TUESDAY: Although Buddhist monks and others have used meditation to seek enlightenment for a very long time, only recently have doctors learned that it can rewire our brain to combat conditions like anxiety, stress, and depression. During a time when we are increasingly asking whether we, as a society, are doing all we can to prevent the debilitating impact of mental illness, meditation has already transformed the most dangerous prisoners in an Alabama maximum security prison and calmed troubled students in a Detroit elementary school. So, get your mantra ready and breath with us.
WEDNESDAY: We’re talking all about the mechanics and potential of interstellar travel. From the University of Rochester and NPR’s “13.7 Cosmos and Culture” blog, Adam Frank will join us to discuss the marvel and perplexity of the stars in our galaxy. Les Johnson, Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA, will then talk about the methods of starship propulsion that are presently being considered for an interstellar journey, while Dr. Andreas Tziolas will explain how he and his team at Icarus Interstellar are working to realize interstellar travel by 2100.
THURSDAY: Honestly, we’re not sure. We may do a show on the dumbfounding and often sickening world of Newtown counter-narratives. They’re all over the internet right now, alleging bizarre conspiracies and stagings of the event. One video of this type has 10 million views. And yes, this is the kind of material you want to pick up with tongs and wrinkled nose. But we’re interested in where these stories come from and in how they relate to a larger climate of paranoia and conspiracy thinking about the Obama administration. The style of this story has been around, as documented by historian Richard Hofstadter, since the late 18th century. But the internet allows it to spread faster.
But if we decide the whole thing is impossible, we might interview Jubilant Sykes, the amazing singer currently appearing at the Hartford Stage Co. But if we do the first thing, then we’ll get to Jubilant next week. Is this enough process for you? Too much?
FRIDAY: The Nose looks back at the news that happened this week and has intelligent and juvenile conversation about it AT THE SAME TIME.