PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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1:00 – 1:40
1:40 – 2:00
Mentally ill & playing with anthrax: was Ivins 9/11’s “anthrax killer”?
One week after 9/11: anonymous anthrax-laced letters start to show up—killing five people, weakening seventeen, crippling mail delivery, and resulting in the closure of a Senate office building for three months. Who was this mysterious anthrax killer? A panel of psychiatrists has released a report saying all arrows point to Bruce Ivins—the microbiologist who committed suicide in 2008. The panel highlights, as evidence of Ivins’ mental illness, his boyhood with a mother who stabbed and threatened to kill his father, his obsession with sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Ivins writing a ? next to “Hallucinations” and “Improbably Beliefs” on a medical form. Could the
David Willman, author of The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and
2:00 – 2:30
Is the “good life” a happy life?
Happiness: people want it, spend their lives trying to find it, some even try to buy it. Yet even when we get it, that good feeling often leaves before we have a chance to savor it. So how are we to feel about this coveted idea of happiness? A study headed by Dr. Carol Ryff at the University of Wisconsin asserts that happiness associated with a good meal, a win for one’s favorite sports team, or buying a new pair of shoes, (known as “hedonic well-being” to the psychological community) is short term, often times fleeting and really not that good for your health. So if that’s the case, if we can’t be happy all the time and a happy life today doesn’t connote a happy life in the long term… how are we to live? Is happiness really overrated?
Carol RyfF, professor of psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the
Mid-life in the
WSJ: Is Happiness Overrated?
2:30 – 2:40
2:40 – 3:00
Dan Savage to gay teens: “It Gets Better!”
Following the deaths of several gay teens last fall, “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage and his husband launched the “It Gets Better Project” to support gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual youth. The idea was that discouraged gay teens would realize their lives were worth living if older gay people offered hope and encouragement. So Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created a YouTube video about their own experiences being bullied as teens, to tell teenagers a simple message about the future: It gets better. The movement began with a YouTube video that went viral and evolved into a collection of testimonials and stories. The latest incarnation of the project is a book they co-edited together, combining transcribed videos and essays from President Obama, David Sedaris, Bishop Gene Robinson, Murray Hill and Ellen DeGeneres, among others. All essays contain the same message: bullied youth should not be self-destructive; their lives can and will get better. Dan joins Patt to share his experience and hear yours.
Dan Savage, syndicated columnist, “Savage Love,” and the editor of The Stranger,
- Almost 10,000 videos have been posted to support the “It Gets Better Project.”
- Note: Dan hates the word “partner,” and prefers the term “boyfriend” to refer to Terry
PATT: DAN WILL BE READING FROM HIS NEW BOOK IT GETS BETTER TONIGHT AT 8 PM AT THE RENBERG THEATER IN
WEB PLEASE LINK:
Listen to Terry Gross’s interview with Dan Savage: http://www.npr.org/2011/03/23/134628750/dan-savage-for-gay-teens-life-gets-better
Visit the “It Gets Better Project” : http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/about-it-gets-better-project/