Betsy Kaplan http://wnpr.org en The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy http://wnpr.org/post/agony-and-utility-ecstasy-0 <p></p><p>"Molly" is the nickname for MDMA, or ecstasy. It's short for "molecule," meaning you're getting the "real thing," chemically speaking. Except you almost never do.</p><p>This hour, we talk about the dangers of Molly, the medical uses of MDMA, and the curious romance between the drug and the form of music known as EDM, Electronic Dance Music.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:36:42 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf & Betsy Kaplan 20371 at http://wnpr.org The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele http://wnpr.org/post/jake-shimabukuro-and-friends-show-how-uken-play-ukulele <p>The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20237 at http://wnpr.org Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Road to Resilience http://wnpr.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-and-road-resilience <p> Consider America from 1985 to 2000. You wouldn't say nothing happened in those 15 years but America was a fairly calm place to be most of the time.</p><p>Now consider the period that came next. It began with a <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/future/landmark_bush.html">presidential election s</a>o riddled with such uncertainties that the effort to confirm the result dragged on for days and went to the Supreme Court.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:52:44 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 20127 at http://wnpr.org The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Road to Resilience The Scramble: Mad Men, Blood Moons, and Racism http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-mad-men-blood-moons-and-racism <p>Our SuperGuest on today's Scramble is Jen Doll, who has three topics that she wants to discuss:</p><p>The first is the return of Mad Men, a show in its final season and perhaps more than any other TV show, a driver of the phenomenon that utilizes the talents of many, many cultural commentators to analyze and debate the underlying themes in each episode. If you visited a site like Slate or Salon on certain Monday mornings, you might make the mistake of thinking this was a publication mainly, or entirely about, Mad Men.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:32:29 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20112 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Mad Men, Blood Moons, and Racism The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov http://wnpr.org/post/nose-replaces-colbert-marries-jesus-and-has-no-love-gov <p>Scientists say the papyrus that mentions<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/science/scrap-of-papyrus-referring-to-jesus-wife-is-likely-to-be-ancient-scientists-say.html?hp" target="_blank"> a wife of Jesus</a> is not a forgery. Stephen Colbert will take over when Letterman leaves. I'm not saying the two things are connected, but maybe our weekly culture roundtable The Nose will find a common thread.</p><p>It might seem like a small thing - the departure of Stephen Colbert from his late night role in which he depicts a strutting, preening, right-wing media star. In the last analysis, who cares who takes over the Letterman show? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19927 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered http://wnpr.org/post/weve-only-just-begun-carpenters-remembered <p>If you are a person of a certain age, you probably remember the moment when you were first seized by Karen Carpenter's voice. For me, it was getting into my mother's Pontiac LeMans after a commencement ceremony at Kingswood School in 1970. I was a sophomore at an all-boys school, and nobody wanted to be "Close To" me. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19850 at http://wnpr.org We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered Thomas Moore on "A Religion of One's Own" http://wnpr.org/post/thomas-moore-religion-ones-own <p>Thomas Moore was, for 13 years, a Servite monk. In 1992, he burst onto the national scene with "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Care-Soul-Cultivating-Sacredness-Everyday/dp/0060922249" target="_blank">Care of the Soul</a>", which combined the psychotherapeutic of Jung and James Hillman with ancient and contemporary religious and spiritual ideas. It was number 1 on the New York Times best seller list, and stayed on the list for a year.</p><p>Moore's central premise is that part of ourselves cannot be fully nourished through purely rational modern thought. We have needs that cannot be met by science and social theory. His new book is kind of a toolkit for people who have that sense - that they need something they're not getting. They may not be comfortable sitting in a pew to get it, so can they make it themselves?</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19808 at http://wnpr.org Thomas Moore on "A Religion of One's Own" Does Spite Advance Survival of a Species? http://wnpr.org/post/does-spite-advance-survival-species <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/science/spite-is-good-spite-works.html?_r=0">Spite </a>is everywhere. It's as fresh as <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/muffet-mcgraw-geno-auriemma-these-two-plain-dont-like-each-other/2014/04/07/d1d934e8-bea2-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html">today's sports headlines</a> as UConn readies to play Notre Dame for the women's basketball championship. Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw has acknowledged that there is hate between the two teams.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:49:55 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 19770 at http://wnpr.org Does Spite Advance Survival of a Species? The Scramble Peeps Veep With Frank Rich http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-peeps-veep-frank-rich <p></p><p>Today on the Scramble, we get to spend some time with Frank Rich. Frank wears a lot of hats these days as both editor-at-large at <a href="http://nymag.com/"><em>New York Magazine</em></a> and Executive Producer of <a href="http://www.hbo.com/veep#/">VEEP </a>on HBO. We're going to chat with him in both capacities and there is an interesting bridge between the two realms.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19606 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Peeps Veep With Frank Rich The Nose Enjoys Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos on the Rocks http://wnpr.org/post/nose-enjoys-neil-degrasse-tysons-cosmos-rocks <p>The original <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBA8DC67D52968201" target="_blank">Carl Sagan "Cosmos"</a> was at least&nbsp; partly a response to the Cold War. Its message: "We're such little specks, can we embrace our common destiny and get along?"