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5.10.14: A Matter of Degrees, The Mother of Mother's Day

Taylor Quimby

Word of Mouth wishes all moms a very happy and public radio filled Mother's Day weekend! Curl up with a glass of [your drink of choice] and [your listening device of choice], and relax with our Saturday show. Thanks, moms!

NCAA Athletes’ Rights

Unususal College Courses: The Science of Superheroes

  • Professor Michael Dennin from the University of California in Irvine, discusses his course "The Science of Superheros", which recently changed its title to "Science Fact, Science Fiction" to avoid disappointing superhero fans.

Unusual College Courses: Zombies in Popular Media

  • Brendan Riley is an associate professor of English at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches writing, media studies, and literature courses. He has been teaching "Zombies in Popular Media" during January terms since 2007.

Unconventional Commencement Speeches: George Saunders & David Foster Wallace

  • George Saunders, Macarthur fellow, winner of the Pen/Malamud award and the story prize. His new book is called  Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.
  • Back in 2005, writer David Foster Wallace delivered the commencement address At Kenyon College. Three years later, the acclaimed novelist committed suicide, but his speech lives on – and has become sort-of The Places You’ll Go of the digital age: shared on social media, and re-published in print around graduation time. Here is just an excerpt of his enduring speech.

Unusual College Courses: How to Win a Beauty Pageant

Mother’s Day!

  • Andrew Phillips sits down with Virginia to talk about the origins of the holiday, and Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have a conversation with Story Corps. 

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