Shankar Vedantam http://redriverradio.org en Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? http://redriverradio.org/post/does-diversity-research-team-improve-quality-science As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 41712 at http://redriverradio.org Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To Aggression http://redriverradio.org/post/military-conflict-decisions-why-weakness-leads-aggression Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>From Syria to Afghanistan, to Russia and Ukraine, the United States finds itself confronting some major foreign policy challenges. There are old rivalries and new one testing the limits of the United States.<p>NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam regularly joins us to talk about matters related to individual and organizational behavior, but today, he's found some new research that's relevant to the way we think about foreign conflicts and he's in our studios. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 41160 at http://redriverradio.org Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By Underrating http://redriverradio.org/post/minority-aspirants-federal-bench-are-hindered-underrating Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. When a president taps someone to become a federal judge, the American Bar Association reviews and rates the nominee. That rating shapes whether the president's pick is confirmed by the Senate. Now, new analysis claims that the ABA ratings are biased. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 40710 at http://redriverradio.org Political Map: Does Geography Shape Your Ideology? http://redriverradio.org/post/political-map-does-geography-shape-your-ideology Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The political map of America changes, but it doesn't change very quickly. Massachusetts was a reliably liberal state decades ago and still is. The South is still the South. This raises the question of why it is that certain areas come to be reliably liberal or conservative.<p>NPR Shankar Vedantam joins us to discuss some research that explores the question. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 39684 at http://redriverradio.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health http://redriverradio.org/post/cash-or-credit-how-kids-pay-school-lunch-matters-health American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/">most recent studies</a>. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 38921 at http://redriverradio.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health