NPR's Guy Raz is keeping the host's chair warm for us for most of this week. Neal Conan will be back next Monday. And here is what's happening today:
In our first hour, we'll talk about a phenomenon that our guest Bill Bishop calls "the big sort." Bishop is the author of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart and he will explain how the red and blue states that divide our country also divide our country's neighborhoods. Has that been your experience? Do the people in your community share your lifestyle and political views? And on our opinion page this week, John Fund, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, remembers the legacy and politics of the late former senator Jesse Helms.
Not too long ago, I blogged about my experience with going to doctor and declaring that a red spot on my leg indicated that I have meningitis, just like the nuns on last week's episode of E.R. Turns out my red spot was merely a rash, but my hypochondria is something that could be taken a little more seriously. Jennifer Traig knows a thing or two about hypochrondria. The good news is she doesn't actually have heart disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis or any other condition she's diagnosed herself with. Her memoir is called Well Enough Alone and Traig will be our guest in our second hour. At the end of the hour, we'll find out from Boston Globe contributor Matthew Battles why robots are so, so lovable.