October is going to be crazy, and this first week is no exception.
Monday: The Scramble
The Scramble is back with Ben Naddaff-Hafrey, musician and music editor at MIC news. He’s excited to be our SuperGuest, after first joining us several months back to talk about Bob Dylan’s Super Bowl commercials. We loved him then and we think you’ll love him now. He’s got some great ideas percolating to share with you– the perils and promise of new media/social journalism, the new U2 album as a paradigm shifting moment in how we think about music, tech and their respective industries, and the history of the War of the World broadcast and its influence on how we think about psychology and media now. As always, we also bring you the latest news from the weekend.
Tuesday: Dancing the Night Away: Connecticut Dance Halls
We’ve wanted to produce a show on Thrall Hall for several months and we’re finally ready to do it. We’ll share the poignant story of Windsor resident Ed Thrall’s effort to build a square dance hall as a place for his daughter to have fun. Ed spent decades meticulously building his exquisite dance hall from scraps of building materials recovered from the demolition of Hartford buildings bulldozed in the urban renewal programs of the 1960’s. The floor’s intricate design was created by his wife Flicka and supported by tires that gave extra bounce to the dancers. Most of all, it was a source of pride and love for Ed. But, the story took a dark turn when Ed and the town of Windsor clashed over zoning regulations that thwarted Ed’s dreams, straining relationships between Ed, his family and the town. Executive Producer Catie Talarski, shares this heartbreaking story of lost dreams, betrayal, and redemption.
Next, we explore the legacy of Connecticut’s Shaboo Inn, a legendary 1970’s and 1980’s blues and rock concert dance hall that attracted top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Miles Davis, The Police, Aerosmith, Tom Waits that was located in a former silk mill in Mansfield, Connecticut. David Foster, owner of Shaboo Productions and manager of the Inn, shares stories that you won’t believe.
Tuesday night: Our Fifth Anniversary Bash. You’re invited. Make sure you sign up on the eventbrite page, as opposed to RSVPing on Facebook.
Wednesday: Forget the Movie, The Trailers Are More Fun
Trailers give away all the good parts in the movie, including the jokes and best narratives. For most of us, trailers are either a pain or a pleasure and don’t always reflect the tone of the movie. For example, the trailer for Academy Award-nominated “Nebraska” was particularly bad, because the pace and tone of that movie are antithetical to the way mainstream trailers lure us to watch. It said QUIRKY. OFFBEAT. LOVABLE. Yet, the movie received critical acclaim. Among the best trailers was “Batman Returns”. The movie itself was an overrated shamble —a really terrible piece of storytelling— but even Tim Burton’s worst movies have enough good images and set-pieces to entice. The founder of an advertising company that specializes in film trailers, a contributor to the web series “Trailers From Hell”, and The Culture Dogs join us for a look at the past, present, pain, and glory of movie trailers.
This show is a lot of fun, and we’re re-airing it to give us a gulp of air between the party and Wednesday’s night forum on teaching and learning. You’re invited to the forum at 7 p.m. and the casual dinner that precedes it at 6 p.m. All the details are here.
Thursday: The Science Behind Our Soul
For centuries, philosophers have pondered what constitutes the soul. Is it an intricate dance between our mind, consciousness and self-perception, God-given and beyond our control, or something more ethereal and fleeting, hard to pin down, yet the essence of who we are. Increasingly, scientific discovery is blurring the relationship between the soul and the brain. Patricia Churchland, philosopher, neuroscientist and author of Touching a Nerve, The Self as Brain, believes the soul and all that goes into it–morals, free will, feelings of love–are mere products of neurochemical reactions. Today, we explore theories of the soul.
Friday: The Nose
After a much-needed vacation, The Nose panelists are back to pore over this week’s latest culture news, picking the choicest bits for your consumption.