On the Radio

Week of July 27, 2014

Mayors

07.27.2014

Pragmatic.Problem-solving. And non-partisan -- Mayors just might be the next best hope for democracy.    

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  1. If Mayors Ruled the World

    Name a problem and Washington seems unable to solve it. Poverty. Climate change. Unemployment. Immigration. Education. Enter the mayor.

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  2. Participatory Budgeting

    In Chicago’s 49th Ward they engage in Participatory Budgeting - in other words the residents of the 49th Ward decide how to spend their ward’s money.  

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  3. SONIC SIDEBAR: Mayor Dave

    The former mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, take us on a walking tour of the neighborhood of one of his big heroes, the late urban thinker, Jane Jacobs. 

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  4. The Mayor of Reykjavik

    Jon Gnarr is a professional comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavik on a lark. And to his surprise, won.

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  5. DEEP TRACKS: Charles Cross on "The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest"

    Charles R. Cross on the Young Fresh Fellows album “The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest.”

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  6. On Our Minds: Junot Diaz

    Dominican-born writer Junot Diaz -- the MacArthur genius, Pulitzer Prize-winning author has written some of some of the most brilliant contemporary fiction about the immigrant experience. 

    Want to read that essay we mentioned?

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Life, Art, and Therapy

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

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    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

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    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

    "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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