Word of Mouth's Rethink 2014 series began with a quote by one of the most notable rethinkers of the 20th century: Albert Einstein. Host Virginia Prescott was struck by one particular piece of the theoretical physicist's wisdom: "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18." Are those prejudices inherited or chosen, and what if we were given alternative ideas? Inspired, Virginia and her Word of Mouth colleagues sought out current rethinkers of popular beliefs. Today, we're revisiting the most resonant Rethinks. Listen to the full show and click Read more for links to individual segments.
Discussing death should be no laughing matter. Nor should it be easy, pressure-free, and light-hearted, right? Well, according to Barbara Sedoric, founder of LastingMatters, talking about death doesn't need to be somber, and it does need to happen.
Today on Word of Mouth we wrap up our series Rethink 2014 with, perhaps, the most difficult concept …death. Then we delve into a discussion about the possible disruption of wildlife photography and ethical practice. Finally, Ben Bradlee, Jr. shares revelations on a Boston Red Sox player: Ted Williams. Listen to the full audio and scroll down to read more on individual segments.
1.30.14: Rethinking Death, Ethics of Wildlife Photography & Author Ben Bradlee Jr.
For centuries, marriage functioned as a political, practical, and economical union, depending on your station in life. For the aristocrats, a good marriage secured fortunes and position. For common folk, it meant having enough kids to work a farm. It is only in the last 100 years or so that the idea of a passionate marriage took hold of the popular imagination. Today, most of us are less worried about basic survival and can focus more on what we desire in a union. Usually a healthy, dynamic, secure, relationship that is predictable, but not when it comes to sex, which people want to be anything but staid and predicable. Our guest is Esther Perel, she's based her career on how to unite those conflicting desires. She’s a psychologist, sex therapist and author who specializes in couples and sexuality. Her TED talk (watch it below) on “The Secret to Desire in a Long-term Relationship” has over 2 million views. Her bestselling book is called “Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic”.
The centers for disease control and prevention recently reported that doctors don’t adequately warn patients about the dangers of drinking. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said, “there are at least 38 million Americans who have problems with alcohol. For every alcoholic, there are six people who drink too much to the point where it adversely affects their lives”. Our guest is Lance Brendan Young, he argues the problem doesn’t begin in the doctor’s office, but dates back to 1849 when the term “alcoholism” was first described as a chronic, relapsing disease. Lance is assistant professor of communication at Western Illinois University and has researched and written extensively on the language used to frame alcohol abuse. He doesn’t think the condition should be treated as a disease
Last month the satirical newspaper The Onion issued its final print edition under the typically deadpan headline: “Onion Print Revenues Up 5000%”. Traditional news publications, which have cutback on reporters and budgets, or ceased printing altogether, have found little to laugh about. Today, long-form news stories do not even begin to compete with adorable cat and baby videos, but before we all drink hemlock or stare at the gloomy list of publications on Newspaper Death Watch, there could be a a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, we continue our series “Rethink 2014” with a new approach to long-form journalism with Steve Kandell, long-form editor at Buzzfeed.
We’re beginning this new year with “Re-think 2014”, conversations and stories that challenge our assumptions, habits and ways of doing things.
We’re kicking off “Re-think 2014” with Fred Pearce, environment consultant for New Scientist magazine. His article, “How Beer Money Helped Save a Nation’s Water Supply” appeared in Conservation Magazine. It’s an example of a conglomerate upending the business-as-usual model of pursuing profits no matter the environmental and human costs. In this case – helping to protect an essential natural resource for its own manufacturing, and the people of Columbia.