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August 2011 Program Guide

HistoryDiseases and IllnessesMass MediaUniversity of Chicago

MONDAY, AUGUST 1
DEADLY DISEASES
Cardiovascular and neurological diseases are two of the biggest killers in America. Learn of the latest advances in treating and dodging each from two doctors from the University of Chicago. Dr. Matthew Sorrentino is a non-invasive preventive cardiologist with expertise and research interests in treating hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), hypertension and coronary artery disease. And Dr. Christopher Gomez, Chairman of the Department of Neurology is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with ataxias--a family of rare neurodegenerative diseases.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2
THE CRAFT OF HISTORY
How do historians go about gathering information to piece together the past? And just how accurate is this process? Historians Constantin and Robert Bucholz discuss these questions while sharing some of what they've learned from their fieldwork over the years. Fasolt's research at the University of Chicago deals with the origin and significance of modern historical and political thought, while Bucholz specializes in early modern European history at Loyola.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
AVOID GETTING SCAMMED
Consumer fraud, identity theft, blatant rip-off: we are all potential targets. "Caveat Emptor" (buyer beware) said the Romans and we have all the more reason to heed the same warning. So say our guests, the head of the Better Busuiness Bureau and the Director of the Consumer Affairs Division for the state of Illinois.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL ANNOUNCING
BROADCASTING BASEBALL is the title of a wonderful new book by our friend, Eldon Ham. He and broadcasting historian, Fred MacDonald are the guests...and via sound clips, commentary and coverage by, among others, Harry Caray, Phil Rizzuto, Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Howard Cosell, Jack Brickhouse, Milo Hamilton, Dizzy Dean and (wait for it) Ronald Reagan.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS BY THE SEA SHORE
"Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you trippingly on the tongue." That's what Hamlet asks of the travelling actors who have just arrived at the palace. Three actors join us tonight to get speech and performance coaching from Nancy Saklund, a famous speech and performance coach---and she will evaluate how you use your voice when you call us.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8
BUDGET CRISIS; THE RED MARKET
A two part program tonight: From 10-11PM we will be talking with Congressman Dana Rorbacher and John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. The topic: the debt and budget crisis and the accusation of "tea party terrorism." In the second hour our guest is Scott Carney, author of THE RED MARKET, a startling new book about the international trade in human organs.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
UPRISINGS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Syria, Lebanon and Egypt are Israel's immediated geographic neighbors---and all three are in turmoil. In fact, in Syria the government is murdering its citizens in large number everyday. Our guest is the distinguished scholar of the modern middle east, Daniel Pipes who has much to say about the "Arab Spring" and what it has let loose.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
THOUGHTS FROM A LEADING CONSERVATIVE INTELLECTUAL
Victor Davis Hanson is a rare presence in American cultural and media life. Originally a professor of classics and a great scholar on the history of war, he has emerged in recent years as a sharp-minded socio-political commentator and columnist and ranks as one of the country's leading "conservative intellectuals."

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
OMG! THIS IS SUCH A COOL SHOW :)
Like, on this media we have an awesome topic: The Use and Abuse of the English Language. Our guests are three expert editors, none of whom would ever utter a sentence like the one that leads this paragraph.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
NOT-SO-QUIET RIOTS IN AMERICA AND LONDON
The feral riots in London; the flash mobs in Milwaukee, St. Paul, Philadelphia and Chicago: Who are the rioters? How deep is the social pathology? What can and should be done? Adressing these questions are Lenny McAllister, Sam Karnick and various reporters from the cities on the edge.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15
LIBERTARIAN RATIONALE
Reason Magazine is the more-or-less official Libertarian journal.Its two editors, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, the authors of "The Declaration of Independents," join us to explain "How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America."

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
THE COMPASS OF PLEASURE
The neuroscience of pleasure (i.e. what happens in your brain when food, sex, alcohol or philanthropy makes you "feel real good') is our topic. The guest is David J. Linden, Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of THE COMPASS PF PLEASURE.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
STORIES FROM PROFESSIONAL SLEUTHS
The real life (lives) of the private eye is under scrutiny as we talk with three veteran private investigators: Perry Myers, Arnie Diamond and Michael Slevnik. And we play a few movie and radio clips from private eye dramas to check whether they achieve or lack verisimilitude.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
MARK STEYN
The master of apocalyptic standup has recently sat down to write another devastating (but funny!) Jeremiad heralding the end of life as we know it--or can tolerate it. The new title is "After America: Get Ready for Armageddon," and Steyn lays it all out for us.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
EXPLORING THE FINAL FRONTIER
We ARE going back into space says Michelle Thaler, one or the top astrophysicists at NASA. She joins us to explain the Mars, Saturn and Jupiter missions that are next on the agenda.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22
A POST-QUADAFI LIBYA
Libya after Khadaffi (or do you prefer Quadafi, Qadaffi or Kuadafi?) is under discussion with Daniel Serwer, formerly of the State Department, now at the Middle East Center and truly an expert on how once tyrannical states can be assisted toward democracy.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
THE MAN OF NUMBERS
Who was the man who brought arithmetic---and thus business, accounting, rational planning and organized war---to the west? That was Leonardo of Pisa (better known as Fibonacci) who learned it from the Arabs (who got it from the Hundus). It all happened in the 13th century and is well recounted in a new book, "The Man of Numbers," by our guest Keith Devlin.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
THE YIDDISH MARK TWAIN
The man behind "Fiddler on the Roof" was the great Yiddish writer known as Sholem Aleichem. We celebrate and sample from his stories of the pre-holocaust shtetel culture and discuss the career of this great writer.ur guest is film-maker Joseph Dorman whose new documentary, "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" premieres in Chicago.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
ADMINISTRATIVE TAKEOVER OF ACADEMIC AMERICA
Something's rotten in the state of American universities---but what is it? Our guest is Benjamin Ginsberg, author of "The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters." Thus, he blames the decline of higher education upon the Deans and Deanlets. Probably right--but what about the faculty types themselves? Some debate is likely to erupt tonight.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
MILT'S MUSIC
Beethoven, Bach, Benny Goodman, Bizet, Butch Thompson, Big Bill Broonzy, Patsy Cline, Isaac Stern and many, many others: All are represented on the play list for our annual "Milt's Music" program. Join us as the host makes the case for catholicity in musical taste.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29
NO SHOW (CUBS BASEBALL)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
NO SHOW (CUBS BASEBALL)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
CHINA AS AN EMERGING POWER
China has now positioned itself as one of the top economic, military and political forces ion the planet. How did this happen? What will they do to maintain and improve on this standing? And what does the future hold for Asia and the rest of the world? Ted Fishman and other guests examine these questions.

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