WWL and WNPR news are planning major coverage of the train crash.
We’re not sure what the role — if any — of our show will be.
Bearing that in mind, here is what we have planned:
MONDAY: Second-Term Blues – Is there really such a thing as a second-term curse for U.S. presidents? Nate Silver of the New York Times seems to think maybe not. But a week of scandals from Benghazi to the IRS have others questioning the viability of Obama’s second go-around in the Oval Office. Later in the show, the so-called “sophomore slump” in baseball and which modern bands suffer from DSAS (Difficult Second Album Syndrome).
TUESDAY: Animal Advocates – There are a slew of bills in the legislature that are supposed to give more rights to Connecticut animals– their owners won’t be allowed to tether them outside at night or during bad weather and they get their own lawyer if someone abuses them. As a matter of fact, animal power is in. There are new laws all over the country and New York mayoral candidates are tripping over each other to show how much they love animals. We might even hear from a group that issues amber alerts for missing kiddies, I mean kitties.
WEDNESDAY: Star Trek – Slate writer Matt Yglesias recently watched every episode and movie in the Star Trek franchise. He writes, “Trek has a very particular take on what it means to be human. Part of what it means, the franchise teaches us, is participating in an ongoing progressive project of building a utopian society. Even though the bulk of Trek comes from the ’90s, the franchise launched in the mid-’60s, and the now-anachronistic spirit of midcentury optimism has remained at the heart of the franchise throughout. It’s a big part of what makes Trek great.” On the heels of the latest J.J. Abrams movie, we’ll talk about how Star Trek serves as a repository for humanity’s collective optimism.
THURSDAY: Psychiatry & The DSM – Each release of a new DSM brings scrutiny as to how helpful the document is to the field of psychiatry and the patients that are diagnosed and treated based on its categories. The DSM-V, which took 20 years to revise, is no different. Practicing psychologist Dr. Gary Greenberg pours his angst about the DSM into “The Book of Woe,” his new book about winnowing the complexity of our minds into what Errol Morris calls, “an arbitrary taxonomy that provides a disorder for everybody.”
FRIDAY: Take a look back at the news of the week and try to make sense of it all with The Nose!