You might see the trailer for Tina Fey’s new movie Admissionand think, “oh, a nice comedy.” Sorry, but no. It’s at best a “dramedy.” Tina Fey plays an assistant admissions officer at Princeton University, a position she’s had for sixteen years. The head of the department is about to retire, and Fey is in direct competition with snarky Gloria Reuben to take over. Along the way toward that goal, she meets people who, in effect, turn her life upside down, and she has to face her past and assume some responsibility. Hence, the title Admission has a double meaning. It refers not only to her vocation, but she must own up to her errors in life.
The fracking process used to extract natural gas has been vilified for the millions of gallons of fresh water it uses, and the amount of waste water it produces. But drilling also generates leftover dirt, rocks, and mud that gets trucked off to landfills. Many people have raised concerns about the potential contaminants in that dirt, and whether it poses an environmental threat. WCPN's Michelle Kanu tells us now about the radioactive nature of that waste, and what the state is doing to keep tabs on it.
After several months of editing, it is time for the Cincinnati editions of Antiques Roadshow on PBS to begin airing. Thousands of people waited hours to have their possessions appraised, and starting Monday evening, viewers can see some of the highlights of the show’s visit to the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tana Weingartner sits down with the show’s executive producer, Marsha Bemko, to get a few hints on what to look for as well as some items that just didn’t make the cut. Cincinnati will be featured in three episodes of Antiques Roadshow on April 1, April 8 and April 15.
Alexandra Horowitz, author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, has recently published a fascinating look at the world around us with the help of additional sets of eyes. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes recounts 11 walks, mostly through her New York neighborhood, accompanied by a different expert: geologist, urban sociologist, sound designer, child, and others. She details what they see and what they hear, and how that’s different than what she sees and hears. She’s on the phone with Thane Maynard to talk about this fascinating experiment and ultimately what she learns from it. She also mentions a study of human-dog play that is accepting videos through Sunday night.