97: Death to Wacky

97: Death to Wacky

Mar 20, 1998
An assault on the idea of wackiness. And then, an appreciation of wackiness, and an analysis of wackiness in American culture. Thirteen ways to describe wackiness.
  • Ira and the movie Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. Advertised as wacky, it is anything but. (6 minutes)BusinessFilm/Film Making

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  • David Sedaris tells true stories of photographers who try to take pictures of him which will make him seem more "wacky" than in fact he is, interlaced with a fictional depiction of what one of these photographers is like. (14 minutes)ArtBusinessLiterature

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  • Ira talks with Josh Glenn, editor of Hermenaut, who explains the difference between Good Wacky and Bad Wacky. (5 minutes)BusinessRetail/Commerce

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  • Ira with Michael Lewis, author of Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House and many other books, who says that in the '96 Presidential Election all the candidates with new ideas, all the candidates capable of talking the way real people act in their real lives, were shunned by the media as "wacky." (10 minutes)GovernmentPolitics

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  • Ira talks with Maria, who took out a personals ad in the Chicago Reader advertising herself as "wacky and warm." (5 minutes)RomanceWriting

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  • Robert Krulwich's stories, on NPR, CBS and ABC, are neither wacky nor pompously serious. He explains, though, that if you try to occupy the territory between wacky and serious, there are dangers. (6 minutes)RaceTelevision

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  • Sarah Vowell with Jim Nayder, host of Magnificent Obsession and The Annoying Music Show, who personifies our culture's split between seriousness and wackiness as well as anyone. (11 minutes)DrugsJobs/EmploymentMusicRadio

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