MONDAY: Phillip Musica / Jody Blankenship – Before Bernie Madoff, there was Philip Musica. Based in Fairfield, Musica perpetrated one of the biggest swindles in American history, stealing millions of dollars from one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical outfits. But Musica’s earlier life was just as interesting – he received a pardon from President Taft, worked as an investigator for the New York State’s Attorney’s office, got involved in a national hair scandal, and ran one of the biggest bootlegging operations in New England.
We’ll talk with Quinnipiac Professor Robert Kalm, who is working on a documentary about the life of Musica. Later in the show, the Connecticut Historical Society confirmed that they’ve got a new Executive Director. He’s coming from the Kentucky Historical Society and we’ll ask what is it about Connecticut history that drove him to Asylum Hill.
TUESDAY: Magazine! Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent joins us to update the New Haven mayoral race and Gov. Malloy’s endorsement of one candidate. Also, last Friday it becae official that cuts to the hyperlocal news system Patch.com would shutter some of its Connecticut operations. We’ll be talking to one outplaced Patch editor about life and death in a new media model.
WEDNESDAY: Reality Bites — And Now My Gums Hurt Too: Generation X Enters Middle Age. A Gen X friend of ours (pssst, his name rhymes with Tan Cross Key) turned 44 last week. How can this be? Susan Gregory Thomas, author of the resonant memoir ”In Spite of Everything,” tells Salon.com that many Xers “are always living in a state of triage, always in a survivalist mode. We’re not thinking long-term.” How slackers deal with midlife sneaking up on them.
THURSDAY: Brendan Jay Sullivan grew up in Simsbury and got booted from his job as high school newspaper editor. Years later, as an up-and-coming New York City DJ, he met Stefani Germanotta, then a struggling artist, in 2006. She was a go-go dancer who sewed her own outfits but had bigger ambitions—she wanted nothing less than to take over the music world. In “Rivington Was Ours,” his intimate portrait of the budding star who would soon catapult to fame and fortune, Sullivan describes afternoons sitting with Lady Gaga on the floor of her bare Lower East Side apartment, drinking wine from pint glasses and plotting out the pop stardom that awaited her.
FRIDAY: Take a look back at the news of the week, and make sense of it all with The Nose!