</p><p>You could look at the movie "Noah" and the remake of "Cosmos" as two manifestations of an odd phenomenon.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19548 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Enjoys Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos on the Rocks Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-ninth-annual-trinity-hip-hop-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I say "hip hop," do you think about an art form the exalts </span>bling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, consumption, excess, decadence, and vulgarity? What about all the other hip hop artists, exploring other kinds of truths? Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:03:47 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19472 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival April Fool's! Exploring Pranks and Practical Jokes http://wnpr.org/post/april-fools-exploring-pranks-and-practical-jokes <p>I'll be honest: I hate April Fools' Day, and I'm not a big fan of practical jokes. I hate it the way that some people hate Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve. I think merriment and foolishness should be spread across the year. That's why most of our shows, even pretty serious ones, start with a comedy sketch, because life is so much better when you think of it as a comedy. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:51:24 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19347 at http://wnpr.org April Fool's! Exploring Pranks and Practical Jokes Charla Nash Wants Her Day in Court http://wnpr.org/post/charla-nash-wants-her-day-court <p></p><p>Charla<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charla Nash was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee in February of 2009, while helping her employer, Sandra Herold, get her pet, Travis, back in his cage. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nash says she was unaware of the danger that lurked. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:03:04 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 19346 at http://wnpr.org Charla Nash Wants Her Day in Court The Scramble Meets Charla Nash, Talks Politics With David Plotz http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-meets-charla-nash-talks-politics-david-plotz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Scramble, our Monday episode, is a wrap-up of the weekend's news, and a look at the week ahead. This hour, we have a conversation with </span>Charla<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nash, who is seeking the right to sue the state of Connecticut over the chimpanzee attack in 2009 that left her badly mutilated.</span></p><p>We also feature our SuperGuest, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gabfest.html" target="_blank">Slate Political Gabfest</a> panelist, David Plotz. He's been thinking a lot about the high-budget involved in anti-technology films like the upcoming movie, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959490/" target="_blank">Noah</a>, and whether or not Hillary Clinton is too old to run for president.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:31:17 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19220 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Meets Charla Nash, Talks Politics With David Plotz The Nose Travels to the Grand Budapest Hotel http://wnpr.org/post/nose-travels-grand-budapest-hotel <p> A hilariously fussy hotel manager with a taste for the high life is wrenched from his gay surroundings by the specter of war and a false murder charge. That doesn't <em>sound </em>terribly funny, but it's the premise for "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2278388/" target="_blank">The Grand Budapest Hotel</a>," the latest Wes Anderson movie. Our Nose panelists all went to see it, and it will be one of our topics on this show.<em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19156 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Travels to the Grand Budapest Hotel What It's Like to (Try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker http://wnpr.org/post/what-its-try-make-cartoons-new-yorker <p>I'll tell you one of the big thrills of my writing career: I was a contributing editor to Mirabella Magazine in the 80's. I'd written an essay about getting bitten (sort of) by a dog in New Hampshire. The magazine had a huge art budget in those days, and I had already had one of my pieces illustrated by Ed Koren. But they told me this one was being illustrated by George Booth. George Booth! I worship George Booth! And so it came to pass that my article ran with a classing Booth dog cartoon. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19091 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to (Try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker Secrets of the Sea http://wnpr.org/post/secrets-sea <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;I get way too much of my information from movies and &nbsp;this year large container ships played a role in two major films.</p><p>The first was <a href="http://www.captainphillipsmovie.com/site/#splash"><em>Captain Phillips</em></a>, an account of piracy in the Indian Ocean. The problem with that movie is that it didn't ask any fundamental questions about the method of moving stuff around.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:00:43 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 19055 at http://wnpr.org Secrets of the Sea Hearing Voices http://wnpr.org/post/hearing-voices <p></p><p>Teresa of Avila very unambiguously reported hearing voices. She's a saint. John Forbes Nash heard voices. He won a Nobel prize. Robert Schumann heard voices that spurred him to write great music.</p><p>Philip K. Dick was guided by one inner voice, specifically female, that he would hear for much of his life. He probably holds the record for most film adaptations for words written of any author ever.</p><p>Mahatma&nbsp;Gandhi&nbsp;described a voice he could hear; not a metaphorical inner conversation, but a voice.</p><p>I could go on. Hearing voices is not that unusual.