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Understanding The Language Of The Cello
July 13, 2010 05:38 PM PDT

The sound of the cello may, if you listen, be heard in the heart invoking a kaleidoscope of emotions on a “magic carpet ride” of sound. Joel Cohen, cellist extraordinaire has performed with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and currently lives in Mendocino County. When Joel Cohen visited the Radio Curious studios on April 26, 2010 he described his friend the cello, bowed it to life, and it sung and spoke to us. Our conversation began with Joel Cohen describing his relationship with the cello. This interview was recorded in the studios of Radio Curious on April 26, 2010.

The book Joel Cohen recommends is “Skinny Legs And All” by Tom Robbins.

Sexual Abuse of Children (And The Catholic Church)
July 13, 2010 05:27 PM PDT

If you have been sexually abused as a child, or know someone who was, listen to this edition of Radio Curious with host Barry Vogel and Susan A. Clancy, Ph.D, author of “The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children – and Its Aftermath.” This conversation discuss’s the myth of when trauma of child sexual abuse takes place, how and the abuse is perceived by the victim, and the effects of denial, minimization and blame, and how this issue within the Catholic Church is not being resolved. Susan A. Clancy, Ph.D. is currently the Research Director of the Center for Women’s Advancement, Development and Leadership at the Central American Institute for Business Administration in Nicaragua. This interview was recorded on April 12, 2010, with Susan A. Clancy Ph.D. from her home in Managua, Nicaragua.

The books she recommends are “Happiness: A History” by Darrin M. McMahon, and “In The Woods,” by Tana French.

Reading Dogs
July 13, 2010 05:18 PM PDT

Learning to read is often a confusing and frustrating experience. Parents and teachers sometimes create stress flowing from their personal angst to the frustration of the learner. Reading to a non-judgemental creature, who never comments and always appears to pay attention helps to create reading fluency. In the second of a series inspired by Jane Goodall’s movie “When Animals Talk,” we visit with Becky Bishop, founder of Reading With Rover, (www.readingwithrover.org), a program to help children learn to read, and Puppy Manners, (www.puppymanners.com) a dog training school located in Woodenville, Washington, about thirty miles from Seattle. Becky Bishop relies on the close bond between children and dogs creating calm moments and encouraging a learning environment. “Reading With Rover” couples children who have difficulty reading with a dog who listens. Becky Bishop joined us by phone from her home in Washington on February 22, 2010, began by explaining why dogs are better listeners than a teacher or parent and what methods Becky uses to train these pets.

The books Becky Bishop recommends are “Living Life As A Thank You: The Transformative Power Of Daily Gratitude,” by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammon, and “Walter the Farting Dog,” by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Elizabeth Gundy, and Audrey Coleman.

A Mendocino Dervish in Egypt
July 13, 2010 05:07 PM PDT

As part of our continuing series on Mendocino County, CA we visit with Tara Sufiana, author of the “Sword and the Rose: A Swiss American Dervish in Egypt.” Her memoir is based on 5 years of a 12 year journey when she left Mendocino County for a European and Mid East excursion beginning in 1983. “The Sword and the Rose” describes her experiences living among the Dervish people in Egypt, where she danced and prayed with the Sufis and performed in Egyptian hotels, on film and TV. Sufiana lives in the hills west of Ukiah, in a home that when the weather is clear, has a view of the Pacific Ocean. Our conversation began with her description of how she choose the title for her book. This interview was recorded in the studios of Radio Curious on July 12, 2010.

The book Tara Sufiana recommends is “The Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav.

Irritable Male Syndrome
July 13, 2010 03:29 PM PDT

We often hear terms in the vernacular to describe a man when he is easily frustrated or angered. Seemingly insignificant things can easily explode into arguments that can affect if not seriously damage couples’ relationships when some men develop what has been called the “irritable male syndrome.” Identifying and understanding these troubled waters is the topic of this edition of Radio Curious. Our guest is Jed Diamond, Ph.D., author of the book “Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome.” In this visit we explore the causes of the “irritable male syndrome”, how it affects relationships and how a better understanding of its causal factors and influences can help diffuse anger and frustration that draw the joy from couples’ partnerships. Jed Diamond, Ph.D., is an internationally respected leader in the men’s health movement. I spoke with Jed Diamond on May, 28, 2010 in the Radio Curious studios in Ukiah, California and began by asking him to define the “irritable male syndrome.”

