I’m going to the beach next week for a few days. I am subletting an apartment with ocean views AND NO INTERNET ACCESS. [insert happy animated dancing .gif here.] I have someone to water my plants. But so far no one to take care of my little work Tumblr. What to do?
a) It goes dark.
b) I politely ask the staff of another public radio show to manage affairs for a few days.
c) I politely ask someone to guest blog the Tumblr. Who?
What do you think? [PS: No queue. Part of my vacation stipulation is that I don’t tack on a bunch of work in advance….otherwise it’s not so much a vacation as much as a shifting of work]
On August 24th, we had Rachel Tabachnick on to talk about the New Apostolic Reformation, an emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus.
She explained that the missions of the NAR include dominion-taking, acquiring leadership positions in government, education, business, the media, and arts and entertainment — and evangelizing cities by conducting spiritual warfare against demons. [complete interview here]
On Monday, we’ll talk to C. Peter Wagner, a leading apostle in that movement.
“When we go to federal or state health officials, or drilling officials, or any officials, and ask ‘How common these are?’ … Nobody really knows. Nobody has systemically tracked how many health complaints there are, whether the complaints are similar, whether they can be tied to any specific chemical exposure or any environmental cause. It makes it very difficult beyond an anecdotal answer to get a handle on how widespread a problem this might be.”—On today’s Fresh Air, ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten talks about health problems near gas drilling and fracking sites — and why industry regulations make them difficult to track.
How to: get a non-creepy massage, survive piranha-infested waters, and keep your puppy from peeing on the floor. Plus: another round of Free Blythe, when Blythe tells you how to get free movie tickets, and Ask A Jeopardy Champion with the great Ken Jennings.
“With a botnet of 25,000 computers, you could break the security codes for Amazon.com, you could raid people’s accounts, you could get social security numbers and data — there’s almost no commercial security system in place that couldn’t be breached by a supercomputer of tens of thousands.”—As many as 12 million computers worldwide have been infected with a highly-encrypted computer worm called Conficker. Writer Mark Bowden details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down Conficker on today’s Fresh Air.
Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, has died. She was 71. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over thirty million trees across Kenya. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya’s parliament, and in 2003 was appointed assistant minister for the environment. She joined Terry Gross for a conversation in 2006.
“We rarely thought past next week’s situation update. The Embassy would rarely engage with us on a project that wasn’t flashy enough to involve photographs or bringing a journalist out to shoot a video that looked good. The willingness to do long-term work … never existed in our world.”—In 2009, Peter Van Buren joined a team working to rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure and economy. For the next year, he encountered comically-misguided projects, greedy contractors and oblivious bureaucrats.
“In Iraq, we had money everywhere. It was literally in boxes you had to step over. At one point in time, I had $100,000 in a safe in my office. I felt like a drug dealer pulling out bundles of money. There was so much money that the Iraqis invented a new slang term in Arabic that means ‘a large pile of hundred dollar bills.’”—Peter Van Buren was sent to Baghdad as part of a State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team, where he was in charge of a group trying to rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure and economy. For the next year, he encountered oblivious bureaucrats, comically-misguided projects, greedy contractors, a never-ending cash flow and campaigns aimed at improving the lives of Iraqi people. But many of those campaigns were misguided, says Van Buren, and they often wasted a lot of money.
“What I found is that it seems to help him not feel bitter or resentful about not having an official career. So I think the trick is to do this thing, and then not mind that you’re doing it on your own, and to actually revel in that, if that’s where you end up.”—Spiotta says her newest book Stone Arabia was inspired by her stepfather Richard, who meticulously chronicled his own imaginary musical career for more than 30 years.
“Guidelines have an enormous amount of very useful information and I think they can be extremely helpful. But they shouldn’t be applied in a blanket way without thinking about the individual patient.”—Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband have teamed up to write Your Medical Mind, a guidebook for patients trying to sift through medical choices and make the best decisions for themselves and their family members.