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.
Sick and tired of the elections? Of endless PAC ads? Of furrowed brows and earnestness? Comedian and political observer, Baratunde Thurston, helps us "see political reality as it is."
With our economy in the doldrums, the frenetic onslaught of the election season, the unending demands of home and work life, it seems difficult to remain true to ourselves. Parker Palmer on how to retain our integrity in a fragmented world.
Science writer, Steven Johnson discusses his book, "Future Perfect: A Case For Progress in a Networked Age."
What could be more wonderful than biting into warm bread, straight out of the oven, fresh butter melting over its crisp crust? And what better feeling than knowing you baked it yourself? Tips and tricks for baking beautiful breads.
Dr. William Sears, one the most trusted names in child and family health, describes "The Omega-3 Effect," addresses some of the controversies around Omega 3s and explains how much we need for optimal physical and mental health.
The chef and co-owner of Christine's Toffee and The Chocolaterian Cafe discusses the art of candy making.
Samara O'Shea, creator of the letter writing service and blog, "Letter Lover", discusses the importance of the written word.
Journalist David K. Randall started an investigation into the strange and mysterious world of sleep after he hurt himself sleepwalking.
Hanna Rosin, senior editor at The Atlantic discusses her book, "The End of Men: And the Rise of Women."
It seems that most of our unhappy memories -and many of our happy ones-have a sad song playing in the background. Adam Brent Houghtaling just wrote the first guide to the sad songs that make us happy.
A ride through America's job hinterland to spend time with the laborers, coal miners, truckers, air traffic controllers, cowboys and other "hidden" workers who make our daily lives happen.
Professor, author, and columnist Ben Yagoda discusses the art of language, and writing.
Smart kid equals bright future, right? Not so fast, says writer Paul Tough. IQ may play only a small part in future success, and character may be far more important to a successful life.
Biographer D.T. Max discusses his book, "Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace."
Jacques Berlinerblau calls for America's return to secularism to guarantee liberty and the right to practice the religion of our own choosing, or no religion at all. How important is separation of state and church to our democracy?