WPR: The Veronica Rueckert Show show

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.

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 Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:14

"What do women really want?" Betsy Prioleau explores the secrets of the men--past and present-- who know how to make women swoon.

 Never Look A Polar Bear in the Eye | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:16

"Never look a polar bear in the eye!" So says Zac Unger who, on a family vacation in the Candian Arctic, discovered some both fascinating and uncomfortable facts about polar bears.

 The Art of Doing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:12

What separates the best from the rest? Hard work, willpower, dedication, and a good dose of luck? Yes, all of those are important, say Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, but real winners add one more crucial attribute...

 The Beatle Who Vanished | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:10

"Rock and Roll Detective" Jim Berkenstadt shares some curious stories about George, John, Paul, Ringo and... the Beatle who vanished.

 This Explains Everything | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:12

John Brockman asked some of the world's brightest minds to share their favorite explanation for how the world works. He shares their answers, which represent 150 of the most fascinating theories of the way our minds, our societies and the universe work.

 Sail the Winding River of Light | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:10

Have you ever laid on your back at night and gazed up at the starry sky, or been fortunate enough to witness the aurora borealis? Astronomer Phil Plait shares the science and the magic of our star-spangled universe.

 Whose America is it? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:11

With the elections behind us, and the inauguration ahead, Americans are divided over what it means to be American. At the heart of the battle is the language of American politics, past and present. Stephen Prothero examines how words define us.

 Michele Scicolone's Slow Cooking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:08

Moroccan Spicy Chicken with Green Olives, French Tuna and Spinach Pate, Bittersweet Cocoa Almond Cake from Spain... it's hard to believe that such chic-sounding international dishes are created in a simple slow-cooker. Michele Scicolone shows us how.

 Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:09

How does the world's most famous detective piece together random clues to solve baffling crimes? Maria Konnikova says we can all learn to think like Sherlock Holmes. She unpacks mental strategies to sharpen our wits and enhance our creative powers.

 Paradise Hop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:30

The Midwestern folk band, Pert Near Sandstone visited us in WPR's Madison studios to share their songs and thoughts on "Old Time" music.

 The Myths of Happiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:07

We find out what should make us happy, but doesn't and what shouldn't make us happy but does, when we talk with a prominent researcher on happiness.

 French Kids Eat Everything | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:07

Author Karen Le Billon discusses her book, "French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters."

 The Mama's Boy Myth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:11

Kate Stone Lombardi discusses her book, "The Mama's Boy Myth".

 The Physics of Santa | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:04

Can reindeer really fly? How does Santa manage to make 840 million stops on Christmas Eve and deliver gifts to 2.1 billion children? How does he manage to pop up simultaneously in almost every US mall?

 History of Boredom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:07

Our guests discuss the history of boredom.


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