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Monday, April 4
Weird Baby Names A Sign Of Rising Narcissism?

Weird Baby Names A Sign Of Rising Narcissism?
Narcissism EpidemicNames like Apple, Bronx, and Pax have got us thinking. What’s up with the increasingly popular trend of giving your baby an unusual – sometimes down right batty – name? What does saddling your kid with a name like Pilot Inspektor or Jermajesty say about you? And what might it ultimately mean for them? My next guest has studied and written about this phenomenon extensively. She’s spent countless hours pouring over the social security administration’s names records from the past 130 plus years and she says the takeaway conclusion is that there is a connection between rising societal narcissism and unusual baby names. Jean Twenge, is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. She is also the author of "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" and "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Than Ever Before." We’re also joined by our regular Show and Tell contributor Steve Almond. We brought Steve in not just because he is a self-proclaimed narcissistic parent – but because he fancies himself something of an expert on unusual baby monikers – specifically those of “rock star spawn.” In his most recent book, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life,” Steve tackles the subject of bizarre baby names and then actually goes one step further by cataloguing an expansive list of them by genre.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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