On the Radio

Week of September 21, 2014

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Narcissism

09.21.2014

Nobody wants to be a narcissist -- a relentless, self-loving, self-promoter. But look at Facebook and Twitter. We talk about ourselves all the time on social media. Which raises the question, are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism?

  1. The Narcissist Next Door - Jeffrey Kluger

    Jeffrey Kluger talks about his book, "The Narcissist next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed -- in Your World."

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Tusk

    Narcissists make great film characters.  Think Hannibal Lecter, Gordon Gekko.  We can add a new one to the list -- the old sailor in Kevin Smith's new movie, "Tusk."

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  3. The Americanization of Narcissism - Elizabeth Lunbeck

    Elizabeth Lunbeck talks about her book, "The Americanization of Narcissism."

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  4. Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself - Anneli Rufus

    Anneli Rufus talks about her book, "Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself."

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  5. Dangerous Idea: We Matter

    Theoretical physicist Marco Gleiser's Dangerous Idea?  We matter.

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  6. On Our Minds: Sam Harris

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    Neuroscientist Sam Harris is on our minds this week.  Harris is best known as one of the guys who helpd lauch the New Atheist movement. So it comes as a surprise to see the title of hsi new book -- "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion."

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Making It In America (Repeat)

09.21.2014

Are you living the American Dream? Or just struggling to get by? With minimum wage raises on the ballots in many states this fall, we're looking at what it takes to “make it” in America today.

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  1. Living Poor

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    Politicians love to stump about the middle class and the American Dream. But the struggle to make a decent living in the United States isn’t just politics… it’s personal. Here’s a story from Arturo Camelot, a student at Tucson’s City High School.

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  2. So Rich, So Poor - Peter Edelman

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    Peter Edelman says government policies can either help or hinder people on the road to economic stability. Edelman’s the longtime policy advisor who quit Bill Clinton’s administration when the President signed new welfare laws that – in Edelman’s opinion – destroyed the social safety net.

     

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  3. Bootstrapping

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    One of the enduring ideas – and an everyday saying – is that it’s possible to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Of course, it’s physically impossible, but producer Sara Nics thought there had to be a way to do it with some engineering know-how and well-built boots.

     

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: American Dreams

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    Anybody can be somebody in America, right? That’s part of our national identity. Historians Richard Weiss and Jim Cullen say there are countless versions of the American Dream.

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  5. American Promises

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    Wanna make it in America, a good education gets you a long way, right?. That’s especially true if you’re not a white kid from a high income family. Parents and filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson have just released an astounding documentary about their son's journey through an elite New York prep school.

    You can also hear our uncut conversation with them.

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  6. BookMark: Eileen Gunn on “Filter House”

    Sci-fi writer Eileen Gunn bookmarks Nisi Shawl's "Filter House."

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  7. On Our Minds: Easy Money

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    The Swedish thriller “Easy Money: Hard to Kill" is in theatres around the country right now. It's based on the hard-boiled crime novels of Jens Lapidus. As Steve Paulson discovered, Lapidus is not a big fan of most Swedish crime fiction...

     

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