The Science of Monsters

medusa7From Science Friday, in Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters, science journalist Matt Kaplan writes of real-life zombies in Haiti, poisoned by a witch’s brew of pufferfish and tree frogs, and discusses how rabies infection could explain the vampire’s aversion to garlic, water and sunlight.

Host Ira Flatow interviews – Matt Kaplan, Author, “Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters” (Scribner, 2012) Science journalist, London, England. Produced by Christopher Intagliata, Associate Senior Producer, but we bring it to you BANGWAVE style.

Remembering John Lennon


John Lennon was born on October 9 1940. To Celebrate his birthday and life, we’re presenting this podcast.

It was made with much love and respect. The program features music and commentary by John himself. You’ll also be treated to a few great covers of both Beatles songs and Lennon solo. Plus you will hear from David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Nancy Sinatra and Marilyn Manson.

We’ve unearthed BBC and CBS reporting of his death in 1980. And to top it all off we’ve included a documentary on the 1995 release of the first new Beatles recording in two decades. Enjoy and be inspired! And how do you like this little collage of Lennon photos?


Suicide can be Contageous

Hungarian CrestIf you are thinking about taking your own life please know that there is hope. Call 1-800-273-TALK right now.

There has been an uptick in the number of suicides, attempted suicides, thoughts of suicide and calls the hotlines this week in the wake of Robin Williams’ own on Monday.

Alex Velocity here. As a person that suffers from chronic depression, I can understand. My thought was, if someone as successful as Robin Williams can not overcome his depression, how is a looser like me supposed to overcome?

Suicide can actually be contagious. So be on the look out for unusually depressive behavior among your friends and family.

Gloomy Sunday is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933, as Vége a világnak (“End of the world”).

Lyrics were written by László Jávor, and in his version the song was retitled Szomorú vasárnap (“Sad Sunday”). The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935.

Lewis’s lyrics referred to suicide, and the record label described it as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”. It became well known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941. There is a recurring urban legend that claims that many people committed suicide with this song playing.

In this podcast we present, by listener request, a telling of this gruesome tale. This is a radio adaption of Dark Matters, hosted by John Noble.



If you are thinking about taking your own life please know that there is hope. Call 1-800-273-TALK right now.

Further Exploration:
1999 motoin picture, Wikipedia Entry, Dark Matters, Suicide Epidemic, Billie Holiday

Vive La France ! Bastille Day !


Just in time for Bastille Day, our very own Tom Stark returned to the BaNGWAvE! studios to record this special program. We think you will enjoy it especially if you are into French stuff.

In this program Tom takes you through a crash course in French Pop music, concentrating on the 1980s through today. All the best France has to offer the world and it’s right here on BaNGWAvE.ORG.

Happy Bastille Day! Long live the French nation!

ReThink Review : Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall_uprisingStonewall Uprising is a 2010 American documentary film examining the events surrounding the Stonewall riots that began during the early hours of June 28, 1969 in New York City.

The movie features interviews with eyewitnesses to the incident, including the New York Police Department deputy inspector Seymour Pine.

The film was produced and directed by the documentary makers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, and is based on the book by the historian David Carter, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution. The title theme is by Gary Lionelli.

Stonewall Uprising made its theatrical debut on June 16, 2010, at the Film Forum in New York City.

Presented here is a ReThink Review and Discussion from TYT Network.

BackStory : History of Data Collection

wiretapIn June of 2013, Americans learned that the NSA has been collecting data on millions of American’s phone calls, and tapping into data gathered by tech companies like Google and Yahoo. The revelations set off another round of debate over the scope of personal privacy in a democratic republic like ours, and the means by which the government “keeps tabs” on citizens. So in this episode, the Guys explore the changing ways we’ve collected information on each other – and when it crosses from something necessary into something invasive.

From early attempts to determine people’s credit rating to the accumulation of data about Americans’ “racial purity,” the History Guys and their guests look at how, and why, Americans have kept tabs on each other, and consider how earlier generations have balanced the need-to-know with expectations of privacy.

Courtesy of BackStory.



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