With guest co-host Finnegan Schick and special guests Tom Ghent and Lisa Martin
When Dr. JOEL GOLD started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with IAN GOLD, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: SUSPICIOUS MINDS: HOW CULTURE SHAPES MADNESS. THE TRUMAN SHOW DELUSION AND OTHER STRANGE BELIEFS.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and journalist SAM KEAN about his fascinating history THE TAKE OF THE DUELING NEUROSURGEONS: THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS REVEALED BY TRUE STORIES OF TRAUMA, MADNESS, AND RECOVERY. In tonight’s show we talk about Phineas Gage (pictured) , the man who had a long tamping bar pass throw the middle of his brain and lived to tell about it. We also learn about the frightening Capgras Delusion in which a person believes his loved ones have been replaced by duplicates. In each of these cases, something important is revealed about how our brains are structured and how they function. Tune in and find out if free will is really an illusion.
Artist, writer and curator MATT FREEDMAN decided to write and draw four pages in his journal every day he underwent extremely complicated and painful chemo and radiation therapy for cancers in his mouth and tongue. This journal was photo-reproduced in the book RELATIVELY INDOLENT BUT RELENTLESS: A CANCER TREATMENT JOURNAL. This is a powerful and very funny look into Matt’s mind and body as he suffered the tortures of the damned just trying to get well.
Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist, illustrator and cartoonist for The New Yorker (and other publications) ROZ CHAST. Her latest book is CAN’T WE TALK ABOIUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? This is an illustrated memoir of her parents declining health and eventual deaths. It is a book that is funny, touching, frightening and brutally honest about ageing and death as well as a wonderful remembrance of George and Elizabeth, her parents. Don’t miss this interview!
Pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch is that rare performer who is a great musician and great entertainer. He discusses his long associations with Liza Minnelli and Marilyn Maye, and how both have influenced his musical and theatrical approach.
Stevie Wonder’s colorful palette and unforgettable melodies have inspired artists of all genres and generations. The innovating, energizing SF Jazz Collective takes on the challenge of the Wonder songbook. Miguel Zenon (alto), Mark Turner (tenor), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Stefon Harris (vibes), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass), and Eric Harland (drums) tackle Mon Cherie, Superstition, and Sir Duke.
In his new book, "The Rule Of Nobody" bestselling author and commentator Philip K. Howard tells us why government doesn't work and leader's don't lead. As a lone crusader for common sense he argues that no human has the authority to roll his or her sleeves up and fix it. Could this be true?
Tune in to an encore episode of The Business Beat, as Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ed White, vice president of energy products for National Grid. They talk about whether smart meters pose financial and health risks. The interview aired originally on November 24, 2013.
On October 18, 2013, National Grid opened the doors of New England's first-of-its-kind Sustainability Hub, located in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood, near Clark University. The hub offers hands-on education about energy-efficiency and emerging-energy technologies for National Grid customers and the community at large. The intent is to help them learn how to maximize their energy savings with a better understanding of smart-energy solutions.
As Worcester Mag reported at the time, "The grand opening gave National Grid a break from the wave of criticism that has been directed to the company over the implementation of its Smart Grid Pilot Program, which the state Department of Public Utilities approved last August. Almost 14,000 so-called Smart Meters have already been installed [in Massachusetts]. Some homeowners have complained about the process, which calls for them to opt-out, instead of opt-in. Some see it as an intrusion on their privacy.
"The outcry has come from in and outside of Worcester," the Worcester Mag article continued. "Among the most vocal critics have been residents on Tory Fort Lane, where a National Grid Substation has caused [alleged] headaches for some who complain of the loud and constant hum. Residents there received a break, recently, when National Grid, under intense pressure not to install a 90-foot tower there. The company is in the process of receiving approval [from Worcester’s Zoning Board of Appeals] to instead build the tower in a business zone."
National Grid has received ZBA approval for the three other towers needed for the two-year pilot program, which will involve 15,000 National Grid customers throughout Worcester.
Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Honee is here tonight to talk about the upcoming HOT NIGHT IN THE CITY, a wonderful celebration of crafts, with food and music that will happen JULY 9. Also in the studio is SHEILA A CARROLL, photographer, whose exhibition THROUGH A YEAR OUTSIDE will open at the Crafts Center during the festivities. For more information, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back MARY M. TINTI, Associate Curator of the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM. She is joined by JULIET FIEBEL, Executive Director of ARTS WORCESTER. Mary and Juliet discuss the ways that both institutions have partnered, including the fascinating “Call and Response” exhibition. Juliet Fiebel also discusses what the mission of Arts Worcester is, and how is helps artists in Central Massachusetts. For more information on exhibitions at the Fitchburg Art Museum, please go to: http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/