October 18th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the GOP candidates and the politics of immigration, and the lessons that can still be learned from Catch-22. In the second hour, administering mental health first aid, and cartoonist Roz Chast on her book, 'What I Hate: From A to Z'.
NPR logo October 18th: What's On Today's Show

October 18th: What's On Today's Show

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks her dislikes and fears--in alphabetical order.

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Immigration And GOP Candidates
Immigration will likely play a key role in tonight's G-O-P debate in Las Vegas. Over the weekend, candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain engaged in a round of one-upmanship on the issue, with Bachmann promising to build a double fence on the U.S.-Mexico border and Cain saying he would electrify the border fence. A number of Latino republicans warn that their party risks alienating Latino voters, at a time when they say the GOP should be fighting to win them back. Host Neal Conan speaks with Mara Liasson, NPR's national political correspondent, and other guests about the politics of immigration and what's driving the varying viewpoints in immigration policy.

'Catch-22' Turns 50
Joseph Heller first published his American classic, Catch-22, fifty years ago this month. Set off the coast of Italy during the Second World War, Catch-22 tells the story of an American bomber named Yossarian coming to grips with the realities and absurdities of war. More than ten million copies have sold since its first publication but it didn't win a single literary prize at publication. Still, a number of people fell for it — hard — according to Heller's friend, writer Christopher Buckley. Buckley has written a new introduction in the fiftieth anniversary edition of the novel. In it, he writes TV newsman John Chancellor even went so far as to print up "YOSSARIAN LIVES" bumper stickers. Host Neal Conan talks with Christopher Buckley about the novel's appeal and the lessons readers can still learn from Catch-22.

Mental Health First Aid
Many people know how to respond when a colleague hurts themselves in a fall, or suffers a heart attack. But few know what to do in a mental health crisis. A program called "Mental Health First Aid" aims to teach people how to respond to a psychiatric emergency, from anxiety to eating disorders to psychosis. The courses aim to help people recognize the symptoms and know when — and how — to intervene or call for help. Neal Conan talks with Byan Gibbs of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and Clare Miller of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health about administering mental health first aid and the stigma of responding to mental illnesses in public.

'What I Hate: From A to Z'
New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast says she is sure of two things: she is an anxious person, and she knows her alphabet by heart. So, in her new book What I Hate: From A to Z, Chast puts her dislikes and fears in alphabetical order with a full-page cartoon for each of her 26 anxieties. Some are standard fears — H is for heights and E is for elevators — while others are a bit more irrational — S is for spontaneous human combustion and Y is for yellow. Host Neal Conan talks with Chast about what she hates, from A to Z.