The book Jed Diamond recommends is “Chaos Point 2012 and Beyond: Appointment with Destiny” by Ervin Laszlo.

Jim Thorpe, The World's Greatest Athlete
June 08, 2010 04:32 PM PDT

A sports icon of the first half of the 20th century, Jim Thorpe, was a Native American athlete who rose to athletic stardom at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, winning two gold medals at the 1912 Summer Olympics and continued, despite some controversy, to gain fame in professional baseball and football. In this edition of Radio Curious we visit with Tom Weidlinger, the director and co-writer and co-producer of the movie “Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete.” Tom Weidlinger spoke from his home in the San Francisco bay area on Sunday, May 30th 2010. I began by asking him “Who is Jim Thorpe?”
The book Tom Weidlinger recommends is “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese.

"Ingelore" - Speaking Without Hearing
June 08, 2010 04:05 PM PDT

What would it be like for you if you were deaf? If you could not speak your first word until you were six? If you had three years of education, your first language was German, and you later emigrated to another country where they speak English? Ingelore is the first name of a woman who was born in Germany in 1924, and came to America in 1940 at the beginning of the Third Reich, right after Kristallnacht. The film “Ingelore” was made by Inglelore’s son Frank Stiefel, and it tells his mother’s story. This edition of Radio Curious begins with we a piece from the movie “Ingelore” in which she explains who she is and a little of her story. As we hear is her ability to articulate words in English it’s important to remember she cannot hear.

This interview was recorded on May 29th, 2010 with Frank Stiefel from his home in Santa Monica, California. The books that Frank Stiefel recommends are “Hand Of My Father,” by Myron Uhlberg, and “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy.

Have You Found Your Hidden Brain? Part Two
June 08, 2010 03:08 PM PDT

Not too long before the pseudo religious organization known as “The People’s Temple moved to the remote jungles of Guyana in the northeast corner of South America where over 900 people killed themselves at the direction of Jim Jones in 1978, they were based in Redwood Valley, California, about 10 miles from Ukiah, the home of Radio Curious. In this, the second Radio Curious conversation with Shankar Vedantam author of “The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives,” we explore what compelled these people to kill themselves. We’ll examine what compels suicide bombers of the early 21st century to take their own lives and those of others? And are we, in fact, all susceptible to these ideas? The conversation with Shankar Vedamtam, recorded from his home in Massachusetts on May 17, 2010, began when I asked him to explain the attraction of cults, who are drawn to them, and why.
Shankar Vedantam is a national correspondent and columnist for The Washington Post and 2009-10 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. This interview was recorded on May 17th, 2010.
The book Shankar Vedantam recommends is “Heart Of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.

Have You Found Your Hidden Brain?
June 08, 2010 11:57 AM PDT


How do we make the big decisions in our lives? Who to vote for?—or who to choose as a life mate or form an opinion about politics or war? Most of us are certain we consciously evaluate these decisions. But, we may be fooling ourselves, if not fooled by others. Shankar Vedantam, author of “The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives,” encourages us to be aware of how our unconscious mind is capable of controlling our decision making capabilities. In this, the first of two visits with Shankar Vedantam, we explore the unconscious mind, how we rely upon it and how it is capable of manipulation by advertising media and our anecdotal experiences. I visited with Shankar Vedantam by phone from his home in Massachusetts on May 17, 2010, and began by asking him to describe the “hidden brain.” Shankar Vedantam is a national correspondent and columnist for The Washington Post and 2009-10 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

The book Shankar Vedantam recommends is “A House For Mr. Biswas” by V.S.Naipaul.

Relationship Warning Signs
June 08, 2010 10:18 AM PDT

Why some couples get along and others don’t, sometime to the extent of terminating their relationship, is a curious question the answer to which is likely to bring both pleasure and unhappiness to each of us. Michael Basta has been a licensed clinical social worker based in Sonoma County California, since 1988. He is trained and certified as a Gottman Couples’ Therapist. This training identifies the traits and behaviors of couples that are useful to predict how long their relationship will last. Michael Basta visited Radio Curious on May 21, 2010, and began by describing the negative traits and behaviors that indicate a dark future for the relationship.

The book Michael Basta recommends is “The Female Brain, “ by Dr. Louann Brizendine.

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