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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30: OPEN
1:30 – 1:58:30
Contentious Republican Primary race goes the distance and turns south
Voters in Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii, and American Samoa will weigh in tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) in one of the most competitive Republican presidential primary races in decades, as four candidates are still striving to clinch the 1,144 delegate votes necessary to win the GOP nomination. In the wake of Super Tuesday, and despite being criticized for feigning a Southern vernacular at a weekend rally in The Magnolia State, Romney leads the pack with over 450 pledged delegates. Still, some experts continue to worry that no candidate will collect enough delegates to secure the nomination before the August Convention. Can either Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney broaden his appeal? How will this highly contentious GOP race impact the upcoming general presidential election? Will Romney’s “y’alls” help or hurt his chances? Y’all ready for another round of primaries?
Bill Schneider, resident fellow at Third Way, a think tank in Washington; former political analyst for CNN and the Los Angeles Times
2:06 – 2:30
New study says all red meat is bad for you
Self-satisfied vegetarians have yet another reason to gloat. One of the longest studies ever to look at the impact of red meat on health reports that any amount and any type of red meat significantly increases the risk of premature death. The study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, expected to find processed meat like hot dogs or bacon were bad for your health, and they did link consumption with a 20% higher risk of death during the study. To their surprise, however, they also found that adding just one 3-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat – the size of a deck of cards – was associated with a 13% greater chance of dying during the course of the study. On the other hand, replacing a serving of meat with a serving of nuts actually lowered risk of dying by 19%. The real mystery remains, however: scientists still aren’t exactly sure what makes red meat so dangerous. It could be the iron or saturated fat, the nitrates used to preserve it, or the chemicals created by high temperature cooking. Of course, there are still naysayers sticking up for the meat lovers out there. Some researchers have already come forward to question the study’s methodology and Atkins and Paleo dieters are sure to have a retort. Is moderation just a myth? Do you think this is a realistic diet for you?
An Pan, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health; lead author of the study
TBD, Atkins Institute for Prevention & Wellness
2:30 – 2:39: OPEN
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Beyond bilingual: Polyglots know many languages, show off on YouTube
It’s a small world after all, and especially when you can speak multiple languages, and post your prowess on YouTube. A recent New York Times article highlights the lingual feats of New York City 16-year-old Timothy Doner, who knows more than a dozen languages, including Latin, Yiddish and Russian, and first made a splash posting an online video of him speaking Arabic. Doner, known as a polyglot, someone who knows three or more languages, is part of a growing community of people across the country and around the globe that not only love language, but seek out learning them in bulk. Linguist Michael Erard, author of the recently published book “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners,” says YouTube has become a global platform for these folks to put their abilities on display, prove themselves and challenge others. It’s a misconception that Americans avoid learning multiple languages, he says, adding that the U.S. Census Bureau shouldn’t just ask if people speak a language other than English at home. Who knows, they may speak many on YouTube! How many languages do you speak fluently, or conversationally? Do you know anyone who knows three or more languages? Is it a misconception that Americans frown on lingual expertise?
Michael Erard (ehr-RARD), linguist and author of the recently published book “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners,” which he researched for more than three years
Moses McCormick, Ohio-based language consultant who runs the program Foreign Language Roadrunning and has posted dozens of videos to YouTube of him speaking multiple languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Cantonese, Korean, Russian and Arabic
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