MONDAY: Lovotics – Scientists are creating robots able to connect deeply into human emotions, including the ability to read the emotions behind our expressions better than other people! We have robots that can encourage you to lose weight, connect with autistic children, and even simulate kisses between partners separated by space. But, despite these advances, how much do we really want humans to be just like us?
TUESDAY: Superstition in Connecticut – We’ll blaze through a list of New England superstitions, as well as why people are superstitious, with Stuart Vyse from Connecticut College. We’ll also speak to Anthony Griego, a member of the Connecticut Wiccan & Pagan Network, who has been campaigning for pardons for those killed in the CT witch trials. And folklorist Michael Bell discusses vampire exhumations in New England.
WEDNESDAY: Kids Songs Done Right – Bill Childs from PRX’s Spare The Rock, Spoil the Child joins PBS Kid’s musician Steve Roslonek (Mr. Steve) in a conversation about the art of a good kid’s song. Later in the show, Connecticut State Troubadour Chuck Costa talks about his latest project, CT Sings!, which features Connecticut-inspired songs written by Connecticut children.
THURSDAY: What Is Now? – Your brain just processed a snapshot and called it “now.” But what really is now? We’ll talk with physicists, neuroscientists, and one Buddhist about the philosophy behind the present moment.
FRIDAY: The Nose, our panel of brilliant and glamorous thinkers chat about the week in news – joined by your phone calls!