MONDAY: Obama in Hartford / Emotion In Politics – Politics have always been emotional. But increasingly, it seems like politicians – from all parties – cite emotion as a fundamental basis for their policy decisions. From gay marriage to gun control, emotions rule in modern American political discourse. But is that a good thing? And if not, what are the alternatives?
TUESDAY: Poetry – Susan Howe, Katha Pollitt, and (Oprah pick) Ayana Mathis join Colin to talk about literature, words and poetry’s relationship to other forms of art. “I often think of the space of page as a stage, with words, letters, syllable characters moving across,” Howe tells The Paris Review. “From start to finish in my work, I’ve been involved with images. The porous border between visual and verbal is always there.” We’ll also a recent argument saying poetry “has become so docile, so domesticated, it’s like a spayed housecat lolling in a warm patch of sun.”
WEDNESDAY: Scars – What stories do our scars tell, and why are we so compelled to tell them? Hear about ritual scarification, and how scars aren’t always evidence of tragedy. Also, we’ll play your scar stories from the WNPR voicemail project – 860-580-WNPR (9677).
THURSDAY: Mars – Bas Lansdrop started dreaming about establishing a permanent colony on Mars about a decade ago, but he had no idea how to pay for it. Last month, Lansdrop said he found a solution – Reality TV for the Red Planet. “The entire mission — from the astronauts’ selection and training to their arrival and construction of a permanent settlement — would be broadcast as a worldwide, multi-year reality television show,” says the New York Times. We’ll explore exactly what it would take to get to the Red Planet – from manpower to poop-shielded spaceships – and examine the potential psychological complications that come with spending 501 days with someone in space.
FRIDAY: The Nose is all up in your week!