Sunday, March 16
Guest: Warren Hoffman
Broadway musicals depict many parts of the human condition, but our guest, Philadelphia-based author WARREN HOFFMAN, points out white actors and actresses have disproportionally been the face of most characters on the stage throughout the 20th Century. But as the past few decades have produced more diverse casts, Hoffman says we have a long way to go for the art form to be truly American. He joins us for music and conversation including Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, In the Heights and Passing Strange as Hoffman discusses his new book, “The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical.”
Guest: Eldar Shafir
[From the Radio Times Archives] What happens when people are short on money, on time, on friends, or on food? Their judgment gets impaired. Princeton University behavioral economist ELDAR SHAFIR studies the psychological effects of scarcity and has found that when people lack something, their decision-making, even their IQ, gets compromised. Could this explain why poverty is so difficult to escape? Shafir has co-authored a book on this topic with Sendhil Mullainathan called Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. He spoke with Marty last year about why deficits can be so detrimental.