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:38:40 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe 18996 at http://wnpr.org Hearing Voices The Scramble: Intelligence Gathering, the History of Missing Airplanes, and the Book of Mormon http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-intelligence-gathering-history-missing-airplanes-and-book-mormon <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:31:44 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18925 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Intelligence Gathering, the History of Missing Airplanes, and the Book of Mormon WARNING: The Nose May Contain Trigger Warnings http://wnpr.org/post/warning-nose-may-contain-trigger-warnings <p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:30:29 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18813 at http://wnpr.org WARNING: The Nose May Contain Trigger Warnings Comics, From Niche to Mainstream http://wnpr.org/post/comics-niche-mainstream <p>Once upon a time, comic books were a niche for kids and nerds. Now they are mainstream culture. "The Avengers" is the number three all-time worldwide grossing movie.</p><p>I would like to pause, and say that I owned, as a kid, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_3m5gzNYc">issue number one of <em>The Avengers</em></a>. I remember distinctly where I got it, and how I felt about it. I do not remember distinctly what happened to it.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:15:08 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Colin McEnroe & Chion Wolf 18754 at http://wnpr.org Comics, From Niche to Mainstream Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-police-departments-withhold-public-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five municipal police departments in Connecticut and one state police troop failed to follow Freedom of Information law by refusing to release basic information upon request.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:55 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 18707 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes http://wnpr.org/post/salute-irish-music-martin-hayes <p>The musician Christy Moore said Ireland could never have the equivalent of a folk revival because it never let its traditions lapse. And that's very true. The are probably other places in the world as deeply attached to their traditional music, but I don't know where they are. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:21:24 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18684 at http://wnpr.org A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes March Madness 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/march-madness-2014 <p></p><p>Where is <a href="http://www.wofford.edu" target="_blank">Wofford College</a>? What is a shock of wheat, and what does it have to do with <a href="http://deadspin.com/wichita-states-mascot-has-been-creepy-at-every-stage-o-1544651485" target="_blank">Wichita State's scary mascot</a>? For that matter, what's a Chanticleer? Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:08:54 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 18618 at http://wnpr.org March Madness 2014 The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-agunuah-vaccinations-and-more <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://markoppenheimer.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Oppenheimer&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">writes about religion and a whole bunch of other things. Today, he'll be talking about the difficulty&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/516/stuck-in-the-middle?act=2" style="line-height: 1.5;">Orthodox Jewish women</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;face in obtaining a certain form of cooperation from their husbands and how that difficulty spawned a black market in coercion and violence.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:44:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18551 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" http://wnpr.org/post/nose-lurks-behind-backdrop-between-two-ferns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama has consistently refused to be a panelist on The Nose, but his appearance this week on </span><a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"Between Two Ferns"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with Zach </span>Galifianakis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given us new hope!</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18383 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" The Unfolding Evolution of Origami http://wnpr.org/post/unfolding-evolution-origami <p>How do you make a 100 meter telescope that folds down to 3 meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand year-old art of paper folding. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18313 at http://wnpr.org The Unfolding Evolution of Origami Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-was-typewriter-capital-country <p></p><p>In the second season of the Netflix series, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856010/"><em>House of Cards</em></a>, the protagonist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, pulls out an old family typewriter, an Underwood of course, to write a pseudo-heartfelt letter to the President.</p><p>Frank's father gave him the typewriter saying this Underwood built an empire. Now you go build another.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:15:08 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18219 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country The Scramble: Losing at Jeopardy, Finding Lost Dogs, and Winning Back Lost Freedom of Information http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-losing-jeopardy-finding-lost-dogs-and-winning-back-lost-freedom-information <p></p><p>Amanda Hess is one of our favorite social critics. She writes for Slate and lately, well always, she's thinking about the depiction of women in mass media, including a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/03/05/gender_differences_in_jeopardy_alex_trebek_says_women_wager_less_in_daily.html">statistical disparity between the performances of men and women on Jeopardy</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:36:50 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18152 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Losing at Jeopardy, Finding Lost Dogs, and Winning Back Lost Freedom of Information The Nose Explores True Entertainment and "Normcore" http://wnpr.org/post/nose-explores-true-entertainment-and-normcore <p>Can great television be as satisfying as great literature? On today's Nose, we'll apply that question to HBO's True Detective.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:24:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18042 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Explores True Entertainment and "Normcore"