Category: Ideas

Nancy Cohen (BSS #446)

Nancy Cohen is most recently the author of Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Getting in touch with his humanist side. Author: Nancy L. Cohen Subjects Discussed: Rep. Darrell Issa and the contraception hearing, Komen for the Cure, when the Republican Party was better about women’s rights, the Equal Read More

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Maggie Anderson (BSS #445)

Maggie Anderson is most recently the author of Our Black Year: Our Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy. [PROGRAM NOTE: The universe did nearly everything in its power to prevent Ms. Anderson from appearing on The Bat Segundo Show. On the day that I was scheduled to meet Ms. Anderson in Read More

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Alain de Botton (BSS #444)

Alain de Botton is most recently the author of Religion for Atheists. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking pragmatic forms of belief. Author: Alain de Botton Subjects Discussed: The difficulties of turning other people onto enthusiastic concepts, why religion draws extremists on all sides of the debate, attempting to fight capitalism through a new belief system, Read More

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Louis Hyman (BSS #443)

Louis Hyman is most recently the author of Borrow. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why the banks don’t cut him off like the bartenders do. Author: Louis Hyman Subjects Discussed: How common American notions of cash and credit shifted in less than a hundred years, an alarming Freddie Mac ad involving magical gnomes, the history Read More

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Arthur Goldwag (BSS #435)

Arthur Goldwag is most recently the author of The New Hate. PROGRAM NOTE: In Show #430, we asked our listeners if they could share their introvert and extrovert experiences. We received numerous stories and read many on the air at the head of this program. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering the dangerous possibilities of innate Read More

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Stephen Fry (BSS #432)

Stephen Fry is most recently the author of The Fry Chronicles. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Basking in a pleasant tsunami of erudition. Author: Stephen Fry Subjects Discussed: Journalists who attack morally and spiritually, capitulating an iPhone, the number of gadgets that Fry carries on him, physical books vs. ebooks, high school physics lessons and vacillating Read More

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Deborah Scroggins (BSS #431)

Deborah Scroggins is most recently the author of Wanted Women: Faith, Lies & The War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui. My response to Dwight Garner’s New York Times review, which contains more links and information, is also helpful background reading for this interview. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Oscillating between Read More

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Susan Cain (BSS #430)

Susan Cain is most recently the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts. SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY: Are we all prone to the malady of the introvert who turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within? Perhaps this conversation about introverts will clear up this Bertrand Russell idea. And perhaps you, dear listener, can weigh Read More

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Thomas Frank (BSS #428)

Thomas Frank is most recently the author of Pity the Billionaire. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why Grover Norquist keeps leaving voicemails about tax pledges. Author: Thomas Frank Subjects Discussed: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s notion of “compromise,” the Republican failure to acknowledge Reagan’s complete history, Reagan’s Continental Illinois bailout, efforts to “erase” liberalism from Read More

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Wayne Koestenbaum (BSS #423)

Wayne Koestenbaum is most recently the author of Humiliation. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Fully considering the witnesses. Author: Wayne Koestenbaum Subjects Discussed: Whether a deliberate slander of a surname is a humiliation, the three components of humiliation (victim, abuser, and witness), the differences between recorded humiliation and experiential humiliation, spectacles of martyrdom, preexisting humiliation and Read More

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Lawrence Weschler (BSS #420)

Lawrence Weschler is most recently the author of Uncanny Valley. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Feeling 95% himself, wondering why he recoils at his mirror image. Author: Lawrence Weschler Subjects Discussed: Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley,” Zeno’s paradox, the difficulties of animating the face, getting past the uncanny valley in our lifetime, Quidditch matches, the human face Read More

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Susan Orlean (BSS #415)

Susan Orlean is most recently the author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering an alternative timeline with the golden retriever rising as the heroic dog of choice. Author: Susan Orlean Subjects Discussed: Rin Tin Tin references in Finnegans Wake, Rinty’s indefinable charm, Jack London, dogs in World Read More

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