Attention Economy – January 27, 2012

Wolves of Chippewa Harbor Pack following their alpha male. [Photo by John Vucetich/via NYT @]
Approaching Isle Royale in winter snow and fog. [Photo by John Vucetich/via NYT]

Wolves of Chippewa Harbor Pack following their alpha male. [Photo by John Vucetich/via NYT @]
Wolves of Chippewa Harbor Pack following their alpha male. [Photo by John Vucetich/via NYT]

  • In Winter Weather, Flying to Find Wolves – 012012
    John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University, leads the wolf-moose Winter Study at Isle Royale National Park.
  • Vucetich Discusses Long-Running Predator-Prey Study : NPR 012612
    Melissa Block speaks with John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University who is leading the wolf-moose winter study at Isle Royale National Park. The park is located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. The study is in its fifth decade.
  • In Broadway’s ‘Wit,’ A Documentary Of Our Demise : NPR 012612
    In her dressing room at the Friedman Theatre, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has a nightly ritual: She rubs Nivea cream all over her scalp to soothe the razor burns. Being completely bald is just one of the many demands of the character she plays in Wit — a brilliant college professor named Vivian Bearing, who’s battling ovarian cancer. “She talks so much; she’s verbose,” Nixon says. “She talks in such an erudite and complicated way. She’s bald, she’s naked and she’s dying in a slow, excruciating way. There’s a lot! There’s a lot of virtuosic elements of the play.” Not least of which is that, for much of the play, Vivian speaks directly to the audience — a device that’s established at the outset, when she walks onstage in a hospital gown and a red baseball cap, pushing a portable IV drip.For the next 90 minutes or so, Bearing bares herself in this unflinchingly honest and, yes, very witty play.
  • Newt Gingrich’s Three Marriages Mean He Might Make A Strong President — Really | Fox News 012012
    Hmmm… let’s hope Byelorussia wants to marry Newt!
    Keith Ablow: “You can take any moral position you like about men and women who cheat while married, but there simply is no correlation, whatsoever—from a psychological perspective—between whether they can remain true to their wedding vows and whether they can remain true to the Oath of Office….So, as far as I can tell, judging from the psychological data, we have only one real risk to America from his marital history if Newt Gingrich were to become president: We would need to worry that another nation, perhaps a little younger than ours, would be so taken by Mr. Gingrich that it would seduce him into marrying it and becoming its president. And I think that is exceedingly unlikely.”
  • Stanford Takes Online Schooling To The Next Academic Level : All Tech Considered : NPR 012312
    Last year, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun — also known as the fellow who helped build Google’s self-driving car — got together with a small group of Stanford colleagues and they impulsively decided to open their classes to the world. They would allow anyone, anywhere to attend online, take quizzes, ask questions and even get grades for free. They made the announcement with almost no fanfare by sending out a single email to a professional group. “Within hours, we had 5,000 students signed up,” Thrun says. “That was on a Saturday morning. On Sunday night, we had 10,000 students. And Monday morning, Stanford — who we didn’t really inform — learned about this and we had a number of meetings.”
  • Movie Review – ‘Coriolanus’ – A People’s Hero Takes To Politics : NPR 012012
    Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut adapts Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, about a Roman general with his eye on political office. Critic David Edelstein says that in Fiennes’ hands, the modern-day update makes for thrilling moviegoing.
  • Mexican Cousins Keep Romney’s Family Tree Rooted : NPR 012212
    Hispanic voters are a key group in the presidential race, and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has been reaching out to them. Should he tell them that he himself is the son of an immigrant from Mexico? Romney’s father, George, was born in the state of Chihuahua, in a colony of polygamous Mormons. Romney rarely speaks about the Mexican branch of his family, and he’s never visited his numerous cousins south of the border — but the Romneys of Mexico are all rooting for him.
  • ‘Fresh Air’ Interview: ‘The Real Romney’ By Michael Kranish And Scott Helman : NPR 011912
    Longtime Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman start their biography of Mitt Romney by examining his ancestors, many of whom played crucial roles in the development of the Mormon faith. The Real Romney also examines the candidate’s political beliefs and his career in private equity.
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