Monday: Gambling on the Environment
Yale History Professor Paul Sabin will join us to talk about his new book THE BET: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future.It looks at an iconic wager between a famous biologist and an iconoclastic economist to examine the clash between environmentalists and their conservative critics—from the late 1960s to the present.
Tuesday: Discerning Religious Life, Struggling with Celibacy
Author David Schickler wanted to be a priest as a young man, but he struggled between his desire to serve God and to be with women. He said, “For me to have become celibate for life would have been to become half human.” Today, The Dark Path author Schickler is joined by a panel of religious thinkers to explore the history of celibacy in the church, and the tensions of those in the discerning process and in religious life.
Wednesday: The Wheelhouse
Will the federal government still be shut down when The Wheelhouse comes back? If the last few days are any indication: yes. We’ll likely continue the conversation about this government shutdown on the next edition of our weekly news roundtable. And there is another fiscal debate on the horizon – the debt ceiling. We’ll consider all of the week’s news on The Wheelhouse.
This week marks the 12 year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. But war in this country pre-dates the U.S.’s involvement. In his memoir A Fort of Nine Towers, Qais Akbar Omar recounts his life in Kabul, pre-9/11 when Afghanistan was engulfed in civil war and Taliban rule. Qais recently stopped by our studios to talk about life in war-torn Afghanistan and some of the happier moments.
Friday: Just Doodle It (rebroadcast)
Ever been caught doodling during a meeting a work? A boring class? You’re not alone. Did you get yelled at? “Get your head in the game! You’re distracted! You’re not serious!” Our guest Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, says doodling involves a lot of the senses… movement, sound, and visuals… and, far from being a distraction, it actually can enhance learning. A 2009 study from the University ofPlymouth in England tells us we shouldn’t stop doodling. It found that people who doodle remember 29 percent more details than people who don’t doodle while they listen. The reason? Doodling engages the brain, so people don’t daydream. Today, a “Doodle Revolution” – in class, and in the workplace. Today, we talk with expert doodlers and we want to hear from you: Are you a doodler? How does it help you do what you do?