WPR: The Veronica Rueckert Show
Summary: The Veronica Rueckert Show brings you conversations with writers, artists, scientists and philosophers. The minds and ideas that help us understand ourselves and our world. Hear it live on WPR's Ideas Network stations on Fridays starting at 9am CT.
What are the new American anthems? Which cool current songs will speak for our generation when we're old, and become the social glue that binds us?
With over 80,000 followers, you could say Andy Carvin likes tweeting. In fact, he live-tweeted large parts of the Arab Spring, establishing a new wave of social media journalism.
Faisal Abdu'Allah explores dynamics of power, race and masculinity in his provocative art. And, one-man sound system, Heatbox, who shows us how to bend a tune, beatbox-style.
Laughing rats and bully dolphins? We explore the inner lives of animals with National Geographic contributor, Virginia Morell.
Do you believe in fairies? Well, whether you do or not is immaterial. What's important is not to disturb their lair! So says one of Ireland's last traditional lore-keepers, Eddie Lenihan.
Our nation has a problem with bullying, but is it as bad as we think? Susan Eva Porter, a seasoned school professional, says that America's approach to bullying is actually exacerbating the problem.
Always wanted to make your own pickles, sauerkraut, or yogurt? How about aged cheese, kimchi, or zesty sourdough bread? Fermentation expert, Sandor Ellix Katz, shows us how.
As Hillary Clinton steps down from her role as US Secretary of State, a look at her tenure and her attempts to restore America's image in a rapidly changing world.
Is there a tune that will send you storming out of a restaurant within 20 seconds? Or that flips your mood from gloomy to cheery in just a few bars? Stephen Thompson on the songs that flip our emotional switch.
Back pain, migraines, cancer, fibromyalgia: One out of every two American adults suffer from at least one chronic condition. Donna Nakazawa passed through chronic illness herself until she embarked on a quest to find "The Last best Cure."
Farm-to-table chef Ian Knauer shares his hearty winter recipes: homemade cheese in a snap, his favorite bread and a wonderful soup to match. He even has a sweet treat in store for dessert.
Why do some children seem kinder than others? Can pro-social behavior be learned? How does kindness relate to academic achievement? Dr. Richard Davidson shares details of his new Kindness Curriculum for Pre-K students.
Alligators in New York City sewers? Does Coca-Cola own Santa Claus? Did Walt Disney really have his body frozen? Albert Jack tracks down the fiction and fact behind popular urban myths.
We get some fresh inspiration for simple, seasonal recipes for the slow cooker with Dina Cheney, food writer and the "Taste Test" columnist for "Everyday with Rachael Ray."
Do you harbor a secret yearning for a life very different from your own? Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on what the lives we wish we were living teach us about who we are.