TED Radio Hour
9:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness."
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 7:55 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff joins philosopher Denis Dutton to explain why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral, and we use strong words — like "bombshell" — when we talk about it.

About Nancy Etcoff

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NPR Story
8:59 am
Fri April 19, 2013

What Is Beauty?

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?
TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:14 pm

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:25 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Boeri Studio

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:35 am

This isn't finished. But it will be. Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station. (The image is not a photograph, but an architect's rendering. The towers are built and the trees are going in right now.) I love this. I think these towers are gorgeous. Milan is a very polluted town; these trees will cleanse the air, pumping out oxygen and greening the cityscape.

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Around the Nation
7:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston-Area Residents Told To Shelter In Place

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. And we have special coverage right now of the unfolding events in Boston following the Boston Marathon bombing. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Around the Nation
7:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Massive Manhunt Underway To Track Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:45 am

Steve Inkseep and David Greene talk to NPR's Tom Gjelten about the latest in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings. Dr. David Schoenfeld of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston talks about one of the bombing suspects being taken to that facility. That suspect died, the other is on the run.

Business
7:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Google, Microsoft Look Past Desktop Computers To Increase Earnings

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the tale of two companies.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Google and Microsoft quarterly earnings reports are in and it appears their slugfest continues with Google's earnings up 23 percent and Microsoft up 18 percent. That is even as sales of desktop computers decline.

GREENE: As NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, the future for both companies is on the small screen.

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Business
7:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. Today's last word in business is be careful what you ask for.

The small Indian city of Motihari is not known for much.

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So when locals discovered a few years ago that the writer George Orwell was born there, they saw a tourism opportunity. Britain's Telegraph newspaper reports locals put up a sign outside the birthplace of the author of "1984," "Animal Farm" and other books, and they asked the state government to turn that modest home into a museum.

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Business
7:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Have Banks Recovered From The Financial Crisis?

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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Europe
7:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombers Described As Chechens

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:45 am

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow for reaction to news that Boston Marathon bombing suspects are from Chechnya. One suspect has been killed and the other is on the run. Authorities have encouraged Boston-area residents to shelter in place.

The Two-Way
6:13 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Hilary Mantel attends the Costa Book of the Year awards in London, England.
Stuart Wilson Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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