Posts Tagged ‘Public Radio’

Brain Recharge: Criminals With Asbergers, Public Radio’s Trickery, Wall Street Update, & More…

Screen shot 2009-10-25 at Sun10-2510.27BRAIN: Uggghh…Oooohhh…Aaaggghh…

YOU: What’s wrong?  Are you sick?

BRAIN: I’m so full…yet so empty…I can’t believe you forced me to do it.

YOU: What?

BRAIN: You made me watch the entire “America’s Next Top Model” marathon – yesterday and today.  Cycle 6 and Cycle 7.  I can’t believe Danielle won.  And, ugh, that Melrose was so obnoxious.  And remember Jade?  Thailand…Barcelona…HELP.

YOU: OK…this isn’t good.  I’m so sorry.  Here…let’s read these articles:

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* A revealing yet light-hearted look at how public radio stations convince readers to donate cash through guilt-trips, begging, flattery and more.  Those annoying fundraising drives are psychologically deeper than you might think. – Slate

* In what will hopefully be the final Balloon Boy analysis, Frank Rich paints a vivid picture of the current American landscape of fame, opportunity, and desperation by drawing parallels to fame-hungry Americans in the Great Depression. - NY Times

* You’ve heard “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” your whole life.  But maybe it’s not true.  Is it possible to determine if a person is dangerous just by looking at his/her face?  Psychologists weigh in and give their professional opinion based on some startling research. – Slate

* Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich shines a light on what’s been happening on Wall Street over the past few months since the public has shifted attention to Health Care, Letterman, and Balloon Boy.  In a nutshell, the much-needed regulation never happened and the situation is looking extremely precarious…again. - Salon

* People with Asberger’s syndrome have a hard time dealing with social situations and usually lack empathy towards others.  Some lawyers for criminals with Asbergers claim that locking them up in prison would be cruel and unusual punishment because of the stressful social situations they would face.  Should they be treated differently? – Slate

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10 2009