“I found myself spending literally a half an hour, 30 minutes, in the cereal aisle of the supermarket, trying to choose between boxes of Cheerios. That’s when I realized I had a problem.”—One year ago this week: Jonah Lehrer, on the pathologies of decision making.
In a parallel universe, the audio for Brian Greene’s interview on Fresh Air went up three years in the future. But in our universe, it went up right now and you can listen to him explain string theory and parallel universes and all sorts of other things right here.
how did the tumblr meetup go?! sorry to have missed it -- was en route to brooklyn for the weekend
So…I went to the bar…and realized a) it was crowded and b) no one knows what people on Tumblr look like. I waited in the back for 40 minutes, ran into someone from college, hung out for a bit, approached people and asked if they were there for the NPR thing (they weren’t) and then left. Next time I’m going to have to wear a Tumblr t-shirt or hold a balloon or something….
“Sloth, like the other deadly no-no’s, becomes acutely uncomfortable after the first fine flush, and — sure proof of its sincerity — frequently works against your own interests. It not only won’t pay your bills, but it won’t fill in applications for grants or phone up appropriate women. It won’t even close windows when you’re freezing to death. It is stoical because it is too lazy to be anything else.”—Wilfrid Sheed
“I started as a volunteer at a station in Buffalo, and I knew nothing about radio; I knew nothing about journalism; and back then you couldn’t accuse me of having a radio voice. … I learned on the air, and it was absolutely terrifying. My brother was living in Buffalo at the time, and I didn’t tell him I was going to be on the radio because I figured it was going to be so bad that it should not be shared with someone you love.”—Terry Gross, in an interview with Suburban Life Magazine.
“Sad things can happen when an author chooses the wrong subject: first the author suffers, then the reader, and finally the publisher, all together in a tiny whirlpool of pain.”—Wilfrid Sheed. We’ll remember his wit and writing on tomorrow’s Fresh Air.
“You start on your own five-yard line, and drive all the way down the field—fifteen, eighteen plays in a row sometimes. Every play: collision, collision, collision. By the time you get to the other end of the field, you’re seeing spots. You feel like you are going to black out. Literally, these white explosions—boom, boom, boom—lights getting dimmer and brighter, dimmer and brighter.”—Former NFL lineman Kyle Turley, explaining what it felt like on the field after a tough hit, in Malcolm Gladwell’s 2009 New Yorker piece, “Offensive Play.” On today’s Fresh Air, we’re going to be talking about brain injuries, concussions and contact sports.
"A brain autopsy of a University of Pennsylvania football player who killed himself in April has revealed the same trauma-induced disease found in more than 20 deceased National Football League players, raising questions of how young football players may be at risk for the disease.” — Alan Schwartz, The New York Times. More from The Daily Pennsylvanian.
“In the current health care system, you’re not paid to keep people healthy. If you’re a complex patient with a range of problems, it doesn’t fit into the world [of primary care visits.] You needs a project manager — a whole team to take you under their wing and see you through this course of illness. What [Brenner’s] creating is the system as it should be.”—Atul Gawande, talking about Dr. Jeff Brenner, who is working to lower health care costs in Camden, New Jersey by targeting the chronically ill.