April 9, 1999 As part of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED's year-long Friday series, we travel to the world of the Carnival Talker. Many call them "Barkers," but they dislike that term. There's a talent and skill that these sideshow pitchmen use as they try to lure people into shows to spend their money. The Talkers use language to amuse and raise curiosity; but they never give their audience time to think. We learn that the pitches are carefully constructed, and made up of distinct sections, designed to catch people's attention. (12:30).
September 23, 1997 A retired New Jersey man wants to help people quit smoking by giving them something other than tobacco to puff. Dr. Puzant Torigian is ready to begin producing cigarettes made from lettuce.
May 19, 1997 Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip talks about his book, The Dilbert Future. The forward-thinking tome offers a graphic vision of the future in which newly-developed gadgets help workers goof off and still get paid.
March 20, 1997 Vegetarians, along with environmental and animal protection advocates, urge Americans to cut meat out of their diets for one day. Their view is that vegetarianism is a healthier lifestyle and also better for natural resources and animals.
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