Talk of the Nation en Resetting the Theory of Time Generations of physicists have claimed that time is an illusion. But not all agree. In his book Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that time exists--and he says time is key to understanding the evolution of the universe. Fri, 17 May 2013 15:23:00 +0000 editor 15413 at Researchers Report Cloning Advance For Producing Stem Cells Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. This week, scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University, OHSU, announced a breakthrough in cloning of a human embryo. They took adult cells, put the cells into specially prepared human eggs and created genetically identical embryos. It's something lots of stem cell researchers have been trying to do for years without success.<p>How did they get it to work, and what happens next? Will the technique be used to treat disease? We have other ways of creating stem cells, ways that don't involve creating embryos. Fri, 17 May 2013 15:23:00 +0000 editor 15414 at Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>What's on your plate? What do you like to eat? What are you eating for lunch, dinner at this point? As with many things, the answer to that might have a lot to do with what you're accustomed to do and, you know, what part of the world you live in. In some parts of the world, insects can be a delicious part of the diet. Well here not so much.<p>But that might change. Fri, 17 May 2013 15:23:00 +0000 editor 15415 at Ex-Ambassador To Iraq Weighs In On Talking To 'Monsters' Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>As the death toll in Syria climbed over the past two years, many critics charge that President Obama has not done enough to aid the opposition. Thu, 16 May 2013 18:01:00 +0000 editor 15356 at Managing The $30 Million 'One Fund' To Aid Boston Victims Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money, but how do you divide it among the families of the three people killed, the dozens maimed, the hundreds who spent time in the hospital, the thousands who witnessed the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month?<p>After 9/11, the shooting at Virginia Tech, the BP oil spill and now the bombs in Boston, Kenneth Feinberg has been asked to manage the money provided for victims. He's held town meetings to talk about his process. Thu, 16 May 2013 17:59:00 +0000 editor 15350 at Will Strong Summer Travel Be A Turning Point For Airlines? Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>By this point in the spring the air travel industry has a pretty good idea of how many people plan to travel on airplanes this summer, and that projection in turn says some interesting things about consumer confidence and the health of our economy. So we want to hear about your plans. Are they different from last year? Are you planning more air travel? 800-989-8255. Email: You can also join the conversation on our website. That's at, click on TALK OF THE NATION. Thu, 16 May 2013 17:59:00 +0000 editor 15355 at Treadmill Desks And The Benefits Of 'Walking Alive' Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.<p>Like so many of us who spend much of the day at a desk, writer Susan Orlean spent years trying to find the right chair. She tried a Herman Miller Aeron Chair. She experimented with a balanced kneeling chair but found that it hurt her knees, plus she said it felt like sitting inside a giant Birkenstock sandal. She considered the yoga ball but worried it might deflate like the Hindenburg. And then three months ago, she decided to ditch the office chair altogether and step onto a treadmill desk. Wed, 15 May 2013 17:51:00 +0000 editor 15273 at Looking Ahead: Chris Hedges On Poverty, Politics, U.S. Culture Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Today as part of our Looking Ahead series, we'll talk with writer Chris Hedges, former New York Times foreign correspondent and old friend and colleague who's joined us many times over the years, going back to what's probably still his best known book, "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."<p>We'll talk politics and the future of America, I promise. We'll also talk about his evolution as a reporter and how some unusual choices affected his career. Wed, 15 May 2013 17:51:00 +0000 editor 15274 at Analyzing The Language Of Suicide Notes To Help Save Lives Transcript <p>NEAL CONAN, HOST: <p>Every 14 minutes, someone in this country commits suicide, and research on ways to reduce that grim statistic appears to be on a plateau. In other words, psychologists don't have much in the way of new ideas - at least, right now - except maybe for what's described as groundbreaking work on the notes that those who kill themselves sometimes leave behind. A team of researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital use computers to break down the language in these messages of despair, in the hope that they can better identify those at risk.<p>Dr. Wed, 15 May 2013 17:51:00 +0000 editor 15275 at The Legacy Of Gen. Ridgway And America's War In Korea The ongoing conflict between North Korea and South Korea is the legacy of the Korean War, which can help explain relations between the two countries. In a new book, historian Victor Davis Hanson discusses how the strategies of U.S. Gen. Matthew Ridgway helped to turn around what appeared to be "a lost war."<p>Hanson, author of <em>The Savior Generals</em>, tells NPR's Neal Conan that although the three-year war "ended right where it began," it did allow for South Korea to flourish as a democracy.<p>Conan also speaks with retired Marine Gen. Tue, 14 May 2013 18:07:00 +0000 editor 15203 at