Town debates changing the name of Columbus Day

Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day? Several residents at the September 19 Select Board meeting argued in favor of changing the name of the holiday in Lincoln, though the speakers were not unanimous. As of October 2021, more than 20 Massachusetts towns including Boston had changed the name of...

Asteroid Deflection Mission, Activate!

In movies, asteroids careening towards Earth are confronted by determined humans with nuclear weapons to save the world! But a real NASA mission wants to change the course of an asteroid now (one not hurtling towards Earth). The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, launched in 2021 and on Monday, September 26, 2022, makes contact with the celestial object. In 2021, NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce talked about what it takes to pull off this mission and how it could potentially protect the Earth in the future from killer space rocks, and that's what you'll hear today. And stay tuned - when NASA has the results of contact in a few weeks, Short Wave will bring Nell back to tell us all about it!

Politics Today for the week of Sunday, Sept. 25

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT)— Watch this week’s episode of Politics Today. The Amarillo secretary explains why the Civic Center petition is deficient. Changes in the voting process to increase accuracy and efficiency. The only scheduled debate in the Texas race for Governor. House lawmakers passed an election bill aimed...

The Shape Of Water And Pan's Labyrinth Were Very Different Prosthetics Experiences For Doug Jones

The only other actor who has spent more time in a makeup chair than Doug Jones might possibly be his "Hellboy" co-star Ron Perlman. A look back at both actors' respective filmographies fids a litany of creatures and nonhuman characters that often require a lot of fur, tendrils, and other creative prosthetics. It's a credit to both men that they have been able to provide expressive and empathetic performances through enormous silicone headpieces and masks that often block out their hearing and vision.
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Take a Look Inside the Phenomena of Boy Bands

In 2011, “What Makes You Beautiful,” by One Direction climbed to No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart upon its release. The success of the single signified One Direction’s status as a rising pop artist and serves as a recent example of the reign of boy bands.

TWTS: Sometimes all it takes is a carrot, except when it also takes a stick

Some things go together like peas and carrots. Others go together like carrots and sticks, which could mean a lot of different things, depending on how you use this phrase. Our listener Bob Wilkes has heard "carrot and stick" used on NPR to refer to an incentive and a punishment. For example, "If the carrot doesn't work, we may have to resort to more stick." However, that's not the meaning Wilkes knows.