On the Radio

Week of May 17, 2015

Amusement Parks

May 17, 2015

It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park -- to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides. 

  1. How Amusement Parks Modernized America

    At one point there were more than 1,500 amusement parks across America. And they offered far more than just thrill rides. Historian Lauren Rabinovitz says they helped ease the country into a period of rapid technological change.

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  2. Coney Island A Century Ago

    Writer Leslie Parry describes what Coney Island would have sounded like during its heyday 100 years ago.

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  3. Behind the Scenes of a Sideshow

    For decades, Todd Robbins has been entertaining audiences with his sideshow act, first at Coney Island and later with several off-Broadway shows. When he spoke with Anne Strainchamps, he demonstrated a few tricks of his trade, even go so far as to eat a lightbulb in the process.

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  4. The Most Unusual Roller Coaster in the World

    Writer B.J. Novak imagines a roller coaster that's modelled after real life, and designed by the artist Christo. This story was adapted from Novak's debut collection, "One More Thing."

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  5. Getting High At Disney World

    John Jeremiah Sullivan reads an abridged version of his essay, "You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!" about getting high at Disney World.

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  6. Walt Disney and the Cultural Significance of the Theme Park

    Cultural anthropologist Scott A. Lukas describes the history and cultural significance of theme parks such as Disney World.

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Life, Art, and Therapy

May 17, 2015
(was 07.27.2014)

Whatever happened to psychoanalysis?  It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man.  Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker if we know how to read him.  This hour explores the connections between therapy and art.

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  1. Rethinking Freud - Adam Phillips

    Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips says we've gotten Freud all wrong.  He wasn't a scientist; he was a great writer and countercultural figure. And his insights still have the power to dazzle us.

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  2. Growing Up Freudian - Erin Clune

    What's it like to grow up with a mom who's a Freudian therapist?  Commentator Erin Clune has a few personal observations.

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  3. Cartooning & Psychotherapy - Alison Bechdel

    Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel has written two brutally honest memoirs about her parents. She tells Steve Paulson about her complicated relationship with her mother and how it inspired her as an artist.

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  4. Art as Therapy - Alain de Botton

    Maybe you're familiar with art therapy - making art to cope with pain. Philosopher Alain de Botton has a different idea. He thinks just looking at great art can be therapeutic.

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  5. BookMark: Nic Pizzolatto on Absalom, Absalom!

    "True Detective" creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto recommends "Absalom, Absalom" by William Faulkner.

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  6. On Our Minds: James McBride

    James McBride won the National Book Award for "The Good Lord Bird," his novel about the abolitionist John Brown.  He explains why he doesn't like most fictional portraits of slavery and how he tried to tell a different story.

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