Archive for May, 2010
May 28 . 2010
The Left Left Behind is Terry Bisson’s satire about the Rapture and it is sardonic and merciless. This entire apocalyptic enterprise provides a humorous and timely interpretation of the bestselling Left Behind series-the adventures of those “left behind” to battle the Anti-Christ after all Born-Again Christians have ascended into heaven. From predatory preachers and goth lingerie to Indian casinos and “art cars” at Burning Man, this religious spoof deftly pairs the personal with the fictional.
May 27 . 2010
Why do some people save every scrap of paper that has ever come into their homes? What compulsions drives a woman whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or wealthy twin bachelors who filled up matching luxury apartments with countless pieces of fine art, not even leaving themselves room to sleep? Psychologists, Randy Frost and Gail Steketee were the first to study hoarding when they began their work a decade ago. In Stuff, the two researchers detail how compulsive behaviors drive sufferers to pile objects throughout their homes.
May 26 . 2010
Americans are turning to popular culture to make sense of the American political system and in Homer Simpson Goes to Washington, Joseph J. Foy has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scholars with backgrounds in political science, philosophy, law, cultural studies, and music. The essays tackle common assumptions about government and explain fundamental concepts such as civil rights, democracy, and ethics.
May 25 . 2010
America’s obsession with beauty, the costs it imposes and the response it demands is explored in Deborah Rhode’s book, The Beauty Bias. The kind of attention that people once gave to the state of their souls, they now give to the state of their bodies says the author.
May 24 . 2010
Hampton Sides follows James Earl Ray in a fascinating minute by minute account of the King assassination in Hellhound on His Trail. He has vividly recreated one of the darkest hours in American history, piecing together a dramatic account of the last days of the Rev. Martin Luther King.
May 21 . 2010
While some of you may be shocked to know that there was a time before TMZ existed, Henry E. Scott’s new book, Shocking True Story provides direct proof that our paparazzi-prone times are nothing new.
May 20 . 2010
Ray Madoff, Boston College law professor is interested in laws that have been evolving over the years to give greater and greater rights to dead people in Immortality and the Law.
May 19 . 2010
What do we really know about why we sleep and why we seem to be getting less of it? Do sleeping pills work? Patricia Morrisroe, writer and author tells us how she cured her insomnia in Wide Awake which is sure to keep you up because you can’t put it down.
May 18 . 2010
Phillip Margolin takes readers inside the U.S. Supreme Court to help untangle an old case involving the President’s nominee to be next Justice in Supreme Justice. Later in the hour, two kids with the same name in the same decaying city born within a year of each other; one grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, combat veteran and White House Fellow and the other is serving a life sentence in prison. The Other Wes Moore, tells the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
May 17 . 2010
Jeffrey Anderson is a Minnesota lawyer who has a reputation for suing U.S dioceses and bishops over allegations of priests sexually abusing young boys. He has shown in a lawsuit letters to the Pope that the Vatican was informed about the case of a priest who molested deaf boys in Wisconsin but how will the Holy See react? Later in the hour, David Clohessy, a survivor and national director of SNAP, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests joins us.
- May 20Susan Jacoby
- May 16David Rosner
- May 15Julia Sweeney
- May 14Erica Greider
- May 13Gar Alperovitz
- May 09Jessica Mason Pieklo
- May 08Kathryn Joyce