Next week’s shows

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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!


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12 thoughts on “Next week’s shows

  1. Richard

    Sophomore Slump — usually a lack of material. Years go into that first endeavor and then fracture. Obama is running on fumes with Nate Silver predicting 4.6 GOP gains in the Senate for 2014. The best help he had in Rahmbo Emanuel is gone The war and the economy drag on. A bimbo eruption would be more exciting.

    No new material and many states like CT on a budgetary edge. The deficit might be looking good in 2015 but the GOP will be in control of real appropriations

  2. Richard

    Animal advocates. We need more looking in to the Jackson Labs and Pfizer and Planned Parenthood. When we value human life from conception…..maybe then We form ethical decisions….

  3. Richard

    Star Trek 4: Save the Whales. Could it get any hokier than that? Loved it. Pure 60s schmaltz.

    Q (Quelle) and the Reign of Terror era trial of humanity in the person of John Luke Picard? Drones and oil policy would fit nicely. Picard as the Singularity moving between 3 dimensions of Enterprise starships. Heady stuff for kids of all ages. Of course Picard saves the cosmic goo!

  4. Richard

    Psychiatry. Some (me) never got over doing charitable work on the wards as a kid or seeing fellow critic Kesey’s take on science, medicine, money and inhumanity. No wonder some nations ban psychiatry right along with Scientology. I thought Tom Cruise was sane on Oprahs couch.

  5. don pesci

    “Is there really such a thing as a second-term curse for U.S. presidents?”
    It’s not realty a curse; it may be worse than that. All second term presidents are lame ducks because of presidential term limits. Some points during the second term, even friendly grown up legislators realize that the primary difference between themselves and lame duck presidents is that they are not lame ducks. At this point, politicians begin to take their cues from the prospect of re-election, and ideological firmness begins to dissipate. The Obama regime is highly progressive, which is to say it is highly immoderate and ideological, what politicians in happier moods might call non- pragmatic. Ever wonder why President Obama never turned in a passable budget for four years? Moderates regard – or should regard – lameduckery as a good thing, but Obama has so revolutionized his party that there are few moderate well-wishers in it any more. Some people have mistaken this turn of events as a curse.

    1. Richard

      I’m thinking the roll out of the Federal Insurance Exchanges in Red States will keep things hopping in 2014. The states opted out and told the Feds “you do it”.

      These vulnerable Freshmen Yellow Dogs from Red States jumped ship on gun control. Health Care? Maybe so. 2014 is shaping up to be a bitter election leaving Obama two years to hold the fort with Progressives lacking any form of majority.

  6. Todd Zaino

    Poor Barry a lame duck in year five
    His popularity taking a serious nose dive
    When will liberals ever learn
    Leftists always crash and burn
    ObamaCare won’t do much to keep any of us alive

  7. Richard

    Friday –The Nose. Ray Manzarek died today. Most influential American 60s rock band? Difficult to deny the influence of the The Doors and Manzareks electronic piano work on Riders on the Storm or chintzy organ on Light my Fire. Eddie and the Cruisers without the Doors mythos? Patti Smiths Horses? Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys and the Doors. Rare atmosphere

    We’re talking about a guy who carried a band with a cheap transistor organ in Light My Fire and When the Music’s Over.

    Love their signature sound or hate it but it is iconic. Could Apocalypse Now work as well without Manzareks psychedelic noodling in the opening scene and in the ritual sacrifice scenes at the end? Nope. Just great stuff. Iconic.

  8. peter brush

    Admit to listening to a good bit of Doors. Knew at the time that they were tending evil and that they knew it. (Unlike Elvis, who had to be informed by the Killer that not only is r&r the devil’s music, but that he WAS the devil.) So, “Riders on the Storm” repeatedly ear-phoned into the adolescent cranial organ; Manzarek’s lovely little electric piano raindrops.
    But, Manzarek was probably not a nihilist activist, more a fellow traveler. Apparently he was married in 1967 to a woman (!), and stayed that way until the end.
    He produced the first X album in 1980, and played on one number (below).
    no one is united all things are untied
    perhaps we’re boiling over inside
    they’ve been telling lies who’s been telling lies?
    there are no angels there are devils in many ways
    take it like a man

    1. Richard

      Stone’s movie catches the dynamic reasonably well at one point and the PBS special was superb. Hard working band, working on their craft for hours on end. Drunken, egotistical singer with zero business professionalism but the only guy who could bring magic and bring focus to the noodling

  9. Neurotic

    I hate when the DSM is updated. It becomes very difficult to keep track of everything that’s wrong with me.

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