Category: Ideas

Uzodinma Iweala (BSS #473)

Uzodinma Iweala is most recently the author of Our Kind of People. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Looking beyond. Subjects Discussed: The advantages of hearing stories told to understand issues, the rhythms and tones of language, how to track down people to talk with in Nigeria, China Keiteski, the advantages of bus depots, the Nigerian Civil Read More

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Frank Partnoy (BSS #468)

Frank Partnoy is most recently the author of Wait. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Impatient for a pause. Author: Frank Partnoy Subjects Discussed: Perception of time, Walter Clark, pauses and authenticity, Jon Stewart’s 20 second pause in response to Sarah Palin’s “squirmish,” This American Life, Christian Marclay’s The Clock, “Kristen Schaal is a horse,” Tao Lin’s Read More

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Elizabeth L. Cline (BSS #462)

Elizabeth L. Cline is most recently the author of Overdressed. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Rubbing his hands over a personal project: a tequila haul video now in development. Author: Elizabeth L. Cline Subjects Discussed: The disposability of clothes, why so many clothes at the Quincy Street Salvation Army gets thrown away, fast fashion industries eyeballing Read More

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Alison Bechdel III (BSS #460)

Alison Bechdel is most recently the author of Are You My Mother? She has previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #63 and The Bat Segundo Show #250. [PROGRAM NOTE: Because this show is so unusual, we feel compelled to offer some helpful cues. At the 7:42 mark, Our Correspondent stops tape. He then offers Read More

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Timothy Noah (BSS #458)

Timothy Noah is most recently the author of The Great Divergence. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Holding onto the remains of his wallet. Author: Timothy Noah Subjects Discussed: The 1984 “Morning in America” ad, why the American public gets suckered into the American Dream panacea, the Kuznets curve, the decline of the bank teller, Obama’s 2012 Read More

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Florence Williams (BSS #457)

Florence Williams is most recently the author of Breasts. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contemplating a new career in unique dairy products. Author: Florence Williams Subjects Discussed: The history of breastfeeding, formula ushered into the industrial age, artificial selection and breasts, 19th century mothers who raised infants on oatmeal, infant mortality, contaminants within breast milk, the Read More

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Molly Crabapple (BSS #456)

Molly Crabapple is most recently the author of The Art of Molly Crabapple Volume 1: Week in Hell. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he can start a Kickstarter campaign for someone to send him tequila money. Author: Molly Crabapple Subjects Discussed: Daily walks to McNally Jackson, the logistics of setting up the Week in Read More

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Robert A. Caro (BSS #455)

Robert A. Caro is most recently the author of The Passage of Power. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Expressing his determination to keep the forward thrust of America began with notable historians. Author: Robert A. Caro Subjects Discussed: Lyndon B. Johnson as a great reader of men, Horace Busby, Johnson talking with people until he got Read More

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Eric Kandel (BSS #452)

Eric Kandel is most recently the author of The Age of Insight and was the 2000 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Checking his brain in for artistic purposes. Author: Eric Kandel Subjects Discussed: The interdisciplinary possibilities in Vienna 1900, Gustav Klimt, Berta Zuckerkandl, how Rokitansky’s leadership at Read More

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Tom Bissell, Part Two (BSS #450)

Tom Bissell is most recently the author of Magic Hours. This is the second of a two-part conversation. The first part establishes Bissell’s peripatetic history and gets into his recent shift into video games, and can be listened to here. The second part gets into some entirely unanticipated truths about the relationship between life and Read More

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Tom Bissell, Part One (BSS #449)

Tom Bissell is most recently the author of Magic Hours. This is the first of a two part conversation. The first part establishes Bissell’s peripatetic history and gets into his recent creative shift into video games. The second part gets into some entirely unanticipated truths about the relationship between life and words in 2012, among Read More

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Jonah Lehrer (BSS #448)

Jonah Leher is most recently the author of Imagine: How Creativity Works. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Brown-bagging his imaginative faculties. Author: Jonah Lehrer Subjects Discussed: Continuum’s development of the Swiffer, Shakespeare, whether creativity that originates from theft is acceptable, Bob Dylan, conceptual blending, efforts to defend aerosol cheese spray, bacon cocktails, Dick Crew, Don Lee, Read More

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