MONDAY – Ethical Consumerism – Consumer activism is older than the nation. The colonists’ rejection of British imports started a tradition of voting with your knife, fork, teacup and credit card. But it’s complicated! Whole Foods isn’t perfect. And maybe you should reward Wal-Mart for at least trying to improve. We’ve assembled an incredible panel to walk you through this thicket, including Bun Lai, who runs what may be America’s most sustainable sushi restaurant; Barry Nalebuff, co-founder of Honest Tea; Stefanie Wnuck of the Product Stewardship Institute; and David Bollier, an American activist, writer, and policy strategist.
TUESDAY – Baseball – Steve Rushin is the author of The 34-Ton Bat. As the MLB playoff season kicks into full gear, Rushin will share some lesser-known stories from baseball’s colorful history. Did you know smelly bathrooms at Ebbets Field were one of the major reasons the Dodgers moved out west to Los Angeles in the late 1950s? Or that 1978 was a landmark year bringing nachos (“a Mexican dish that amounted to little more than Fritos covered with warm cheese sauce”) to ballparks around the nation? Rushin is a contributor to Sports Illustrated and was the 2006 National Sportswriter of the Year.
WEDNESDAY – Why Macbeth? – There are new productions at Hartford Stage Company and elsewhere. What does this play still have to say to us?
What might it say to a 19-year-old person of color from Bloomfield attending Capital Community College and reading it in class? What does it have to say about a modern figure like …Ted Cruz? Also, how much of its language [milk of human kindness, be-all and end-all, sound and fury] and ideas are embedded in us? Almost any woman attached to a powerful man seems to run the risk of being called a Lady Macbeth but is that fair? Did Shakespeare intend her to be sui generis or an archetype?
THURSDAY – Movies – Critical colassi David Edelstein (Fresh Air/CBS Sunday Morning), A.O. Scott (New York Times), and Culture Dog Sam Hatch will talk about “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “Rush,” and “Enough Said.”
FRIDAY – The Nose – The Nose digs into the week in pop culture and politics. Rand Cooper and two other panelists join us. (We’ll be back in New Haven next week!)