Thu April 30, 2015
Arts & Life

Theater Or Theatre? A Centuries-Old Debate Still Plays Today

The Buntport Theater includes (l to r) Erik Edborg, Erin Rollman, Brian Colonna, Hannah Duggan, SamAnTha Schmitz.
Courtesy of Buntport Theater

The difference between 'theatre' and 'theater' doesn't seem like a big deal now, but back in the mid-1800s those could have been fighting words.

Excising Britain from our cultural lexicon was all the rage back then. While Noah Webster was busy American-izing the dictionary, riots were cropping up to get British actors off the stage and the word 'theatre' off the marquee.

"But it never left completely," said the University of Northern Colorado's Head of Theatre Education Mary Schuttler.

Look around and you'll find that both forms of the word are common – and, according to Schuttler, who teaches 'theatre' history – both are correct.

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Wed April 29, 2015

Superweed? Scientists Define A Controversial Concept

Palmer amaranth, with herbicide-resistant varieties, can grow as tall as an NBA player, and costs farmers thousands of dollars to remove it.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s... a superweed?

If you’ve paid any attention to the debate concerning the adoption of genetically-engineered crops, you’ve heard of superweeds. They’re those nasty, hearty weeds that cross-breed with GMO corn to resist herbicide applications. Or, um...they’re new, special weeds, able to outcompete other pesky plants with undetermined magic properties, right? No, they’re the result of an over-reliance on a particular weed management strategy.

But which is it? That’s been the problem.

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Mon December 8, 2014

Is It Death With Dignity Or Assisted Suicide? Words Shape Opinions

Jim Hill KUNC

If you heard someone was planning to kill a baby, your first reaction might be to call 911. If you heard someone wanted to prevent unwanted pregnancy, you might applaud that work.

Yet both of terms are used by activists to refer to the same act: abortion.

Word choice shapes how we perceive an issue. As Colorado gears up for a debate over another contested ethical issue – proposed legislation granting a terminally ill patient the ability to take life-ending drugs prescribed by his or her doctor – those involved say the words used to describe the act will have an important role in how it is perceived.

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Mon October 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:58 am

Dr. Angela Alday talks with Isidro Hernandes, via a Spanish-speaking interpreter, Armando Jimenez. Both patient and doctor say they much prefer an in-person interpreter to one on the phone.
Jeff Schilling Courtesy of Tuality Healthcare

Translating from one language to another is a tricky business, and when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes are even higher.

Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie Ramirez.

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Thu October 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:18 pm

In a photo released by Tsinghua University in Beijing, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks with students there on Wednesday.