I heard it on NPR…and found it at AADL

Heard a great interview on NPR? Want to use a news story in your research paper?

Transcripts and audio files from NPR shows, like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, are available in our Academic OneFile database.

When you’re searching, enter the program name in the 'publication title' field to find transcripts from a particular show. If you’re searching for content by keyword or subject, choose the 'multimedia' tab to see any NPR results.

Library cardholders can access the database from home.

How do you make a rat laugh?

By tickling it, of course!

According to neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp, laughter isn’t just a human phenomenon - rats laugh, too.

Hear ticklish rats laughing and an interview with Panksepp on the “Laughter” episode of NPR’s Radio Lab.

Intrigued by animal emotions? Read the Psychology Today article about Panksepp’s research and his critics in our General Reference Center Gold database. Library cardholders can read the article from home.

Take the Music Pulse: All Media Guide

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Kick off Teen Tech Week (March 2-8), with Marisa Brown, Staff Writer for All Media Guide. Play a game of "Name That Tune." How many notes of a song do you need to hear before you can guess what song is playing? Also, find out what it takes to review music as a career and scope out the best music sites.

Sunday, March 2nd | 2:00-3:30 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch

Microsoft & Yahoo - Together at last?

How can your friendly neighborhood business correspondent pass up a story like this? Microsoft has just made a $44.6 billion bid (yes that's a "b") to buy Yahoo. The move comes following search giant Google reporting pretty sad earnings for the final quarter of last year.

The bid is an aggressive move by Microsoft to gain dominance in an area where they're lagging: online advertising. Google's expertise is search, but they make their money in internet advertising. And they're really good at it. But with its tepid recent earnings and Microsoft's latest move, could the Google juggernaut be in danger of hitting a wall, or at least a bit of molasses? What do you think?

Media consolidation: Coming soon to a city near you

Today, the Federal Communications Commission has given media companies a bit more freedom. On party lines, the Commission voted to allow businesses to own both newspapers and television or radio stations in the same city. So what does this mean? It means that MediaNews Group, owners of the The Detroit News could start buying up Detroit television stations, if they so choose.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance [AUDIOBOOK-CD]

Dreams from My Father by "Barack Obama", is one of the best audiobook memoirs about race and exploration of one's identity and family history I have ever listened to. Obama's father (Barack Obama Sr.) was black from Kenya and his mother (Stanley Ann Dunham) was white from Kansas. His descriptions of the struggle to figure out who he is and who his relatives are, are compelling. The whole scenario regarding racial concerns is very informative; it exposes the world to this reality and at the same time teaches us to be more considerate. I really enjoyed listening to such a wonderful Audio Biography of a smart, well-intentioned and accomplished man; as well as, the interesting Memoirs of his past, present and future life in the great land of freedom and opportunities--USA.

Fox television stations, now with added business!

Not content with merely acquiring the businessperson's bible, Rupert Murdoch has been reaching business folks through the cable lines as well. The newly-launched Fox Business Network is positioned to compete with the previously (almost) unrivaled CNBC.

Certainly, Fox Biz Network must be hoping to snipe a few CNBC viewers. But at least based on the first week, it's not wholly clear that they'll attract the same people. CNBC is known for its sometimes, well, overly passionate commentary about the stock market. Fox Biz seems like it's going beyond the minutiae of the market to target a broader audience.

Television news, of course, has a sordid history, to which Mr. Murdoch has contributed his own fair share. The question on people's minds now is whether Fox Biz will do to CNBC what Fox News did to CNN, especially with the power of the Wall Street Journal behind it. Perhaps Murdoch is writing the next chapter in that sordid history.

Steve Carrell

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Steve was interviewed on 10-24-07 on NPR’s Fresh Air program. Carell currently is one of Hollywood's hottest actors. He starred in 40 Year Old Virgin and Little Miss Sunshine, is a former correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show and is the lead in the very successful American version of the TV show “The Office”
I’ve enjoyed seeing Carrel in several of his works but can’t put my finger on whether I really like his acting or that I watch while wondering if the role(s) he plays are believable?
If you can’t listen to NPR interviews when first aired you can pick them it up another time via NPR. They also have an interesting (over 500) list of podcasts that one can access anytime.

Need to sue for libel? Head to England!

For libel cases in the United Kingdom, the burden of proof is on the defendant, meaning that the defendant must prove why their work is not libel. Consequentially, this New York Times article discusses how the UK is becoming a destination for "Libel without borders", where foreigners are bringing libel cases against other foreigners.

What do you think constitutes libel? Do you think libel cases should be restricted by nationality or by country borders? Want to read more? Check out Mclibel : burger culture on trial about a libel case against McDonalds in Great Britain.

Do women read more than men? Do younger generations read less?

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This article on NPR does claim that women read more books than men, but what do you think? Is that true for your household? The article also says that despite the Harry Potter phenonmenon, younger generations are reading less. Do you agree? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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