Happy Holidays! Hope you are well-fed and well-rested.
Here’s what we have working for this week on Where We Live.
MONDAY: What’s in a Short Story? (rebroadcast)
We’ve talked on this show about the decline of the book – about how new technology and shorter attention spans make it harder for fiction writers to get their stories out in the “traditional” way – and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Here’s one thing we do know – this new world could mean good news for the writers of short stories. Today, we’ll explore this form – that used to have a home in dozens of magazines and journals before TV and movies began to dominate the ‘story’ landscape. Now, it survives in smaller numbers in those same places – but also online and in “Kindle Singles.” Authors Lucy Ferriss and Brian Francis Slattery join us in-studio and we’ll also hear from writer and independent radio producer Ken Cormier. And we’ll learn about Kindle Singles with the editor of that venture for Amazon, David Blum.
TUESDAY: A Moment of Solitude (rebroadcast)
If Einstein was right that “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind,” why don’t more of us seek it out? Sure, we all say we want a little “me time” or want to “get away from it all” but how often do we really spend time alone and quiet. Not just “unplugged” – an adjective that Einsten, Emerson and Thoreau never had to deal with – but truly engaged in a state of being by oneself. Today, where we live, an exploration of solitude. From those who enter it as a religious vow, to those who choose the life of the hermit, to some who find themselves in isolation against their will.
WEDNESDAY: Geography Gets Its Revenge (rebroadcast)
Does geography matter anymore? It seems more and more Americans have trouble finding other countries on the map, but why would you need to? Your cellphone can tell you. Robert Kaplan says knowing the map can actually tell you quite a bit about how we got here politically, socially and culturally, and where we might be headed. He joins us to talk about his new book called The Revenge of Geography.
THURSDAY: Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader’s new book The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for our American Future lays out concepts to fix the nation’s broken systems. Coming up – he’ll be in our studio – to take your calls. As we look forward to a new year of big ideas on Where We Live.
FRIDAY: The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano
Our favorite busy internet music nerd Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop drops by the studio to talk about his favorite music of 2012. And we want to hear from you!