“I’m a geek. I’m a writer. I spent all of my time in my childhood obsessing about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. I was alone, I was an outsider, what do you expect? I was that bullied kid at the back of the class weeping for loneliness. I don’t think, generally speaking, people become writers because they were the really good, really cool, attractive kid in class. I’ll be honest. This is our revenge for people who were much better looking and more popular than us. I was a bit like that, I suppose.”—Steven Moffat on his childhood. [complete interview here]
“I was slow to come around to social media. I cover stories, I don’t have time to be tweeting people five times an hour. Besides that I don’t think anybody’s interested where I got my hamburger today at lunch or some other important news bulletin. But I say that only half jokingly because I have found that it is another venue, it’s another pipeline if you will, to people who are interested in news.”—Journalist Dan Rather in a radio interview with NPR member station KETR. (via ericathas)
“One of the big deals that ExxonMobil has announced in the past year involves access to the Russian Arctic, where it is partnered with a Russian firm to access many billions of dollars worth of reserves involving big investments ExxonMobil would make north of the Arctic Circle. Why is that oil accessible? It’s because sea ice is melting in the Arctic. Global warming may, in fact, unlock enormous opportunities for oil companies.”—As ExxonMobil attacked global warming publicly, geologists working within ExxonMobil were examining how a warmer Earth — resulting from global warming — could create new business opportunities for ExxonMobil.
“This not only borrowed from some of the tactics that the tobacco industry had used to delay public understanding of the dangers of smoking, in some cases there were even overlaps of individuals and groups that were engaged in this communications campaign. A lot of corporate America opposed the Kyoto Accords. But only a small set of companies did what Exxon did which was to really go after the science as aggressively as they did.”—On today’s Fresh Air, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C. concerning issues like climate change.
“The Newlyweds is a luscious and intelligent novel that will stick with you. Sometimes wunderkinds like Freudenberger really deserve all the hype and hooplah and, somehow, despite literary sexism and sniping, they manage to keep the wonderfulness coming.”—Maureen Corrigan reviews Nell Freudenberger’s new novel, The Newlyweds.
Where were you when you found out about Osama bin Laden's death?
Tomorrow we’re marking the one year anniversary of the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. We’re talking to Peter Bergen, who produced the first television interview with bin Laden and has a new book out about the lengthy search for bin Laden.
Do you remember how you found out? I actually went to bed really early the night before (so I missed the news) and woke up to see it all over Facebook.
We’re trying something new on ye olde Tumblr. Inspired by Fresh Air’s “best thing all week” question every Friday, we want to know the absolute best song that you heard this week. The song can be brand new to the Internet, an old song brand new to you, a song you’ve re-discovered from your…
“31 percent of the men who graduated Oxford in 1913 were killed.”—On today’s Fresh Air, historian Adam Hochschild explains why WWI was different than other major conflicts: “It was different because it was the tradition in most of the major countries for upper-class young men to have military careers, and then it became those young captains and lieutenants.”
“What we’re actually seeing in the ocean is this kind of chowder of plastic – these tiny particles that are the size of plankton. It’s plastic that has been weathered and broken down by the elements into these little bits and it’s getting into the food chain.”—Edward Humes met with scientists who study the 5 massive gyres of trash particles swirling around in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Created by the convergence of ocean currents and wind, the gyres contain masses of litter that aren’t entirely visible by the human eye.
How to: pick a winner in a bear v. tiger fight, find an endangered species, and eat spicy food. Plus: Bear Grylls tells you how to survive if you can’t find water. You probably know where this is headed.
“We pay for this stuff and it goes right into the waste bin, and we’re not capturing it the way our recycling programs are intending us to capture it. We’re just sticking it in the ground and building mountains out of it.”—About 69 % of our trash goes immediately into landfills. And most landfill trash is made up of containers and packaging – almost all of which should be recycled, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes,