A Spedthrift Flaneur in the Attention Economy

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Radioactive monster Godzilla stomps through a city and eats a commuter train in a scene from Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, directed by Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse. The 1956 film was a re-edited version of the 1954 Japanese film Gojira, directed by Honda. [Source: Embassy Pictures/Getty Images/NPR]
Radioactive monster Godzilla stomps through a city and eats a commuter train in a scene from Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, directed by Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse. The 1956 film was a re-edited version of the 1954 Japanese film Gojira, directed by Honda. [Source: Embassy Pictures/Getty Images/NPR]

Movie Mutants Give A Face To Our Nuclear Fears : NPR 033011
Within the first few days of the threefold tragedy in Japan, Wikipedia trend-spotters noticed a startling spike in searches … for “Godzilla.” It feels callow to be discussing popular culture at a moment when bodies are still being pulled from rubble, says Grady Hendrix, co-director of the New York Asian Film Festival. “The Godzilla movies don’t have anything to do with what’s going on now,” he says. But Hendrix admits that those Wikipedia searches prove how much our perception of the world is shaped by cultural images. Still, he takes exception to the idea that you can infer something about Japan’s current catastrophe from a movie made almost 57 years ago. Sure, he says, the Godzilla films are about radiation — from 1945, when the U.S. bombed Japan, twice. “And,” he adds, “what happened in 1954, when the U.S. detonated a thermonuclear device in the Bikini Atoll and irradiated a Japanese fishing boat.”
Copyrighted material staying up on YouTube | Marketplace From American Public Media
There’s a lot of creative content on YouTube, some of it copyrighted. But instead of blocking that content, copyright holders increasingly prefer making money. | David King manages that system, which is called Content ID. And it works like this. Entertainment companies provide YouTube with scads of reference files of their songs, movies, TV shows.
Answers To Census’ Race Question Changes Over Time : NPR 033011
Census figures show the Hispanic population in the United States now accounts for more than half of the nation’s growth in the past decade. But how to classify and measure Hispanics in the Census is complicated, since they are an ethnicity not a race. Ruben Rumbaut, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine, talks to Steve Inskeep about the predicament.
In Libyan Capital, Reporters Encounter The Surreal : NPR 033011
Foreign journalists covering events in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are facing increased government pressure. State television regularly denounces Western media coverage of the conflict, and there are billboards around the city condemning news organizations by name. The situation for the media in the Libyan capital has become ever more sinister and weird.
Photographer’s Libya Ordeal: ‘You’re Going To Die’ : The Two-Way : NPR
New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario’s attempt to document the retreat of Libyan rebels near Benghazi left her in the custody of Moammar Gadhafi’s soldiers — who abused Addario and three of her colleagues for several days, before their release on March 21. In an interview slated to air Friday morning, Addario tells Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne that she and fellow Times photographer Tyler Hicks, reporter Anthony Shadid and videographer Stephen Farrell were captured in the town of Ajdabiya.
Libyan Woman Accuses Gadhafi Soldiers Of Rape : NPR 032811
Melissa Block speaks with Jonathan Miller of Channel Four News in the UK about the story of a Libyan woman who was dragged away from telling foreign journalists about an alleged gang rape by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
Children’s Book Apps: A New World Of Learning : NPR 032811
There’s a whole new way to read your kids to sleep these days — or to distract them while you are trying to get something done. If you have a smartphone or an iPad, you can download a kids’ book app in no time. From classics to stories created specifically as an app, these enhanced e-books include narration, animation and interactive features. Some children are even getting their first exposure to books on a digital device.
Cheaper Than A Tablet: ‘Rooting’ Your E-Reader : NPR 032711
What if you could buy a tablet with a slightly smaller screen than the iPad for half the price or even less? Hackers have been turning e-book readers into tablets for cheap Internet on the go.
Lady, believed to be the oldest osprey in the world and mother to 48 birds, nesting in the Highlands. [Source: Russell Cheyne/Reuters/Guardian.com]
Lady, believed to be the oldest osprey in the world and mother to 48 birds, nesting in the Highlands. [Source: Russell Cheyne/Reuters/Guardian.com

BBC News – Osprey ‘Lady’ returns to Loch of the Lowes reserve 032911
“Lady” has nested at the Loch of the Lowes reserve near Dunkeld for 21 consecutive years. The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) feared the bird would not survive its migration to Africa last year after becoming weakened by illness. But the charity said it had now “positively identified” Lady. Wildlife experts said a close-up image of the bird’s “distinctive” iris – seen from the camera trained on the nest – had enabled them to confirm the identity of the osprey. Robert Potter, from the SWT, said: “To get the close-up image required, we need the bird to sit on the nest for a reasonable length of time in daylight hours. “At the first possible opportunity, we used the camera to zoom in on the bird.
