July 7th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, Afghanistan, and the author of You are Here. In our second hour, Michael Jackson's memorial service.
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July 7th Show

Why do we get lost? Psychologist Colin Ellard argues that humans have lost the instinctual ability to find our own way. mitjamavsar hide caption

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Deadliest Day In A Year For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan
Yesterday marked the deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan in almost a year. Seven Americans were reported killed. NPR's Jackie Northam joins us from Kabul with the latest on the continuing U.S. offensives in Afghanistan, and the Taliban response.

You Are Here: Why We Get Lost
You are here. Just thought I'd let you know in case you got lost. According to experimental psychologist Colin Ellard, ants and hamsters have a better sense of direction than we do. Ellard helps us navigate the subject of navigation (and explains why we're so bad at it) and talks about his new book, You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall.

Michael Jackson's Final Act
Today, hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected to attend a public memorial for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles. Countless more will watch news coverage of the event. Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal, Hitsville.org editor Bill Wyman and author Nelson George talk about the magnitude of Michael Jackson, his music and his memorial.