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Week of July 3, 2016

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Bullies

July 3, 2016

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a relentless, never-ending 24/7 online phenomenon -- cyberbullying.   And maybe it's time to find a new way to think about bullying. 

  1. Finding a Bully After Forty Years

    If you've ever been bullied, you've probably had revenge fantasies. But you probably haven't taken it to the extreme that Allen Kurzweil has. He actually tracked down his childhood bully. He writes about his experience in "Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully."

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  2. The Power of Empathy

    Kids now have the digital technology to bully other kids outside of school, on evenings and weekends. It's called cyberbullying. As many as 25 percent of teenagers have been the victims of cyberbullying, according to one study. And those teens are most likely to say they've thought of suicide. Emily Bazelon talks about how cyberbullying has changed bullying.

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  3. Once a Bully, Now a Friend

    Chances are if you were picked on as a child, you probably haven't patched things up with your bully and become friends.  But fourth-grade archenemies Alex Abramovich and Trevor Latham have.  

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  4. Bullying: Made in America?

    Maybe one of the reasons that bullying is so out of control is that we're not thinking about it the right way.  Charles Derber says that we think of bullying as a personal problem but that it's actually a public issue that starts at the top because it's baked into the DNA of America's huge corporations and the military.

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  5. Julian Barnes on The Noise of Time

    This hour we're talking about bullies, and you could make the case that the Soviet dictator Stalin was the ulmitate bully. He not only jailed and killed his enemies; he also terrorized Russians who weren't involved in politics, like writers and artists. One of the most famous examples was the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. He spent much of his life worrying that the secret police would haul him off to the gulag. Or kill him. Shostakovich's life is now the subject of a new novel by the acclaimed English writer Julian Barnes. It's called "The Noise of Time."

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Writing Funny (Update)

July 3, 2016
(was 11.01.2015)

We explore the fine art of comedy writing with Simon Rich, Bob Odenkirk and Megan Amram. And we dissect a cultural icon -- "The New Yorker" cartoon with the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.

  1. Spoiled Brats - Simon Rich

    Simon Rich talks about his new collection of humorous short stories, "Spoiled Brats."

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  2. Bob Odenkirk on Comedy as an Act of Truth and Destruction

    Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk talks about the differences between writing comedy and performing it, his favorite moment as a writer, and comedy as an act of destruction.

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  3. Science...for Her! - Megan Amram

    Megan Amram talks about her satirical textbook, "Science...for Her!"

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  4. The New Yorker Cartoons - Bob Mankoff

    Bob Mankoff, cartoonist and cartoon editor of "The New Yorker," talks about the unique properties of a "New Yorker" cartoon.

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  5. Is Adulthood Dead?

    Writer Scott Westerfeld believes the widespread popularity of youth culture is turning us all -- adults and adolescents alike -- into teenagers.

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  6. What Do Your Passwords Say About You?

    Computer paswords are on on our minds this week.  "The New York Times" reporter Ian Urbina talks about his feature story, "The Secret Life of Passwords."

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