Robert Siegel http://wfae.org en To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns' http://wfae.org/post/sell-health-care-young-people-obama-steps-between-two-ferns Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 46715 at http://wfae.org 'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings http://wfae.org/post/bluish-light-may-help-alzheimers-patients-find-bearings Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, health and electrical lighting. Last month, Mariana Figueiro showed me something she has developed to help seniors avoid falls in the night. Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her project is a nightlight. But it's not just a single bulb. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 45394 at http://wfae.org For NFL Teams, Postseason Offers Little Chance For Relaxation http://wfae.org/post/nfl-teams-postseason-offers-little-chance-relaxation Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In the National Football League, it is the final week of the regular season and that's usually a time for teams to lick their wounds, rest their starters or just contemplate next year, but not this season. The playoff picture is in such upheaval that many teams are fighting for their postseason lives. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us to talk about what's at stake this week. And hiya, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.<p>SIEGEL: It may be easier to start with which playoff positions are known. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41933 at http://wfae.org Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic? http://wfae.org/post/are-we-genetically-inclined-be-materialistic People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, whereas capitalistic societies put it on steroids. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41873 at http://wfae.org In Gas-Rich And Fast-Growing Qatar, A Focus On Food Security http://wfae.org/post/gas-rich-and-fast-growing-qatar-focus-food-security The Gulf nation of Qatar has nearly depleted its groundwater, and will increasingly need to import food. Some farms still operates on ground water, but in the long haul, Qatar is counting on desalination and using money to import food. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41871 at http://wfae.org The Dark Roots Of 'The Nutcracker' And The Man Who Wrote It http://wfae.org/post/dark-roots-nutcracker-and-man-who-wrote-it This is the time of year when one man's work is widely - if indirectly - celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. E.T.A. Hoffman, who lived from 1776 to 1822 in the Kingdom of Prussia, was responsible for a work that is a staple the holiday season, the original author of The Nutcracker. You can read more about the story, which aired last Christmas, here. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41827 at http://wfae.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges http://wfae.org/post/instead-sending-students-abroad-qatar-imports-us-colleges In Qatar's rapid race to modernity, the emirate has created a distinctive approach to educating its young: It has effectively imported a host of American universities.<p>Dr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, sits on the Supreme Education Council and owns a few independent schools. For her own children, she wanted a top-flight college education. Her sons were educated in Britain.<p>"But when it came to my daughters, I was worried. Where will I send them?" she said at her sumptuous home in Qatar's capital, Doha. "I can't send them to England. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41821 at http://wfae.org Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny http://wfae.org/post/world-cup-looms-qatars-migrant-worker-system-faces-scrutiny Over the past decade, Qatar's population has soared from 660,000 to more than 2 million. Here's the catch: Qataris themselves number only around 260,000.<p>The rest, more than 85 percent of the population, are not citizens. As Professor Mehran Kamrava, an American scholar at Georgetown University's campus in Qatar, says, they are all migrant workers of varying types.<p>"There are gradations of migrant workers," he noted. "I happen to be a white-collar migrant worker, as a professor. But there are lots of people who work in the construction industry. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:23:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41759 at http://wfae.org Fighting, Fears Escalate In South Sudan http://wfae.org/post/fighting-fears-escalate-south-sudan The United Nations' chief is calling for additional peacekeepers for South Sudan where fighting between forces loyal to the president and those loyal to his former deputy is spiraling. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41710 at http://wfae.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight' http://wfae.org/post/how-tiny-qatar-punches-above-its-weight Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.<p>The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.<p>Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.<p>Those citizens are outnumbered by foreign workers more than 5 to 1. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 41692 at http://wfae.org How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'