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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.



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.


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?



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.

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8 thoughts on “Next Week: CMS

  1. Richard

    There are many good essays on Finland. Imagine the US teaching state paternalism as a product of US and Christian heritage. Both a religious and civil duty. State religion can be scary. It can also create consensus. Finland was 95% Lutheran after WWII.

    This doesn’t mean modern Finland is any more religious than the US in 201r. But the Christian values of a paternalstic state are deeply embedded.

    Its too late for the US. A nuclear war that destroyed the infrastructure or a couple major conflicts with walking wounded everywhere would help. In the US you will never hear a public sector union lobby for “one policy for all”. Instead you hear “No Sustinet for us” and the great ‘Let’s move the cheese’ rally cry of
    “single payer” as an obstruction tactic to treating everyone with the same social benefits.

  2. Richard

    Finlands abortion rate is half of Connecticuts and likely less. Finlands abortion laws would put CTs Democrats into Bushnell Park screaming about the War on Women. Finland is a Nation of hatefull homophobes according to CT Progressives. Civil Unions are legal but not that other decadent thing. And they teach religion in Schools! Egads. How backwards! And the low number of single parents? Must be state coercion teaching that awful morality of the nuckearnfamily!

    1. Richard

      95% of the Finnish kids live in a nuclear family according to the OECD compared to 70% for the US? Another tasty OECD tidbit. The US outspends any other nation in 0-18 year olds and objectively has among the worst results.

  3. peter brush

    What is Finland doing so right…?
    The country is ethnically homogeneous, the dominant ethnicity being Finnish people. The official languages are Finnish and Swedish, the latter being the native language of about five per cent of the Finnish population.[1] From the 13th to the early 19th century Finland was a part of the Kingdom of Sweden. The Swedish-speakers are known as Swedish-speaking Finns (finlandssvenskar in Swedish, suomenruotsalaiset in Finnish).
    Apparently, the Finns never got the word that in diversity is their strength. I suspect they desperately need comprehensive immigration reform. It is important for any country to have multiple cultures so that kids coming up learn that tolerance is the overriding standard of behavior. Perhaps they could take a few million Latinos to do the work Finns just won’t do.

    1. peter brush

      Jean Sibelius ( pronunciation (help·info); born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius; 8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.
      Q: Why are there no Finns on the moon?

      A: They went, but there was no wood.
      National identity? We here in los Estados Unidos comprendemos that national identities are taboo, at least for communities of pallor.

  4. Kerry Marsh

    Monday’s show was quite good, much less shallow in content than I would have guessed this topic would be.

    1. Bill Katz

      I became impatient while listening to the show while driving around CT and so I turned it off. I was seeking a new pick up line for my generation but didn’t find one. Such as, “I’m gonna commit something if I can’t get enoug sleep tonight.” Or, “nice shoes” even if the the late 50 something year old is wearing flip flops. Or how about, “Nice ass, baby. Look, it’s 2 in the morning and we seem to be closing the bar. Let’s make the morning last. Got any uppers?”

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