How to Be a Teacher -- Commentator Daniel Ferri gives a quick lesson
in how be a teacher. Some of the basics: learn how to say "now" before you
say anything else, wear dumb shoes, make dumb jokes and lie awake in bed all
Tribal Courts -- Commentator Lis Wiehl explains that tribal courts,
which operate on many Indian reservations, function separately from the
federal court system. These courts have not had to apply the U.S.
Constitution directly, leaving out Constitutional guarantees like the right
to free legal counsel. But one of the problems with suspending
Constitutional protections, is that convictions obtained in tribal courts
can be used against defendants later in federal and state courts.
Frederick's Of Hollywood -- Commentator Lenore Skenazy
tells us how this Hollywood glamour clothing store rose and
fell. It's brand of peek-a-boo was very 1940's. Victoria's Secret, and the
world at large, is much bolder, she says, and that's why the store has filed
Commentator Kelly Roberty is a professional musician --
he plays the bass. Recently he sat down with his bass and told us his story
of getting addicted to gambling. He lost everything -- more than 70-thousand
dollars, his friends and family, his wife left him, and he pawned his bass
as part of it all. At rock bottom, he had a breakdown, and an epiphany, an
understanding of hope and redemption and courage to turn things around. He
explains how he turned it all around. Roberty now is living in Bozeman
Montana, is teaching music and will be touring Europe with a jazz sextet
later this fall.
Petit Prince and Outer Space --
Commentator Mario Livio reflects on
The Little Prince, and the search for extraterrestrial life.
Computer Mom --
Commentator Douglas Rushkoff is extremely computer
savvy. But in trying to help his mother buy a computer, he realized the
computer has a long way to go before it becomes a reliable household
Summer School --
Commentator Jeanne Brennan says that it's more
important to help students and teachers during the school year so that they
don't need summer school to catch up.
Swimming Pool --
Commentator Martha Ann Overland lives in India, and
takes her kids to the US Embassy Club swimming pool. She learns that the
class and racial divisions that have become taboo on most American soil, are
still openly practiced by Americans abroad.
Commentator Judith Fein works with juvenile prisoners.
She describes "snapping," a term they use when they realize the consequences
of their actions and are then ready to change.
Commentator Andrew Lam remarks on the substance of e-mail
conversation. He says a friend of his complains that although she hears from
him more by e-mail now, she misses him more and knows him less than when he
wrote letters. Their conversation is shallower. There's a high price for
digital communication; language is streamlined and intimacy lost.
The Barber --
Commentator Elissa Ely talks about the barber that
comes to the hospital where she works. The patients look forward to his
visits. The barber connects with one particular patient in a way that Elissa
-- a psychiatrist -- was never able.
Commentator Lenore Skenazy expresses her
thoughts about rodents and their place in Manhattan.
Middle East --
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that the
prospect of Congressional opposition to peace's price tag looms over the
negotiations at Camp David.
Efficiency -- Commentator Jeremy Rifkin says in the world where we
measure nano-seconds and have every time-saving device imaginable, we still
find ourselves without free time. Our culture is obsessed with efficiency.
Rifkin is looking for a paradigm that replaces efficiency with sufficiency.
New Shoes --
Commentator Daniel Ferri -- a grade school teacher in
Chicago -- relates the story of his relationship with one of his students.
Ferri gets off on the wrong foot - so to speak - with the boy - and is
relieved at the boy's ability to forgive his teacher.
Talking with Loons --
Storyteller Kevin Kling talks about the summer his voice changed; the summer he went fishing with his dad, and talked with
Single Life --
Commentator Reynolds Price is an advocate for chosen singleness. He points out that the much-touted nuclear family is the source
of many psychic and societal problems, and argues that the "suspect
minority" of single people have included such "friends of the human
enterprise" as Beethoven and Isaac Newton.
Middle East --
On the eve of the Camp David talks, NPR Senior News
Analyst Daniel Schorr ponders the reasons Israelis and Palestinians are
drawn to the table.
First Job -- When he was sixteen, Commentator Bill Harley worked at
a seafood restaurant. He says learned about race, class and privilege when
an angry cook hurled a baked potato at him.
Sibling Rivalry -- Commentator Amy Dickinson writes about sibling
rivalry. She knows that sisters are often rivals. But in the case of the
Williams sisters, it is especially hard, because there is always a winner
and a loser.
News Leaks -- NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr comments on the
penchant for news leaks in the Nation's Capital.
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