Every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics sends hundreds of workers out to stores to gather prices of about 80,000 goods and services. But a new computer program from MIT just combs through the Internet and grabs inflation data online.
Aired on Marketplace on April 18th, 2013
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Latino Neighborhoods: Improving Health Through Ethnic Pride?
As a group Latino Americans, especially those who live in Latino neighborhoods, are often found to outlive members of other ethnic groups of the same, or higher, socioeconomic status. I look into this health phenomenon sometimes called the “barrio advantage.”
Aired on PRI’s The World on April 3rd, 2013
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Millennials likely to take debt to their graves
A new study suggests Gen Y borrowers shows their repayment patterns don’t match up with past generations. (And that’s not a good thing.)
Aired on Marketplace on January 31st, 2013
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For some, freelance gigs trump full-time jobs
Hiring is down, and self-employment is up. I find two people who’ve found creative ways to work for themselves, with financial success.
Aired on Marketplace Money on January 4th, 2013
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As the number of contract jobs rise, recruiters want a piece of the action.
Aired on Marketplace on January 4th, 2013
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The Math Behind Holiday Packages
How do packages get from point A to point B when so many people buy gifts online? I visit a UPS distribution center to find out.
Aired on Marketplace on December 17th, 2012
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Gas Price Gouging
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, most New York drivers face multi-hour lines for gas, if they can even find an open station. A thriving black market for fuel has emerged to meet those needs.
Aired on Marketplace Morning Report on November 6th, 2012.
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I visit my local snack aisle, a flavor lab, and taste expert Barb Stuckey to discover the science and business behind bold new flavors.
Aired on the Marketplace Morning Report on October 9th, 2012.
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Let’s Talk About Sex
The Bronx ranks among the worst areas in the nation for teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Yet teens in this borough engage in sex at the same rates as their peers in the rest of the nation, and they use condoms more. What’s going on here?
Aired on NPR’s Latino USA on August 31, 2012.
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The Bimusical Brain
People who grow up with two language systems seem to have a cognitive advantage over those of us who grew up with just one. What about people who grow up with two musical systems? Patrick Wong of Northwestern University studies the bimusical brain as a possible correlate of biculturalism.
Aired on PRI’s The World July 18th, 2012
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Babies as Parasites
Once they’re born, babies are adorable. But when they’re still inside you, they can have some pretty parasitic impacts. I take a look into the chemistry behind pregnancy’s greatest drawbacks.
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The Mind Science Foundation Podcast – Teens and Oxytocin
We’ve all been teens ourselves, so why do we have so much trouble relating to them? And why do we even bother relating to each other in the first place?
Teen brain researcher Abigail Baird and neuroeconomist Paul Zak walk us through their answers to those questions in this episode of the Mind Science Foundation’s podcast.
Link to iTunes here.
Breaking Down Memory
I unpack the implications of recent memory research with a live audience at Brooklyn’s Union Docs performance space.
Performed for the Radio Cabaret March 17th, 2012.
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Language, Money, and the Future
How much could the way we talk about the future affect our savings habits? A lot, says behavioral economist Keith Chen.
Aired on PRI’s The World October 24th, 2011.
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Fecal Sludge: Ghana’s Next Black Gold
A sewage revolution breaks ground in Ghana this summer. In the capitol city of Accra, sanitation engineers aim to turn human waste into a new profit source.
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Back in December 2009, Brooklyn make-up artist Jessica Jade Jacob needed a job. She had experience with sculpting movie special effects, so a friend asked her to take over her position on a special assignment. This piece follows the unexpected details of that job.
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The Tongue Map
A commentary piece on the science lesson that just won’t go away.
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This is part of my collaboration with the Brooklyn arts and lecture space, Observatory. The podcast covers February’s events at this Gowanus headquarters for all things art and science. We revisit February’s Retrofuturology exhibit, get acquainted with the Observatory members Wythe Marschall and Ethan Gould of theHollow Earth Society, and ponder the lectures “The Secret History of the Ouija Board,” “Perceptions of Motion,” and “The Morton Skull Collection.”
Produced March 2011
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A Fish Tale
The death of one little blind fish helped this scientist see river evolution in a whole new way.
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A less scientific, more personal piece–an audio postcard from my move across the country this September. My boyfriend Bruce and I spent three weeks in a minivan traveling from Seattle, Washington to Brooklyn, New York. I collected sounds along the way.
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To the Moon!
What can we learn from studying the moon? And what’s the value of returning there? I talk with a local researcher and a NASA scientist about the future of moon exploration.
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Aired on KBCS in Seattle on August 19th, 2010 and on NHPR’s Word of Mouth on October 4th. Also available on prx.org.
Once Upon a Crow…
Crows! Legends! Scientific explanations!
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Generics-First Policy For Anti-Psychotics Draws Controversy
Washington state needs to save money. So they’re asking doctors to turn to generic drugs first when prescribing for Medicaid patients. But critics say the state’s scrimping on the wrong group of people.
Aired May 6th 2010 on KUOW Seattle.
Reaching Seattle’s Hidden Population of Meth Users
A new study by the Seattle Counseling Service finds that women are often overlooked in methamphetamine treatment programs. The Service is trying to reach out a particularly ignored subset of meth users: lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.
Aired April 15th, 2010 on KUOW Seattle.
Seattle Sprouts Urban Farms
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn calls 2010 “The Year of Urban Agriculture.” What does farming in the city look like?
Aired April 12th, 2010 on KUOW Seattle.
Pesky Parasite Devastates Vancouver Island Bees
Bees are disappearing from their hives, and the varroa mite is a possible suspect. How can beekeepers protect their honey-makers?
Aired March 16th, 2010 on KUOW Seattle.
Night Exhibit Closing
On the last week of Seattle Zoo’s Night Exhibit, zookeepers and the public pay their final respects.
Aired February 26th, 2010 on KUOW Seattle.