by Catie Talarski
Next Week: A Pre-Taped Call-In Show??!!? (that never gets old.)
Just because John Dankosky is leaving us for a week to attend the international Nintendo Wii boxing competition does not mean we would think of depriving you, our loyal listeners, of some of the best programs that we’ve aired recently. Obviously we won’t be taking calls during the shows – but feel free to send us lots of emails. This is also an exciting week because I (a mediocre runner) got to meet a barefoot hero, and Dankosky (a drummer of decent capacity) got to meet a legend in the field. Let’s get on with it…
Here is what’s coming up, September 20-24:
MONDAY (rebroadcast): Born To Run… Barefoot
Barefoot running seems to be the new athletic craze. So have you gone and purchased your VibramFive Fingers yet? Or perhaps you are suspicious of the fad. Maybe you aren’t even a runner, let alone one with raw and calloused feet. Today we’ll explore the painful and exhilarating world of running with author Christopher McDougall. He set off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process found out that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. McDougall joined us from the studios at Fairfield University, to talk about his new book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.
TUESDAY (rebroadcast): Loan Modification Leaving Many In The Lurch
Every month, the treasury department releases new numbers about how homeowners in its mortgage modification program are faring… and every month the numbers are bleak. The Treasury department program was meant to help homeowners avoid foreclosure – but a report by ProPublica says its falling far short of its goals. More than half-a-million homeowners have been strung along in the “trial” period – as their mortgage servicer determined if they qualifed for a permanent modification – but then eventually they’ve been denied. Coming up, we’ll hear from Connecticut homeowners, and a staff attorney at the Connecticut Fair Housing Center about the federal government’s loan modification program – which bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren says is “behind the curve.”
WEDNESDAY (rebroadcast): Photojournalism’s Uncertain Future
When WNPR’s news photo of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was stolen – four times – by opponents for negative ads, it got us thinking about images. Not just the ownership of images – the picture in question by Chion Wolf was clearly labeled “rights reserved” when posted online – but their use, their misuse and the ethics around photography in 2010. In the heyday of newspapers and large-format magazines, iconic photographs told the story – sometimes better – than the words that surrounded them. But the history of photojournalism has also been filled with fakery and forgery. And in a new world inundated with high-quality images, the source of these images is often shady. Today where we live – the current state and the future of photojournalism. Is traditional photojournalism is dead – or just changing? We think it’s still up for debate. (Also – check out the Courant’s great new photo blog “Eye Contact“.)
THURSDAY (rebroadcast): Explorers
It’s been fewer than sixty years since Hillary and Norgay ascended the height of Everest, since Piccard and Walsh survived the depths of the Mariana Trench. Not even a century has passed since Peary and Amundsen traversed the North and the South poles. But today more than a hundred people climb Mount Everest every year, and commercial cruise lines promise a trip to the poles for a fee and your signature on a waiver. So what’s left? What is there still to discover? Where, on earth, is the frontier? Today on Where We Live we go exploring in the world of earthbound exploration. We’ll poke around in the deepest caves, we’ll peek out from the tops of the tallest trees. And we’ll try to stop and look at what we might’ve missed on our mad rush to the edges of the Earth.
FRIDAY: Jazz and Canadian Folk
Jimmy Cobb is the last living member of one of the greatest bands of all time – and played a pivotal role in the most famous jazz record in the world, Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.” He was in Hartford recently as part of the Porkpie Hat Jazz series – and we talked with him about his remarkable musical journey. We’ll also hear from a French Canadian folk band who are coming to town this weekend.