Shame

Listen nowDownload file
Embed player
Original Air Date: 
April 18, 2015

Social media has brought us all closer together. Sometimes that's a good thing. But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. People get humiliated on Twitter, savaged in public forums and women get rape and death threats. This hour, we explore our great renaissance of public shaming. 

An offender  of prostitution exposed to public shame
Audio

Think there's a renaissance of public shaming online? You're right. There's something about the anonymity of social media has people who probably seem perfectly nice in person, posting vicious, scathing, humiliating comments online.

shame sad face sign
Audio

Can shame also be used for public good?  There’s a judge in Texas who’s famous for his creative – and controversial – shame-based sentences.  To hear how they work, let’s go back to Thanksgiving evening, 1996. Houston, Texas. 

Giant inflatable rat in front of Wells Fargo
Audio

Maybe shame – painful as it is – has some value. Maybe it’s not just an emotion, but a social tool. Jennifer Jacquet thinks that there’s an upside to shame. 

adults playing with Lego
Dangerous Ideas

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea? Universal Recess.

The word "sex" on an iron pillar
Audio

Robin Rinaldi was mid-life, mid-career and mid-marriage when she placed that ad. It launched her wild oats project – a year spent exploring sex.

Show Details 📻
Airdates
April 18, 2015
July 22, 2017
January 20, 2018
November 10, 2018
Guests: 
Jon Ronson
Author, Journalist, Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Radio Presenter
Mike Hubacek
Owner, Sober Living Houston/Take Action Recovery
Robin Rinaldi
Journalist, Author
Last modified: 
November 09, 2018