“The relevant constitutional text is the Fourth Amendment which says, ‘The right of the people to be secure in their houses, persons, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. But that doesn’t answer the question: Is it an unreasonable search of our persons or effects to be monitored in public spaces?”—On today’s Fresh Air, law professor Jeffrey Rosen talks aboutUnited States v. Jones, a case the Supreme Court is currently considering. At issue is whether police need to have a warrant from a judge before attaching a secret GPS monitor to a car to track a suspect around the clock.
“At the moment, lawyers at Facebook and Google and Microsoft have more power over the future of privacy and free expression than any king or president or Supreme Court justice. And we can’t rely simply on judges enforcing the existing Constitution to protect the values that the Framers took for granted.”—On today’s Fresh Air, legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen talks about technologies that are challenging our notions of things like personal vs. private space, freedom of speech and our own individual autonomy.
Did I hear a story about a kid eating a Maurice Sendak original sketch in a recent interview? Something about the art not being precious, and the child accepting the gift perfectly, beyond expectations… Was that Fresh Air? Was it Sendak?
“When I was 16 years old, I assembled a 2.3 million electron volt beta particle accelerator. I went to Westinghouse, I got 400 pounds of translator steel, 22 miles of copper wire and I assembled a 6-kilowatt, 2.3 million electron accelerator in the garage. When it was finished, I would plug it in, there was this huge crackling sound as I consumed 6 kilowatts of power, I blew out every circuit breaker in the house. All the lights were plunged in darkness. And my poor mom would come home every night, see the lights flicker and die, and say to herself, ‘Why couldn’t I have a son who plays baseball?’”—Michio Kaku built a particle accelerator in his garage in high school
“This year, British mystery lovers in particular have a glorious plum pudding of a whodunit awaiting them. P.D. James has taken up the challenge of feeding readers’ holiday hunger for homicide. What’s even more tantalizing is the fact that James’ latest mystery is also a tribute, of sorts, to one of her most cherished authors, Jane Austen. James’ new novel is called Death Comes to Pemberley: Think Pride and Prejudice meets “Clue.”—Maureen Corrigan reviews PD James’ new novel, which she says she enjoyed immensely..
“A birthday card that sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to you — that birthday card has a chip in it with more computer power than all the Allied Forces of 1945. Hitler, Stalin, Churchill would have killed to get that chip that you simply throw away in the garbage.”—Physicist Michio Kaku on Moore’s Law.
“The first people to buy these contact lenses will be college students studying for final exams. They’ll see the exam answers right in their contact lenses. … In a cocktail party, you will know exactly who to suck up to, because you’ll have a complete read out of who they are. President Barack Obama will buy these contact lenses, so he’ll never need a teleprompter again”—Imagine being able to access the Internet through the contact lenses on your eyeballs. Physicist Michio Kaku explains how that will soon be possible….
“We have [the troops] leaving at a time when just about everybody involved in the discussion — from the American military leaders to the Iraqi military leaders — did not think it was a good idea that all the troops leave — that Iraq is not ready for that.”—On today’s Fresh Air, we talk to New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Tim Arango about what happens to the country after U.S. troops leave at the end of next month.
“In hip-hop, the music leads first. So usually, you have a hit record and then [the record executives] throw this person on stage who has never been on stage before. So they don’t have any experience on how to perform in front of people, hold the mic — all these different things you need to know as a performer. So you get up there, you feel naked. So when you feel naked, what’s the first thing you do? You cover yourself. So that bravado is an act of, ‘I am so nervous right now. I am scared to death. I’m going to act so tough that I am going to hide it, and I have to grab my crotch.’ That’s just what happens.”—Jay-Z explains crotch-grabbing in rap music to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross (via nprmusic)
“[With his lyrics,] you expect him to take a right and he takes a left. He does that with melodies as well. And actually, when you’re learning the music — and I’m sure I can speak for every actor who’s learned a Sondheim song — you’re secretly cursing Stephen Sondheim. Because it’s so damn hard to learn his music.”—Danny Burstein on Stephen Sondheim
For years NPR has been on every day in our home. My wife and I love it. But something which has driven both of us crazy as of late is how President Obama is almost constantly referred to as "Mr. Obama" by NPR. This while recent former presidents are properly addressed as "former President Bush" and "former President Clinton." Can you tell me why NPR won't appropriately address President Barack Obama as such?
A number of listeners have written in recent weeks complaining that NPR reporters refer to President Obama as “Mr. Obama.” Since the mid-1970s it has been NPR’s policy to refer to the president as “Mr.” instead of “President” on second reference. Below is an explanatory column slightly updated from 2009.
Harold McGee:Take the bird out ahead of time and let the legs warm up a little bit while you keep the breasts covered with ice packs. That way, you keep the breasts cold. The legs warm up by maybe 10, 20 degrees, and that way, when you put the bird in the oven, you've already built in a temperature differential. The breasts are going to end up, at a given time, less-cooked than the legs. And that's exactly what you want.
Terry Gross:Wow. That is going to look a little weird.
Harold McGee:It looks weird, yeah, to begin with, especially if you use an Ace bandage to hold the ice packs in place, because they're kind of slippery. And - so that's what I do. So, yeah, it does look a little peculiar. But what you care about is what the bird looks like when it comes out.