Monday 2 October 2006

On 2 October I talked with Nina Jablonski, Head of the Department of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and author of Skin: A Natural History, which University of California Press will publish on 5 October. Professor Jablonski will appear in a presentation sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences at the Kanbar Theater of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco at 8 PM on Friday 5 October. Ticket information is at 415-321-8000.

I then talked with Alex Beam, columnist for the Boston Globe and author, most recently, of Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital (Public Affairs). He is working on a book about the origin of the Great Books program at the University of Chicago in the 1930s and its expansion into the American cultural marketplace in the postwar years. I will call him every 4-6 months in the upcoming year or two to see how the book is developing.

During the discussion I played a Second City spoof of Great Books discussion groups from their 1961 LP Comedy from The Second City (Mercury).

To hear this program, click here.

posted by Eric Tomb and others 4:05 PM

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