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.
The Enron Corporation is a famous example of fraud and unethical behavior in the workplace.
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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.
Do you remember the first time you quit a project or your job? What about the first time you moved away from home? Or, moved on from a relationship? Sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot says all of these are exits we should pay attention to and learn from. Callie Crossley spoke with Lightfoot about her new book Exits: The Endings That Set Us Free.
This past Sunday a gunman opened fire at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, killing seven people and injuring four more. This came on the heels of last month’s Colorado theater shooting, where twelve were killed and scores more injured.
Both tragedies have reignited the gun control debate. Law enforcement in every big city — from L.A. to the streets of Boston — face the unenviable task of keeping firearms out of the hands of would-be criminals.
Today Boston Public Radio begins a series of discussions on what can be done, from renewing an assault weapons ban, to restricting internet sales and strengthening background checks.
BOSTON — Local cinema operators are reviewing their security measures in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado at the July 19 midnight showing of the latest Batman movie that killed at least a dozen people and wounded at least 50.
James Fox, professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, said a mass shooting like this is typically not an impulsive act of madness.
CinemaSalem said it was making sure all emergency exits are locked to outsiders. Norwood-based National Amusements said the safety of its patrons and staff is of the “utmost importance.”
The idea of a doctor showing up on your doorstep, with a doctor’s bag in hand, ready to treat whatever ails you probably sounds like something from another era. But a new initiative that’s part of the Affordable Care Act is bringing this bygone way of practicing medicine into the future.
What does the newest research tell us about online dating?
We look at the huge business of online dating. Why is the industry so powerful? How does it work? And what’s the best way to actually find someone? We look at why people are lured online — and what sites really work. Kara Miller talked with Bob Seay about Harvard Business School professor Mikolaj Piskorski's research on the topic.
We haven’t found a way to cure obesity in America but we sure have found a lot of culprits to blame it on. Supersized sodas are among the villains that we impugn for making us fat. Mayor Bloomberg’s gotten a real beating for banning them in New York, but one person who is on Bloomberg’s side is marketing professor Pierre Chandon. He says that without this mandated portion control, battling the bulge is going to be really hard.