Webcams – Scottish Wildlife Trust
The webcam below is showing live footage from our SWT’s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, Dunkeld.
Granny osprey flies back to Scotland from Africa for record 21st time | UK news | The Guardian 032911
One of the world’s oldest ospreys, which has already laid 58 eggs and seen 48 chicks leave her nest, has returned to her roost in the Highlands, breaking her own record for longevity. The osprey known as Lady, pictured on Tuesday, landed back in her eyrie at a wildlife reserve near Dunkeld on Monday after completing her 21st migration, ending a round trip of roughly 6,000 miles to and from her winter home in west Africa. And despite living three times as long as most breeding females, the 26-year-old bird of prey is again by her nest – now grown to the size of a double bed – preparing for her mate.
Lady May Be World’s Oldest Osprey : NPR 033011
Lady is not just any old bird. She’s perhaps the oldest osprey in the world. After traveling 6,000 miles, she’s completed her 21st migration from Africa back to Scotland. These wide-winged birds of prey nearly went extinct and are still quite rare.
Decorah Eagles, Ustream.TV
The Raptor Resource Project brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa.
Marching for an alternative UK – Inside Story – Al Jazeera English
In an event dubbed the march for the alternative, hundreds of thousands gathered in London – protesting against the ruling coalition’s planned spending cuts – the largest cut-backs since the Great Depression. Organised by the Trade Union Congress, the protests remained largely peaceful. However events were overshadowed by violence that later erupted. But as Europe is still struggling to avoid another financial crisis, would such measures have any impact? And what are the social and political implications? Inside Story, with presenter Ghida Fakhry, discusses with: Jeremy Batstone-Carr, the head of research at Charles Stanley stockbrokers; Max Keiser, a financial analyst and renowned banking critic; and Tom Clougherty, the executive director of the Adam Smith Institute, a UK-based think tank dedicated to free market policies.
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Why Libya Matters To The Middle East’s Future : NPR 0311“
On today’s Fresh Air, George Washington University political scientist Marc Lynch explains how the future of Libya has become a key part in the rapidly changing transformation of the Arab world — and why the United States and its allies decided to intervene.
HeLa Cells: A fluorescence micrograph of HeLa cells, derived from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks and named in her honor [Source: Tomasz Szul/Visuals Unlimited, Inc./Getty Images/NPR]
HeLa Cells: A fluorescence micrograph of HeLa cells, derived from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks and named in her honor [Source: Tomasz Szul/Visuals Unlimited, Inc./Getty Images/NPR]
Tracing The ‘Immortal’ Cells Of Henrietta Lacks : NPR 031811
In 1951, an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. She was treated at Johns Hopkins University, where a doctor named George Gey snipped cells from her cervix without telling her. Gey discovered that Lacks’ cells could not only be kept alive, but would also grow indefinitely. For the past 60 years Lacks’ cells have been cultured and used in experiments ranging from determining the long-term effects of radiation to testing the live polio vaccine. Her cells were commercialized and have generated millions of dollars in profit for the medical researchers who patented her tissue.Lacks’ family, however, didn’t know the cell cultures existed until more than 20 years after her death. Medical writer Rebecca Skloot examines the legacy of Lacks’ contribution to science — and effect that has had on her family — in her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Before ‘Ipanema,’ Stan Getz’s Exquisite ‘Quintets’ : NPR 031811
Kevin Whitehead: “When saxophonist Stan Getz recorded “Body and Soul” from The Clef & Norgran Studio Albums at age 26 he’d been playing professionally for a decade — ever since joining trombonist Jack Teagarden, who taught him a lot about relaxation, on or off the bandstand. Teagarden was an economical ballad player and extravagant drinker. Stan Getz became a star with Woody Herman’s postwar orchestra; his gorgeous sound stuck out even in that great band. Like other young white tenor players, Getz emulated Count Basie star Lester Young, a master of aloof improvisations that floated over a band. You can really hear his influence at quick tempos, when Getz does his take on Young’s pet move, riding one barely changing note on “Feather Merchant.” Lester Young wasn’t always thrilled to have an ardent admirer more successful than he was. “Stan gets the money,” he’d grumble.”
