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自分が読んで興味深く感じた英文記事を中心に取り上げる予定です

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(続)ナンタケット島で進められている研究

 
先日ご紹介したNew Yorkerの記事。昨日のFresh Airでライターが呼ばれて記事内容について話してくれています。NPRはトランスクリプトも公開してくれているので英語学習に活用しやすいですね。



SCIENCE
New Gene-Editing Techniques Hold the Promise Of Altering The Fundamentals Of Life
January 12, 20171:28 PM ET

Fresh Air
New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.
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今月号の'Harper's Magazine'は福島特集記事

 


Vollmann Writes About Fukushima's 'Quiet Horror' In 'Harper's Magazine'
FEBRUARY 12, 2015 5:09 AM ET

教養総合月刊誌の'Harper's Magazine'は14ページにわたり福島の避難民の方々の現状をレポートした記事を掲載しているようです。

LETTER FROM JAPAN — From the March 2015 issue
Invisible and Insidious
Living at the edge of Fukushima’s nuclear disaster
By William T. Vollmann


For the past three years my dosimeter had sat silently on a narrow shelf just inside the door of a house in Tokyo, upticking its final digit every twenty-four hours by one or two, the increase never failing — for radiation is the ruthless companion of time. Wherever we are, radiation finds and damages us, at best imperceptibly. During those three years, my American neighbors had lost sight of the accident at Fukushima. In March 2011, a tsunami had killed hundreds, or thousands; yes, they remembered that. Several also recollected the earthquake that caused it, but as for the hydrogen explosion and containment breach at Nuclear Plant No. 1, that must have been fixed by now — for its effluents no longer shone forth from our national news. Meanwhile, my dosimeter increased its figure, one or two digits per day, more or less as it would have in San Francisco — well, a trifle more, actually. And in Tokyo, as in San Francisco, people went about their business, except on Friday nights, when the stretch between the Kasumigaseki and Kokkai-Gijido-mae subway stations — half a dozen blocks of sidewalk, which commenced at an antinuclear tent that had already been on this spot for more than 900 days and ended at the prime minister’s lair — became a dim and feeble carnival of pamphleteers and Fukushima refugees peddling handicrafts.

Yutaは見栄で定期購読しているので(滝汗)、この記事くらいは読んでみたいと思います(苦笑)。
 

Global culture to fight extremism

 


同じくFresh Airを聞いていたらMaajid Nawazという方が登場していました。急進的なイスラム主義者から穏健派に転向したようで、これまでの経歴を赤裸々に語ってくれています。

How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim To Moderation
JANUARY 15, 2015 2:05 PM ET

When Maajid Nawaz was growing up in Essex, England, in the 1990s, the son of Pakistani parents, he first found his voice of rebellion through American hip-hop.
"It gave me a feeling that my identity could matter — and did matter — growing up as a British Pakistani who was facing racism from whiter society," Nawaz tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "but also confusion about where my family was from and not really fitting into either culture."

At age 16, Nawaz was transformed from a disaffected British teenager to an Islamist recruiter when he joined the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Nawaz continued his college studies and spent a year abroad in Egypt, where he continued his recruiting. As a result, he was imprisoned for four years, starting in 2002.

It was while in prison, surrounded by several prominent jihadist leaders, that Nawaz realized he wanted to take a different path. He was reading George Orwell's Animal Farm and came to a new understanding of "what happens when somebody tries to create a utopia."


パリの事件を受けて、BBCやCNNのアンダーソンクーパーなどに頻繁に登場しているようです。このままだと極右とイスラム原理主義の両極が空白を埋めてしまうことになるという危機感は大変共感できるものです。



2011年にはTEDで話をしていたのですね。



今回の件で表現の自由はどうあるべきか、BBCで盛んに話し合っていることを知りませんでした。。。。





 

Patricia Arquetteがノミネート

 


映画BoyhoodでPatricia Arquetteが助演女優賞にノミネートされていました。失礼ながらTrue Romanceに出ていたハリウッド女優だったとはBoyhoodの映画を見たときには全く気付きませんでした。



まあ20年前のことですから仕方がないのかもしれません。。。メグライアンやレニー ゼルウィガーなどのことを考えると彼女の方が健全なのかもしれません。このあたりのこともラジオのFresh Airで語っていました。



On aging in the film and as an actress in Hollywood
Arquette: As an actress, for me, I think there's such a pressure in the world for women to look a certain way, especially if you have success at a certain moment in your life in the ingenue age group — that you're supposed to hold onto that. And I really wanted to move away from that status as quickly as possible.

It's true for human beings that a lot of the story of life is the mating story, is the falling in love story, is the having children story; so it does make sense that a large percentage of the stories are told in that age group, I think. But Hollywood tells the actresses what they need to look like to continue working, and I don't believe that of human beings. I don't believe that's true of many stories, and I do think as an actress it gives you a very short shelf life if you buy into that. ...

If you look at paintings throughout history of female beauty, the one that we're creating right now is a really weird one.

Boyhoodがどこまで賞をとれるか楽しみですね。
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