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Week of May 17
- Kai talks with Daniel Kahneman about his new book Noise: A flaw in human judgement.
- When we talk about economic data on the show, we often use the term “household,” which is defined by the federal government as one or more people who occupy a housing unit. But the way that data is collected – the questions asked, the responses allowed – has changed over time. For instance, in the 1970 Census, only a man could be designated the “Head of the Household.” Until 2020, the Census did not include categories for same-sex couples living in the same home. Marketplace’s Marielle Segarra unpacks the term “household” – where it comes from, how the definition has changed, who it still excludes, and why that matters.
- Amy Scott hosts the program May 17-18.
- May 17: Tech companies are increasingly working on “vocal profiling,” the idea that someone’s voice reveals information about their emotions, personality, weight, race, illness and more. Guest: Joseph Turow, author of The Voice Catchers: How Marketers Listen In to Exploit Your Feelings, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet.
- May 17: Republican Representative Liz Cheney has described former President Donald Trump and his loyalists as being “at war with the constitution.” Renowned constitutional law scholar Akhil Reed Amar speaks with host Meghna Chakrabarti about the enduring power of the constitution. He says it’s more than a document, it’s a ‘conversation.’ Akhil Reed Amar is the author of The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840.
- May 18: The cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline has exposed, once again, how vulnerable our key infrastructure is to cyber-attack. It has also revealed fundamental flaws in the public-private partnerships we rely on for much of this country’s infrastructure. We assess President Biden’s executive order aimed at strengthening the United States’ defenses by encouraging private companies to practice better cybersecurity, or risk being locked out of federal contracts.
- May 19: ‘Help Wanted’ signs in restaurant windows seem commonplace these days. Some restaurant owners blame their worker shortage on high unemployment benefit payments that they say make not working more attractive than working. But some former restaurant workers say they don’t want to go back to jobs that are poorly paid and with brutal hours and working conditions. Is this a moment of reckoning for the restaurant industry?
- May 20: Performance Today will feature the first ever tubist as a Young Artist in Residence! Cristina Cutts-Dougherty studies tuba at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
- A year ago, when millions of graduates didn’t have in-person ceremonies, Performance Today created an hour of programming to honor graduates’ accomplishments. The program was popular, so the feature is returning for 2021. Starting May 19, Fred Child will ask listeners for a short message honoring a 2021 graduate in their life, and Fred will read them on the show May 26.
Arts and Culture
Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes listeners back to the sounds and events of a specific year.
May 21 – 1970:
The Beatles made it official and broke up, but left us a nice parting gift, a final album and lots of solo material. We lost guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin 2 weeks apart, both at age 27. Santana was becoming a certified guitar hero after the release of Abraxas, Van Morrison released his most beloved album, Edwin Starr dropped one of the first protest songs on the Motown label, and Joni Mitchell was busy writing an environmental anthem and a song for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Outside the work of music, the New York Knicks won the NBA championship, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series, and the Colts won the Super Bowl in the year that Monday Night Football debuted. Marcus Welby MD was the most popular show on the TV, The Flip Wilson show was #2, and the first Earth Day was celebrated.
Encore episode – May 21: Persian food
- Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, tells us why Persian cooks are so obsessed with fresh herbs.
- Naz Deravian, author of Bottom of the Pot, has a tale of tahdig and home
- Najmieh Batmanglij, author of Cooking in Iran, has a report on what people are cooking in modern-day Iran.
- Chef/founder of Moosh NYC, Behzad Jamshidi, teaches Francis a classic recipe for Ghaliyeh Mahi, a fish stew with fenugreek.