When Kickstarter helped finance a Connecticut’s man’s book about how to “get awesome women,” there was massive pushback, not only from commenters who thought a lot of the advice went right up to the line of assault and maybe crossed it, but also from the “seduction community,” a sub-world of men who take very seriously the second word in the phrase “pickup artist.” Their most prominent spokesman is writer Neil Strauss, and he’ll be one of the guests on a show discussing the values that either do or do not underlie the world of seduction, up-picking and on-hitting.
WHAT KILLED THE DINOSAURS.
Maybe they just kept flying into windows. Dinosaurs were musical, feathery and colorful. Instead of Big Lizard, think Big Bird. Instead of Nasty Reptile, this Mardi Gras Parade Krewe. Instead of Barney, think P-Funk. So how does that change the rest of our thinking. Guests Carl Zimmer and Brian Switek explode some persistent dinosaur myths and sort through the myriad theories about their extinction.
THE WORLD’S STRONGEST LIBRARIAN
Josh Hanagarne is just your average everyday 6’7” librarian-cum-weightlifter battling a massive case of Tourette’s Syndrome which often leaves him helpless in a blizzard of tics, spasms, involuntary whoops and blows delivered to his own face. His book is about his quest to use humor and strength training to give himself a normal life and an angle of repose with his Mormon upbringing. What will we ever think of to talk about?
WOULD YOU BE HAPPIER IN FINLAND?
It’s been called the best place to be a mother, best place to be raised and educated, and the world’s happiest country. With super-affordable health care, and generous sick leave, it’s also a lovely place to fall ill, financially speaking. As one of the earliest countries to give women voting rights, how have women helped form the way families and children are treated? What is Finland doing so right, and what (if anything) is wrong in the utopian Land of the Midnight Sun?
Evening Sun in Finnish Gulf by Pöllö via Wikimedia Commons
FRIDAY – THE NOSE. Talkin’ about the week in culture.