’s the deal? How can a “just the facts, ma’am” guy be the same person who […]

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