Scrambling Toward Christmas With Sad Songs, Oscar Isaac, and Tight Flights

Dec 23, 2013

Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis in the Coen Brother's new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis."
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A couple of weeks ago, we did a whole show about blood pressure only to have an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association blow a lot of the current thinking about blood pressure right out of the water. We talk to UConn's hypertension expert, Dr. Billy White, about new guidelines saying people over 60 may not need to keep their blood pressure as low as previously thought. 

We're also scrambling toward Christmas with critic and culture writer Roger Catlin, who writes about the sad music that often permeates this holiday which is usually considered a time of peace and joy, yet historically a time that inspires music reflecting times of loneliness, separation, war, and economic insecurity. He also just published a profile of Oscar Isaac, star of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Are you dreading the airplane squeeze on your flight to visit the relatives this holiday? We want to react to a page one story in today's New York Times about the battle for leg room and seat room as airlines jam jets with more seats on the plane. The Cranky Flier helps us sort it out.

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