3:41pm

Mon March 19, 2012
All Tech Considered

Digital Technologies Give Dying Languages New Life

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 8:45 pm

In an undated photo, members of the Siletz tribe gather for the Siletz Feather Dance in Newport, Ore. The tribe is using digital tools to help preserve its native language.
Courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

There are some 7,000 spoken languages in the world, and linguists project that as many as half may disappear by the end of the century. That works out to one language going extinct about every two weeks. Now, digital technology is coming to the rescue of some of those ancient tongues.

Members of the Native American Siletz tribe in Oregon say their native language, also called "Siletz," "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Siletz Tribal Council Vice Chairman Bud Lane is one of them.

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3:40pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

One Nation, Two Health Care Extremes

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 10:59 am

A patient waits for a room to open up in the emergency room of Houston's Ben Taub General Hospital on July 27, 2009. Nationwide, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

The U.S. spent $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010 — more than the entire economy of France or Britain. But the amount spent and how it's used varies from state to state.

And no two states are more different than Texas and Massachusetts. At 25 percent, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation. Massachusetts, where a 2006 law made coverage mandatory, has the lowest rate — fewer than 2 percent of people are uninsured.

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3:37pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#530 - Crime: Screen Director's Playhouse "The Killers" 6/25/49, Suspense "Girl In The Powder Blue Jag" 8/28/60

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:33pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#529 - Western: Gunsmoke "The Bear" 1/16/54, Have Gun, Will Travel "The Colonel In The Lady" 4/12/59

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:30pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#528 - Romance: Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater "Take A Letter, Darling" 12/3/44, Romance "Zeea's Dream" 2/19/55

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:30pm

Mon March 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Brilliant Idea: More Than 80,000 Of Einstein's Documents Going Online

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 12:04 am

A detail from what is thought to be one of only three existing manuscripts containing Einstein's most famous formula about the relationship between energy, mass and the speed of light — in his handwriting.
Sean Carberry NPR

More than 80,000 of Albert Einstein's papers, including his most famous formula — E=mc² — and letters to and from his former mistresses, are going online at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says on All Things Considered, "what the trove uncovers is a picture of complex man who was concerned about the human condition" as well as the mysteries of science.

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3:26pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#527 - Broadway: Campbell Playhouse "June Moon" 3/24/40

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:23pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#526 - Sitcom: My Friend Irma "Cooking Lessons" 4/21/53, Our Miss Brooks "Mr. Boynton's BBQ" 5/7/50

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:19pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#525 - Comedy: Lux Radio Theater "Model Wife" 5/19/41

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:14pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#524 - Horror: Quiet Please "Calling All Souls" 10/31/48, Haunting Hour "Murder Wears A Strange Mask" 1945

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

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