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Program Archive
September 2003

Body Contact
Host Marty Goldensohn explores the body and what it can encounter in life. We learn the story of psychologist Harry Harlow who, through his experiments with monkeys, revolutionized child-raising in the 1950s--and taught us to hug our children. We expose questionable business practices of The Body Shop, the trendy cosmetics company; explore reiki, the healing Japanese touch therapy; and talk to our friend Allison, who was hit by a bus and lived to tell the tale. Music critic Tom Moon uncovers great dance music. Plus, we hear where the spirit goes after it leaves the body--to the Internet! All this and more on this edition of Been There/Done That.

Links for this week:

Read a Salon review of Pulitzer-prize winning science writer Deborah Blum's book, "Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection." Deborah Blum is also a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin.

John Entine writes regularly about corporate social responsibility, and he won a National Press Club Award for his investigation of The Body Shop. Read some of his work.

Tom Moon is music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His dance picks include:

  • Arsenio Rodriguez
  • Prince
  • Robert Randolph
  • Panjabi MC
  • Paul Van Dyk

Visit the Reiki cooperative member directory for a list of practitioners in Pennsylvania.

Visit Lindsay Marshall's Virtual Memorial Garden online.


Over the Top
Is life getting to be way too much? Kinda out of control? Host Marty Goldensohn looks at excess, trends and outrageous behavior. Tom Holman, inventor of the THX movie sound system, tells us if Hollywood is indeed cranking up the volume. Writer Joseph Epstein ruminates about envy -- and how it keeps us chasing the Joneses. We hear how cellphones have proliferated throughout modern life; and how the Stetson hat was a wild craze of an earlier age. Coaching youth sports gets way too serious, while sportscaster and former pitcher Jim Bouton can't stay serious. Plus, indie rock band, Dysrythmia, shows success is more than getting to the top of the music charts. From roller coasters to comb-overs, we look at what is "over the top." All this and more in this edition of Been There/Done That.

Links for this week:

  • Joseph Epstein's latest book, part of the Seven Deadly Sins Series, is called "Envy." Read an exerpt of the book in the Washington Monthly.

  • Tom Holman developed the THX Sound System and is a Professor of Film Sound at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. He is also president of the TMH Corporation, an entertainment technology company.

  • Marty spoke with Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia. For some of their MP3s and a history of the band, visit their website.

  • Jeffrey Snyder wrote "Stetson Hats & the John B. Stetson Company". Visit Schiffer Books for more information.

  • Jim Bouton's latest book is "Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark."

  • Bob Bigelow is co-author of a new book entitled, "Just Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child's Fun and Success in Youth Sports." He lectures frequently about the subject, and you can find out about upcoming talks in your area by visiting his website.


Chemistry: Nylons and Napalm, Penicillin and Pollution -- Are We Living Better Through Chemistry?
In this week's show, host Marty Goldensohn learns about botox, designer genes, and lust at first sight. It's Chem 101 as we pull out our microscopes to examine chemistry in our everyday culture. We take a tour of the Chemical Heritage Foundation's collection of nylon stockings and chemistry sets; toast a moldy cup to the 75th anniversary of penicillin; and sample duck and risotto at a sleepaway, gourmet, cooking camp. Science writer Bill McKibben forsees a future when genetic engineering means picking eye color and personality -- only to threaten the very meaning of life. Our dueling doctors argue the ethics of botox, collagen, chemical peels other cosmetic procedures. Plus, the alchemy of charisma and the frisson of attraction -- is it pheromones or Camel cigarettes leading the way? All this and more on this edition of Been There/Done That.

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Encore Presentation: The Elements
Did you know that the Wright Brothers beat out scientists from the Smithsonian and Alexander Graham Bell to develop the first airplane? Or that air conditioning was first used in a Brooklyn printing plant in 1902? Host Marty Goldensohn looks at the elements and how we harness them. It's wind, fire----and Heavy Metal music. James Tobin talks about his new book on how the Wright Brothers won the great race in flight. We learn the frigid history of air conditioning, find out how to build a fire from an actual boy scout, and watch movies with astrophysicist Neil Tyson to see if Hollywood gets its stars right. Also, the latest in hi-tech meteorological voodoo and a loud primer on Heavy Metal. All this and more in this edition of Been There/Done That.

Links for this week:

  • James Tobin's book is "To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight" (Free Press, 2003).
  • Neil de Grasse Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Marsha Ackerman wrote "Cool Comfort: America's Romance with Air Conditioning" (Smithsonian, 2002).
  • Ann Powers is Senior Curator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Her heavy metal picks include:
    - "Heartbreaker" from Led Zeppelin's new live CD set, "How the West Was Won"
    - Title track from Black Sabbath's "Paranoid"
    - "Eruption" from Van Halen's first ever album
    - "Girls, Girls, Girls" from Motley Crue
    - Title track from Metallica's "Master of Puppets"
    - "Somewhere I Belong" from Linkin Park's "Meteora" album
  • Dr. Jon Nese is a storm analyst with The Weather Channel.



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