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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 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:11

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," just hit the theaters. Meet writer and Tolkien nerd, Ethan Gilsdorf, in Middle-earth for an hour of all things Hobbit.

 Weiwei-isms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:08

Ai Weiwei has spent his career making provocative art to expose Chinese corruption and human rights abuses. Ai is also known for his profound sayings, which are now compiled in a book called "Weiwei-isms.

 We Killed | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:12

Yael Kohen, discusses her book, "We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy."

 The Introvert'S Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:13

Being introvert is not the same as being shy, says Sophia Dembling. And yes, extroverts can actually be timid. Are you introvert, extrovert or somewhere in-between?

 No Happy Cows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:09

Internationally known vegan and bestselling author John Robbins gives us the skinny on food issues like the rise of food contamination, the slave trade behind chocolate and coffee, and junk food marketing to kids.

 Meet Your Mind | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:10

Scientists are making remarkable discoveries about the brain, but so far, no one's come close to cracking the biggest mystery of all - the connection between the brain and the mind: how a tangle of neurons inside your skull produces.... you.

 Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:00

Biographer Bob Spitz discusses his book, "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child."

 John Francis, Planetwalker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:05

John Francis, Ph.D., is known as the Planetwalker. After witnessing an oil spill in 1971, he vowed to stop using motorized vehicles. Soon after, he took a vow of silence. His non-motorized lifestyle lasted twenty-two years, and his silence seventeen.

 Tia Fuller: Angelic Warrior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:40

A special music hour with jazz saxophonist, Tia Fuller. She will play songs from her new album, Angelic Warrior, and has some interesting things to say about women, music and the importance of finding the inner warrior.

 The Particle at the End of the Universe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:11

It took more than six thousand scientists, over 9 billion dollars, and a massive machine built by engineers from one hundred countries to search for it. The Higgs Boson-also called "The God particle"-has been found. Or has it?

 "Blasphemy," by Sherman Alexie | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:10

Poet, filmmaker, and author, Sherman Alexie discusses his work over the last twenty years.

 The One World School House | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:12

Veronica Rueckert's guest today champions a radical vision for education: make it free and accessible to anyone, anywhere. His online Khan Academy offers a high-quality, free education to millions of people worldwide. Is it time to re-think education?

 Shakespeare Link Canada | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:07

Members of Shakespeare Link Canada discuss their work in Mozambique raising AIDS awareness.

 Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:14

Do you wonder how writers get their prose to sparkle, while yours seems clunky and awkward? Help is on the way. Constance Hale is a writing teacher and best-selling author who inspires and prods us to write brilliant, powerful prose.

 Ghost Stories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:27

We open a creaky door into the dark realm of ghost stories. And who better to guide us than one of our favorite fantasy writers, Patrick Rothfuss?


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