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Program Archive
April 2002


Utopias, From Co-housing To Esperanto, The Internet Promise, Musak Defended and The Seventies Attacked.
Host Marty Goldensohn takes us on a voyage in search of Utopia: co-housing that create village-like communities, Musak as democratic musical "air conditioner", do you speak Esperanto? the global language, is disco the only good thing about the seventies?, commentaries, music and much more.

Links of the Week
Ralph Dratman, founder of www.maximumsoftware.com, explains utopian hi-tech and also clues us in on some of his favorite websites. Visit www.sciencedaily.com for slightly edited press releases. Popular search engine, www.google.com also has electronically gathered news headlines. Another completely automated news-gathering site is http://www.cs.columbia.edu/nlp/newsblaster. The San Francisco Chronicle news paper is available online at http://www.sfgate.com/. Looking for unusual headlines? Visit www.robotwisdom.com for alternative news. Need "news for nerds" http://www.slashdot.com offers that and information on open source software.

Cantines Island is just one of several communities available in the cohousing movement. There are communities located in and out of the city as well as intergenerational developments. To learn more about the subject visit http://cantinesisland.home.att.net/ or www.cohousing.org.

James Lileks is victim of bad taste: www.lileks.com

Books of the Week

  • Elevator music usually gets a bad rap but not in Elevator Music : A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong by Joseph Lanza. Lanza sets it straight with his appreciation for all Muzak.


Lies, Tall Stories and Failing Lying Detector's Tests.
Host Marty Goldensohn explores the history of lying and the consequences of playing with the truth. He innocently straps himself to a lying detector's test and fails. Also discovering the tall stories woven by Bill Lepp, five time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest, writer Stanley Miese about living with (and leaving) a compulsive liar, Dr Sean Chillag on illnesses with symptoms that mislead, discovering the restaurant with the shortest menu in the world (2 dishes), music, humor and much more in this edition of BTDT.

Links of the Week

Books of the Week

  • Learn more about the art of lying and lie detection in Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage by Paul Ekman.
  • In Evelin Sullivan's The Concise Book of Lying she writes about the usage of lies in various literary works as well as discussing the philosophy and psychology of lying.

What Me? Worry, High Anxiety Revisited, And Fun Travel Tales
Host Marty Goldensohn explores "high anxiety" from Mad magazine and its on going history of a "What me Worry" attitude (as told from its editor) to ways of dealing with mood and anxiety disorders. Also, Josh Piven ( author of "Worst Case Scenario) with advice about dealing with hungry bears and escaping from almost anywhere, paper clips as therapy. Plus paying for college, useful anti worry information, Paul Gorman (Executive Director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment) on an "inward bound" trip plus travel, music, humor and much more in this edition of BTDT.

This week we heard an excerpt from Didi Sprecher Agee's short story "Momentum." Hear the whole piece here.

Links of the Week
  • Anxiety can be a serious disorder. It's important to distinguish between average worrying and debilitating anxiety . If you would like to learn more about Anxiety Disorder go to sites like http://www.adaa.org/ or http://www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/anxiety.cfm
  • From the looks of things inventor Al Jaffee and co-editor Nick Meglin--who have been with Mad Magazine for over 40 years now--have nothing to worry about. To see the fruits of their labor visit http://www.madmag.com

Books of the Week

  • Joe Piven "Worst Case Scenario"
  • Henry Petroski "Paper Boy, Confessions of a Future Engineer"
  • Kal Chaney "Paying for College Without Going Broke"

Taste Buds, Double Speak And Fast Talking Dames
Host Marty Goldensohn uncovers the meaning of double speak in business and politics with writer Bill Lutz, talks to Forbes Magazine senior editor about seven ways to rescue your retirement plan, has a conversation about the tongue with surprising information about taste buds, and goes to the movies with Maria Di Battista author of "Fast Talking Dames" plus another way of to Bob Dylan, and much more in this archive edition of BTDT.

Links of the Week



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