‘We’re Broke’: Empty Bank Accounts, Empty Meaning? : NPR 032411
Geoff Nunberg : “The word “economics” comes from the Greek word for “home” and originally referred to the art of household management. It hasn’t meant that for some centuries, of course. But people are still drawn to describing the affairs of government in homey terms. Take “we’re broke,” which Republican governors and legislators have made their mantra to justify cuts in government programs and services — and none so insistently as John Boehner, who has been pleading the “B” word for years, long before the “B” word was cool. That claim that “we’re broke” puts some people in a lather. A recent New York Times editorial called it “obfuscating nonsense.” No states are going to go bankrupt, it said, and a country with a big deficit is no more broke than a family with a college loan. E.J. Dionne called it a “phony metaphor.” And a Bloomberg article observed that you can’t call a country broke when investors all over the world are lining up to lend it money for less than a 1 percent return.”
Elizabeth Taylor’s Legacy: AIDS Activist, Movie Star : NPR 032511
John Powers : “I was raised to dislike Elizabeth Taylor. My mother, who taught me about the movies, disapproved of her countless men — she never forgave Liz for stealing Eddie from Debbie — and flat-out scoffed at her acting. “She’s only beautiful,” Mom would snort, a line I found convincing — until I reached puberty. Then, like almost every man in the world, I felt the tidal pull of that violet-eyed, raven-haired beauty, whose ethereal perfection contained within it the promise of carnal delight.”

Lykke Li on Vimeo
Lykke Li is a Swedish indie singer. Her music often blends elements of pop, electronic, and alternative rock; various instruments can also be found in her songs, including violins, tambourines, trumpets, saxophones, and cellos. She released her debut album, Youth Novels, in 2008. New Single Get Some is now out as a free download from: LykkeLi.com
YouTube – Lykke Li – Get Some
Dear Friends, we didn’t see it coming but here it is. The video for Get Some, directed by the fantastic Johan Söderberg…GERMAN fans! You can watch Get Some at Vimeo.com/lykkeli
Lykke Li: Bolder, But Still ‘Wounded’ : NPR 032711
That voice belongs to Swedish singer Lykke Li. But on her latest album, Wounded Rhymes, it doesn’t sound quite so delicate. | “It’s all about being free and following my inspiration and what excites me,” Li tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. “I try not to censor | myself. I just go with my own gut feeling.” | That approach is apparent on the song “Get Some,” which contains a lyric that has raised a few eyebrows: “I’m your prostitute / You gon’ get some.”
No Flying Car, But How About An Invisibility Cloak? : NPR 032711
According to physicist Michio Kaku, all these technologies are not only possible, they’re already in development. Kaku has written a new book, Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100. | Prof. KAKU: …have the Internet in our eyeball. We’re talking about blinking and you are online. | RAZ: So it’ll be like inserting a colored contact lens, except it’s going to be the Internet in that contact lens. | Prof. KAKU: And think of what you can do. When you meet somebody, your contact lens will identify who that person is, print out their biography next to that person’s image and then translate from Chinese into English or whatever as the person is speaking.
Scientists Tune In To The ‘Voices Of The Landscape’ : NPR 032611
Tennessee Williams At 100: Forever ‘The Poet Of The Outcast’ : NPR
“He’s like an animal, has an animal’s habits,” she tells Stella. “There’s even something subhuman about him. Thousands of years have passed him right by and there he is — Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age, bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle. And you, you here waiting for him. Maybe he’ll strike you, or maybe he’ll grunt and kiss you. That’s if kisses have been discovered yet.” The observer of humankind who crafted those words, Thomas Lanier Williams, was born 100 years ago — on March 26, 1911 — in the Mississippi Delta town of Columbus. In a career that spanned half a century, he redefined what a play could do. He created some of the most remarkable characters in world drama in his more than 70 plays, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo and The Night of the Iguana. He also wrote two novels, several collections of poetry and stories, and adapted many of his plays to the screen.
On The Media: Transcript of “What’s Libya Like?” (March 25, 2011)
As the situation in Libya has evolved over the past month, from street demonstrations to civil war to international intervention, commentators across the world have searched for a historical analogy. Is Libya like Vietnam? How about Iraq? Kosovo? Bob talks to Foreign Policy’s managing editor, Blake Hounshell, about whether these analogies are at all meaningful and makes him choose a favorite.
