1. Picture this. You’re a young girl, living in a remote town in Connecticut in 1825. You’ve taken refuge in a neighbor’s house and, as night falls, you peek out a widow to see your friends and family members assembling outdoors around two crude paintings: One is of a young white woman (you); the other painting is of a man, a Native American.

    As church bells begin to toll, some of the townspeople carry forward fake bodies meant to represent you and the man in the painting; someone else ignites a barrel of tar and the effigies begin burning — an image of looming eternal damnation. You get the message: Stick with your own kind or else.

    This fantastical tableau sounds like something out of an Early American version of The Hunger Games, but it really took place.

    — Maureen Corrigan reviews The Heathen School by historian John Demos, a narrative that “explore[s] how racial categories and attitudes have changed over time in America.”

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  1. Maureen Corrigan has a review. 

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  1. Settle in people, settle in because today is the day that David J. Linden, professor of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, talks to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about why vodka, marijuana, orgasms, gambling and other stuff along those lines make us feel.so.darn.good.

    Linden’s new book is The Compass of Pleasure.

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  1. Ever wonder why….

    … fatty foods, orgasms, exercise, marijuana, generosity, vodka, learning and gambling feel so good?

    On tomorrow’s Fresh Air neuroscientist DAVID LINDEN tells us about the pleasure circuitry of the brain, how it’s activated, and how that sometimes turns into addiction.

    Oh yeah! Linden has a new book, too, The Compass of Pleasure.

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