MONDAY: Parking – “The garage of the future provides nourishment for electric cars with renewable, clean energy and smart grid technology. It is the place-making sustainable hub for car sharing and intermodality, reaching out to the street and drawing the street into the building.” That’s pulled from the Mission Statement for the Green Parking Council, a sustainable parking initiative based in Connecticut. We’ll talk about the current (and future) state of parking. And how we can make our parking garages more green.
TUESDAY: Decline (or death watch) of the Humanities. David Brooks writes: “A half-century ago, 14 percent of college degrees were awarded to people who majored in the humanities. Today, only 7 percent of graduates in the country are humanities majors. Even over the last decade alone, the number of incoming students at Harvard who express interest in becoming humanities majors has dropped by a third.”
What’s happening. Are the humanities less important when jobs are more driven by science and data? Or are they simply taught uninterestingly by tenure track professors who have embraced an impenetrable, anti-populist way of thinking and speaking?
WEDNESDAY: Jackson Browne and Morgan Blake. Jackson Browne is, well, Jackson Browne. He’ll be performing in Wallingford on July 9, and we’ll talk to him about life at 64. Will we still be sending him a Valentine? Birthday greetings? Bottle of wine. Morgan Blake is an indy recording artists. He’ll be talking about his new record and about his sideline as an activist for artists who get played a lot on the internet and receive almost no royalties.
THURSDAY: (rebroadcast) Anarchism. It could be mass public disorder. It could be something as simple as jaywalking. The notion of anarchism has been both a flagrant challenge to the foundations of society and a series of small actions that wrest control away from technocratic elites. We’ll talk about anarchism in history and in everyday life. Yale’s gentleman anarchist James C. Scott is featured.
FRIDAY: (rebroadcast) Scar stories. A listener named Shelly told us this one:
“My large scar on my left wrist reminds me that it is not good to combine platform high heels, blueberry vodka and a wet dance floor. Also, the good karma of attending a charity event will not cover you for bad choices of shoe wear.”
See, that’s a pretty typical scar story, if there is such a thing. Something happened. You got hurt. It was probably pretty horrible at the time. Now it’s a little bit funny — one of the stories that life wrote on your body.
Most real life scars are less dire than the ones written into drama and fiction, where a scar usually means a deep psychic wound. There are two villains — in “The Lion King” and “Battlestar Galactica” — who are simply named Scar, as if their one defect summed up a whole being. Of course, some scars have really terrible stories behind them. On this show, funny and scary stories about scars.