A good game--whether it's a pro football playoff, or a family showdown on the kitchen table--can make you feel, at least for a little while, like your whole life hangs in the balance. This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert wonder why we get so invested in something so trivial. What is it about games that make them feel so pivotal?
RadioLab airs Thursday at Noon on Public Radio 89.5-1
What can machines tell us about being human? This week Jad and Robert meet humans and robots who are trying to connect, and blur the line. We talk to the world's most advanced robot, meet a man who fell in love with a chatbot, and argue with the inventor of Furby over whether a toy can ever really be "alive."
RadioLab airs today at noon on Public Radio 89.5-1
It'll be a night of stories, dance, and things that you can never do on the radio! Host Ira Glass and friends will perform an episode of This American Life on stage at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, which you can watch live via satellite here in Tulsa. Public Radio Tulsa personalities will be there with door prizes.
The French electorate goes to the polls to decide who will be their next president with the economy and national security high on the agenda. The election comes just a few weeks after the shooting in Toulouse shook France. Will the electorate see the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as a viable alternative to Nicolas Sarkozy? Or will it be the Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande who benefits?
Hear this special program on World Radio 89.5-3 this Sunday, April 22, at 1:00 pm. Learn more about HD Radio.
Iran’s nuclear ambitions have the world on edge. Because of its reluctance to admit international inspectors, and its progress in enriching uranium, the situation is increasingly tense. A nuclear Iran could lead to a Middle Eastern arms race and destabilize the world’s oil market. In this edition of America Abroad we explore whether sanctions and other diplomatic efforts are enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.