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Major funding for Been There/Done That is provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies with additional funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

Program Archive
June 2004

6/05/04
"I Told You So" - Don't You Just Hate Hearing That? Prognostication, Communication, and Why We Stop Listening
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Host Marty Goldensohn talks to Walt Mossberg who writes a tech column in the Wall Street Journal that shakes the market; and Tom Moon whose music reviews shape our Ipod libraries. We learn how doctors are ignored by their patients; and how well animals communicate with each other (Marty asks: What do animals talk about? Response: The same things we talk about---sex, real estate, who's boss, what's for dinner?) Also, talk radio---it sounds the same from the left and the right----while the newest hearing aid technology lets us hear better from every direction. Listen, so you can say "I told you so" to your friends. All that and more on this edition of Been There/Done That.

Links of the Week:

  • Walt Mossberg is the tech guru at the Wall Street Journal.
  • Tim Friend's book on animal communication is Animal Talk, Breaking the Codes of Animal Language, published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Dr. David Fabry is working at Phonak Hearing Systems to develop the next generation of hearing aids.
  • Tom Moon's music pix are:
    -Norah Jones Feels Like Home
    -Robert Randolph Unclassified
    -Heather Duby Post to Wire

 

6/12/04
Fashion - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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Is fashion frivolous or fundamental? Host Marty Goldensohn looks at what we wear and what it says about us. We learn about fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her "hard chic" for the "new woman" of the 1930s; while Eileen Fisher explains how to roll with the curves of today's woman. Also, Hollywood's latest bustiers, Matrix coats, and Manolo Blahniks; a primer on fashion magazines and an honest consult on our closet. Marty gets velcroed into the Osteo-suit; we hear about the industrial designer who coined the term of "planned obsolescence"; and find that we can accessorize our homes with designer toilet brushes. All this and more on this edition of Been There / Done That.

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6/19/04
Fashion - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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Is fashion frivolous or fundamental? Host Marty Goldensohn looks at what we wear and what it says about us. We learn about fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her "hard chic" for the "new woman" of the 1930s; while Eileen Fisher explains how to roll with the curves of today's woman. Also, Hollywood's latest bustiers, Matrix coats, and Manolo Blahniks; a primer on fashion magazines and an honest consult on our closet. Marty gets velcroed into the Osteo-suit; we hear about the industrial designer who coined the term of "planned obsolescence"; and find that we can accessorize our homes with designer toilet brushes. All this and more on this edition of Been There / Done That.

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6/26/04
The Zero Show: Zilch, Zip, Nada. An Hour About Nothing
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Host Marty Goldensohn kicks off the new year with a blank slate. He talks to Charles Seife about the unusual history of the number zero; Eric Cornell, a scientist who won the Nobel prize trying to reach absolute zero; and astronomer Derek Pitts about the nothingness of space. Also, Swedish novelist Mikael Niemi discusses his bestseller that takes place north of nowhere. Plus, how Zero Mostel could perform like no other. All that and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

Links of the Week:

  • Charles Seife is the author of "Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea"
  • Mikael Niemi wrote about the vodka belt of northern Sweden in "Popular Music from Vittula." Visit the Seven Stories Press website for reviews and more info.
  • For more about Eric Cornell and his close encounter with absolute zero, check out the professor's autobigoraphy at the Nobel e-Museum.
  • Can't get enough of nothing? The 1965 "Fugs First Album" was rereleased in 1994 and is still available for purchase from your favorite music store.
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