This week on an encore presentation of Innovation Hub, we examine the theory that stories not only describe humanity, but also define it. Plus, is mobile computing changing the way we live our lives — from hitting the snooze button to watching late night television?
A protester holds up a sign as National Rifle Association executive vice president WayneLaPierre, left, speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.
In the aftermath of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. guns and gun control have become a topic of national conversation. It seems everyone has been talking about guns- from our right to bear arms, to taking measures to ban assault weapons. On Friday morning, the CEO of the National Rifle Association gave a statement in light of the Newtown shooting.
There have been 49 homicides in Boston in 2012, according to the Boston Police Department. Thirty of them were caused by guns.
Does society respond to these types of violence differently? Does the media? Do policy makers?
Boston Public Radio looked at how chronic street crime compare to acute crimes, such as the mass shooting that happened last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, with three pastors who deal with these issues regularly.
The stress of the holidays can cause even the most polite of people to lose their cool. And, in order to keep your cool this year we've compiled a list of tips to get you through the holidays smoothly. Boston Globe columnist and social etiquette expert Robin Abrahams, aka "Miss Conduct", joined Boston Public Radio's Emily Rooney to discuss the best ways to make sure you and your family enjoy this holiday season without all the added stress.
Almost ten years ago a young, poorly-paid band of Democrats forever altered how political campaigns are run. They may have heralded a change that was imminent anyway, but in 2003, the Howard Dean campaign saw the future and seized it.
Howard Dean pioneered web fundraising, online outreach and social media as essential tools of attention and influence. Howard Dean limped away from the primaries, but this year the power of the twenty- and thirty-something "Deaniacs" was fully realized.
We use technology to solve so many of our problems, so why not homelessness? A new app in the works — the Homeless Connector — is based on the research that one doctor, here in Boston, has been doing for years. Kara Miller talks with the doctor whose research inspired the app.
'Tis the season to weigh candidates' positions, decide whether you stand on the issues, and who you'll vote for this November. But what if there's a genetic component to the way you vote?
Brown University political science professor Rose McDermott's research shows that our political choices aren't fully our own. There is a genetic component to the sympathies and antipathies we feel. Kara Miller talks with McDermott on Boston Public Radio.
We love telling stories. We tell long, winding tales at a child's bedside, sitting around the dinner table or in front of a crackling campfire. Before Netflix, Youtube and the Kardashians — even before the written word — storytelling was the best way to entertain and be entertained, to leave the present world for fantasy, to teach and be taught.
That may seem obvious to anyone who's spun a good thread. What's been harder to determine is the science behind this imperative — why we're wired to appreciate good stories, why we've evolved to be so receptive to them, and how they change our behavior.
We all know stories of people acting unethically in their business dealings.
Take, for example, Enron, a multibillion dollar energy company that spectacularly failed in 2001 and inspired the documentary "The Smartest Guys in the Room."
But, of course, ethical lapses did not end with Enron. There have been a slew of bank and investment banking scandals since - most recently Barclay's, which has been accused of - and fined for - manipulating lending rates.
Author Lisa Bloom says boys today have it rough. They're falling behind in school, getting caught up in prison systems. Kara Miller talks with Bloom about her new book "Swagger," which outlines what parents can do to keep them from falling into the traps that are keeping boys from reaching their potential.
We put a premium on getting things done fast today. We like food fast, we like fast technology, we avoid waiting. But, could waiting be the key to doing things right? Author Frank Partnoy has written about this in Wait: The Art and Science of Delay. He talks with Kara Miller about what we gain when we slow things down.
Today, when you want to protest something, do you make picket signs or a Facebook page? We talk with Matt Stempeck from MIT's Center for Civic Media about the impact of social media on the world of protesting.
We have a lot of ways to describe our class divide in America. The "haves" and the "have-nots", "us" versus "them". John Edwards used his "two Americas" rhetoric to illustrate the disappearing middle class and the Occupy movement described our nation as the one percent versus the 99 percent.
But the class divide could be whether the division ends...
It’s lunchtime in Brighton and a group of people are sitting around a table at an outdoor seating area outside of an office building. I ask if they mind telling me about a time they fudged the truth. This is not an easy task.