Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Three of The Current
The Science of Gaydar
We started this segment with this ad.
Sorry Virginia, there is no Bruce the elf, and no gaydar gun either. But a new study argues that gaydar is real enough. Researchers have found that sixty percent of the time people can determine a person's sexual orientation from a split-second glance. Which also means that forty per cent of the time -- they couldn't. So if Gaydar is real -- it doesn't work terribly well.
Joshua Tabak is a doctoral candidate in social and personality psychology at the University of Washington and he is the lead author on this study. He joined us from Seattle, Washington. Maggie Cassella is a current events comic and the co-owner of the Flying Beaver Pubaret. And Michael Pihach is a journalist. They were both in Toronto.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar, Shannon Higgins and Julia Pagel.
Last Word - Jonah Kelly & Peter Gzowski
A memorial service will be held today in Iqaluit for a broadcasting legend in Canada's north. Jonah Kelly died late last month, leaving a remarkable legacy. It seemed everyone in the north knew Jonah Kelly because of his thirty years of broadcasting in Inuktitut.
There are a number of Inuktitut dialects, but he found a way to deliver community, national and international news in a way that everyone understood. It was said "as the BBC speaks the Queen's English, Inuktitut has the "Kelly Dialect". He remains admired for playing a critical role in connecting and unifying Nunavut communities.
When he retired in 1997, Peter Gzowksi asked him about the old days of northern radio and the popularity of his broadcasts. Today's Last Word goes to Jonah Kelly.
Other segments from today's show: