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Imagine a world where females are fifty times larger than males, who die immediately after mating. Or where females have to protect their offspring from being eaten by their own father. Or where males parasitically fuse with their female mates, ultimately becoming indistinguishable from their mate and host. These worlds exist… right here, just not for humans. Daphne Fairbairn teaches biology at the University of California, Riverside. She’s the author of “Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom” and she joined Brian Standing on August 26.read article »
On August 26, 2013 Monday host Brian Standing took us on a trip one and a half billion light years away. Out there, lie some round, green blobs that turn out to be galaxies very unlike our own Milky Way. These galaxies, dubbed the Green Peas due to their apparent color, turn out not only to be highly efficient star factories, but may hold some clues to the origins of the universe, shortly after the Big Bang. Anne Jaskot is a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Michigan, and recently authored the paper THE ORIGIN AND OPTICAL DEPTH OF IONIZING RADIATION IN THE “GREEN PEA” GALAXIES.read article »
Two and a half years after former President Mubarak’s resignation, the Arab Spring in Egypt has turned sour. The Egyptian military removed Mohamed Morsi, Mubarak’s elected successor from office in a coup d’etat. The aftermath of the coup has been waves of chaos and death, as Morsi supporters and the Egyptian army have clashed in the streets, leaving over 1,000 dead. On August 26, 2013, Democracy Now! and The Nation correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous joined Brian Standing to discuss the latest on the crackdown.read article »
What does our galaxy smell like? Believe it or not, that question is a serious one. William H. Waller, an astrophysicist who has taught and studied at the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute, the Goddard Space Center and Tufts University, joined Brian Standing on Monday, August 19, to chat about the radial-armed galaxy we call home. Waller currently teaches science at Rockport Massachussetts High School – lucky students – and is the author of The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide, available from Princeton University Press.read article »
Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott joined Monday host Brian Standing on August 19, 2013 for his monthly discussion of food and agriculture. This time around, Tom’s talking about the giant, oxygen-sucking, lethal algae blooms that crop up every year in the Gulf of Mexico. Who’s to blame? Us, the food we eat and the way we grow it.read article »
Madison bluegrass mavens Milkhouse Radio got up early on Monday, August 19, to join host Brian Standing on the Buzz. This clip features two original tunes “Cobwebs and Kerosene,” and “Driftless,” as well as a cover of the Gillian Welch / Dave Rawlings tune, “It’s Too Easy.” Milkhouse Radio’s new self-titled CD is available at their live gigs, on iTunes and on Amazon..read article »
In response to a caller, Monday Buzz host Brian Standing gives listeners advice about what to expect if you are arrested for singing in the Wisconsin State Capitol.read article »
On its website, the Central Intelligence Agency says that its mission is “collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US government officials.” Not included in that description is “assassination, covert operations, and drone warfare.” Our next guest is the author of “The Way of the Knife” which chronicles the shift of the CIA’s mission from information-gathering to murder. Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for The New York Times. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response, and he has won numerous other major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award (with colleague Dexter Filkins) and the Livingston Award, for breaking the story of the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes. Mazzetti has also written for the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Economist.read article »
On the Monday, August 5th Buzz, WI Center for Investigative Journalism reporter Matt Barnidge gives Buzz listeners a preview of his report on the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigations’ Cold Case Squad.read article »