On The Media: Transcript of “How Wars Are Named ” (March 25, 2011)
When the American military’s code name for the current intervention in Libya, Operation Odyssey Dawn, was made public, the name generated some jeers (comedian Jon Stewart pointed out that it sounded like an album by the progressive rock band Yes). Which made us wonder: how do operations get named? Bob talks to linguist Geoffrey Nunberg about how it works and how American war names have changed over time.
On The Media: Transcript of “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory” (March 25, 2011)
In March of 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City caught fire on a late Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of workers were trapped on the upper floors, crammed onto a fire escape or piled out on the roof waiting for the horse drawn fire engines to arrive. All in all, one hundred and forty six people fell or jumped to their death or died in the fire. As we investigate charges of bias in public radio, we thought it might be useful to consider an earlier era when, according to David Von Drehle, author of “Triangle: The Fire That Changed America,” politics and prejudice were an overt influence
On The Media: Transcript of “Does Public Radio Have a Liberal Bias? The Finale!” (March 25, 2011)
This week, the final installment of our exploration into the question: Does NPR have a liberal bias? Last week, we learned why the question is so complicated and PEW’s Tom Rosenstiel said he’d examine NPR’s coverage and report back to us. This week, we hear from conservative listeners Sam Negus and Kevin Putt. Then FAIR’s Steve Rendall provides his take on our endeavor. And finally, Rosenstiel reveals his findings.

Innovator of Journalism, Film Dies : NPR 032511

Richard Leacock helped invent the filmmaking style known as cinema verite. His work inspired such documentarians as the Maysles brothers and D.A. Pennebaker — as well as French New Wave directors like Truffaut and Godard and Americans like Martin Scorsese. Leacock died Wednesday at 89 in his home in Paris.
Kevin Kline Has A ‘Queen To Play’ … En Francais : NPR 032511
During his three-decade film career, Kevin Kline has played all sorts of roles — from the pirate king in The Pirates of Penzance to the president of the United States in Dave. But it’s his latest role that might be the most unexpected. In the French film Queen to Play, Kline puts his language skills to the test in his first French-speaking role. He plays a reclusive American doctor living on the island of Corsica, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his housekeeper over a game of chess. | Along with plenty of life lessons, Kline’s years on stage and screen have given him many insights into acting — particularly about the power of ad-libbing. He is famous for improvised lines from his 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda. “A lot of the lines that have stuck to people have been ad-libbed,” he says. “[They] have just sort of emerged out of a loose directing style … allowing the actors a kind of leeway.”
Google: A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence? : NPR 032511
Traditionally, intelligence agencies have relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries. But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn’t help U.S. officials predict the Arab Spring that has brought revolution across the Middle East and North Africa. In hindsight, officials say they could have found some clues about what was about to happen if they had read open sources more closely. Now they are searching for systematic ways to do that. The uprisings in the region have shown intelligence officials that they need new ways to understand what motivates people around the world. While traditional intelligence tools can help, they are limited in their ability to put their fingers on the pulse of society or anticipate fickle human behavior.
Japan’s Cherry Blossoms In Brief, Beautiful Bloom : NPR 033511
It’s cherry blossom time in the nation’s capitol — throughout Washington, D.C., cherry trees look like pale pink clouds settling on the city’s parks and streets. The oldest trees are a gift from Japan, where the flowers have long symbolized the fleeting nature of beauty and life.. The blossoms are heavy, and they fall to the ground soon after they bloom, says James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art at the Freer Gallery and the Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. “Japanese poets from early on took this as analogous to the ephemerality of life,” he tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, “and this blended with a strong Buddhist notion of transience: things are passing, nothing is permanent.”
In Japan – two tsunamis, a century apart | PRI’s The World 032411
Author Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore wrote an article about a powerful earthquake and devastating tsunami the hit the northeast coast of Japan. This great tragedy, however, happened in 1896. Anchor Lisa Mullins has more. Download MP3
Other Photos from Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore
Sussan Deyhim and ‘Neda’s Eyes’ | PRI’s The World 032411
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Iranian musician Sussan Deyhim who moved to the United States after Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. She’s been outspoken critic of Iran’s fundamentalist government ever since. Deyhim dedicates a new song to a young woman who was killed during Iran’s recent Green Revolution. The song is called “Neda’s Eyes.”
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