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State of Things
10:50 am
Tue January 22, 2013

A Look Back, 50 Years After Duke Integration

Allen Building Study-in November 13, 1967
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In the fall of 1963, five undergraduate black students walked onto the campus at Duke University, integrating one of the last remaining segregated schools in the South. Their experience -- and that of the African-American students who followed -- was challenging as they overcame overt racism, biased faculty and social isolation.

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Science & Technology
11:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds

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Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. Sophisticated microscopes are able to see the smallest level of detail in the brain and determine how it changes in response to learning. Researchers at Duke University are using this technology to study the brains of songbirds and determine what implications their findings could have for humans. 

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Science & Technology
11:03 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Can Glowing Mice Save Us From Cancer?

Would you believe us if we told you that glowing mice might be the next step in saving human beings from cancer? Well, Ned Sharpless and his research team are trying to see if that very thing is possible. They have been injecting mice with the enzyme that makes fireflies glow in an effort to improve cancer treatment and detection.

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Who Says Scientists Can't Be In A Rock Band?

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Duo Ellen Stevens, aka Lu Lubenstein, and David Zielinski believe that scientists can do cool work in the lab and rock out on their free time. They make up the music group All Your Science, and together they have released two albums and an EP. When they’re not making tunes, Stevens is a pharmacologist working on cancer research at Duke University and Zielinski works at Duke’s virtual reality lab. Host Frank Stasio talks to them in the studio, and they’ll perform live.

 

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Science & Technology
11:43 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Real-life "Lorax" Speaks About Her Work In The Treetops

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Meg Lowman has spent her life exploring the treetops. She was dubbed the real-life “Lorax” by National Geographic for her work exploring forest canopies and identifying the species that live there.

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Science & Technology
11:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Are Chimps Interested In Social Networking?

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Online networking sites have become one of the primary ways humans forge connections with each another. Ian Gilby tells us that Gombe chimps might be just as interested in social networking as we are. He's been studying the ways chimpanzees form coalitions with one another in order to thrive and reproduce.

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State of Things
11:38 am
Wed January 16, 2013

How Does Empathy Make Us Uniquely Human?

What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel - and to hurt for them or be happy for them?  Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human.

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State of Things
10:43 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Geologist Hired As NC Museum Of Natural Sciences Director

Emlyn Koster
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For six months, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh has been searching for a new director. It finally found one. Emlyn Koster is a geologist who has headed big museums in the U.S. and Canada. His official start date is January 28. Host Frank Stasio talks to Emlyn Koster about becoming the new director of the museum.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Hedwig Kohn Fled Nazi Germany To Teach Physics In NC

Hedwig Kohn
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Hedwig Kohn was one of only three women to receive German qualification to teach physics at a university, and that was her vehicle to flee Nazi Germany. Hedwig Kohn wound up teaching and doing research at Duke University and has made significant contributions to the field of flame spectroscopy and radiation. Brenda Winnewisser took special interest in Hedwig’s story and currently has a biography on her due to be published in Spring 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks with Brenda Winnewisser, an adjunct professor of physics at Ohio State University.

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State of Things
10:17 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Do We Prefer Leaders With Low-Pitched Voices?

Rindy Anderson
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Science couple Rindy Anderson and Casey Klofstad noticed something weird when they watched television news. Almost all the anchors, both men and women, seemed to have low pitched voices. They decided to work together to find out how people perceive pitch, and how that might affect the way they vote. Host Frank Stasio talks to Rindy Anderson, a research associate in the biology department at Duke University; and Casey Klofstad, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami.

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