Chile Celebrates, World Watches As Miners Are Lifted To Freedom
Rescue crews continue to pull those trapped miners from the earth at the San Jose mine in Chile. Family members are greeting the miners with cheers as they emerge from the rescue capsule. The miners have survived more time trapped underground than anyone on record, and the world was captivated by their endurance and unity as officials carefully planned their rescue. The BBC brings us the story from the scene.
- WBUR.org: Live video of the Chilean mine rescue
Taking Temperature Of The Tea Party
Tonight, Republican candidate for Senate from Delaware Christine O’Donnell gets another chance to make an impression, in a televised debate with Democrat Chris Coons. O’Donnell has been called the poster woman for the Tea Party, which has been roiling politics for the past two years. Some call the Tea Party an authentic popular movement, but some label it “astroturf” — a fake grassroots movement managed by conservative groups like Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks. Kate Zernike is national correspondent for the New York Times, and author of “Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America,” which chronicles the rise of the Tea Party.
- Book excerpt: “Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America”
Researcher Finds Half-Heard Conversations Are Twice As Annoying
We know overhearing a cell phone conversation is grating, but there’s a possible cognitive answer as to why. A study in Psychological Science looks how halfalogue, half heard conversation, makes our brains work overtime to fill in the blanks. We talk to lead author of the study, Lauren Emberson, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Cornell University.
After 50 Years, Jane Goodall Still Making Discoveries
Biologist Jane Goodall is marking the 50th anniversary of her work observing the chimpanzees at Gombe in Tanzania. After decades of study, the revelations about the chimps at Gombe keep coming, including the news that an AIDS-like disease may be killing them. Science writer David Quammen celebrates Jane Goodall in the new issue of National Geographic and joins us to talk about her importance.
- National Geographic: Being Jane Goodall
Composer Eric Whitacre Creates Choirs In Cyberspace
Eric Whitacre’s choir compositions have drawn huge crowds and sold records around the world, his latest release “Light and Gold” comes out next week. He’s also gone online: around the world, aspiring choir members record their parts of one of his works, upload the videos on to YouTube and they are mixed into a Virtual Choir. He’s asking people to join him in his effort to create the world’s largest online choir ever.
Music From The Show
- The Essex Green, “The Sixties”
- Lady Gaga/Beyonce, “Telephone”
- Jeff Beck, “Line Dancing With Monkeys”