MONDAY — (Here it is. We already did it.) What’s wrong with Torrington? The town was embroiled last week in a troubling (and nationally covered) story of statutory rape and subsequent cyber-taunting of the 13-year-old victims. What’s really going on here? We’ll try to unpack it in several ways: The way school systems are struggling to keep up with the problem of “mean talk” that spreads at hyper-speeds online. The possibility that peers do not take seriously the notions of statutory rape or the age of consent. And, as was the case in Steubenville, Ohio, the way digital culture makes mincemeat out of the norm of victim privacy.
TUESDAY — Candy Steve Almond (Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America) has eaten at least one piece of candy every single day of his life. Pinko Punko is on a never-ending quest to find the “perfectly stocked” gas station candy store. Cybele May reviews candies from all around the globe. Why does candy drive these people nuts? And what’s your candy obsession? Later in the show, the rise of the Peep. This Spring, more than 1 billion Peeps will be birthed in candy factories across America. We’ll talk about the polarizing candy and explore the phenomenon of the Internet “Peep” shows.
WEDNESDAY — Magazines Dushko Petrovich writes, “If newspapers represent frenzied group-work and books are a slow, singular endeavor, then magazines offer a fertile middle ground.” In The Art of Making Magazines, the late John Gregory Dunne gives a tribute to slower journalism stressing what a great writer can bring to what otherwise might be mere reporting: “an ability and inclination to address not just the who, what, where, when, and how – but the why.” We’ll take a look at the state of magazine journalism in 2013 and ask how the Internet is changing what we call magazines.
THURSDAY — Brass Bonanza! “A band is only as good as it’s brass section”, so says the members of every band’s brass section. What is it about the brasses that brings up such passion and pride? We’ll talk with a tubist & trombonist who found love in the brass section, from a high schooler mastering the french horn, and a trumpeter fronting the effort in Southington to beat the world record for most trumpets playing together at once.