TTBOOK began as an audio magazine of ideas – two hours of smart, entertaining radio for people with curious minds. It’s sort of journalistic, but it’s never about the President’s speech to the U.N., weapons inspections in Iraq, or yesterday’s stock market disaster. It’s the kind of show that would spend an hour on the future of capitalism, or on the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. It might also spend an hour on hair. Or salt. Or pirates, road trips, psychic phenomena, house cleaning, animal intelligence, high energy physics, or how to say you’re sorry. It’s the kind of show where someone might mention Charlotte Bronte or Anthony Trollope in one segment, U2 or They Might Be Giants in another.
Imagining the Future
This week we're imagining the future Future Living - Mitchell Joachim; Working in the Future; Eating the Future; Sonic Sidebar: Eduardo Galeano; Dangerous Idea: Loneliness Is a Gift; On Our Minds: History's Women.
Across the Universe
Where do you find crazy ideas and some of the world's smartest people? In theoretical physics - the world of parallel universes, super strings and black holes. We go on a whirlwind tour of the universe - from the multiverse to an imaginary walk on Mars. Mathematical Universe - Max Tegmark; Copernicus - Dava Sobel; Sonic Sidebar: Cosmic Wonder; Walking on Mars - Craig Childs; Watch This! "The Act of Killing" & "20 Feet from Stardom"; On Our Minds: Lorrie Moore.
Thoughts About Thinking
Thoughts About Thinking Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman; Sonic Sidebar: Daniel Kahneman, "Thinking, Fast and Slow"; America the Philosophical - Carlin Romano; The Advanced Genius Theory - Jason Hartley; Dangerous Idea: Reclaim Time ; On Our Minds: Ruth Ozeki.
Whose America is it? The Talk - Being a black teenager in America; The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander; Sonic Sidebar: Looking for Palestine; Inocente - On being homeless and undocumented in America; BookMark: Margaret Atwood; On Our Minds: Film History.
Not every story about Afghanistan involves guns and soldiers. We see the country through art, poetry and games - from the ancient sport of Buzkashi to Afghanistan's famous hand-woven carpets. "Buzkashi Boys" - Sam French; Afghan Carpets - Anna Badkhen; Landay Poetry - Eliza Griswold; Sonic Sidebar: Khaled Hosseini's "Mountains"; BookMark: Hanan Al-Shaykh; On Our Minds: Science Fictional Universe.
Lies That Last
Popular myths, urban legends, and just plain lies... Why do we persist in believing things that just aren't true? Oklahoma Basement Myth - Mike Hancock; Crack Baby Myth - Ira Chasnoff; The Unknown Known - Errol Morris; Sonic Sidebar - Cow Tipping; Little White Lies - Sam Harris; BookMark: Karen Joy Fowler; On Our Minds - Snake Handling.
Writers on Russia
All eyes are on Russia for the Winter Olympics. Want a little background on the host nation? Here's a collection of writers on Russia. Translating War & Peace; Russian Ballet - Jennifer Homans; Sonic Sidebar: Reindeer People of Siberia; Wandering Siberia; BookMark: Chris Ware; On Our Minds: Pre-Medical.
How do you win friends and influence people if you're an immigrant from Leningrad who's bullied at school? You write your way to friendship. That's what Gary Shteyngart did. We meet him in this hour as we explore creative writing. Little Failure - Gary Shteyngart; Writers and Drinking - Olivia Laing; Sonic Sidebar: John Cheever's "The Swimmer"; The Trickster's Hat - Nick Bantock; Dangerous Ideas: Peace Is Now; On Our Minds - Charlie Parker.
Looking for Beauty
Is there anything science won’t tackle? The latest question neuroscientists are taking on is, “What makes something beautiful?” We're checking in with the scientists, the philosophers and the arists in this hour. Beauty & Brains; Sonic Sidebar: Umberto Eco on Beauty; Beauty & Justice - Elaine Scarry; Folksy Beauty; BookMark: Ruth Ozeki; On Our Minds: Science Fiction.
Valentine's Day is coming up and we're re-thinking romance. Do you appreciate flowers, champagne and candlelight dinners? Or is it time to toss the old scripts and redefine romance? On-line Love - Dan Slater; SONIC SIDEBAR: Love At First Sight; Asexuality - David Jay; Love 2.0; Dangerous Idea: DSM as Satire; On Our Minds: Protest at the Olympics.
Sports Too Cold Even for the Winter Olympics Swimming to Antarctica - Lynne Cox; Sonic Sidebar: Ice Bowl Remembered; Rowing the Arctic - Jill Fredston; Cold - Bill Streever; ; On Our Minds: History of Sunday.
1001 Nights 1001 Nights 101; 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh; SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights; Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"; Dangerous Idea: No Laugh Track; On Our Minds: Defense Contractors.
The Latest in International Crime Fiction International Noir - Barry Forshaw; The Killing -- Soren Sveistrup; Reading: Kishwar Desai's "Witness the Night"; Israeli Crime Fiction - D. A. Mishani ; Reading: Natsuo Kirino's "Real World"; Catalan Crime Fiction -- Teresa Solana; Kenyan Crime Fiction - Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
The ins and outs of retirement and how to reinvent your life Retirement - Parker Palmer; Senior Nomads - Lynne & Tim Martin; "Boomsday" - Christopher Buckley; "Wonder of Aging" - Michael Gurian; Looking Back and Ahead - Jim and Anne.
The Short Story
George Saunders on the art of the short story George Saunders on "Tenth of December"; Tom Perrotta on "Best American Short Stories 2012"; Karen Russell on "Vampires in the Lemon Grove".
A Matter of Conscience
Why the Vietnam Era was a Matter of Conscience Resisting the Draft - Coleman; Conscientious Objectors - Jim Fleming & Friends; Bill Ayers on the Weather Underground; What It Is Like To Go To War - Karl Marlantes; Dissent Then & Now - Tim O'Brien.
Apes and Humans
The social and moral lives of our closest cousins, chimps and bonobos. Marina Chapman on "Girl With No Name"; Checking Marina Chapman's story; Frans de Waal on chimps & bonobos; Chimp named Bruno Littlemore; Jane Goodall excerpt; Colin McAdam on Chimp Fiction.
Economics of Well-Being
five ways of spending money that are most likely to yield lasting happiness. Neil Irwin on Central Bankers; Alternative Currencies; Elizabeth Dunn on Happy Money; Economics of happiness; Rebecca Ryan on "Re-Generation".
The Course of Time
Where did we come from, and where are we going? Whether it's the Garden of Eden and Armageddon, or the Big Bang and the Big Freeze, we can't help but ponder our place in the universe. Brian Swimme on Organic Time; Thebe Medupe on Astronomical Legends; Jim Crace on the End Time; Ron Mallett on Time Travel; Fleda Brown's "For My Daughter's 40th Birthday".
Art & Craft
It’s Art & Craft week at TTBOOK, but we’re not gluing macaroni to cardboard. From the halls of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, to MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms... what we make shapes our future. What Are You Making?; Craft, Reconsidered - Glenn Adamson; Inside Out Art; Crafting Technology; Making Punk - Richard Hell.