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Imagine in the middle of a job interview being asked the following question: “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced, so your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?” For some years now, corporations like Google, Microsoft and even Walmart have begun to ask applicants tough thought problems and odd problems meant to showcase how the applicant creatively solves problems. How hard are these questions? Tune in tonight when we talk with author William Poundstone about his new informative and fun book: Are You Smart Enough To Work At Google? Trick Questions, Zen-Like Riddle, Insanely Difficult Puzzles and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need To Know To Get A Job Anywhere In The New Economy.
Is there such a thing as “gay culture”? If so, what is the relationship between gay culture and sexuality? Is there a “right way” to be gay? What is the function of camp? The answers to these complex questions also help define sex roles in the larger American culture. Tune in tonight when we have an interesting discussion about culture and sexual orientation with David M. Halperin, the W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His new book How To Be Gay began as a controversial course he offered years ago that posed these questions and many more.