In recent months, economic growth in China has not only slowed — it's slowed faster than most people expected. Last week, for the first time since the depths of the global financial crisis, the government actually cut lending rates to try to spur growth. All of this has people wondering: Where is the world's star economy headed?
The famous paintings on the walls of caves in Europe mark the beginning of figurative art and a great leap forward for human culture.
But now a novel method of determining the age of some of those cave paintings questions their provenance. Not that they're fakes — only that it might not have been modern humans who made them.
The first European cave paintings are thought to have been made over 30,000 years ago. Most depict animals and hunters. Some of the eeriest are stencils of human hands, apparently made by blowing a spray of pigment over a hand held up to a wall.
In 1996, Wil Smith enrolled as a freshman at Maine's Bowdoin College. At 27, he had recently finished serving in the Navy. But he set off for school with his 1-year-old daughter, Olivia, in tow. Now that she's a teenager, Olivia sat down with her dad at StoryCorps to look back on their "college days" together.
Quizmaster John Chaneski asks contestants to open their minds, and attempt a wily word game that requires them to add letters to both ends of a word. For example, "RAISIN" plus "speaking highly of" becomes "PRAISING." Scrabble tiles not included.
To determine this week's grand prize winner, John Chaneski heads up this final game, in which contestants must decipher some everyday initials and acronyms. Does MYOB stand for "mind your own business," or is it "munch yesterday's ornate bologna"?
Contestants want to go where everybody knows their name: Ask Me Another! In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg and resident music laureate Jonathan Coulton recites lyrics from famous TV theme songs in the style of spoken word poetry.