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Research on Internet Dating

By Kara Miller   |   Friday, July 13, 2012
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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.

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Too Many Workers in Math and Science?

By Kara Miller   |   Saturday, July 14, 2012
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Are we actually producing too many workers in math and science fields?

Today, we bring you the flip side of a story we recently covered. One professor argues that there are no shortage of qualified math and science graduates in America — despite what companies say.

Many high-tech workers report that they can’t find jobs — but people who run companies are wringing their hands. What’s going on here? We dive into the debate.

  • Shane Lopez, senior scientist in residence at Gallup
  • Hal Salzman, professor and senior faculty fellow at John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
    Read Salzman's Nature article (pdf)
  • Abby Charest, Ph.D. candidate and research assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Neighborhood Kitchens Visits Muqueca

By Margarita Martinez   |   Thursday, July 12, 2012
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July 12, 2012

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Catching a ride through Inman Square. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)

Listen to my conversation about Muqueca with Morning Edition host Bob Seay on WGBH 89.7 FM

BOSTON — When I visit Inman Square, I always feel like I am going to discover something that I can’t find any place else. It may be a one-of-a-kind vintage dress or a new book or hard-to-find spices and ingredients. This cozy neighborhood, half a mile from the nearest T station, is loaded with unique and independently-owned retail businesses. The flags and businesses that reflect the Portuguese and Brazilian influence in Cambridge also distinguish Inman Square.

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How Cirque du Soleil Evolves and Inspires

By Jared Bowen   |   Friday, July 6, 2012
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In 1984, Cirque du Soleil was simply a group of 20 street performers enlivening neighborhoods in Quebec. Today, it is a global enterprise with 5,000 employees, more than 1,300 artists and 21 shows. 

"Cirque has grown up over the last 5 years," says Company Manager Jeff Lund, noting that the bar for spectacular performance rises as the company evolves. "We do have parameters set for us to keep that high level of expectation. It's not just a free-for-all," he said.

Watch Totem’s Artistic Director Tim Smith and Company Manager Jeff Lund talk with Jared Bowen about the business of Cirque du Soleil.

"Come see Totem and you're going to be inspired in some way, shape or form," said Lund. Totem plays under the Big Top at South Boston’s Marine Industrial Park through August 5.

>>Read Jared's review of Cirque du Soliel's Totem.

Encore: Crowdsourcing

By Kara Miller   |   Saturday, June 9, 2012
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Kickstarting Local Ideas

This week, we look at the power of crowdsourcing. What happens you pool wisdom, ideas, solutions — even money?

The co-founders of Supermechanical make their pitch to the crowd to help fund their project, Twine. 

First, we look at the crowdsourcing phenomenon, Kickstarter. A company started less than three years ago by a few guys who thought that people might be able to get friends and colleagues to fund each other’s projects.

"It's a website where people raise money for creative projects. People make films, they make records, they do art, photography, food -- any sort of thing that springs from the imagination. Someone comes on, and they say what they want to do, and they invite the public and their network to contribute money to their project," explained co-founder Yancey Strickler.

Users set a funding goal when they start their project, and donors' credit cards are only charged if the money is raised.

"It's all or nothing," Strickler said.

We're joined by two inventors and a professor who know Kickstarter well.


Crowdsourcing for Science, Medicine and Government

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A crowd is seen in 2009, waiting for a Coldplay show to begin. Scientists and entrepreneurs are finding that crowds can do even more than this. (Anirudh Koul/Flickr)

The power of crowdsourcing isn't limited to start-ups. Next, we explore the role it plays in science, medicine and even municipal affairs.

Many CEO's are expected to solve problems. But we talk with one whose goal is to find them — medical, environmental, and technical — and send them out to the crowd.

One of those problems was finding a biomarker for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which would allow scientists to begin working on a cure. And a scientists found it.

Plus, we explore how more cities are using crowdsourcing to identify and solve local problems.



Get Close to the Original

By Jared Bowen   |   Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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June 7, 2012

BOSTON — Arts around town this weekend let audiences take a closer look at the personal life of Gershwin, consider the mythology behind the Alien flm series or celebrate the life of one woman who has made it her calling to bring theater to underserved communities.

Gershwin George Gershwin Alone
Presented by ArtsEmerson
At the Paramount Center
Through June 10

Steinway concert artist, composer and actor Hershey Felder spent five years researching the life of George Gershwin. Based upon Gershwin’s personal correspondences, manuscripts and personal belongings, Felder presents a one-man show that brings Gershwin to life. Drawing on old radio archives to recreate Gershwin’s voice and using songs, letters and conversations, Felder re-creates the life and times of the great American composer.

Prometheus Prometheus
Opens in movie theaters Friday

Ridley Scott is the director who brought you Alien and Blade Runner, and now he returns to the film genre he helped define. Prometheus establishes a mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Sci-fi geeks will certainly be pleased to find that all the anticipated ties to Scott's Alien series are there.

Susan Kosoff Wheelock Family Theatre Honors Susan Kosoff

On June 11th, the Wheelock presents a benefit: A Salute to the Wonderful Wizard of Wheelock Family Theatre, honoring founder and producer Susan Kosoff on her retirement after 32 years. Kosoff envisioned theatre as a way to eliminate the barriers of race, age, class and gender that tend to separate and isolate people from one another. WFT was one of the first theaters in the country to audio-describe productions for patrons who are blind and the first to open-caption all performances for patrons who are hard of hearing.  WFT was instrumental in introducing these services and new technologies to other professional theatres in Boston.  

Proceeds from the evening will help to establish the Susan Kosoff Legacy Fund to subsidize tickets, Education Program scholarships and more inclusion of inner-city children and families.

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Margarita Martinez Margarita Martinez
Margarita Martinez grew up in the Bronx, NY and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. She now calls New England home. Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for travel and food. She made her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina, satisfied her sweet tooth with poffertjes and stroopwafels while studying in Holland, engorged herself on Thai street food for a month in Bangkok, and continues to search for authentic international cuisines in the Northeast. Margarita loves to discover new ingredients, flavors, and cooking approaches that she can bring to her own home kitchen.
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 

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