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Traffic Neckdown

Like Bott’s dots and cat’s eyes, the word neckdown comes from the language of traffic flow regulation. A neckdown is an extension of a curb that widens the path for pedestrians and slows moving vehicles. Also called curb extensions, bulb...

Hip-Hop Book of Rhymes (minicast)

Hip-hop is high art. If you don’t understand that, you’re missing out on some of the best poetry being created today. Grant talks about the new book by English professor Adam Bradley called Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop.

coconut telegraph

coconut telegraph  n.— «SSB networks are simply an organized meeting place on a particular radio frequency at an established time, where an unlimited number of boaters can meet and share the latest weather forecasts and local news. Nets...

dry-needling

dry-needling  n.— «Radiologists first applied a local anesthetic to the patients” affected heel area, and then repeatedly poked the region with a solid needle—a procedure known as dry-needling—to provoke more blood flow to the area...

nuclear winter

nuclear winter  n.—Gloss: A period in which investment capital is very hard to come by.  «I invest in Silicon Valley companies. In 2001-2004 there was a nuclear winter for deal flow dried up almost 100%. Lots of people going back to...